5 Tips you Need to Know to go Green With Your RV—Part 2
3. Maximize your fuel efficiencySmall adjustments can have a significant impact. There are a few minor changes you can make to increase your fuel efficiency instantly.
Start by checking your tires. Properly inflated tires actually improve your gas mileage, so don’t waste money and fuel for something you should already be doing. Try to fill your tank with bio-diesel as opposed to regular diesel as well.
Your weight also contributes to your fuel usage. Don’t pack up your entire home, but instead try to stick with the bare necessities of what you need for the trip. Less weight is more gas mileage.
Reducing your speed on hills, as abstract as that may seem, will also increase fuel efficiency. So will maintaining your vehicle and making sure everything is finely tuned and working correctly. Take care of your RV and drive slow on the uphill roads, and you’ll be good to go.
4. Evaluate your tank cleanersChemical tank cleaners and deodorizers aren’t good for the environment. They are toxic and pollute the soil and water. It’s best to avoid chemical cleaners, and opt for enzyme-based tank cleaners instead, which work wonderfully and are completely natural.
Even more, be sure to purchase RV toilet paper over regular toilet paper. This will break down easily and prevent any issues—environmental or otherwise.
5. Don’t do nightly campfiresWe get it; we get it—campfires are the staple of camping. But we aren’t asking you to cut them out altogether; instead, make smaller and less frequent bonfires than you may feel inclined to. Fires release ash into the environment and toxins into the air, making them not the cleanest source of family fun. Cut down the amount of times you make one, and don’t let them be giant bonfires. A modest fire will roast your marshmallows just the same.
Also remember to never, ever burn trash. Plastics, metals, and even paper products release toxins when they’re burned that are harmful to the air quality and shouldn’t be breathed in. Make sure you feed your fires responsibly.
Traveling by RV may already be a cleaner choice than its alternatives, but with a little extra effort, you can make it the greenest it can be. Choose your supplies carefully, don’t bring too many of them, don’t throw out what you don’t need to, and manage your vehicle responsibly. This is all it takes to be an environmentally friendly vacationer and camper. One step at a time, we can help make the earth a greener place.
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