In the past, RVs haven’t exactly been known for their minimal environmental impact. Class A RVs us a lot of gas. Gas pollutes. Yet people have always been drawn to RVs and the lifestyle that accompanies it. With the recession, people are staying closer to home and are looking for inexpensive ways to do that, which aren’t going to drain their pocketbooks and aren’t going to leave a huge imprint on the earth. The RV Industry has been listening and they are stepping up to fill the need.
RV vacations are booming this year. People want to travel but many can’t afford trips out of the country or expensive airfare and hotels. As a solution, they are heading out in RVs in record numbers visiting National Parks, State Parks, National Monuments, beaches and more. Travel trailers have become one of the biggest sellers for the RV Industry this year. GoRving.com reports 80% of the RVs sold in the US are non-motorized vehicles. Trailers are now made out of lighter materials and are simple to hook up to a mid-weight car or truck. They use less gas than a Class A or Class C RV. For an even greater bargain, take a look at used RVs. They can be had for incredible prices, but be sure to have it inspected by someone you trust before your purchase it.
GoRVing.org is a great resource for campers and RV enthusiasts alike. They have useful tips for choosing an RV, tips about camping, articles and more. They have been staunch supporters of the RV Industry over the past few years and along with RVIA.org has become one of the most trusted resources for RV enthusiasts. RVIA put together some of the latest green technologies being employed by the RV Industry:
* By using all-composite and recycled materials, manufacturers are keeping waste out of landfills and reusing materials for new designs. Buyers appreciate knowing they are helping the earth with their purchase.
* Solar and hybrid systems now reduce generator use and noise. Solar systems can heat water for usage, run battery operated devices and more. Solar can power electricity. With solar panels going down in cost, they are a more affordable option for more and more buyers. Some people are even harnessing wind power to fuel their vehicles.
* LED light fixtures. Replacing just a few light bulbs can help the environment in the long run as well as your pocketbook. They last longer than regular light bulbs and consume less electricity.
* Energy Star Appliances such as washing machines and dryers can be substituted for traditional appliances. RV dealers can help you find more information on this topic.
Other ways to help reduce costs on the road are keeping the RV at a steady speed on the highways instead of breaking and accelerating. Buy foods from a grocery store instead of eating out on the road. Not only will this save money, but also can bring families closer together by having everyone help cook the meal. Visit National Parks and Monuments. These areas are inexpensive for families to visit and provide great entertainment. And last but not least, check out places to explore close to home. The closer RV enthusiasts stay to home, the more they save on fuel costs and contribute to the local economy.