5 Ways to Improve RV Gas Mileage
The Painful Pump
We know the painful feeling of pulling up to a gas pump – and it has never been more painful than this summer. There is no way around it. Filling up an RV is quite spendy. Consequently, this summer more than most, you want to make the most of every mile. There are several ways to improve your gas mileage when hitting the road with your RV. Follow these tips to decrease your pain at the pump.
1) Keep current on maintenance
Thoroughly inspect your RV before each trip for common maintenance issues that can decrease your mileage. Over time tires lose pressure and seams and sealants need inspection. The air filters in particular can be guilty of impacting your fuel efficiency. Dirty or clogged filters can cause your engine to compensate by increasing the amount of fuel being fired into the cylinders.
2) Lighten up
Some small changes can go a long ways toward decreasing your total weight and therefore increasing your efficiency. One of the simplest ways to decrease weight is to only carry the water you need to make it to your destination. Once you arrive at your destination, you can fill up your tanks. Then, prior to departure, you will want to once again empty your tanks to the bare minimum. Try to purchase heavier items, for instance firewood, once you arrive rather than toting it. Do a quick survey of your RV – if you haven’t used something in six months it’s time to get ride of it.
3) Keep your balance
An unbalanced RV will be more susceptible to sway, which can negatively effect your gas mileage. Always keep heavier items as close to the floor as possible. Also try to balance your load between front, sides, and rear. These tricks will not only increase your fuel efficiency, but also make it a safer drive.
4) Pump it up
Don’t just pump gas, pump your tires. Underinflated tires have a very negative impact on fuel consumption. Check your tire pressure not only before you leave on the trip, but also while on the road. Pressure can change especially if there is a change in temperature or elevation. Always keep your tires inflated at the manufacturer’s recommendation.
5) Cut the AC
On sweltering days AC is a must. However, try as much as you can to decrease your use of AC from the dash. If you use the dash AC on maximum, you will end up decreasing your fuel efficiency by as much as 25%. So don your shorts and tank and only use as much AC as necessary.