Monday, December 5, 2022


Trim your RV weight and increase storage space, too


By Adrienne Kristine
There is a direct connection between reducing the weight inside your RV and increasing the mileage for every gallon of expensive gas you purchase. Storage space is limited, but you can make the best use of the space you have by thinking outside the box or can.

When you shop for groceries and sundries for your home, you can take advantage of sales on bulk items without worrying about the weight and space to store them. In an RV, weight decreases mileage and storage space is limited.

Think light. Round cans create unusable space and add weight.

Think dehydrated. Can you purchase the same item, such as soup, vegetables or fruit, in dehydrated form?

Think square. Most of us have a drawer or shelf full of assorted plastic containers. Swap round containers for square with your neighbors or go to the dollar store. They’re inexpensive and you can purchase several sizes for under $10.

Think bags instead of boxes. Cereal is light but bulky. Pour the cereal into a plastic gallon freezer bag (more expensive but stronger with less chance of tearing). Remove the air, seal the bag and it can be stacked just about anywhere.

Think envelopes. Gravy, spaghetti sauce, taco seasoning, etc., can be found in packets. Fill any gaps on your shelves with these small, thin items instead of cans or jars.

Think configuration. Most toilet paper four-packs are stacked two-on-two. Open the package and fill spaces on your shelf with individual rolls. You can do the same with paper towels. Both will eliminate items rattling on the shelves.

Think size. After you have arranged your shelves and drawers to your satisfaction, you can only replace an item with one of equal size.

Think time. Remember to mark the date and cycle food to the front so items with a short shelf life can be used before expiration.

A little time spent planning now can save weight, space, time and money very soon.


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Bob p
3 months ago

It’s true weight costs mpg, however aerodynamics is the largest mpg robber. Example SAE towing ratings for pickup trucks. A certain amount of weight is loaded onto a flatbed trailer and the truck is driven over a designated course to test the tow rating. Now hook a large rectangular box behind it and watch it struggle to meet the tow rating. The more aerodynamic you can be the better your fuel economy will be. Along these same lines speed is your enemy for mpg, many tests have been conducted and the results are always the same. Once you drive over 55-60 mph your mpg starts to fall, I have found over 40 years of camping, that most vehicles whether pulling a trailer or driving a motorhome that around 60 mph I get the best mpg. The engine is running at a RPM that is very close to its most efficient speed as far as torque and horsepower is concerned. Check the specs on your engine, where you reach maximum torque is where your best mpg will be.

3 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Very interesting! Thanks for the insights.

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