Wondering what you can do to make travel more economical when driving your Class B RV or any RV? The good news is that there are actually quite a few easy things you can do to get better RV gas mileage on your upcoming RV adventures. Apply the tips below and you might be surprised how much money you can save.
- Slow it down a bit. Did you know that for every five miles per hour you travel over 65 miles per hour, you can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 7 to 10 percent? Just by slowing it down, you can save quite a bit. Also, keep in mind that scenic bypasses and back roads usually have lower speed limits and can take you through quaint towns or through a beautiful countryside that you may never have the chance to see from the highway.
- Keep up with your oil changes and maintenance schedules. Changing your oil according to your RV owner’s manual will help ensure your engine runs as efficiently as possible. You should also use a high-quality or synthetic motor oil to further reduce internal friction.
- If you have a cruise control feature on your RV (Class A, Class C, or Class B RV), use it whenever possible. Cruise control helps you maintain a steady speed, while frequent accelerating and decelerating will burn more fuel.
- Look for the lowest prices while on the road. Find out which stations have the lowest prices along your route by using an app such as GasBuddy.com. Fuel pricing apps provide local real-time price information at various nearby stations. The savings can certainly add up — especially on a long trip!
- Avoid idling. If your RV isn’t moving and your engine is running, you are using gas. If you know that you will be sitting still for more than just a few minutes, it’s best to just shut off your engine. While it’s true that diesel engines use less fuel, in many areas there are restrictions on idling heavy vehicles for extended periods of time. Cut back on fuel costs, noise, and excess exhaust by shutting it off.
- Monitor your tire pressure. Checking and inflating your tire pressure to the proper pressure can improve fuel economy by up to 3 percent.
Use these easy gas saving tips and start getting better gas mileage in your RV (including Class B RV models or motorhomes) on your next trip. If you’re looking for a larger or different RV model than the one you currently own, call Easy Escapes RV to get information on the luxury pre-owned RVs that we currently have in our inventory.