RV Fuel And Electrical Efficiency - How To Maximize Each

by : Arthur Fletcher

RV's, or recreational vehicles, are a very popular means of travel. Not only do they come in many sizes and styles, but they serve as a great way to see the country without having to make hotel reservations, buy plane tickets, or spend a ton of money to vacation in style. With an RV you get the comfort of your own home, yet can take it wherever the roads lead.

By traveling all of the country you will see many of the sights that you've longed for, and can simply keep on going if you do not feel like staying at one particular destination. With family and friends together in your RV, you have a lot of time to spend together enjoying the scenery along the way.

RV's contain all the modern conveniences of your own home, such as a fully equipped kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. Some even have extra amenities that may include a built in television, surround sound stereo, and more.

The main down side to this wonderful mode of transportation is that they can really break the budget when it comes to fuel. RV's do have larger tanks, averaging around 55 gallons in capacity, but the larger RV's use a great deal of fuel.

Even the smaller ones can put a dent in your wallet if you are on an extended trip. That doesn't even take into consideration the electrical usage drawn by many of the extra amenities.

While fuel and electricity usage are a normal part of a recreational vehicle expense, there are ways you can lower your costs so you aren't breaking the bank every time you take a family vacation. Simple steps like turning off the lights while traveling during the daytime can help you save money and maximize your electric usage.

The same can be said about appliances; if you do not need them, they should not be left on. Look instead for alternative methods of power such as the sun to provide light in the RV during the day. By buying an RV that can use solar power you will considerably lessen your cost on electricity.

Solar modules can easily be installed if you do not have them available to you. They are used to charge the RV's batteries so that you are not expending all the electricity. This can mean additional and significant savings on your fuel, which is quite expensive almost anywhere.

Another way to save on fuel costs is to routinely change your oil and make sure you get a thorough tune up when needed. Attention to these details keeps the RV running very efficiently to save you money in the long run.

Gasoline costs are going through the roof. Increasing the fuel efficiency of any vehicle - especially an RV - is more imperative than ever. Fortunately, by understanding what it takes to run an RV and maximize efficiency, your purchase and subsequent use doesn't have to be as expensive as you might otherwise think. You simply need to be prudent in your care and use of the vehicle.