What doesn’t attract you? The hefty amount you have to spend on gas. Your RV already costs a pretty penny at the pump, so there’s no reason to spend even more than you have to. One of the best ways to keep costs down is to maximize fuel efficiency, ensuring that your motorhome doesn’t burn fuel inefficiently and guzzle down more gas than necessary.
Here are some of the best ways to maximize fuel efficiency so you can save the environment and put those pennies to better use.
Align Your Wheels
Believe it or not, poorly aligned wheels do more than just annoy the driver. They also reduce fuel economy, causing you and your motorhome to work harder to go in a straight line. No good. Instead of hoping for the best, get your alignment checked every 6-12 months and any time you hit a rough bump, pothole or curb, which can knock it out of place. You should get all steering and suspension components checked at this time, because it’s possible for some to be in alignment and others out, and you won’t hit that peak fuel economy mark until everything is in order.
Make Sure Tires Are Properly Inflated
Under- or overinflated tires can cause series fuel inefficiencies, not to mention other problems. Overinflated tires are more likely to pop on the road, while those without enough air destroy your rims and get worn out more quickly. But most importantly, when tires are at correct pressure, it puts less stress on the engine, meaning you burn fuel more efficiently. Use a good pressure gauge to check tires and ensure they’re at proper levels.
Stop Moving the Steering Wheel So Much!
All of the meandering back and forth in your lane hurts your gas mileage and also increases to the wear and tear on your tires. You should drive smooth like butter. The trick is to keep your eyes close to the horizon of the road rather than on the ground right in front of your motorhome. You should notice that when you do this it becomes easier to drive in a smooth line and you won’t have to keep adjusting the steering wheel as much.
Don’t Idle Excessively
This one is fairly obvious, but it’s surprising how many people still do it. If you’re going to be parked for more than 5 minutes, turn off the vehicle. It’s true that it is moderately more fuel efficient to leave the motorhome running if you’ll just be stopped for a minute or two, but more than that and you’re not getting any benefits. Kill it.
Get Your Motor Serviced Regularly
Did you know that something as simple as replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve your fuel efficiency by as much as 40 percent? When your oxygen sensor isn’t working properly, your RV can’t manage the air/fuel mix nearly as efficiently. The result is wasted gas and reduced mileage per gallon. This is just one example of a part that reduces fuel economy; there are many more. Get your motorhome serviced according to the recommended maintenance schedule so you can be sure to get professional eyes on all the components, including bad sensors and dirty filters.
Use the Right Motor Oil
Motor oil is crucial to help lubricate parts and keep them working so that the engine can use gasoline to keep your vehicle moving. When you use the wrong grade of motor oil, you compromise how well that system can work, and reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent. Choose the right motor oil – there are multiple grades for both gas and diesel engines – and replace it regularly.
But the best way to maximize fuel efficiency in your motorhome? Why, to stop and stay awhile, of course! If you’d like to take a load off and just enjoy the gorgeous scenery, come check out a destination such as Crossing Creeks RV Resort and Spa, with plenty to keep you entertained. With a clubhouse, fitness center, tennis courts, showers and more, there’s more than enough to keep you busy while you give your motorhome a rest!