Our family recently returned from a huge cross-country road trip in a RV. We thoroughly enjoyed traveling by RV (what other vehicle has enough room for 8 people to comfortably travel and sleep?), but the cost of fuel was a large portion of our budget. Here are 4 ways we worked to save money on fuel during our trip:
1. Drive slower than the speed limit. Many of our miles we clocked on freeways that offered maximum speed limits of up to 75 mph, but driving at that speed burns fuel at an incredible rate. We found the best mile per gallon rate was attained at traveling around 60 mph, even less if when there was crazy wind through Wyoming.
2. Accelerate slowly. Building speed is where you lose the most fuel per mile, so be patient and get to your desired speed slowly. The bigger your rig, the more important this principle.
3. Make your vehicle as light as possible, especially if you’re driving a RV.Drain your tanks frequently so you’re not hauling unnecessary waste water. Rent a car at your various destinations or pack bicycles instead of towing a car for day trips.
4. Know which gas stations sell fuel for less in different regions. Because we have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of our lives, we didn’t even know that Murphy USA existed. Murphy USA offers 10-15¢ per gallon discounts with the Walmart Gas Rollback program. We were able to fill up on our way to Minnesota’s Mall of America for less by driving by familiar gas stations and stopping at a Murphy USA location.
What are ways you save money on fuel while on a road trip?
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