Save Money by Improving Your Caravan’s Fuel Efficiency

Feb 11, 2016

If you recently purchased or rented a caravan, you might have noticed the increase fuel consumption. Increased fuel consumption can end up destabilizing your liquidity position due to increased expenses on fuel.

Tentatively speaking there is a wide range of factors that determine the fuel consumption rate of a caravan, for example, the engine model, caravan’s condition and tuning, weather, tires, the terrain and the driver’s style. However, there are some classic factors that caravan owners can look into and address their fuel consumption headache. These factors include:

Check on the caravan’s mass

The golden rule is; the lighter the caravan weighs, the lesser its consumption. The main variable to look at here is your gross combined mass (GCM). If you are travelling over long distances, always keep your caravan’s weight at an optimal weight. Avoid overloads as this will increase your fuel expense.

Aerodynamics

It isn’t rocket science that most towed vehicles have poor aerodynamics. This makes them consume more fuel as they try to cut through the air. To solve this, improve the aerodynamics of your caravan by installing equipment such as wind deflectors and other aerodynamic boosters.

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Further, you can do away with your roof hacks if you do not need them as they worsen the caravan’s aero dynamism. Finally, if you are in the market for a new caravan, go for one that can cut through the air better. It will save you lots of cash on fuel.

The engine factor

This is probably the simplest of them all. Your tow vehicle should be serviced before you take to the roads. Why so? A poor engine in bad condition will burn fuel less efficiently and will have more stops at the fuel station which will cost you. 

Tyre condition

Always check the pressure of your tow vehicle and caravan’s tyres before going for a drive. Of course, this as all to do with safety but it also makes sense from a financial perspective. Why so? Under-inflation increases, friction on your tyres and consequently more fuel and energy is used to keep you on the road. Balancing of tyres is also an important area to look at; well-aligned tyres for both caravan and car reduces their wear and tear and consumes less fuel.

The driver

Finally, it is all down to your driving if you are to save money on fuel. Always ease your foot press on the accelerator, remember you are not in a race. Further, move up your gears smoothly while observing the road’s speed limit. Also, reducing the number of stops will significantly reduce your fuel consumption rate. If you can improve your driving skills, you stand a chance of slashing your fuel costs by a large percentage. 

Owning a caravan brings convenience in travelling, and is a good way to get across the country. However, if not well managed, it can result in high fuel cost to the driver. The above tips can be your foundation on how to save on fuel cost while driving a caravan.

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