Economical riding in a motorhome or with a trailer

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Many people believe that eco-driving, or eco-driving, is all about reducing fuel consumption. This is obviously the most important aspect of saving, but not the only one. When driving a motorhome or car with a caravan, it will also be ecological to save electricity and water.

Some drivers will certainly be convinced by the ecological arguments, but for most drivers the economic aspects will be much more convincing! Eco-driving simply pays off, and this is of particular importance on long journeys. When we travel thousands of kilometers with our motorhome, every one liter saved per 100 km gains financial importance.

Stay calm

Driving style is the most important. If we accelerate dynamically and brake sharply, we consume a lot of fuel, and at the same time affect the intensive use of many vehicle components. When driving like this, the car simply wears out faster and burns more. Therefore, learn to accelerate gently and start braking early enough. If you see that you will have to stop before the next traffic lights in a moment, do not accelerate unnecessarily, and then brake hard, but let the car calmly "roll" to the vehicle in front of you.

Also, when driving outside the city , try to drive in a gentle and relaxed manner . This doesn't mean you have to drive slowly! It is important to avoid violent behavior. You can go at a fairly high speed as long as you reach it by accelerating gently and brake early enough afterwards.

If your car is equipped with a computer showing the current fuel consumption, use this function. If you look at the display every now and then, it will be easier for you to understand when consumption increases and decreases. Make ecological driving fun - for example, try to keep fuel consumption as low as possible over the longest possible distance. If you have cruise control, activate it when the engine has reached a low fuel consumption level when driving on a highway.

Electricity and aerodynamics

But it's not just your driving style that matters. Tire pressure is too low to increase fuel consumption, so it is worth checking them regularly. Consumption is also influenced by the use of "power-hungry" on-board equipment such as air conditioning, so only use them when you really need them. But beware - in hot weather it is usually better to use the air conditioning than to drive with the windows open . The airflow that disrupts the aerodynamics will translate even more into a high bill at the service station.

For the same reason, it is better to opt for a bicycle rack mounted on the back of a car or trailer than on the roof. It is also worth ensuring that the car or trailer is evenly loaded . Luggage should definitely be well fastened so that it does not "fly" inside.

In the case of camping vehicles, an additional element of an ecological journey will be the sensible use of water tanks and additional batteries at a standstill. The rule is simple - let's save! So let's not use water from the tank if there is an external water source in the area. Before we turn on the electrical device, let's think twice if it is really necessary in a given situation. And again - the point is not not to use the amenities that a motorhome or caravan is equipped with, but to use them wisely. Let us turn off the lamps when not in use and close the windows when the heating is on.

By using less fuel, less water, less energy - we can significantly reduce travel costs. Even small savings, if we sum them up per year, can translate into benefits that can be calculated into completely real money. Eco-driving should be of special importance to caravanning enthusiasts, because they travel a lot and use many devices while traveling. And if so, they also have a lot to show off.


Sometimes it is better to get lost than to ask for directions too much. Aldous Huxley

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