With fuel prices lower than they have been in years, now is the perfect time to take your RV on the road for the perfect family getaway. But just because prices are down doesn’t mean you’re not looking to save some money! Since RV’s tend to eat up a lot of gas, you’re likely always looking for ways to increase your MPG and keep a few dollars in your pocket.
RV Fuel Economy
Here are our best tips:
- Unless recommended by your RV manufacturer, stick to standard octane gasoline. You’ll spend less than on the higher-octane premium fuels and you won’t increase your MPG by much.
- Make sure your air filters are clean before you head off. A dirty air filter can actually decrease your fuel efficiency. A clean filter can mean better MPG – and more saved money.
- Keep your tired properly inflated. Believe it or not, underinflated or overinflated tires can actually come back to bite you when you’re filling up. Your manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure will give you the best MPG possible.
- Use cruise control. Those long, open highways are the perfect place to set that RV in cruise control. Cruise control help you save gas because you’re not accelerating and braking regularly, both of which burn more fuel. You’ll get the best gas mileage at about 60 mph, so keep your cruise control set there.
- Get your scheduled services. You might not want to spend the money, but regular services not only keep your vehicle in better condition over its lifetime, but can also help you get the best gas mileage. Keep your oil changed at recommended intervals and follow the manufacturer’s scheduled services.
- Use synthetic oil. Speaking of oil changes, opt for synthetic over regular oil. This will help you increase your fuel efficiency.
- Don’t blast the air. If you’re not dying of heat, go easy on the A/C. This little function burns up a lot of gas, so try to keep a moratorium on the icy air.
Here’s to a happy (and fuel efficient) road trip!