Ways To Cut Down On Costs Of Gas For Your RV

If you’re fortunate enough to have an RV it clearly means you’ve been doing something right with your life. An RV provides its owner the ability to hit the road for an adventure that could span weeks on end. The best part though? Said multi-week adventure would only be further elevated by the comfort and convenience that an RV provides. Let’s take a look now though at some of the most effective ways you can minimize the costs you have to pay for gas for your RV.

1. Pinpoint your most efficient travel route.

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Take your trip planning a step further by checking maps against satellite navigation apps such as Google Maps. This will help you identify the most efficient trip routes you can take based on traffic conditions that are automatically factored in.

2. Raincheck on the tow vehicle.

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As tempting as it might be to tow the boat or whatever other kind of enlarged and heavy toy you have with you. This will only serve to weight your RV down, and make your RV work that much harder to get you to your ultimate destination. So, consider just renting a fun vehicle when you get to your destination spot.

3. Confirm you have proper tire pressure.

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Maintaining proper tire pressure is key to your success. Under-inflated tires can result in you burning through additional fuel due to the added surface area and the friction that’s on the asphalt.

4. Experiment with cruise control.

You can make your task of ensuring that you’re at ultimate gas-saving speed that much more feasible by using your RV’s cruise control function. This will serve to help you improve your overall fuel efficiency, and it will also help you reduce your carbon emissions. According to fueleconomy.gov, speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking lower gas mileage anywhere from 15% to 40% on highways and between 10% to 40% in congested traffic.

5. Steer clear of the rougher roads.

When you go to map out your next road trip, make sure that you devote adequate time toward researching the upcoming road conditions that your RV will be dealing with. When you drive on rougher roads, you’re that much more likely to end up burning through gas that much more quickly. This is just because your RV is working double-time to ensure you have a safe journey.

6. Don’t overdo it on the air conditioning.

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Studies have gone on to show that using a vehicle’s air conditioner can impact fuel efficiency by nearly 4 mpg depending on the age and size of the vehicle, says Randy Berman of RVontheGo.com. That is no small bit of helpful information to skim over. Do what you can to drive in the evening or early in the morning when the outdoor temperatures are bound to be cooler, and you won’t feel the pressing urge to crank your air conditioning to keep from going insane.

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