I was evaluating getting my PUP into a remote site this weekend to do some boondocking/hunting. But the road in is too bad for the poor PUP. But with two engineers in the truck for the two hour ride, we came up with some ideas to increase TV mileage, many of which you know, and some you may not have thought of. Basically, we focused on weight this round: 1. Don't tow with any water in the tanks. That's 120 lbs right there, or more. I'm sure whatever water you can find when you get there will be just fine, so fill up that tank at the destination. Hey look! There's a hose at that dump station! It's free and that hose looks pretty clean. 2. Keep the LP tanks empty. When you get to your site, buy just enough LP to last. When returning home, burn all excess LP. That's 60 lbs if you have dual tanks AND it's all tongue weight! 3. Fill ALL tires in TV and PUP with hydrogen. It's cheap, and even at 32psi, you'll actually still get some lift making the unsprung weight of the vehicle less. Sure, those little molecules will seep right out of those tires, and you'll have to fill them up every 6 hours, and sure it is flammable, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. 4. Ditch all owner's manuals. You've spent enough time reading, now drive. 5. Ok, if the spouse and/or kids aren't totally committed to camping, let's be honest, is it worth the gas to haul their weight? At the first sign of resistance, drop them at grandma's and enjoy the increase in MPG. 6. NEVER fill your gas tank! Keep your TV tank no more than 1/4 full, and it is most efficient to make it to the next fuel stop coasting in on fumes. Luckily, since you complied with #2 above, you don't have to worry about the fridge pilot light being lit during fueling. 7. Chairs? They're just dead weight. The ground is always available where you're going. 8. Replace every light in the TV and PUP with LEDs. Don't forget the glovebox light. This will reduce the electrical load on the TV and the alternator will consume less belt power. We began to do the payback calculations on this mod but it became difficult to predict fuel prices once we got out 20 years. 9. Don't tow food. Food is heavy. They have stores where you're going; buy only what you can eat. If you don't tow food, you also don't tow ice to keep the food cold. 10. Ditch all spare tires. It's a gamble, to be sure, but if you can pull it off, think of the savings! You can also ditch the jacks and lug wrenches. For that matter, 5 lugnuts seems wasteful. Three is the minimum to define a plane... lose two lugnuts times 6 wheels... that's almost a pound of unsprung weight. 11. Got hubcaps or wheel covers on your PUP or TV? Tsk tsk... extra weight. 12. Manufacturer emblems on your PUP or TV? Hey, they aren't paying you for that free advertising for their product, so scrape them off and lighten the load some. If you own a Rolls Royce TV, you will also save on parasite drag when you ditch the hood ornament. Next time we may bring our petroleum engineer out hunting... then we'll have a whole series on things you can do to your fuel and LP systems to get just a wee bit of energy out of the systems. We're also working on a whole series of tips for wastewater. Note: some of these tips MAY be thin attempts at dry humor. This effect would be heightened if you read each tip in Bob Newhart's voice. Until next time... travel light!