Written by: Jane Kastner
02/08/2013 5:03 PM
RV owners are becoming increasingly attuned to environmental considerations. When looking to upgrade and purchase a new motor home or trailer, many RVers are starting to add 'Green' to their list of considerations. But what does it mean to ask for 'Green'? We speak with Mandy Leazenby, TRA Certification's Green Program Manager to better understand the different shades of green.
Green standards are fairly new to the RV industry. It was only in late 2009 that the industry started to adapt and apply the well established consensus standards used in the modular and manufactured housing industries to the realm of recreational vehicles. "This is a good step forward to help consumers identify RVs that are indeed environmentally friendly", says Mandy who is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.
Similar to the beginning of the organic food trend, suppliers have been known to take a rather liberal interpretation of any concept that has the attention of consumers. "We've seen manufacturers call themselves green because they car pool to work, however that does not make a green company or a green RV", highlights Mandy, "it is important that consumers look for a holistic approach".
This holistic approach to finding a Green RV takes into account five key factors:
In addition to asking smart green questions about your future RV, here are some additional ways to ensure that green is not just a sales pitch but a beneficial choice
Going green must be more than just words and clever marketing directed at RV buyers. It is a conscious lifestyle choice. Therefore, if your values are green, why not ensure that your RV is too.
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