Getting the best possible gas mileage is a major goal for many RV owners. Experts say the way the RV is driven can affect fuel efficiency as can many other factors.
FamilyCamping.us suggests reducing idling time as a way to increase fuel efficiency. Today's RVs don't need a lot of warm-up time - about three minutes should be enough.
Reduce idling time by planning your trip around times when traffic is worst or change your route to avoid running the engine without moving. You may add a few extra miles but end up saving on fuel by avoiding a stop and go situation.
Keeping your vehicle well-maintained is important as well. Make sure the tires are properly inflated, the wheels are aligned and the engine is tuned up.
Remember that reducing the weight of your RV can save you money on gas as well. Pack as light as possible and don't bring anything you don't need like extra books, equipment or canned goods.
For those looking for a high-tech way to monitor their fuel efficiency, there's a new product called the Fuel Efficiency Advisor that can help drivers monitor how their driving is affecting their mileage and how fuel efficiency is increased with changes in accelerating and braking habits.
It retails for about $160 and plugs into the OBD-II port under the dash. It stores up to four sets of trip data at a time, including current trip cost, current miles per gallon, total cost for the day and average miles per gallon.
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