Tips for a greener RV trip

Going green can be easier than you think — even when it comes to life on the road. These simple tips can help you lessen your impact on the environment while RVing.

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trash and bring recycables to your campground’s recycle bins. Not all campgrounds have recycling facilities, though. In those cases, surrounding towns usually do. It’s worth a quick Internet search to find out where public recycling receptacles are in your area.


Bring your own bottle — everywhere. Be kind to the environment by not buying bottled water and bringing a reusable bottle wherever you go. Even if you invest in a water filter for your RV, you’ll be saving money in the long run.

Save gas

This one is a win-win. Conserving fuel is better for the environment and your wallet, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Things like using overdrive and cruise control when you can helps fuel economy. Bringing a bicycle along on your RV trips is good for more than just fun on the bike trails and beaches. Bikes can be a second mode of transportation for groceries and supplies once you get to your campsite, possibly eliminating the need for a tow vehicle depending on your destination.


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Shop locally

RV trips are great for finding roadside produce stands and farmers’ along the way. Support local growers and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

Change your bulbs

Swap your regular lightbulbs for LEDs. They draw less power, so you’ll use less electricity, which is definitely a bonus when boondocking.

With these changes, you’ll be well on your way to a greener RV camping trip.