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RVing Green July 07 2016, 0 Comments

 Going on a camping trip is a lot of fun, and a great way to get out of town and into nature and spend time with friends and family. Many RVer’s today go camping in their RV, which is more comfortable and convenient than tent camping. But if you’re concerned about the environment, you can do green camping in an RV. While tent camping definitely has a much smaller impact on the environment than RV camping, there are some easy ways to have a green RV adventure.

 

  • Going solar. If you can add solar panels to the roof of your RV, you can use renewable energy for almost all of your electrical items. This is a much greener option than gas powered generators, which are noisy, pollute, and nonrenewable.

 

  • If you can’t go solar, or want a backup system, convert your onboard gas generator to green RV propane kits. Kits can be purchased in almost any RV parts store. Propane is cleaner burning and emits less CO. If your generator is diesel, use bio-diesel fuel instead.

 

  • Don’t use plastics if it’s avoidable. Instead of plastic dinnerware, purchase a green camping dinnerware setfor your RV. If you must use disposable plates and bowls, go with paper. 

 

  • Install a propane catalytic heater. Most RV furnaces use both propane and electricity to work. Catalytic heaters use no electricity, which will save you battery life and reduce your electrical use. Turn the water heater off when you don’t plan on using it. Most RV water heaters can heat the water up in a half hour, so just flip it on when you need it.

 

  • Instead of heavy chemicals, use the GEO method for your holding tanks. The GEO method is a simple combination of biodegradable laundry detergent and water softener, which is friendly to both septic tanks and the environment. Follow this link with Nina and Paul for the complete method http://wheelingit.us/2012/03/21/rv-tank-sensors-the-geo-method/

 

  • Replace your light bulbs with LED lights. They use a lot less energy and last a lot longer than regular bulbs. Contact Mark with M4 with questions www.M4Products.com

These are just some basic green RV tips that you can do yourself at home. Older RVs are heavy, use a lot of gas, and aren’t very green, but implementing some, or all, of these tips will take you that much closer to green camping. Also, many RV manufacturers have recognized the interest in green camping and are coming out with new designs to make their RVs greener.


Thinking about going solar? June 19 2016, 0 Comments

Are you thinking about adding a solar system in your RV or motorhome?

Here are 5 simple things to get you thinking…

1. Budget - It seems things always begin and end with money…. but if you set a budget for yourself it will help you decided where to put that money. 

2. Wattage - Its tough to figure out how many watts you will need, that might take some research, depends on the number of people, and it your wanting to keep the same lifestyle as if you were at home. Think about ways to save on energy….solar powered lights along with LED lights, an inverter the plugs into lighter to charge computer and devices…maybe even a french press to replace your coffee maker. Usually it's about a dollar a watt.


3. Type of batteries - there are many types to choose from, I’m no expert, We went with hight quality solar batteries….here is a link the might help

http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2015/08/what-is-the-best-type-of-battery-for-solar-storage/

 

4. Where will the panels go? - Solar is all about efficiency….and RVing is all about using your space wisely….having panels on the ground allow you to move them around and point toward the sun, but you need to store them somewhere. If you mount them on your roof, they will be stored and out of the way…and will be changing whenever the sun is out….even while your on the road!

 

5. Controller  - In my option the most important part of your system. Hence the name, it controls the energy coming in from the panels and keeps your batteries properly fed and safe for the long term.

 

There is a lot to think about, not to mention all the wiring you will need as well. But when done right it makes for an amazing way to travel….and being self-efficient is great for the environment.