Deciding which campervans and motorhomes to purchase isn’t always an easy or straightforward task as there are a wide number of different features and factors you’ll need to consider. One such factor is fuel efficiency. Although fuel prices may currently be lower than they were in the past, you’ll still want to ensure that whatever vehicle you end up choosing doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to drive.

In this sense, it is important to consider not only the make and model but also the type of fuel it uses. Diesel, petrol, and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) are all options to consider, and unfortunately, the choice between the three often causes much consternation. Luckily, the choice really isn’t all that difficult since the type of fuel directly affects several aspects of the engine’s performance. In this sense, all you need to do is consider how you mostly intend to use your motorhome or campervan and then choose the type of engine that best suits your needs.

Finding the Most Fuel Efficient Camper Van

If your main concern is in finding a fuel efficient camper, the truth is that you’ll probably want to stay away from petrol. Although petrol campervans and motorhomes quieter, smoother and easier to drive, especially in town, they also tend to use up to 40% more petrol than diesel engines. The fuel efficiency decreases even further when petrol engines are taken off-road.

One of the major reasons for this is that petrol engines have less torque than diesel engines. This reduced torque means that a petrol motorhome will often not be able to stay in highest gear when facing strong headwinds or going uphill. In turn, this means that petrol engines need to change gears far more often, which thus increases the amount of fuel they consume.

The main reason that many people still end up choosing petrol engines is that they tend to be cheaper than diesel. However, petrol engines are also much more complex and thus require far more maintenance and repair, which could eventually end up costing you more over the life of the vehicle.

Converting to LPG

In order to cut down on fuel costs, some consumers are choosing to convert their motorhome or campervan to run on LPG. The reason is that LPG currently costs less than half the price of either petrol or diesel due to the fact that it is not taxed in most states. However, should it ever become taxed, the cost benefit would most likely disappear.

One of the major benefits of LPG is that it produces lower emissions, while it is also thought to produce an even smoother running engine than petrol. Reduced wear and tear on the engine should also help lower the overall repair costs. However, petrol engines converted to run on LPG generally use up to 20% more fuel and have about 10% less torque.

Are Diesel Engines Energy Efficient?

For many, diesel is the obvious choice when choosing a campervan due to the increased performance and improved fuel efficiency. When compared with a petrol engine of a similar size, the diesel engine will produce far more torque, which enables them to pull far heavier loads without a problem. Whereas a petrol engine may stall out trying to pull a heavy load uphill, the diesel engine will usually be up to the task.

The fact that diesel engines turn over more slowly also means that they tend to last far longer than petrol engines, which helps to explain why most come with a five-year engine warranty compared to the standard three-year warranty on petrol engines.

Although standard diesel engines are already more fuel efficient, the rate of fuel consumption can be decreased even further by adding a turbocharger and possibly an intercooler. Many larger diesel vehicles now come with turbochargers standard, although you can also have one fitted by a mechanic.

The fact that diesel engines are more powerful, more reliable and more fuel efficient makes them the obvious choice when buying a new campervan or motorhome. When maintained properly, a diesel engine can easily continue running after more than 500,000 km and can easily take you anywhere you want to go—whether off-road or on.

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If you are just starting a campsite, a well-thought-out business plan can be a useful tool for the planning process. Establishing a camping business requires more than just putting together the necessary resources and amenities. You also need to come up with some creative ways in which you can make extra money besides charging camping fees. However, this doesn’t mean that you should exploit your customers to bring in more income; rather, you can come up with a few paying enterprises that will be optional for the campers.

 

Are you wondering how to set up a campsite business and include some enterprises that will generate more revenue? Here are a few revenue-generating ideas that you can include in your business plan for a profitable camp business.

 

Install a Jukebox

Campers love to stay entertained, especially during the evening, and there’s no better way to make this happen than by installing a jukebox. Some of the latest digital jukeboxes on the market come with over 30,000 songs and can access even more online. Campers have to insert a coin for the machine to play their selected song; therefore, you can make some reasonable amounts from it. A jukebox is a viable investment or your campsite business as it has few maintenance requirements. Also, you don’t need extra stuff to oversee its use as it is a coin-operated machine.

 

Set Up a Washing Machine

A commercial washing machine is another great investment to consider for your camping business. Most people would not mind parting with some little money to get their laundry clean during their camping trip. Invest in one or more coin operated washing machines depending on the size of the campsite and the number of clients you have. By investing in reliable brands such as Maytag or LG with regular servicing and proper maintenance, these machines can serve your business for years and generate high profits. You can employ staff to ensure that the machines are used correctly to avoid misuse and regular breakdown.

