Your Pocket Needn’t Fear the Pump
When it comes to miles per gallon, size isn't all that matters; today’s lighter weight models are getting better mileage and are more fuel efficient than ever. Check out how savvy RVers save fuel:
Tips to Conserve Fuel
- Camp closer to home. With more than 16,000 campgrounds nationwide, RVers can enjoy the outdoor experience whether they travel five miles or 500 miles.
- Stay longer in one place. Many RV parks are vacation destinations in their own right, offering pools, playgrounds, hiking trails, entertainment centers, organized activities, convenience stores and so much more.
- Cook your family favorites in the convenience of an RV, to avoid the high costs of eating out.
- Drive 55 instead of 65. Keeping speed constant and lower saves fuel, saving you money.
- Pack lighter by not topping off fresh water tanks until at the campground and by purchasing firewood and other camping materials on-site to keep the RV lightweight while traveling. Be sure holding tanks are dumped before heading out to further lighten the load.
- Tune up the engine of your motorhome or tow vehicle, inflate tires properly and conduct regular maintenance to maximize fuel efficiency.
- Use the grade of fuel recommended by the engine manufacturer to increase miles per gallon.
- In the summer months, travel earlier in the day when the weather is cooler and the vehicle air conditioning is needed less.
Some other facts to keep in mind:
- Fuel is typically only the fourth largest expense on a road trip, behind lodging, food, vehicle payment and maintenance.
- Airfares and hotel rates also rise when fuel costs increase and fuel surcharges are added. You can avoid those costs in an RV.
- Fuel prices would need to more than triple from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel.