Life on the open road can be exhilarating, peaceful, and just about everything in between. Sometimes, however, it can get a little pricey... Especially when talking about the dreaded gas pump. you budget for it but the cost still seems to creep up on you throughout each trip. Here are a few great ways to improve your RV's fuel economy and save some money on gas!
1. Drive a little slower, enjoy the scenery!
One of the simplest ways to improve your RV's fuel economy is by simply driving slower and taking in the scenery! After all, nobody wants to rush their road trip... Avoiding unnecessary downshifts, rapid accelerations or just general "lead foot" syndrome will go a long way in saving you some gas!
(P.S. using cruise control whenever possible is a great way to save fuel. Maintaining the same speed is always easier on gas than fluctuating speed regularly)
2. Keep up with regular maintenance
Much like your personal vehicle, your RV requires regular maintenance to avoid any damage/excessive wear, and ultimately keep things running optimally. Of course, not ALL RV maintenance will affect your fuel economy, but there are a few major categories that, when kept up with, result in a well-maintained, efficient RV! Be sure to check your RV's manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule and follow it to a T!
3. Keep tires properly inflated
Your RV's tire pressures and overall "tire health" are crucial factors in not only fuel economy but safety! When your tires aren't properly inflated, they aren't making optimal contact with the road's surface. This can lead to premature wear on the tires, and yes - more fuel consumption.
Here's a great visual of how tire pressures affect your RV's performance:
We strongly recommend using a tire pressure monitoring system for your RV (and towed vehicle if applicable). This will allow you to have a constant eye on what's happening with your tires and be alerted if there's ever an issue like an over-inflated, under-inflated, or overheated tire - or even a blowout. Here are a few major TPMS brands compared.
4. Keep your weight down!
This a fairly straightforward one, but also very easy to overlook in the excitement of preparing for your next road trip. Focus on packing the essentials and avoiding too many excess items that (let's face it) you don't really need. Sometimes, it's helpful to make a checklist of what's absolutely necessary to bring along each trip.
Here at RVi, we're passionate about RVing and have developed a line of products to make your RV journeys less stressful. As far as tire pressure monitoring goes, we have a solution that can fit just about any RVers needs. Meet Tire Patrol!