Northwest RVing 

The Northwest RVing Blog site is hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Each year, MHRV presents three important trade shows in the greater Seattle area to promote and display the RV Lifestyle. We are all about RVing and hope you will enjoy the many articles posted here about RVing in general and about our upcoming shows. 

RV vacations are more environmentally friendly than fly/drive/hotel vacations, according to a study comparing total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions or carbon footprints. PKF Consulting, an internationally recognized consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, found that families of four taking RV vacations generate less CO2 than families traveling on a plane, renting a car and staying in a hotel. With nearly one billion tourists crisscrossing the globe every year, it’s more important than ever for travelers to minimize their individual impact on the earth’s natural and cultural treasures. Taking a green approach to travel is important to protect the places you love to visit, not just for yourself but for those who come after you and for the people who live there long after you’ve gone home. (Source:

Let's take a look at some green facts about RVing followed by some useful tips you can employ on your next RV outing:


                          RVers Recycle More


- RVers use less water while in their RV than they would at home.

- RVers recycle more on RV vacations than those using other forms of travel.

- Over half of all RVers turn off home utilities before they hit the road.

- 94% of all RVers travel with 2 to 7 people, which equates to more people miles per gallon.

- 30% of RVers own a diesel tow vehicle or motorhome, resulting in greater fuel efficiency.

- New technologies and materials are being utilized by the RV industry to create lighter RVs

which improves over all fuel efficiency.

- RV manufacturers are designing sleeker front ends to address wind resistance and improve fuel


- RV manufacturers are using more green textiles, such as power-saving LED lights and

environmentaly friendly sealants and components.

- 20% of RVers say they use solar panels to recharge their batteries and run onboard systems

eliminating the need to run a generator or hook onto shore power.

- RVers eat out less often than those on traditional fly / drive / hotel vacations resulting is less

solid waste generated from restaurants.

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  RVers Generate Less Waste Than Those Eating at a Restaurant


- Keep your RV on roads that it is was designed for to avoid damage to the environment

- Keep motorhome and tow vehicle engines well tuned to conserve energy and reduce exhaust


- Recycle as you travel in your RV. Note the recycling categories in the campgrounds when you

arrive, they may be different from those at home. Make use of recycling centers you pass by

during your travels.

- Use glasses and tableware rather than disposable paper plates and drink cups.

- Keep the size of your campfires reasonable to minimize the amount of ash and smoke that

enter the atmosphere. Don’t throw anything into the fire pit that will not fully burn, such as

plastics, foils and metals.

- Use biodegradable soap and nontoxic holding tank additives.

- Avoid attaching ropes or clotheslines to trees which may damage the bark. Never drive a nail or

set a screw into a living tree to attach camp accessories.

- Use natural surroundings to minimize the use of the heating and cooling systems in your RV.

Make use of shade trees, embankments and natural breezes to keep your RV cool during the

summer. In the winter, park your RV where it will be protected from cold winds and in

direct sunshine when possible.


Make Use of Shade to Minimize Using the Air Conditioning

Now that you know RVing is green and tips to make it even greener, what is keeping you from

hitting the road?

Dave Helgeson
Author: Dave Helgeson
Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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