1. Camp Closer
There are over 16,000 campgrounds around the country. There will surely be some near you. If you camp closer, you drive less, which saves you gas and cash. If you're not sure where the local campgrounds are, contact a local RV dealer, or consult with your local AAA office. They'll be glad to help!
2. Lighten Up
The weight of your RV impacts how many miles you get to the gallon. Try to keep things light when you pack. Put off buying groceries until you arrive at your destination. Buy firewood at the campsite. Top up fresh water at your campground. Empty waste tanks before you head back on the highway. These little steps can add up to big savings.
3. Plan Your Route
A little wandering in the RV is part of the fun. But getting lost along the way to your destination can lead to a lot of wasted fuel, not to mention time. When you have a specific destination, plan your trip so you use the shortest route possible.
4. Get Tuned Up
If it’s been a whole season since you used your RV, it’s time for a tune up. Things like tire inflation, spark plugs, air filters, and fuel pump maintenance can heavily impact how much gas you use for your next trip.
5. Use Gas Credit Cards
Many gas stations have their own credit cards. These cards not only make it more convenient to pay. Many of them also offer automatic discounts on fuel when you use them to pay at the pump. As long as you pay off your balance each month, gas credit cards can help you save money on fuel.
6. Use Loyalty Rewards Points
Some grocery stores around the country offer fuel perks as part of their store loyalty program. Kroger, Winn Dixie and Giant Eagle are examples of such stores. Swipe your loyalty card each time you buy groceries. Swipe the loyalty card at the pump and use the points to get discounted pricing on gasoline. (You can still use your gas credit card to pay for the purchase.) To get even more points to use for money off gas, buy gift cards at the grocery store for your other shopping needs. Your points will add up faster for bigger savings.
7. Don’t Be Idle
When you stop your RV to park, turn off the engine. Idling uses up gasoline needlessly. Even if you’re just pulling over for a short time, it’s better to turn off the engine than it is to idle.
8. Be the Early Bird
Since fuel is denser at cool temps, and fuel pumps measure by the volume of fuel, you’ll be able to cut down on your fuel costs by fueling up in the morning instead of the afternoon. The savings is small, but over a long period of time, it all adds up.
9. Get a Gas App
Your mobile phone can be your best friend when it comes to saving money at the pump. A gas app, such as Gas Buddy can be used anywhere in the country to tell you instantly what the local gas prices are at nearby gas stations. With this budget saver in tow, you’ll be able to easily choose the cheapest gas station for your next fill up.
These tips to save gas on an RV trip really work. You can use one or more to make a big difference in your wallet, so don’t let the cost of fuel keep you from enjoying the open road to the max!