Posted by: Mark Polk | 8:34 am

RV 101 – Tips for Improving RV Fuel Economy

If I told you  there were 7 easy steps you could take to improve fuel economy in your RV and automobiles would you do it? Of course you would! So here they are:

1)  Check and replace your air filter if it’s dirty. A clean air filter can improve your fuel economy up to 10%.

2)   Check and adjust your tire pressure to the proper pressure for the load. This alone can increase fuel economy by 3%, not to mention preventing premature tire wear and failures caused by over or under-inflated tires. Tires can look normal when they are seriously under-inflated. Use a quality air pressure gauge and check your tires when they are cold, before traveling more than one mile.

3)  For every 5 mph you travel over 60mph is equivalent to paying ten cents more per gallon at the pump. If you are traveling down the Interstate at 70 mph add twenty cents to the price at the pump!  Speeding and rapid acceleration reduces fuel economy anywhere from 5 to 33% depending on your individual driving habits.

4)  Keep your vehicles tuned up and in top running condition. A poorly tuned engine can lower fuel economy by 10 to 20%. Poor emissions and/or a faulty oxygen sensor can cause up to 40% reduction in fuel economy.

5)  Following recommended service and maintenance schedules/intervals will save a significant amount of fuel.

6)  Using synthetic oils can increase fuel economy by 2%.

7)   Adding weight that you don’t need reduces fuel economy significantly. A friend once told me, if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months you don’t need it!

See, it really is easy to improve our fuel economy. Try following these 7 easy steps to improve your fuel economy. You and your wallet will be glad you did.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk


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