Cheap fuel is a thing of the past, and though there have been some tax breaks for the driver over the last six months or so, high fuel prices are set to stay as oil supplies are dwindling. For motorhome owners, this cost just gets passed on and the price of your motorhome holiday can really be affected by fuel prices. So, here are a few tips for reducing the fuel you use and saving money on your next trip:
Towing Could be Efficient
Motorhomes are not particularly economical vehicles when compared to cars. Many motorhome owners find if they’re travelling a lot around one particular campsite, maybe doing day trips or outings, then it makes much more sense to do those miles in a car. Savings are there for motorhome owners, but it’s worth remembering that your motorhome insurance won’t cover you for towed cars: you’ll need specific car insurance for that.
Look for Alternative Power
Diesel is more or less the only way to get your motorhome engine going at the moment, but there are alternative ways of powering all the extras. Fuel cells are becoming more popular and for some time we’ve seen motorhome owners using solar panels to give their electricity supply a green boost. This is a great way of saving on diesel prices.
Think about your Driving Style
Most motorhomes have a poor fuel economy which isn’t helped by high revs, sharp braking and big hills. If you find your fuel economy is consistently below what your manufacturers claimed, it’s time to think about economical driving. Make sure you’re always using the highest gear possible without stalling your motorhome and try to avoid things like engine braking or slowing yourself down with gears: they will suck up extra fuel.
Efficiency savings are there to be had for most of us, but you need to balance convenience against savings. Sometimes you just need to suffer the price to get the holiday you want. Either way, high fuel prices are here to stay so the more efficient your motorhome habits are, the more you stand to save in the future.