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RV companies that have offered a lightweight towable line are creating more eco-friendly RVs by making them ultralight by utilizing different construction methods and materials, cutting down on heavier materials and appliances. Some eco-friendly RV companies are also heavily promoting their non-traditional towable models, but the common theme is to offer less weight so the trailer can be towed with a mid-sized SUV or one of the new crossover vehicles.

Mcgrath Powersports & Kawasaki
(319) 393-1205 Phone
4645 Center Point Rd Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Mc Grath Powersports
(319) 393-1205
506 N Center Point Rd
Hiawatha, IA
 
Bobcat Of Cedar Rapids
(319) 393-2830
1925 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Metro Motorsports
(319) 362-9496
2415 Westdale Drive SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Manufacturers
Suzuki

McGrath Powersports
(319) 393-1205
4645 Center Point Rd Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Indian Motorcycle of Cedar Rapids
(319) 377-8124
6969 Mt. Vernon Road SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Manufacturers
Arctic Cat

McGrath Powersports
(319) 393-1205
4645 Center Point Road
Cedar Rapids, IA
Manufacturers
Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha

All Seasons Equipment Inc
(319) 363-3373
2275 16th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
All Seasons Equipment
(319) 363-3373
2275 16th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Manufacturers
Polaris

Bobcat Of Cedar Rapids
(319) 393-2820
1925 Blairs Ferry Rd Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA
 

RVs are Going Green

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Green RVing: Eco-Friendly RVs Hit the Market in 2010




RV’s Are Goin’ Green

From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

A number of RV companies go eco-friendly this year with lighter weight mainstream products, some unconventional towables, and models made of composite materials. If you're interested in green RVing, this article is great place to start.

This year, the most important factors to consumers when it comes to motorized or towable RVs is fuel consumption and weight, as the cost of fuel continues to fluctuate, and as consumers are downgrading to smaller, more fuel-efficient tow vehicles. As a result, many companies are adapting to the times, offering smaller, more aerodynamic ultra-light green RVs in the quest to shave off weight, and produce products that consume less fuel.

We’re seeing a big move on the part of motorhome builders to create more fuel-efficient RV coaches. Roadtrek and Winnebago have already been using the Dodge Sprinter chassis for years, but this year a number of companies will be offering mini motorhomes and van campers built on the high-fuel-mileage Dodge/Freightliner Sprinter chassis powered by a 154-horsepower, turbocharged Mercedes-Benz diesel engine, which is estimated to get between 16 and 19 mpg.

RV companies that have offered a lightweight towable line are creating more eco-friendly RVs by making them ultralight by utilizing different construction methods and materials, cutting down on heavier materials and appliances. Some eco-friendly RV companies are also heavily promoting their non-traditional towable models, but the common theme is to offer less weight so the trailer can be towed with a mid-sized SUV or one of the new crossover vehicles. Many of these vehicles have tow ratings in the 3500 to 5000-pound range, and many of the 2009 towables are within that range.

SLIM DOWN YOUR ECO-FRIENDLY RV

A number of new lighter weight towables have come on to the scene in 2009 to meet the demands of post-gas-crunch consumers. There’s Monaco’s McKenzie Ion and Coachmen, which is bringing out its M-Series travel trailers, starting in the 3000-pound range.

Dutchmen’s new Sport Lite line of travel trailers range from 17 to 27 feet in length, are all half-ton-towable, and some weigh around 4000 pounds. Fleetwood RV offers its new Backpack ultralite travel trailer line, with some models weighing in at less than 5000 pounds. And Northstar’s new truck camper tips the scales at less than 2000 pounds.

UNCONVENTIONAL ECO-FRIENDLY RVS

It’s no surprise the lightweight towable RV category is evolving, as companies are introducing non-conventional units that weigh less than 1000 pounds and can morph into a utility trailer, toy hauler, or a pop-up tent. These models represent a new generation of non-RVs.

The Coleman Switchback, made by FTCA Inc, is one example. This sport/utility camping trailer weighs about 850 pounds, and when in the camping mode, can sleep four or more people - perf...

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