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RV Maintenance Tips: Fuel for Thought and Idle Suggestions

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.

RV Maintenance Tips for The Cummins Diesel

Nothing can put a damper on that cross-country RV trip to see the grand-kids, like engine troubles in the middle of nowhere. Your Cummins diesel engine was built to give you hundreds of thousands of trouble-free miles on the road – provided you kick in a little TLC along the way.

Here are a few suggested precautions you can take to ensure your travel plans do indeed go as planned:

1. Idle Worship is a Sin – While it’s a good idea to let your Cummins diesel engine idle for about 10 seconds before take-off in normal weather conditions, you can avoid problems like overheating and carbon build-up by otherwise keeping the idling to a minimum.

2. Proper Diet is Essential – Yes, your engine needs to watch what it eats (or drinks) just like you. Keep a list handy of the recommended replacement parts and fluids for you Cummins. Avoid bargains if they mean straying from those prescribed for your engine model.

3. Take Her Temperature – Cummins recommends operating your engine under light load until the coolant temperature reaches 150 degrees.

4. Check Your Oil, Mister? – The suggested interval for changing the oil in your Cummins can vary with the model anywhere from 15,000 – 18,000 miles. Bear in mind that if your RV has been sitting in the driveway since last year’s trip to the Grand Canyon, you’ll want to replace that oil regardless of mileage. Always change the oil filter whenever you replace the oil.

Stay on top of your Cummins diesel RV’s maintenance schedule, keep accurate service records, and you’ll save yourself time for the really important things – like figuring out how to open those photo files the grand-kids sent to your email.