 

Buy a Soda Vending Machine

A soda vending machine offers an easy and profitable way of selling soft drinks to your campers. You can buy a new one from a soda manufacturer or a generic brand that has been refurbished. The machine may be a costly investment, but it will translate into better profit as you can buy your sodas from the warehouse at a lower price compared to that of the distributor. Make arrangements for this machine in your campsite business plan so that you can hire someone to manage it. Also, you may need to restock daily, especially during the summer when cold beverages are usually in high demand.

 

Set Up a Camp Gears Shop

Numerous outdoor activities take place during camping trips. These include swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting, and much more. Sometimes, campers may come unprepared for these events and will need to purchase gears. You can set up a shop that sells equipment, protecting clothing, and tools that campers require for activities around the area. Assess your campsite and identify all the potential activities so that you can purchase proper gear for them. You can make some good profit, especially if you buy these items from a wholesale distributor.

 

Sell Firewood

Who doesn’t love building a fire while gaming when they are out camping? It may be for warming up during a cold night, setting up a bond fire, or roasting game meat. Whichever the reason, campers are bound to build fires on most if not all nights during their trip. However, not most of them are enthusiastic about looking for firewood, especially if there are no woods or forest around. You can make things easy for them by selling firewood for say one dollar per box. This can be a productive idea, especially if you get the firewood at zero cost.

 

These are some great ideas that you can utilize to make extra money for your campsite business. Include them in your business plan for proper arrangements and acquisition of resources. Also, determine whether you need additional staff for the enterprises to improve their efficiency.

 

Life moves fast all year long, but there’s something about the summer that makes us want to slow down and settle in for some good old fashioned family fun. There are many things to do when camping with family, and most require little more than willing participants and a good imagination.

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A good camping game gets everyone involved, has just a few simple rules to follow so that fun comes first and doesn’t require much equipment that needs to be hauled in and out of the car and camp grounds.

We’ve found some simple ways on how to make camping fun, from new takes on old favorites to travel-friendly 3D puzzles. Camping outdoor activities with family can stimulate the mind and strengthen those family bonds.

Flashlight Tag

A classic for fun camping games, tag gets everyone involved. When it gets dark and the ghost stories have all been heard but campers have yet to wind down, pull out the flashlights for a round of tag. The person who is it holds an unlit flashlight. The rest of the campers have to avoid being tagged by the light. Once you’ve been spotted by the flashlight, it’s your turn to be it.

Capture the Flag

You can bring flags for teams or simply use colored towels for each team. The beauty of this game is that it gets kids moving, strategizing and giggling as they hide their chosen flag or item and then have to search for the other team’s flag. They have to guard their flag while sneaking over to the other team’s area and capturing their hidden flag. The team who finds the first flag is the winner, and the winner has to make the s’mores!

Beep and Find

Hide and seek in the woods can be a bit daunting for families, but add some noise, and you have a fun and multi-layered game for kids of all ages. While hiding in the woods, players have to beep every 30 seconds, giving them an opportunity to find a new hiding place. This is also great for tired parents who can sit at home base, i.e. the campfire, and call out time for players to make their presence known with their beeps.

Scavenger Hunt

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There are a few ways to get into this longtime family favorite. You can bring a list of things to run and rummage through the forest for, with the first one back with the most items named the winner. Or you can gather items as you walk throughout the day for a scavenger hunt around your campfire later that night. One person hides the known items around the campsite and each person has a list of what treasure lies within the glow of the campfire for a safe family activity after the sun goes down.

Name that Tune

No equipment necessary, just a knowledge of your favorite songs and an ability to put your lips together and blow in a melody others can interpret. The only rules are that the first person to name the tune of the player humming their favorite song or jingle wins. If you want to add a bit of electronic spark to your game, you can put an MP3 on speaker and shuffle with a timer that turns it off in just a few seconds.

Snake Cube Puzzle

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Got a kid who can’t let go of the devices for long? This wooden 3D puzzle will keep their hands and minds busy. It’s a classic mechanical puzzle with an artisanal feel. It’s fun and challenging for all ages. The wooden cube is compact when completed and travel-friendly since there are no pieces to keep track of. The snake cube puzzle is perfect for those quiet times around the campfire or long car drives. When you need to pack up the puzzle to a cube, you can find the Serpent Cube Puzzle Solution here.

Ring Toss

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Glow-in-the-dark bracelets, often found at dollar stores, can be used as a nighttime round of ring toss. When the bracelet’s glow goes, you can use them during the day, such as passing from stick to stick without dropping.

Getting out to the great outdoors brings families together in many ways. There is an array of imaginative ideas for fun things to do while camping. Get outdoors and have a great time!