Quiz: Getting the Most Out of Your RV Road Trip
by Staff
Many of us consider an RV road trip a rare -- and sometimes harrowing -- experience in family fun. In this quiz, we'll look at some fun facts about RVs, vacations and road trip safety. What's your RV IQ?

Let's start with the basics: Do you know what an anode rod is?

  • part of the RV engine
  • part of the air conditioning system
  • part of the water heater

How many road trips does the average American family with children take over the course of a year?

  • 5 to 7
  • 2 to 5
  • 0 to 2

What's the most often-forgotten article reported by travelers?

  • toothbrush/toiletries
  • camera/video camera
  • swimsuit

What on earth is gray water?

  • a sign that your coolant is leaking
  • runoff from highly traveled interstate roads
  • waste water from your RV's sink or shower

One of the most popular road trip songs, Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild," appeared in "Easy Rider" in 1969, the Summer of Love. When did the hit song originally debut?

  • 1968
  • 1962
  • 1958

How many employed American adults actually use their vacation time?

  • 15 percent
  • 34 percent
  • 56 percent

Propane often provides the power for your RV's interior courtesies, even providing the electricity for your family's refrigerator. What's the rule on use of propane while traveling?

  • It's fine. Just check the connections whenever you stop.
  • Monitor your propane tank for leaks in case fumes enter the cab while you're driving or stopped.
  • Whenever your vehicle is moving, you should turn your propane off at the tank. It's a fire hazard.

The family vacation is an American tradition. On average, how many vacationers are traveling with children?

  • 21 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 65 percent

Safety is central to traveling cross-country, and knowing the dangers is key to preventing them. How do most RV fires start?

  • Most RV fires are actually caused during stops, by inattentive campers.
  • Most RV fires are caused by carelessness with the fuel line before resuming travel.
  • Most RV fires are caused by a short in one of the 12-volt connections.

RV travel is one of the great American pastimes. But what's the environmental price?

  • RV travel has a lower carbon footprint than other traditional forms of travel.
  • RV trips are the least environmentally friendly way to travel.
  • RVs are just as efficient as most SUVs.