New RV owners tend to have a lot of questions. The first person they typically turn to for answers are the RV dealers they are already comfortable dealing with. They know that the RV dealers are in the know regarding common destinations, popular recreational vehicle features, tips and hints for maximizing the vehicle’s capacity for comfortable road travel and more. One question that RV dealers report is coming up more and more frequently is the question of going green in the RV.
How can RV owners “go green” while simultaneously enjoying the luxury, comfort and efficiency of their new home on wheels?
Basic Tips from RV Dealers on Going Green in the RV:
1. Overall Energy Use: Many RVers find themselves stuck in an “on vacation” mindset that leaves their awareness of energy use at home. Paying attention to the use of energy in the RV is important for those who want to implement “green” elements in their travels. Turn the generator off when it’s not necessary.
2. Tools and Accessories: Access the available tools incorporated into the design to help RVers enjoy their experience. The awning, for instance, can keep the RV a lot cooler and keep the need for “cooling” the RV to a minimum.
3. Utilize Timers and “Sleep” Functions: Most electronics have programmable timers or “sleep” functions that will offer an auto shutoff designed to minimize accidental power usage. Pay attention to RV accessory purchases and watch for timers and sleep functions. If they are available in the RV, make use of them.
4. Rechargeable Batteries: Most people use substantially more batteries when they are “on the road” than when they are at home. Switching from regular batteries to rechargeable batteries can make a big difference.
5. Drive Slowly: Drivers everywhere are aware that their vehicles get better gas mileage when they slow down on the road, but when you’re in a recreational vehicle the difference can be even more substantial. Generally speaking, 60 mph is an appropriate average speed. Each 5 mph above 60 will result in a noticeable increase in the amount of fuel being burned.
Once RVers have incorporated the basics recommended by RV dealers, there are many “green” tricks that can be quickly and easily incorporated into the RVing lifestyle. One favorite amongst owners of smaller RVs and travel trailers is avoiding the use of paper plates and other paper products with the use of what many are calling the “Go Green Dish Bucket.” The Go Green Dish Bucket allows RVers to use reusable dishes instead of paper plates even when there isn’t a full kitchen included in the RV design. To create the Go Green Dish Bucket, RVers can simply fill a bucket partially with water, add biodegradable soap and hang an extra absorbent towel on the lip of the bucket. It creates a portable sink for easy washing of dishes and greatly decreases the amount of paper waste created while traveling.
More “go green” tips will be posted regularly on the Pedata RV Center Facebook page as well as in the Pedata RV Center blog.