If you’ve ever wondered how to reduce your carbon footprint for your next RV trip, guess what: you already are! An internationally recognized consulting firm specializing in tourism and travel knowledge conducted a study with families taking vacations in their RV, finding clear evidence that they produce less carbon dioxide than vacations involving planes, car rentals, and hotels–that means you’re already going green!
These days, RV manufacturers are making significant advancements in designing vehicles that impact the environment less and less. Many carry lighter materials such as aluminum and fiberglass that lessen tow weights and provide better gas mileage. Smaller units have become increasingly popular, such as the Little Guy Travel Trailer, which are lighter to tow and increase fuel efficiency. Even renewable woods, green textiles, and LED lighting have found their way into RV interiors, making them more eco-friendly than ever.
Apart from these “new and improved” techniques, we’ve found a few going green practices for making your RV even more sustainable:
1. Recycle at RV parks or campsites – this includes plastic, paper and cans. Additionally, don’t leave your campsite or hookup spot with a huge mess for someone else to clean up. It’s poor camping etiquette!
2. Reduce usage of disposable items, such as dishes and utensils in favor of washable plastic plates. The less trash, the better!
3. Save energy. Turn lights off when you’re not using them. Invest in solar panels for the roof of your RV that can save up to 90% of generator power. Open windows and breathe in fresh air instead of turning on the air conditioning. Change your lightbulbs to energy-saving LED lights.
4. Use better-performing fuel. Consider buying a “Flex-Fuel” rig that runs on E-85 Ethanol-based fuel if you’re towing a small to medium sized trailer. For the diesel engines, bio-diesel fuel is making its way into the mainstream, feeding off of natural sources such as vegetable oil instead of non-renewable resources.
5. Keep campfires small and don’t put anything in the fire that does not burn or releases toxins into the air. Large fires create unnecessary ash and pollution.
These practices will get you on your way to going green while RVing! For more information on how you can leave less of a footprint while you’re RVing, click here.