RV Camping in America – The Next Greatest Way to Vacation
Flying off to a green resort in Costa Rica eats up tons of jet fuel, even if you do stay in rainforest-friendly accommodations. But it's hard to justify a gas-guzzling RV with the constant reports on global warming. Or is it?
Despite its fuel-hungry reputation, RVing can be a greener venture than the standard hotel stay. Daily sheet changes, half-hour showers and hot soaks in a double-sized Jacuzzi aren't on the agenda. By their very nature, RVs demand conservation. After all, you're hauling, pumping and dumping your own resources. With an immediate and direct link between reduced consumption and convenience, most RVers think nothing of getting squeaky clean with a mere gallon of water. Compare this to the 15 to 20 gallons a five-minute shower devours. And let's be honest - a 10-minute rinse is closer to the norm.
While most Rvers camp with a conscience, how do you stay green en route?
- Stick to roads your vehicle is designed to handle. Don't take your highway-friendly fifth wheel off road.
- Aim for the magic 55 mph - fuel consumption skyrockets at faster speeds.
- Keep your RV and tow vehicle well-tuned to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
- Change your oil regularly.
- Check tire pressure on your RV and tow vehicle. Under-inflated tires use more fuel.
- Park in the shade and use awnings to keep cool instead of cranking on the air conditioner.
We Nomadiks are fanatical about the environment. Read more about green RVing tips to ensure the open road remains one of the most enjoyable and eco-friendly ways to travel.
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