Normal RV’s Zac Andersen preps a camper on his lot earlier than unhooking it from the truck. (Ken Fall, KSL-TV)
DRAPER — With entry to mountains, deserts, rivers and lakes, summer season in Utah is in contrast to anything. It doesn’t matter what you are towing — a camper, boat or 4 wheelers — safety must be top of mind.
Zac Andersen and his household know trip.
“We might wish to go right down to Moab space, we wish to go up in Idaho to a few of the scorching springs locations, out within the West Desert,” he stated.
Their household camper has taken all of them throughout the state.
“After they had been actually little, they might say, ‘What number of sleeps until we go?'” Andersen stated.
As his children have gotten older, they nonetheless take pleasure in going with the household.
“(It) retains the household collectively. I’ve received a 15-, virtually 16-year-old lady, and he or she’s not shying away from it. She nonetheless loves going with us and doing what we do!” he stated.
Andersen can be the gross sales supervisor at Normal RV Utah in Draper.
He stated this summer season, they’ve continued to see an elevated demand for RVs and campers.
“They’re coming and going as fast as we will get them and promoting data. The gross sales have been file for the final two years since COVID hit,” he stated.
Elevated gross sales means extra massive automobiles and trailers on Utah’s roads.
Andersen reminded drivers of leisure automobiles that security ought to at all times precede enjoyable.
“You bought to take that further little little bit of precaution. Take some wider turns, for positive. Watch your mirrors perhaps somewhat bit greater than you usually would,” he described.
He stated towing a trailer or driving a motorhome generally is a completely different expertise.
“You are generally quadrupling the burden of what you are used to stopping, and so it’s worthwhile to give your self somewhat bit extra room to get slowed down,” he defined.
Earlier than hitting the street, Andersen urged drivers to double test their gear.
“You need to ensure that your chains are connected correctly, you need to ensure that the couplers locked down good and that you’ve got the precise gear,” he defined.
He stated it is also necessary to make use of the precise hitch for correct weight distribution.
Be sure you activate your brake controllers too, he added.
“Your automobile does not notify the brakes to activate, until you set a brake controller in it,” he stated. “Loads of vehicles and most automobiles do not have brake controllers in them … however the tow package deal is not full till you really add the brake controller to work the brakes.”
Andersen additionally reminded drivers to test their tire strain earlier than leaving and to verify their tires aren’t weathered or aged. He stated they will get dry rot from sitting within the solar all day.
“You may get cracks within the sidewall, and regardless that it seems prefer it’s a brand new tire on the highest with the tread, it is really, you already know, on the verge of a blowout,” he defined.
He informed folks to start out watching their tires extra intently once they get to be about 6 or 7 years outdated.
If a driver finds themselves in inclement climate situations, Andersen informed folks to play it protected.
“If you happen to ever get into an actual excessive, excessive wind advisory, you need to perhaps simply pull over and wait it out for a short while, as a result of it doesn’t matter what sort of hitch setup and stuff, it may very well be somewhat overpowering,” he cautioned.
Utah Division of Transportation spokesperson John Gleason stated Utah is named the crossroads of the West.
“Twenty-five % of the visitors out there may be semis, after which in the summertime months, we’ve so many recreationalists — folks heading out on the street with RVs, hauling boats,” he defined.
He stated the rise in giant automobiles warrants warning from everybody on the street.
Gleason urged folks touring in a shifting RV to remain buckled up.
“It could be tempting to rise up and stroll round. You need to just remember to’re mounted in your seat belt and simply taking all of the precautions that you’d in a passenger automobile if the RV is touring,” he stated.
He stated it is also vital for drivers of huge leisure automobiles to present different drivers a correct heads up.
“It is so necessary for any trailer that you just’re pulling to be linked to the brake lights (and) the alerts so that folks driving behind you’ll be able to see what you are about to do,” he stated.
Gleason stated drivers of passenger automobiles are additionally accountable for sharing the street and making good selections.
“You need to just remember to’re not driving within the blind spot of a camper or of a semi, ensure that they will see you and normally give your self somewhat little bit of area between you and the excessive profile automobile forward of you,” he reminded folks.
He stated that is key to everybody attending to their vacation spot and the easiest way to “Summer season Safely.”
“RVing is a blast. It is nice experiences, nice reminiscences,” Andersen stated.
“Take the correct precautions. Just be sure you’re doing all the pieces that you must to get there and revel in your self and make these summer season reminiscences,” Gleason added.
A study from AAA discovered practically 37% of all deaths in street particles crashes resulted from a driver swerving to keep away from hitting an object.
Gleason reminded folks to correctly tie down or safe their cargo earlier than taking off to forestall drivers from overcorrecting on the final minute to keep away from particles on the street.
“As you are making your manner out to take pleasure in your self tenting or boating, ensure that all your cargo’s tied down if you happen to’re hauling a trailer,” he stated.
Simply final 12 months, the Utah Freeway Patrol dealt with 26,000 requires particles on the street, and UDOT clears 8,000 tons of particles on the street every year.