RV Tips: 5 Ways to Improve Your RV’s Fuel Efficiency

Despite inflation causing the price of everything to soar, you can still travel more affordably in a new or used RV! And, making smart travel decisions and plans can save even more money. Here are 5 ways to improve your RV’s fuel efficiency.

RV Tips

Regular Maintenance

Keep the engine well-maintained with regular oil changes, air filter replacements, and tune-ups. A well-maintained engine operates more efficiently. Also, ensure that your RV tires stay inflated to the correct recommended pressure. Underinflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency.

Lighten Up

Everything you pack weighs something, so travel with only the essentials. Lighter vehicles and RVs require less fuel, so remove the unnecessary items from your RV to reduce weight. Don’t pack firewood – plan to purchase local firewood instead at your destination if you plan to have a campfire. And only travel with the fresh water you need to get there. Refill your tank upon arrival. When it comes time to replace different pieces of camping gear, opt for ultra lightweight replacements.

Keep a Steady Speed

Driving at a moderate and consistent speed can improve fuel efficiency. Avoid excessive speeding and abrupt acceleration, as these can negatively impact gas mileage. Utilize cruise control on highways to maintain a steady speed. This can help improve fuel efficiency by preventing unnecessary speed fluctuations. Enjoy the journey…slow down!

If You Don’t Need It…Don’t Use It

Fuel can be used even when you’re not thinking about it. To avoid this, minimize idling whenever possible as it uses fuel without even moving. Turn off the engine if you’re parked for an extended period, and if your RV has a generator, use it judiciously – only when necessary and turn it off when not in use.

Smart Apps

Plan your routes to minimize unnecessary detours and avoid congested traffic areas. Using GPS or route-planning apps that consider traffic and road conditions can help optimize your travel. Also, one app we can’t go without is the free GasBuddy app. It scouts out the best fuel prices in your immediate area so you don’t have to overpay at the pump. And when you do fill up, make sure to use the recommended fuel for your RV. Using a higher-octane fuel than necessary doesn’t necessarily improve performance and may waste money.

Improving fuel efficiency in your new or used RV can not only save you money but also make your travels more environmentally friendly. Implementing these tips can help you get the most out of your RV’s fuel efficiency and contribute to a more economical travel experience. Contact us today to schedule some RV service!

Share Button