You will agree with me when I say that a lot of us have once in our lifetime thought about improving RVs mileage. While today’s vehicles are more fuel-efficient than those from previous generations, there are still further steps you can take to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency even further. In addition to this, improving gas mileage in almost every motorhome is a straightforward process.
Following are some of the steps you can take to increase gas mileage.
- Check the pressure in your tyres. Poor tyres not only affect fuel economy, but they also wear out more quickly. In the event that you are not vigilant about utilising a tyre pressure gauge, you should consider installing a tyre monitoring system that will tell you when it is time to add air to your tyres.
- Oil should be changed on a regular basis, and high-quality or synthetic motor oil should be used to further reduce internal friction.
- It is best to have new spark plugs and wires. Air may be difficult to get to with a dirty air filter, and your engine might be having a hard time because of this. Changing the filter helps you get more air into your engine and is as easy as getting a better air filter.
- To increase your engine’s performance, you might consider a high-flow muffler or headers if you think your exhaust system is choking your engine’s ability to exhale. Also, do remember to clear the catalytic converter.
- Make sure to turn off the engine if you are going to be sitting idle for more than a couple of minutes. Gas engines with equivalent power consumption consume more fuel to idle for a given period of time than diesel engines. Allowing your engine to idle while waiting for a long train to pass or a drawbridge to open is preferable to shutting it down completely while waiting.
- Make sure to slow down. Every extra 5 miles per hour after 65 miles per gallon reduces fuel economy by about 7 percent. Roads with low speed restrictions like byways and country lanes can be a viable alternative because the Interstates are usually fast. On top of that, they’ll take you to beautiful areas you’ll never see from the freeway.
Prevent Fuel Theft:
Installation of a locking cap on the fuel filler is recommended if your motorhome or other vehicles do not have a locking fuel door. Most gasoline-powered coaches make use of a threaded cap, which is readily available at auto parts stores and recreational vehicle dealerships. Locking caps for larger diesel engines may be obtained at truck stops, auto parts stores, and auto repair shops, among others.
Fill the Right Fuel:
Gasoline sold in different parts of the country at different elevations and under different climatic conditions may be blended for usage in the local location. For example, the volatility of gasoline (the capacity of the fuel to evaporate) at sea level can be significantly higher than the volatility of gasoline sold at high altitudes. On a hot day, high-volatility fuel may vapour lock, especially when carried to high altitudes when atmospheric pressure is significantly lower. Compared to fuel-injected engines, carbureted engines have a considerably greater tendency to develop this problem.
Some RVs have large fuel tanks that allow them to travel vast distances on a single tank of fuel. When used in a different climate, gasoline that is not suited to the conditions can cause drivability issues. Extensive storage of diesel fuel in a storage tank may result in contamination with water and/or bacteria, resulting in unsafe driving conditions. Make an effort to fill up at a station that sells a huge amount of diesel fuel to save money. Some small stations are fine for an odd tank of diesel, but for the most part, you’ll want to fill up wherever the big rigs are refueling. Truckers are often aware of where the best gasoline is to be found.
Monitor your tyres:
Tires can have a significant impact on the fuel efficiency of your RV. Your fuel consumption can be negatively impacted by a number of factors, including old, underinflated, and overinflated tires. Check your tire pressure on a regular basis to ensure that it is consistent with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Make sure to inspect your tires after experiencing significant elevation changes as well.
Go easy on Accelerator:
The manner in which you accelerate and brake will have a significant impact on your gas consumption. Driving with the accelerator pedal pressed all the way down, making sudden accelerations from stops, and using other driving methods that increase your RPMs may drain your fuel tank. Maintaining a constant speed, taking it easy from stops, and maintaining a smooth ride will help your truck get more miles per gallon.
Carry Light Weight:
The weight of a vehicle has a significant impact on its fuel economy. The greater the amount of weight you are hauling, the more work your engine has to do. Consider strategies to reduce weight, such as avoiding hauling full propane tanks, purchasing supplies closer to your location, and packing less in general. Making a few minor adjustments will reduce your overall weight by hundreds of pounds.
There is no second opinion about the fact that RV life seems attractive on the outside, but in reality, it can cost you an arm and a leg in terms of fuel. However, if you apply the aforementioned tips, you can easily increase your RV’s average.