Taking your RV on vacation has to be one of life\u2019s most awesome experiences. The thrill of the open road and the adventures you can experience are something that is second to none.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRecreational vehicles come in two main categories \u2013 those that are towable and others which are motorized \u2013 and there\u2019s 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\u2019s no wonder that RVs are so popular in the United States.\r\n\r\nIn 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.\r\n\r\nTraveling in an RV appeals to many of us. It\u2019s 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?\r\n\r\nRV 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).\r\n\r\nYou may not have thought much about it, but RV trips are an earth-friendly way of getting away from it all.\r\n\r\nThese tips show how you can be even more eco-friendly when you\u2019re on an RV trip.\r\n\r\nSo what are the eco-friendly benefits of an RV? GoRving, a site dedicated to all things RV, offers these insights. \r\n\r\nFuel efficiency.\u00a0 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.\r\n\r\nAerodynamic.\u00a0 Many modern RVs are designed to have incredibly sleek front ends, which help with wind resistance.\r\n\r\nLighter.\u00a0 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.\r\n\r\nMore compact. \u00a0Modern 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.\r\n\r\nEco-friendliness.\u00a0 Manufacturers are now understanding the need to be as \u201cgreen\u201d as possible in terms of making their RVs. They\u2019re using energy-efficient LEDs, renewable woods, and green textiles to make their vehicles.\r\nHow You Can Help Green Your RV\r\nThere 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.\r\n\r\n \tSolar panels \u2013 Around 20 percent of RV owners already have solar panels installed, according to Go RVing, and it\u2019s no wonder, by using a few solar panels, some say it\u2019s possible to\u00a0save up to 90 percent of your generator\u2019s use. \u00a0It\u2019s also far more convenient as you won\u2019t need to use your generator when you pull up and park your RV for the night. Generators pollute the air, and are notoriously noisy, so solar panel usage really is a no brainer.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tReduce, reuse, recycle \u2013 Always carry reusable containers when you\u2019re on an RV vacation, and remember to keep using them if you can. If not, find a way to recycle your old stuff, and that will help reduce your carbon footprint. Many campsites nowadays have designated recycling areas, but if you can\u2019t find one, keep a recycling box in your RV, and dispose of your old bottles and containers correctly when you get home.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tUse a natural latex RV mattress. They are eco-friendly, and did you know that a supportive memory foam RV mattress free of harsh chemicals is also wonderful for getting a good night\u2019s sleep? Always remember to choose an RV mattress that is GreenGuard Gold Certified as then you will know that you\u2019re helping the environment in the best way possible.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tUse LEDs - Rather than using regular bulbs or halogen bulbs in your RV, make the switch to eco-friendly LED lights. These have a longer lifespan than regular bulbs, and are also far more energy efficient!\r\n\r\n\r\n \tStop drinking bottled water \u2013 Bottled water is expensive, not to mention that the water is contained in plastic. Why not buy a decent water filter for your RV instead? This makes excellent sense in terms of your wallet and the environment.\r\n\r\nWhat Else Can You Do to Make Your RV More Eco-Friendly?\r\n\r\n \tRemember to always park in designated RV campsites so you minimize damage to natural habitats.\r\n \tEnsure that you always keep your RV and tow engine as well tuned as possible in order to reduce emissions, and to help conserve as much energy as you can.\r\n \tKeep any campfires small in order to reduce pollution.\r\n \tDuring hot weather, rather than turning on the air conditioning, make use of screened windows and awnings instead.\r\n \tDuring cold spells, park out of the way of the wind and in a well-lit and sunny spot.\r\n \tUse eco-friendly cleaning products and holding tank additives where you can.\r\n \tNever tie your pets to trees as this can damage its bark (bark of the tree that is).\r\n \tRather than carrying heavy drinks, stock you RV pantry with concentrate and powders.\r\n \tThink about using a pressure cooker, which will save you both fuel and money.\r\n \tRather than purchasing canned food, buy pouches instead as these will help to reduce container waste and they also weigh less too.\r\n\r\nVacationing in an RV can be incredibly eco-friendly, in spite of what you might have thought. It\u2019s also one of America\u2019s 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\u2019t take you to, and it\u2019s awesome to visit all those little out-of-the-way spots you might not even have heard of before.\r\n\r\nSo 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\u2019ll be sure to have a wonderful time knowing that you\u2019re doing your bit to protect the environment.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More About Going Green at the <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/green\/being-green-in-your-rv\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.