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New Post 2/21/2013 10:33 PM
  TShisler
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Re: Which RV Type is Most Fuel Efficient? 
 lizrfoust wrote
Technically speaking, any RV can become fuel efficient depending on how well you take care of it. Making sure that you regularly check on the engine and the tires is one way for it to be fuel efficient. Weight is also another factor. Of course, the heavier your RV with all the stuff you have here and the things that you pack, the less efficient it is.

Just my two cents.


Well said, liz! And it's true. Looking back, we were actually burning a whole lot more fuel when we started out than now. Apparently, we were packing way too much stuff in our Motorhome so it was always be almost reaching the weight limit. It was only after when we started assessing which ones we really needed and which ones we could just leave behind. It considerably helped us lighten our motorhome.

Choosing also when you set out on your roadtrip and your route also plays a factor. Spending too much time idling while in traffic causes you to spend a lot of fuel. That's also why we usually head out at night when it's a long drive. Lesser traffic and people on the road.
 
New Post 6/7/2014 4:44 PM
  LewisEdge
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Re: Which RV Type is Most Fuel Efficient? 
Motorhomes build on the Mercedes diesel Sprinter chassis are by far the most fuel efficient, but the initial cost of those coaches is dramatically higher, which may erase a lot of the economics of higher fuel mileage. Class B and Class C coaches are both available with a Sprinter chassis. A same-size gasser Class C that sells for about $60,000 would cost about twice as much if built on the Mercedes chassis. Will your friend drive enough to save $60,000 in fuel with twice the mileage but twice the initial cost? Only your friend can answer that question. My calculations are that your break-even point is about 133,333 miles not considering the difference in maintenance costs of diesel engine vs gasoline engine, the higher cost of diesel fuel and that a Mercedes will hold its value better.
 
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