Don't fear the pump! Savvy RVers know how to save fuel
When it comes to miles per gallon, don't let the size of an RV fool you; today's 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.
Source: Go RVing
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