RV Gas Trip Calculator For Accurate Planning

Planning your next RV adventure but stuck in finalising the budget? Well, I’ve sorted your gas requirement. This RV trip fuel calculator is the perfect online tool to get an estimate. 👇

RV Trip Fuel Cost Calculator

Please fill the MPG (Average MPG is 6 to 10 for gas RVs and 8 to 14 for diesel vehicles)
Please fill the price/gallon (National average is currently $2.87 for Gas & $3.09 for Diesel)

Total Gas Cost $ 00

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5 Best Ways To Save Money On Your RV Trip

Saving money on gas is a good habit & I think you should keep track of it. However, if you have noticed a drastic change in your RV fuel economy, I suggest you follow the given checks to increase the average mpg of your RV.

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1. Drive Slow

The number 1 rule to improve gas mileage is to control speed and drive in the economy range. Depending on the manufacturer and engine, each vehicle offers the best fuel efficiency at a different speed. Here, the average economy speed is between 35 to 50 mph. The fuel economy usually breaks when you exceed 50 mph. According to fueleconomy.gov, you pay an extra $0.23/gallon for each 5 mph in the speedometer.

Note: You should also avoid instant acceleration & braking. This activity burns excess fuel and adds to fuel wastage.

Suggestion: Use cruise control and set an average speed of 45 mph to get the best fuel economy.

Savings: If you slow down 5 to 10 mph, you can cut fuel costs by $3.31/gallon.

2. Don’t Carry Excess Weight

Whether it’s roof-box, extra cargo, or towing, driving with overweight is not recommended. So, what are the mechanics behind this? Excess weight or resistance requires extra power, which burns extra fuel. Given below is the useful data:

  • Case 1: A roof-top and rear-mount cargo box can easily reduce the fuel economy up to 8% in the city & up to 17% on highways. This is caused due to extra wind resistance, also known as drag.
  • Case 2: Towing weight like a container or anything with wheels needs extra power. So, when not necessary, try to remove it to save money on gas.

Tip: I don’t recommend travelling with filled water tanks and anything that can be availed on your campsite.

Savings: If not required, you can save up to $0.56/gallon by not carrying extra weight in terms of roof-box and cargo.

3. Use Apps For Fuel Price

Don’t calculate your fuel cost for an RV trip before checking fuel prices in different parts of a country. The next useful tip to save money on RV gas is to use mobile apps to find better gas prices on the go. You can download mobile apps like GasBuddy to check the nearest gas station price. Here, you can also check the best RV navigation apps for a safe & fun adventure.

4. Keep Mechanical Check

Before planning an RV trip, it is recommended to get your RV checked with any authorised service station or mechanic. Spare parts like an old air filter or spark plug can affect the gas mileage and lead to more expenses. You can also check RV maintenance tips & tricks for more details.

5. Check Tire Pressure

Air pressure is one of the most important factors for a good and bad gas economy. How much does it affect? My answer – It can ruin the entire economy. A study by National Traffic Safety Administration (USA) did research and found that every 1% of air pressure decrease leads to a 0.3% in fuel economy. Below are a few checks:

  • Check the owner’s manual before filling the air.
  • Check air pressure for all tires and keep them at the same level.
  • Keep the pressure at desired level – neither too high nor too low.

I’m pretty sure the RV gas mileage calculator will help you to check and plan your next RV trip. Please let me know If you have any questions about this tool or any RV fuel economy issue in the comment section given below.

Average RV Gas Mileage Chart

RV TypesAverage Mileage
Class A7-13 mpg
Class B18-25 mpg
Class C14-18 mpg

List Of Most Fuel Efficient RV Models

  • Newmar Dutch Star – 8 to 11 MPG
  • Roadtrek Sprinter RS Adventurous – 20 MPG
  • Thor Palazzo – 10 MPG
  • Winnebago View – 16.5 MPG
  • Winnebago Travato 59G – 20 MPG
  • Winnebago Navion Motorhome – 18 MPG

Other models:

  • Roadtrek SS Agile
  • Winnebago Travato
  • Overland Beast MODE 4×4
  • Thor Motor Coach Compass AWD B+

Some Facts related to RV Mileage

Below is the list of the latest RV facts to gas:

  • On average, an RV owner travels about 4,500 miles per year.
  • Around 60% of RV owners don’t care about fuel economy.
  • During camping, an RV owner travels around 190 miles/day.

FAQs

How much gas does an RV use?

Depending on the RV class, length & weight, the average gas economy ranges between 13 to 18.6 mpg. Here, Class A delivers 7 to 13 mpg, Class B offers between 18 to 25 mpg & Class C delivers around 18 to 25 mpg.

How to figure out how much gas you need for an RV trip?

To check RV gas requirements. You can calculate the total fuel cost by a simple calculation – Gallon price x Miles / MPG or use the calculator

Which RV Class offers the best mileage?

With an average fuel economy between 18-25 mpg, Class B RV offers the best mileage.

How long should you drive an RV in a day?

Driving an RV vs a normal car is quite different. Be it ultra-luxury or any class RV, it can’t match the driving quality of a car. Resultant, it is recommended to drive no more than 500 miles (800 km).

Updates:

The future is electric, and the RV industry is going to witness this too. Winnebago RV is working on plug-and-go RV. This will give more freedom to RV owners compared to gas-powered RVs.

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