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RV Travel Agent Rapid City SD

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.

Four Seasons Sports Center
(605) 342-1110
1600 E. St. Patrick
Rapid City, SD
Manufacturers
snowmobile rental

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Black Hills Kawasaki
(605) 342-5500 Phone
3005 Beale St
Rapid City, SD
 
Black Hills Off Road
(605) 343-0758
2017 E Highway 44 # 19
Rapid City, SD
 
Mid-States Campers Sales
(605) 787-7453
10400 Recreational Dr
Summerset, SD
 
Rice Honda Suzuki
(800) 841-3706
301 Cambell Street
Rapid City, SD
Manufacturers
E-ton, Suzuki, Honda

Black Hills Powersports
(605) 342-5500
3005 Beale St
Rapid City, SD
 
Power Brokers Of Black Hills
(605) 721-7355
2455 S Plaza Dr
Rapid City, SD
 
Four Seasons Sport & Marine
(605) 342-1110
1600 E Saint Patrick St
Rapid City, SD
Manufacturers
Polaris,

Rice Honda Suzuki
(605) 342-2242
301 Cambell St
Rapid City, SD
 
Power Brokers Of The Black Hills
(605) 721-7355
1330 Jess St
Rapid City, SD
 
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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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