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(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Labor Day weekend and the fall travel season is a busy travel time for recreational vehicle owners. Simple tips from Nationwide Insurance ensure RVers can enjoy the open road without the hassle of trip interruptions.

“Don’t become a statistic,” says Terry Fortner, Nationwide Associate Vice President of Claims. “A few preventive measures can go a long way to protect you from trouble during your travels.”
Nationwide and Camping World, America’s largest retailer of RV supplies, outdoor accessories and RV sales, have identified the five most common RV repairs made in Camping World’s collision centers: repairs for collision accidents, roof and ceiling damage, passenger side damage, tire blowout damage and vandalism.

To avoid these common repairs, Nationwide and Camping World offer these five tips to RV owners looking to enjoy problem-free travels:

Take a professional RV driving course. Offered throughout the country, driving courses can educate you on accident avoidance techniques. Not only do courses provide high benefit for little cost, some insurers offer discounts for course completion.

Know your vehicle’s height. Many first-time RVers underestimate the height of their vehicle, resulting in collisions with bridges and overhangs. Check your RV manufacturer’s manual for your vehicle’s height and post the number where it is visible from the driver’s seat.

Be aware of tight turns. Pay attention to long rear overhangs and take wide turns to avoid passenger side damage and costly repair bills.

Check your tires. A tire blowout can cause damage to holding tanks, wheel wells, plumbing and the RV’s body. Before each trip, check for proper tire inflation on inner and outer tires.

Thwart thieves. Park in a well-lit and secure area. Thieves looking for a quick grab are likely to move on to an easier, less risky target.

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