Whether you are looking for an interesting travel destination or practical tips on RVing, you can find useful information in the blogs at rvlife.com. One of our blogs, the Class B Buzz, is directed at people who own or hope to acquire a Class B RV, often referred to as a van camper. While the column is entitled The Class B Buzz, it often has information applicable to RVing generally, as in the following recent post:
The Class B Buzz: Eco-Friendly RVing By Darrin Michael
Let’s face it.
Living a green lifestyle isn’t exactly an easy thing to do today. Trying to do so when out traveling on the open road in your Class B motorhome can be even more of a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be the case though. In fact, there are a number of ways die-hard travelers can be more “eco-friendly” when traveling.
Believe it or not, simply sitting down with the family and brainstorming ideas can go a long way. Think of any and all ways you might be able to save some money. The best part is you actually have quite a few options.
Cut Out Those Electronics
Sure, everyone loves to bring along all those gadgets and gizmos with them on an adventure, but it doesn’t mean you have to go nuts.
Why not stop at a local hotspot—some place new— to get your morning coffee versus bringing along the energy-draining Keurig machine from home? The whole point of traveling is getting to enjoy new things. Why would you want to bore up your adventure by drinking the same cup of joe you would normally have at home every morning?
Before hopping into your Class B, take a good hard look at all of the energy-sucking devices you plan to bring and then ask yourself: Do I really need all of these?
Make Grocery Shopping a Game
That’s right. You can even have a little fun when prepping for a more eco-friendly trip in your Class B. Why not make a game out of it? Make a list of all the usual things you might buy at the grocery store before going on a trip. Then, set everyone loose in the store to find “greener” versions of these items. There are a variety of eco-friendly brands you can take advantage of including everything from toilet paper to juice boxes and more. You can also find a variety of cleaning supplies that are more eco-friendly as well.
Buy and Eat Local
When it comes to your meals and buying groceries, why not take advantage of farmers markets, restaurants and other local hot spots for your meals and more? The best part is you can easily find places like this with a simple Google search on your smartphone. From there, you’ll even be able to read reviews about these places from other travelers as well. Even better, purchasing from local markets and dining out locally is not only a healthier option, but it helps support small business as well.
Turn Your Generator Off!
If the weather outside is nice, why not take up shop at a local campground, pull out your awning and enjoy the shade versus having to crank up your Class B’s air conditioner. Have a radio? Why not turn it off and play some music through your iPod and a portable speaker? The more energy you save the better.
Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle on the road doesn’t have to be a huge challenge. The best thing to do is simply look at how you travel, and what things you can cut out which have been tainting your pursuit of a greener Class B motorhome lifestyle! Happy RVing!
Darrin Michael is e-commerce/marketing director at the Dave Arbogast auto and RV dealership in Troy, Ohio.