For the sake of the planet and your purse, it is worthwhile taking a few measures to try to reduce the fuel needs of your camping vehicle as much as possible.Of course you could always choose to forgo the motorised transport all together and travel under your own steam on foot or by bike, carrying a tent with you and enjoying an entirely different sort of camping holiday. If, however, that is definitely not your cup of tea, you can still be sensible about your fuel consumption and reduce the carbon footprint of your camping trip by remembering the following:
Make sure your vehicle is in good repair:
It is always a good idea to give your motorhome or campervan a good look over before you head off. Make sure you check the oil and lights and top up the screen wash. Make sure your vehicle is serviced regularly. Even a minor problem can result in a massive drop in fuel efficiency.
Check those tyres:
Do you always check the pressure on your tyres before you set off? You should. Tyres that are not at the correct pressure can cost you time and money on the road.
Keep weight to a minimum:
When it comes to camping, some people like to take as little as possible while others like to bring everything, including the kitchen sink. When you pack up, think about whether you really need to lug all those heavy things around and consider how extra weight also equals extra money spent on fuel.
Turn off heating and air-con when not absolutely necessary:
It is all well and good staying comfortable but if you are someone who loves to have the heating on full blast just to feel snug, or have the air-con running on a cool day then remember that turning them off will save a lot of fuel over the course of a longer journey.
Plan your route carefully:
The route you take to your destination will also have a bearing on fuel consumption. Try to research your route and avoid any traffic black spots or busy roads where the driving will be more stop-start. Make sure you know where you are going so you do not drive extra, unnecessary miles.
Don't idle excessively:
When you are stopped, stop. There is no point running the engine for a long time when you are not going anywhere – it all uses fuel remember, all to no purpose. On campsites and in the countryside, be considerate to other campers and keep that engine off as much as you can.
Drive more slowly and more smoothly:
At the end of the day, how much fuel you manage to save on a trip depends to a large extent on how well the vehicle is driven. Keep your speed below 60 mph and try not to speed up or slow down too suddenly or too often. The more slow and steady you can be with your driving, the more fuel you can save – and those savings can really add up.