The temperatures are creeping up and that means more and more RVs are on the road. We’re beginning to notice more and more people coming by the store and visiting our service bay so their RVs are in tip-top shape for vacationing this season. With the Spring here, who doesn’t want to spend time at the lake, soaking up some sun and enjoying time away from everyday life? I know I could use a few days away. You may be getting ready for a long weekend here soon, but we want to talk about something that’s a little more serious. We know that being outdoors is part of why RVers do what they do and the sunshine is something we thrive on, but with skin cancer rates on the rise, we think it’s worth talking about. Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays should be at the forefront of planning your trip. Here are a few ways we think can help you minimize your exposure to the sun and, maybe, save you from some painful sunburn.
Get That Awning Fixed
We see it almost every day, people who refuse to get their awnings fixed and they stay rolled up and never get used. A functioning awning is the easiest way to limit your exposure to the sun. If you’re starting to feel a little burn on your skin, then it’s time to take a break and enjoy the shade. Come by our shop and we can repair it for you or find you the parts you need to get it back to working order.
This one is a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve suffered from a sunburn because I forgot to bring my sunscreen along with me. Whether you’re swimming in a lake, hiking in the mountains, or just lounging, be sure you put an adequate amount of sunscreen on. It’s your best bet against sun damage and potential skin cancer.
Wear A Hat
It may sound like a joke, but we’re totally serious! A hat protects the part of your body that’s closest to the sun, your head! Next time you’re in a clothing store, check out their hat selection and get one that covers as much of you as possible. You know those wide brimmed hats that you see construction workers wearing? They wear those for a reason.
Buy A Canopy
If you are dead-set on not getting that awning fixed or have an older model without one, then invest in a good quality canopy to place outside of your RV and enjoy the outdoors, minus the sunburn. You can even get them with mosquito nets, so once the sun goes down, then you can zip up and be protected from those annoying little pests!
Park in the Shade
When you are driving around, looking for the best spot for your RV, always select the one that offers the most shade. Parking under a tree would provide you with hours of shade and without having to extend your awning!
If we didn’t think it was worth writing about, we wouldn’t have written it. Be careful out there folks, the sun may provide you with hours of fun outside, but it can also cause irreparable damage to your skin and cause skin cancer. Protect yourself this season!