RVs aren’t as bad for the environment as most people imagine. We use far less water than the typical hotel guest, we put more people into our vehicle than the average car traveler and most of us make an effort to minimize our impact on the environment. Since the whole point of getting out to go RVing is to enjoy Mother Nature, why not take even more steps to keep the planet as pristine as possible? These eco-friendly RV camping tips will help you get started:
Camp in Designated Sites
Day use and overnight camping areas are distinctly different places to park in order to keep our impact confined to a central location within a recreation area. When we use designated RV campsites and don’t park outside those boundaries, we allow ecosystems to rejuvenate and leave the area in better condition for future visits.
Keep Your Holding Tank Green
Everything we put into a campground’s septic system could eventually make its way into the surrounding environment. To minimize the chance of pollution, buy eco-friendly cleaning products that will get put into your holding tank, including dish soap, body soap and waste tank treatments.
Minimize Disposable Kitchen Products
Many RVers recommend disposable plates and cups when dry camping. However in addition to contributing to forest depletion, these paper products generate lots of excess garbage. A better approach is to strike a balance between convenience and waste: use real plates and cups at mealtimes but clean them off with a sturdy paper towel to decrease your dish water consumption.
Keep a Tidy Campfire
If you’re overcome by the primal urge to create a nightly bonfire, stop. Every wood-burning fire creates smoke, which emits pollution. And what you put into that campfire will determine the toxicity of that smoke that goes up into the air, even into your rig. Since most campers love the ambiance of a campfire, you don’t have to give them up completely in order to be a good steward of the environment. Keep them small, don’t burn anything that isn’t 100 percent natural, unfinished wood and consider buying a portable propane camp fire pit instead. Portable campfire gadgets use less resources and they won’t leave your clothes and hair smelling like a smore.
The more you go camping in your RV, the better you’ll be at discovering low-impact ways to protect the environment. If you have eco-groovy RV tips that you’d like to share, comment and let us know, we’d love to hear them.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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