Whether you are taking a short family vacation or embarking on an epic road trip across the country, there are a lot worse ways you could travel than in an RV. Not only are they spacious, offer most of your preferred home comforts and are great for not busting your budget, they can also be more environmentally friendly than you might think. If you know all the little tricks and tips to help you along the way that is. Making it at cheaper alternative to hotels and travelling by car.
So, keep reading to discover how you can enjoy all the benefits of an RV vacation while also minimizing your impact on the environment.
Use recyclable or reusable items
You are on your vacation, so washing up is probably the last thing you want to be doing, but disposable tableware and cutlery is not a good idea if you are looking to be more environmentally friendly. Instead, use reusable items where possible and if you do need to throw something away, try and make sure that it is either compostable or recyclable.
You don’t want to be contributing more to the 2,000 active landfills that are already present in the U.S, now do you?
In regard to your chosen cleaning products, go green and chemical-free where possible; you don’t want to be pouring your dirty water tank that is full of harsh chemicals all over the surrounding nature and wildlife!
Thankfully, there are several non-toxic detergents and cleaners available on the market now, or you could even make your own one.
Unfortunately, RVs can be known for becoming a little smelly if you let them. It’s one of the few downsides of travelling with other people in such close quarters. However, you don’t need to resort to shop-bought air fresheners that are not only bad for the environment but also known to exaggerate asthma and allergies. Instead, all you need to do is add a few drops of your preferred essential oil to a spray bottle with some water, shake and you are good to go.
Limit your heating usage
Of course, you don’t want to be sat shivering on your vacation, but there are other ways you can keep warm without having to have your furnace blowing 24/7. Layer up with your cosiest jumpers and snuggle up under a blanket or two, not only is this romantic but it will also keep your fuel costs down and make your trip greener.
The same goes for your air con, if you get hot, why not cool off in the nearest lake instead of running your generator?
Watch your water usage
In the same way that your heating usage on an RV can escalate if you let it, so can the amount of water you use. Many RVs now have amenities such as toilets, sinks and showers, which although great for comfort and convenience, they are not so beneficial for the environment.
On your next trip, make a conscious effort to reduce your water usage by:
- Taking fewer showers
- Taking shorter showers
- Creating one-pot meals to reduce the amount of washing up
- Washing up in a bucket rather than the sink
- Re-using water, for example using the bucket water to flush the toilet
If you are looking to buy an RV, look out for one that has a waterless toilet as regular flushing uses a lot of water.
Reduce your fuel usage
Of course, you can’t help the fact that you need to use fuel in your RV to get where you want to go but you can control how fast you drive and how far away you decide to travel to.
Why not consider exploring an area closer to your home and staying at your chosen destination longer rather than spending more time driving? This may be tough for those who love the experience of driving long distances on the open road, but not only will you be helping to protect the environment if you stay closer to home, you will also have more time to spend enjoying activities and local sights with your family.
Look for eco-friendly campsites
Once you have chosen your RV rental, your next step will most likely be planning your route and checking out the best campsites to park up in. Whether you are wanting to go wild camping or prefer constructed camps, you should make the effort to choose sites that strive to be green or will not negatively impact your local surroundings too much.
If you are wild camping, look for spots that have already been used for this, rather than spoiling an area of untouched natural beauty.
For constructed campsites, choose ones that are known for their sustainable efforts, such as using solar panels to heat their swimming pools or LED‘s to light their sites.
Cut back on energy use when driving
There are several inexpensive ways in which you can ensure that you use less energy when driving your RV from A to B. The first being that you make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top condition before you embark on your vacation. An RV that has been properly maintained will use less energy than one that is in a state of disrepair. In particular, you should ensure that your tires are properly inflated, as you can save up to 20% on fuel efficiency by doing this.
It is also beneficial to not drive too fast. Remember you are on vacation, so what’s the rush?
Check out the new range of green RVs
Long gone are the days when RVs were known as gas-guzzling vehicles of environmental doom. Thanks to new developments in the design and manufacturing process of these recreational vehicles that are so popular with families up and down the U.S, you can now rent an RV that is much more environmentally friendly.
With campers made from composite materials that feature solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and smart water usage, you can now enjoy all the advantages of RV travel without having to worry about your environmental impact. The recent decreases in solar panel costs means you can also work with a more realistic budget.