Taking your RV on vacation has to be one of life’s most awesome experiences. The thrill of the open road and the adventures you can experience are something that is second to none.
Recreational vehicles come in two main categories – those that are towable and others which are motorized – and there’s a RV for every budget. But whether you choose a fifth wheel, pull-behind, or motorized motor home, vacationing in an RV can be very cost-effective. It’s no wonder that RVs are so popular in the United States.
In fact, U.S. RV ownership has also reached incredible levels. A 2011 study by the University of Michigan and commissioned by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association found that nearly 9 million households actually own an RV. Interestingly, more than 11 percent of these RV owners are in the 35-to-54 year old age bracket.
Traveling in an RV appeals to many of us. It’s a little like taking your home with you as you vacation. However, have you ever stopped to think about how traveling in your RV can be more environmentally friendly?
RV trips are actually far more eco-friendly than flying or driving vacations. A family of four, taking an RV vacation actually produces a lot less carbon dioxide than one using a plane, car, or hotel, reports the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
You may not have thought much about it, but RV trips are an earth-friendly way of getting away from it all.
These tips show how you can be even more eco-friendly when you’re on an RV trip.
So what are the eco-friendly benefits of an RV? GoRving, a site dedicated to all things RV, offers these insights.
Fuel efficiency. Nowadays, RVs are built with lighter materials. Add this to the fact that their motors are far more fuel efficient in this day and age, too, and they actually rival the miles per gallon achieved by some pickups and large SUVs.
Aerodynamic. Many modern RVs are designed to have incredibly sleek front ends, which help with wind resistance.
Lighter. There are a variety of materials being used to create lighter RVs. These include renewable bamboo, aluminum, and fiberglass. All these materials make a difference in terms of tow weight and fuel efficiency.
More compact. Modern RVs tend to be on the smaller and more compact side. This works well for RV owners as amenities are packed into a smaller space without losing any of the features.
Eco-friendliness. Manufacturers are now understanding the need to be as “green” as possible in terms of making their RVs. They’re using energy-efficient LEDs, renewable woods, and green textiles to make their vehicles.
There are plenty of actions you can take in order to make your RV greener. Take a look at these eco-friendly options to see how you can help.
Vacationing in an RV can be incredibly eco-friendly, in spite of what you might have thought. It’s also one of America’s favorite ways to spend a vacation. The joy of getting up and going on a trip, hitting the open road just cannot be surpassed. RV-ers can visit places that planes just can’t take you to, and it’s awesome to visit all those little out-of-the-way spots you might not even have heard of before.
So if you are wanting to explore the U.S., and are aware of your carbon footprint, there has never been a better time to get out there in an RV. Just ensure you follow the tips above, and you’ll be sure to have a wonderful time knowing that you’re doing your bit to protect the environment.
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