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Maximize Your RV’s Fuel Efficiency

Photo credit: Drew Domkus
Photo credit: Drew Domkus

5 Tips to Maximize Your RV’s Fuel Efficiency

As you gear up for your next RV trip, you’re probably keeping a close eye on gas prices. Filling up your RV’s tank is a big hit to your wallet and it can quickly eat away at your travel budget. To help ease the burden, here are five tips to make sure you’re getting the best fuel efficiency possible for your RV. You’ll be one happy camper when you discover how much you can save:

1.       Travel lightly

Be selective about what you take with you. It’s easier said than done, but the lighter your RV, the less gas it will use. Keep in mind that towing and rooftop storage come at a large fuel expense. Try to consolidate as much as possible to avoid these added accessories.

2.       Watch your speed

You bought an RV so you could explore the country, right? Slowing your speed will help you do just that, and it will save gas. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, for every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph you should expect to pay an additional $0.25 per gallon of gas. Use cruise control when road conditions allow and look for two-lane alternate routes as opposed to major interstates. These are more scenic and generally have lower speed limits.

3.       Only stop when necessary

Your RV uses a lot of fuel when you initially accelerate up to speed. This is particularly true when you’re merging onto a highway because acceleration is more rapid. So as good as that hamburger and milkshake sounds, try to limit unnecessary stops by packing food to eat along the way.

4.       Make selective stops

Similar to only stopping when necessary, make sure that when you do stop everything you need is in one location (or within walking distance). Map out your stops ahead of time. This will also allow you to look for stops that have gas stations with lower gas prices or that offer frequent buyer discounts or specials.

5.       Properly maintain your RV and tires

Maintaining your RV inside and out not only helps it run better and longer, it also reduces fuel consumption. Your tires are an essential element to maintain; over or underinflated tires can rapidly chip away at your fuel economy.


Improving fuel efficiency is just one way to keep a little extra money in your pocket. Another good way to grow your travel budget is to make sure you have the best RV insurance coverage for your needs. To get started, check out these RV insurance rates .

Note: Sponsored content was created and provided by Nationwide Insurance.

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