RV sales have reportedly increased 8% over last year. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the fastest growing group of RV owners is young families, between 18 and 34 years old. RVIA says that RVs can save families between 27 to 67 percent in airline fees, hotel stays and other expenditures. Plus, they allow families to spend more time together seeing the country.

The RV industry has responded to the need for more energy-efficient, eco-conscious RVs by introducing the following features:

Lightweight low-profile motorhomes, aerodynamically designed for an average 15 mpg diesel, or gas-powered compact motorhomes on van chassis, offering 16-20 mpg;

Motorhomes and travel trailers built with all-composite and recycled materials; Downsized yet spacious lightweight travel trailers to tow with smaller trucks, SUVs, crossovers and minivans; Ultra lightweight, composite construction folding camping trailers that can even be towed with compact cars.

High tech, eco-friendly RVs include features such as: solar and hybrid systems to reduce generator use and noise; solar awnings; LED light fixtures; lighter weight appliances to reduce fuel consumption; Energy Star rated appliances and sealants; green textiles; eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo flooring; and eco-friendly holding tank chemicals. Look for the “Certified Green” label for green RV’s.