A comprehensive series of text books designed to teach basic safety to RV owners will be ready for distribution in May, according to the Recreation Vehicle Safety Education Foundation (RVSEF).

“The actual gathering of data is complete,” said RVSEF Executive Director John Anderson. “We are editing it down to a reasonable length.”

The self-help course contained in the nine-volume RV Safety Handbook is the first major initiative by the foundation, organized a year and a half ago by Anderson, who formerly operated A’Weigh We Go, a company that promoted RV weight safety.

The non-profit foundation, chaired by Newmar Corp. Chairman Virgil Miller, assumed responsibility for A’Weigh We Go’s weight seminars when Anderson closed the company.

Anderson said foundation books and an accompanying video will offer general safety information on topics that include propane, electric, weight, tires, towing, fire prevention, personal safety, driving and motor fuels. The book will be offered as a package, not for single volume purchases.

“The intention is RVers will get the accurate information they need to operate their vehicle safely,” Anderson said. “The tendency of the RVer is to sit around the campground at night and tell their stories. That’s where the information gets incorrect.

“It is not designed to be a complete dissertation on all nine subjects. But it covers the basics, and contains information that can be verified.”

Pricing for the series has not been established, and Anderson said the size of the publishing run will depend on orders from manufacturers. He said he expects a “moderate number” of manufacturers to stock new RVs with the safety education manuals.

The series likely will be adapted to interactive CD-rom sometime in 2003, Anderson said.

The foundation is in the process of registering the program with state insurance agencies so that RVers who complete a self-administered quiz may receive a discount on their insurance, Anderson said.

The foundation also will distribute the training series at rallies, RV shows and through clubs, in addition to manufacturers.

“Our goal is to get this into the hands of RVers,” Anderson said.