With gas prices at an all time high, affording diesel or regular RV fuel is threatening the carefree RV lifestyle that so many people have discovered. Are you going to let the high price of RV fuel keep you from getting out on the open road and spending time enjoying new places and friends and family? If you don’t want to give up your recreational vehicle, but you want to save on your RV fuel costs, there are ways that you can do that, which are fairly simple to implement and you may start seeing savings right away.
You have probably heard the first way to save on your RV fuel costs already. It is the same thing that you can do to save on fuel for your car. Slow down. By lowering your speed limit only 10 mph from 65 to 55, you can get around 40 percent better RV fuel economy. To put it in number terms-if you are getting 8 miles per gallon going 65 miles per hour, then you can get 12 miles per gallon going 55 miles per hour. Is that kind of RV fuel savings worth it to you? Just stay in the slower far right lane and pull to the side when traffic backs up behind you if possible and you will avoid upsetting other drivers as well.
Diesel fuel used to be a less expensive alternative to regular fuel, but this is no longer the case. However, the engine on a diesel pusher is more efficient so it may get better fuel economy than a gas powered RV of the same size.
The weather conditions also play a role in fuel economy. Driving into a strong headwind will lower your mileage and driving with a strong tailwind will give you better mileage.
Make sure that you keep your tires properly inflated and change your air and fuel filters on a strict maintenance schedule to get the best mileage possible.