1. Well (take) your vehicle for service
Proper maintenance of the “mechanics” of the engine house is elementary. A badly overhauled engine consumes more fuel. Regular monitoring thus enables reduction of polluting emissions by up to 20%. It is further estimated thata clogged air filter can increase fuel consumption by about 3% : same for used fuel filter. If your newer diesel vehicle has an AdBlue® tank, you are helping to improve air quality. In another registry, good tire pressure is essential: Don’t forget to check it regularly. A difference of one bar can create an overconsumption of 6%!
2. Avoid overloading your vehicle
During the trip, it is important to take only the most necessary things. It’s an intangible law of physics: the amount of energy needed to move a camper increases with the weight to be moved. Certain external accessories (carriers, roof boxes, bike racks) also lead to an increase in consumption (up to 20% more). Good to know and always a winner!
3. Install solar panels
When you decide to park outside the campsite or service area, it is not possible to connect to the electricity grid: power is then supplied from the auxiliary battery. It is possible to partially supply it with solar panels mounted on the roof of the vehicle. This improves the range of the wheelhouse and avoid systematic driving to charge the auxiliary battery.
4. Change your habits
Clean water is especially used for the toilet: also consider shorter showers. You can also invest in a small outdoor shower whose pocket, often with a capacity of 8 liters, heats up in the sun. There are even water filtration systems that make it possible to drink tap water from a mobile home or filter waste water!
5. Why go far?
Why not slow down the pace of your vacation? Why not look for an experience, not a destination? A change of scenery is not necessarily combined with distance. Buy a travel guide relevant to your department, your region, and you’ll quickly discover that there are a thousand and one things to do and see that you may not have known existed. I motorhome is certainly the vehicle most suitable for switching to “slow tourism” mode..
6. Long live ecological driving
A smooth, calm and constant speed can reduce fuel consumption by 20% on the highway and 40% in the city. All these small reflexes allow significant fuel savings. With the gestures of ecological driving, you can save 1 to 5 liters per 100 km and reduce your travel bill while limiting particle emissions!
7. A gourd and a can instead of a plastic bottle
You can easily ignore the mineral water bottles that take up space. This is for the benefit of the flasks we will be filling as we go. Some even have the specialty of being able to filter water and make it drinkable, even better ! Drinking water, collected for example from public taps, can also be stored in dedicated 5 l or 10 l buckets. We no longer count cosmetics in solid form: toothpaste, shampoo, soap and deodorant. They take up less space and eliminate waste.
8. I buy local products, I go to markets
Traveling is an opportunity to focus on the local. This is an opportunity to go to the markets and discover local, fresh products, without plastic packaging. The market days site provides information on market days and times throughout France. Consider also commercial farmers who buy seasonal fruits and vegetables directly from producers. If you cook hot, favor quick cooking and adopt the “one pot” (one dish) technique in order to limit washing and save water in particular. Also, don’t forget to cover the pots when heating the water.
9. When I park, I pay attention to nature
If the place is quiet and clean, let it stay that way. Similarly, try as much as possible not to disturb wildlife, and especially avoid throwing away trash cans, plastic bags, cigarettes, and papers. For emptying waste water and chemical toilet cassettes, use the designated platforms in campsites or in service and parking areas. There is no question of emptying in nature!