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The Dangers Of Having Passengers Ride In An RV

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Ready to hit the road with your RV? Kids will be excited to pack up the camper and hit the open road! We’ll be surprised if your kids haven’t already asked if they can ride in the RV during travel time. Have you let them? Is it a good idea? In our opinion, no, it is not. Let’s explore the dangers of having passengers ride in an RV to see why it’s risky to let your loved ones hang out while you’re on the move!

Reduced Stability

RVs offer a lot less stability on the road than vehicles do. Although the installation of stabilizer bars can greatly reduce swaying and drifting, it’s not a foolproof system. We’ve had some gusty weeks here this spring in Michigan, and some brave RVers have been out and about already. Just yesterday, a truck towing a monstrous old Sunnybrook fifth wheel that easily looked to be 13 feet high went cruising past me, and after struggling to maintain control of my vehicle all along the highway, all I could think was, “How?”
If you know how cumbersome it can be to tow RVs in windy conditions, can you imagine riding inside one? What a bumpy, jarring ride it’d be, and it could come to a tragic end if your RV accidentally blows out into oncoming traffic, or is blown all the way over!

Limited Protection

With the exception of motorhomes, RVs aren’t specifically designed with passenger safety components installed, making them a lot more risky for transporting passengers. Automobiles are designed with safety belts, air bags, and even their frame construction takes safety into consideration. RVs are meant to be used as living quarters, not as a transportation method. In the event of a crash, what will be protecting your passengers without basic safety features?


Every RV owner has experienced a surprise or two after opening up their doors upon arrival. It’s not uncommon for unsecured items to fall out of cupboards, haphazard refrigerators to fly open and spill its contents everywhere, and I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of driving off and forgetting to put something away. Can you imagine what this could result in for passengers riding in an RV?

Flying cans of food or unsecured heavy objects could land on your kids, and jars and bottles could potentially break, scattering glass and their contents everywhere. At the very least, kids will have a mess on their hands if food containers open up and spill. As careful as you may be in packing, you never know what can happen, especially if you have snacky kids that may be tempted to get a nibble while going down the road.

Unsupervised Kids

On that note, if your kids are riding back in the RV, you have to have a lot of faith that they’re trustworthy and obedient! Not saying that your little campers aren’t, but we used to be kids, and many of us have children, so we know just as well as anyone that kids do some pretty stupid things sometimes, and do you want that happening while they’re sitting unsupervised in the back of a moving RV without seatbelts?


Not to tinge this article with more hysteria, but if you’re unsure about letting passengers ride in an RV during travel, do a quick web image search of RV accidents. Despite sturdy construction, RVs can be reduced to a pile of toothpicks in the blink of an eye. Sure, similar claims can be made about automobiles, but as previously mentioned, RVs aren’t specially constructed to withstand impact like cars and trucks are. If that’s not enough to convince you, then I don't know what will!

Have we changed your mind about letting passengers ride in an RV? While this practice is legal in many states, it’s something that we don’t necessarily suggest. The exception, or course, will always be motorhomes, as they come equipped with safety belts and other safety features that make them more ideal for passenger travel! If you’re unsure whether it’s legal to have passengers in your RV when you’re traveling from state to state, check out this link, or contact the local police department to ensure that you’re traveling lawfully!

Here at RV World, we take pride in providing our customers with top-of-the-line RVs from the nation’s best brands! As your favorite West Michigan RV dealer, we put your safety first! Our caring and expertly trained RV technicians are always here to ensure that your RV is working the way it should. And with our incredible roadside assistance, we’ll come to you in the event of a breakdown!

What is your opinion on letting passengers ride in an RV? What are some benefits you may have to letting people ride in your travel trailer or fifth wheel? Leave your thoughts below in the comments!

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