For a few months now, Americans have been hurting at the pump, but with a recent dip in gas prices, now is the perfect time to get out on the road in your RV. This month, gas prices hit a low for 2014 when AAA reported a national average gas price of $3.267 per gallon, and this downward trend is only expected to continue in the coming months. But, then again, gas prices fluctuate often and can be unpredictable. They tend to rise in the spring and summer when more people are out on the roads. No one really knows how long this dip will last, so now’s the time to take that RV road trip you’ve been dreaming of. Jump in your RV, hit the road today and get the most bang for your buck at the pump.
Great News for Snowbirds or Cold Season Road Trippers
While many RVers are headed south for the winter, others are putting their RVs away for the season. But now that we’re seeing extra low gas prices, this might be a good year to delay putting your RV away.The gas price plunge is great news for Snowbirds and cold season road trippers. If you’ve never ventured out in your RV during the colder months, you are really missing out. Hunting trips, fall nature getaways, ski weekends—there are a ton of reasons in fall and winter to take a short trip in your travel trailer, motorhome, camper or toy hauler. Best of all, peak camping season has passed, so you’ll be able to reserve all the best spots in your favorite RV parks. Avoid the crowds and live it up while gas prices are still low.
Other Ways To Save at the Pump
1. Buy a Fuel Efficient RV
If you’re in the market to buy an RV, there are plenty of options to choose from. Check out our blog on RVs with the Best MPG for some tips and other things to look for in a fuel efficient RV.
2. Do Your Research
Plan your route to and through the states where gas prices are lowest right now. Who knows, maybe following those low gas prices will lead you on a fantastic adventure to places you’ve never explored before.
3. Check Your Tire Pressure
Your engine has to work harder to turn underinflated tires, so check your tire pressure regularly. If you do regular checks on your RV, add this to the list or, better yet, complete this task every time you fill up.
4. Keep A Maintenance Schedule
A big factor in improving your RV’s fuel efficiency is taking care of the engine. Oil changes, tune ups—if the owner’s manual recommends it, you should be doing it. Following the manufacturer’s advice on maintenance and service will extend the life of your vehicle. If you need help keeping track of which service tasks need to be completed and when, download the RV Owner app from the Google Play store. Don’t worry, iOS users, an iPhone and iPad friendly version is coming soon to the Apple Store.
5. Think Ahead: If it Seems Like it Will Cause Your Engine to Work Harder, it Probably Will
Following a few basic fuel economy tips, whether you’re in your RV or cruising around in your town car, will help improve your overall efficiency in the end and save you some cash. Extra weight, add-ons that aren’t aerodynamic and create drag, accelerating and braking frequently, running the A/C—all of these things cause your engine to work harder. To keep conscious of your RV’s fuel economy, keep these following tips in mind:
Pack wisely: Only pack what you need and try for lightweight items when possible. Just think, everything you bring aboard is one more item your engine has to haul. Additionally, you may want to rethink that roof rack. RVs are designed to be aerodynamic in most cases and items that stick out beyond the exterior of your RV can cause drag.
Only run the A/C or heater when necessary: At this time of year, inevitably you’re going to have to run your heater, but just be aware of it. When you’ve warmed up, turn it off. You want to stay comfortable, but try to only use the A/C or heater when you need it.
Keep a constant speed whenever possible: If you’re not in a hurry to get anywhere, just settle on a speed in the right lane, cruise and enjoy the ride. A constant pace will allow you to take in the sights and save you money at the pump. Braking and accelerating burn more fuel, so sit just sit back and relax when you can and enjoy the open road.
If you need help choosing a fuel efficient RV or have general questions about improving the mileage on your RV, contact us. If you need to schedule an appointment for service on your RV, you can contact our service department directly or schedule an appointment from the RV Owner app after you download it on your Android phone.
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