27 MAR 2024



Motorhome holidays should always be lots of fun, but safety should never be neglected. On the road, the Ducato mechanical base is designed to provide various active and passive safety devices, whereas when parked, the outfit is intended to guarantee comfort and safety. But that’s not enough; we also need to follow safety guidelines. With its various pieces of furniture and all its installations, the interior of a motorhome is designed to avoid hazards. Even so, it’s often the user’s habits and attitudes that can make the difference, especially if there are children on board.

Getting in and out safely
Some beds, for example, are placed some way above the floor of the passenger compartment, like bunk or loft beds or even ones that fold down over the dining area. Falls at night can be dangerous, so it's better to set up the protective nets included with every motorhome. Preferably, children shouldn't sleep near large windows or protection systems such as nets or bars should be installed. Top bunks and loft beds come with a ladder, so be careful when climbing up and down. Also make sure the ladder is properly attached, to avoid any slips.

However, all it takes is a bit of caution to avoid falling when you get in or out of your motorhome, using the special grab handle near the front door. In terms of the front door, remember that many motorhomes come with a step that extends electrically. Make sure children don't put their hands near the mechanism levers, as well as avoiding being hit by the step as it comes out.

Follow safety guidelines
A motorhome comes with various protection systems, such as thermocouples in gas equipment, which cut off the flow of gas when the flame goes out. But even then, safety guidelines should still be followed. For example, when cooking, remember there is limited space in a motorhome and the vehicle can sway slightly if not stabilised with jacks. Make sure you don't bump into any pots and pans, as well as keeping children away from naked flames. The electrical system works at a low voltage of 12 V, with 230 V AC usually available when connected to the external mains, for which there is also a circuit breaker. To prevent hazards, all you need to do is keep an eye on the power cables, which must always be covered with protective sheaths and ducts. Make sure you check this on very old motorhomes. Also take care not to damage these cable protectors, for example by inserting sharp metal objects into the cabinets. Finally, always remember to have routine maintenance done on the gas and electricity systems.

Motorhomes are designed for the utmost safety on board. Just make sure you follow the safety guidelines for peace of mind when on holiday.