Mother Earth Living


Home, Home on the Road: Travel Friendly in a Green RV

Satisfy your nomadic impulses and environmental values with RV retrofitting, including photovoltaic systems, biodiesel fuel, and composting toilets.



Hit the open road in an eco-friendly RV like Claire Anderson and Shawn Schreiner, who are touring the United States in a 1976 Airstream trailer that they’re eco-remodeling as they go. These RV adventurers pull their Airstream with a used Ford F250 diesel truck retrofitted to run on used straight vegetable oil (SVO) that they obtain from restaurants.
Photo By Shawn Schreiner
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Along with remodeling the Airstream’s bathroom to include a composting toilet, Shawn is replacing the RV’s carpeting with bamboo flooring. In the future he plans to add solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to the Airstream’s roof.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based green architect Andy Thomson is designing his family’s dream home—an 8.5-by-32 foot eco-RV that features solar panels, an on-demand water heater, a composting toilet and eco-friendly finishes, which he hopes will last for fifty years.
Eco-RVing might just change your life—if you’re open to the possibilities.
Photo By Shawn Schreiner
While the classic Airstream trailer may look like a shiny aluminum tin can or bear a faint resemblance to the robot in Lost in Space, it can become a cozy, self-contained eco-home and office, as Claire and Shawn have proven. They even give mini-courses, short workshops, and small soapbox lectures to help educate others who want to live a more sustainable nomadic life.
Carol Maxwell and Ed Gurdgian spend between five and seven months (and drive more than 30,000 miles) each year in their Class A Prevost bus-to-motorhome conversion. This eco-RV features twenty Seimens [now Shell Solar] M55 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof; a 24-solar-panel ground array; four wind turbines; a 30-gallon, batch-type solar water heater.

















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