Summer means the beginning of the motorhome season, with places to visit and moments of distraction. With gas prices leading the way, you're going to want to know about how to reduce fuel consumption. Luckily, there are some simple ways to increase the fuel efficiency of your recreational transportation and save money on gas.
Before hitting the road for the first time this season, do a rigorous review. Remember that, for example, when you have your motorhome stored, the batteries lose their charge. You will also be able to see how the tires lose air and some components deteriorate. Therefore, it is important that you check your air filters at least every six months and replace them if they are dirty. Dirty or clogged filters have the potential to make the engine compensate by increasing the proportion of fuel injected into the cylinders.
Making small changes can lower your load by hundreds of pounds. Among other things, it carries only the proportion of cold water that it requires to reach its destination. Fill the tank when you need it when you arrive and empty the water tank to the minimum of the trip before leaving. Stock up on heavy supplies, like firewood, at the destination site. All of this helps put less demands on the engine and this translates into fuel savings.
Under inflated tires have the potential to have a negative effect on fuel consumption. To avoid this, check your tire pressure before you set out (and periodically while traveling. Do this, especially after sudden changes in altitude or temperature) to make sure it matches the manufacturer's suggestions. If your tires are below the suggested inflation pressure, your fuel efficiency may drop by 3%. '
An uneven organization of weight can cause your motorhome to sway and have a negative impact on its handling. Try to hold the heaviest items closer to the transport floor and balance the load at the front, rear, and sides. Not only will this save gas, it will also contribute to safer driving.
Use your dash air conditioner only when it is absolutely essential. Using dash air at full throttle lowers fuel efficiency by 5 to 25 percent. Therefore, take advantage of enjoying the fresh air in places with a more pleasant climate.
Sharp accelerations and light driving have the potential to quickly drain the fuel tank.
Therefore, maintaining a recurring agility and taking things easy when leaving the stops can help. Speeding and fast accelerations reduce fuel consumption by 15 to 30 percent.
All these tips can be put into practice right now in your motorhome. It is up to you to adopt each of these concepts without putting your trip at risk. Fuel should be a serious consideration. Your savings can also help you extend the life of your engine.