Green RV Travel

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Green RV Travel


Did you know that RV vacations are more environmentally friendly than fly/drive/hotel vacations? PKF Consulting, an internationally recognized consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, found that families of four taking RV vacations cause less carbon dioxide pollution than if they were to rent a car, travel via plane, or stay at a hotel!


RVs are eco-friendly due to a variety of things! We have compiled some facts to show you just how eco-friendly RV travel can be:


Advancements in RV Manufacturing


  • 80% of RVs sold in the United States are non-motorized and 30% of RV owners have a diesel tow vehicle or motorhome, promoting greater fuel efficiency.
  • Technology has improved and you can lean less on gas generators than ever before!
  • Aluminum, fiberglass, renewable bamboo, and other eco-friendly space-age composites are used to build lighter RVs, making a difference in fuel efficiency and tow weights.
  • While there will always be owners looking for the large models, manufacturers’ creative floor plan designs efficiently work many desirable onboard amenities into smaller footprints without feeling cramped.
  • The lighter building materials coupled with more fuel-efficient chassis production means compact RVs rival the MPGs of some large SUVs and pickups.
  • Manufacturers are designing stylish, sleek front-ends to address wind resistance.
  • RV manufacturers are making increased use of green textiles, renewable woods, power-saving LED light fixtures, and eco-friendly sealants and components. 


Green RVers


RVers have always had a love of the outdoors. A good percentage of RVers say they use solar panels to power some of their on-board systems, and depending on where you are staying, the amount of energy you produce can vary drastically. 


You can help preserve the great outdoors for future generations by following these conservation tips.


  • Keep RV and tow vehicle engines well-tuned to conserve energy and reduce emissions.
  • Always use marked RV campsites so as not to damage natural habitats.
  • Recycle as you travel at the campgrounds or through community programs. Take note of local recycling categories; they may be different from those followed at home.
  • Minimize the use of disposable dishes, cups, and utensils. As convenient as they seem, they create an abundance of trash.
  • Keep campfires small to minimize the amount of ash and pollution. Don’t put anything into the fire pit that will not burn.
  • Observe fire rules, which may change daily with weather conditions.
  • Use non-toxic cleaning supplies and tank additives.
  • Where pets are permitted, keep them indoors, or use a screw-in stake. Tying them to trees can damage fragile bark.
  • Work with nature. In hot weather, use natural shade, awnings and canvas covers instead of the AC. In cold weather, the park where the RV will be protected from the wind and warmed by sun exposure.
  • A recent survey showed that more than two-thirds of RVers minimize water use on trips, almost half recycle more on RV vacations than on other types of vacations, and nearly half turn off home utilities before they hit the road.
  • In addition, 94% of all RVers travel with 2-7 people, meaning the vehicles get more people miles per gallon.


If you are looking into traveling green in an RV, you can look at Bretz RV & Marine’s fine selection of RVs! Just follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to drive in an eco-friendly manner this summer!


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