With fuel costs soaring, like most RV’ers you’re scrambling for ways to save both diesel and dollars.
Fortunately, there are some effective means for cutting down on your engine’s fuel consumption and at the same time extending the life of your RV’s engine.
One of the most common practices among RV motorists which can make a significant difference in fuel cost as well as engine performance is over-idling. Often done under the mistaken assumption that it is necessary for proper engine performance, idling for extended periods has some adverse consequences beyond the cost of wasted fuel.
Your RV’s diesel engine has a specific operating temperature, with a cooling system matched to those specifications. The coolant is most effective at higher engine RPM’s. Idling for too long, consequently, runs a greater risk of engine overheat than driving the vehicle at speed from a stop.
Additionally, over-idling will result in carbon build-up in your engine, which will not only hinder its performance, but increase required maintenance and potentially shorten its life.
When it does come time to roll up to the pumps for refueling, it’s also time to check a few other items: tire pressure, fuel filter(s); look for signs of leakage under your engine. It’s also advisable to refuel more frequently so as to avoid water condensation in your fuel lines.
Every little bit helps when it comes to getting the most out of your fuel dollars, and your RV’s diesel engine.