Can you guess the most common concern for new RV buyers? If the title didn’t give it away, here it is: fuel economy. Take a look to see how to find the most fuel efficient RVs on the market today.
Once you’ve been out on the road a few times in an RV, you’ll probably find fuel expenses aren’t quite as high as you were expecting. Yes, recreational vehicles don’t get as many MPGs as your regular car but (unless you’re a full time RVer) you won’t be filling up as regularly.
Even still, it’s good to look for a few key features that make your RVs fuel tank take less of a hit on your wallet.
1. Diesel RVs
“Huh?” is what you’re probably thinking, because diesel fuel is usually pricier than good ol’ gasoline. But, a diesel engine will likely save you money overall. Here’s why:
First, diesel engines often get more miles per gallon than those that run on gasoline. And, diesels usually have a longer lifespan, saving you money on an engine or vehicle replacement in the future. Diesel pusher RVs, in particular, are especially fuel efficient: because the engine doesn’t have to work as hard, they are more durable. You may spend a little more on fuel to begin with, but with an engine that’ll last significantly longer, you’ll save quite a bit of cash over time.
Some of the best Diesel Class As are made by Winnebago, a company that prides itself on manufacturing the “most fuel-efficient motorhomes in the country.” The 2013 Via 25Q is built on a Mercedes-Benz chassis, with fiberglass sidewalls making it both lightweight and strong. Plus, with two slideouts, it doesn’t sacrifice space in order to decrease weight.
2. Lightweight RVs
This one might seem obvious, but it’s easy to overlook. Moving a lighter vehicle burns less fuel than a heavier one. And especially when it comes to towing, pulling something light is going to save you lots of cash over time. Plus, a lightweight towable is easier to maneuver than its heavier counterparts.
At Guaranty, we love telling our customer about Jayco tent trailers thanks to their fuel efficiency and dedication to the green initiative. The Jayco Jay Flight, like this 2014 154BH, is extraordinarily lightweight compared to other RVs in its class. And a curved front profile means it’s more aerodynamic, and therefore more gas-friendly, too.
3. Newer RVs
The general rule of thumb is that newer models are more fuel efficient. That’s because manufacturers are becoming increasingly savvy and dedicated to producing vehicles with better fuel economy.
How are they doing this? By making them lighter and more aerodynamic, both of which make the RVs more fuel efficient overall. An excellent example of a new RV model with exceptional fuel economy is the 2013 Roadtrek 170 versatile. This motorized class B has higher MPG than other RVs, and its V8 engine has towing power for a boat or other towable. It’s easy to drive, too, and even though it’s a camper van it comes with many of the amenities you’d look for in larger models.
We understand that gas mileage is a concern for our customers, and we’re here to help. If you’d like to know more about the most fuel efficient RVs, please contact us today.