It’s summertime and the living is easy! But that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Road trips in your new or used RV don’t have to break the bank, so take a look at these RV tips to save money on fuel.
Schedule Some RV Service
First things first. A routine maintenance check can have a huge impact when it comes to improving gas mileage. Any of the following can happen while your RV has been in storage, and can affect your fuel economy:
- Batteries losing their charge
- Clogged or dirty air filters
- Tires losing air pressure
A quick RV service check can take a look at all of these things (and more) and get your RV in road-ready condition, saving you the hassle and expense of your engine overcompensating, overworking, and using more fuel than necessary.
Every Ounce Counts
Increased weight means decreased fuel efficiency. Don’t overpack! There are plenty of things you can decrease in packing weight to lighten the load. One of our biggest tips? Travel only with the fresh water you need to reach your destination. Then, refill once you get there.
Distribute Weight Evenly & Keep Tire Pressure Up
Your fuel economy will drop significantly if your tires are underinflated. Check the tire pressure before leaving and several times throughout the trip. Outside factors that can impact your tire pressure are steep changes in elevation or temperature, so keep that in mind if you’re traveling through different climates and regions.
Keep It Steady
Avoid rapid acceleration and speeding as these things can lower your fuel efficiency. Conversely, you can increase it by keeping your acceleration speed steady and easing out of full stops. Overdrive and cruise control are good options to use for maintaining a steady speed.
Closer and Longer Trips
One way to save significant money on fuel is to pick camping destinations that are closer to home and choosing to stay longer at them! In the long run, you’ll find this is a less expensive option than several shorter stays at camping destinations further away.