Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 8.37.58 AMEditor’s Note: The following column, authored by Chris Dougherty and appearing in RV Travel Newsletter, details the Green RV Project designed to offer RVers tips and instruction on implementing modifications that will save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. To view the entire article click here.

RVing is a great way to comfortably enjoy natural wonders and great places while also reducing one’s carbon footprint. Lucky for us, new and advancing technologies have made it possible to extend trips into nature while still maintaining the comforts of home, and at a more affordable price than ever.

What if your RV or the RV you’re considering purchasing could be modified not only to make it more comfortable and convenient when away from hookups, but to also use less energy, thereby reducing its carbon footprint? That’s what the Green RV Project is all about. RVtravel.com is working with a number of RV and energy industry companies to take a regular travel trailer and modify it for better use off the grid and to be more energy efficient. Our goal is to show RVers that they can make a difference by making these straightforward changes to their own RVs.

This project does not include every change or modification that is possible, but rather suggests a starting point for building a “green RV” that the individual RV owner customizes based on his or her needs. In the series, we review and install several “green energy” systems into a 2013 “stick and tin,” or wood-framed, aluminum-sided travel trailer. Again, the idea is that this technology, once reserved for only high-end motorcoaches, is available and affordable for any RV.