Gas prices are on the rise, with no relief in sight. Yet summer is the ideal time to explore Canada in your RV. Why not explore the country by improving your RV’s mileage. Here’s how to save money on gas and enjoy the great outdoors this season.
Maintain Your RV
A tune-up helps your RV operate more smoothly and earn better gas mileage. That’s why you want to follow a maintenance schedule. It should include proper tire inflation, fluid refills and filter changes. Store maintenance records in your RV for easy reference if you need a quick fix, oil change or another repair on the road.
Plan Your Route
Back roads and unexpected detours can waste gas. Plan your route to maximize fuel efficiency. If possible, avoid construction and stop-and-go situations like rush hour. Stay away from steep mountains and other elevation changes that strain your RV’s fuel efficiency. As a bonus, planning your route allows you to select affordable campsites, plan cost-effective meals, see local landmarks, and enjoy adventures.
Sure, your RV is home away from home. But that doesn’t mean you need to pack everything you own. You lighten your load and improve your RV’s gas mileage by reducing your gear.
So, take time to rethink everything in your RV. From food and water to books and sports equipment, see what you can leave at home. Just be sure you pack all the essentials and everything you need for your adventures as you cut any dead weight and boost your fuel mileage.
Travel Close to Home
While you may long to visit sights far from home, switch up your plans to save on fuel. Explore landmarks close to home or stay at a campsite nearby. By reducing the distance you travel, you can save money and still have a good time.
Adjust Your Driving Habits
Racing down the highway may get you to your destination faster, but speeding is a driving habit that wastes fuel. Rapid acceleration and braking also reduce your RV’s fuel efficiency. Instead, try to maintain a steady speed and use cruise control if you have it. These habits help you combat rising gas prices and prolong your RV’s life, which saves you money in the long run.
Avoid the Wind
Driving in windy weather conditions strains your RV’s gas mileage. Check the forecast and try to travel during calm weather. If you must drive in the wind, install an RV wind deflector. And take it slow and steady for safety.
Turn Off the AC
Air conditioning keeps your family and pets comfortable as you travel during the hot summer months. The AC can also reduce fuel efficiency by 20%. Drive early in the morning to reduce reliance on the air conditioner. Use cool packs, cold beverages, and a misting fan, too, as you stay comfortable during your seasonal travels.
Once you arrive at your destination, park your RV. Then, ride your bike to pick up groceries or travel to sightseeing destinations. In addition to a full-body workout, this strategy allows you to save on fuel costs. For safety, remember to pack a lock, basket or panniers, and reflective gear.
Shop for Affordable Gas Prices
Rather than fill up at the first gas station you see, shop for the best prices along your route. Use an app like GasBuddy to compare prices and plan fuel stops. You could also sign up for a fuel card at popular gas stations along your route, which can land you savings on each gallon of fuel you buy. Just remember to use satellite or street view on your GPS to ensure you can get in and out of the station easily. These tools may not boost your RV’s fuel efficiency, but they help support your trip budget.
Your family can enjoy the summer camping season despite rising gas prices. Follow these tips as you learn how to save money on gas and have fun RVing this season.