New Study Shows RVing Offers Greener Vacation Choice

    RVing Leaves Smaller Carbon Footprint than Traditional Vacation

    OTTAWA, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - A new study which compares total carbon
dioxide emissions (CO2) demonstrates that RV vacations are more
environmentally friendly than vacations involving flying, driving and hotel
    The study, conducted by U.S.-based PKF Consulting, a third party
independent research firm specializing in travel and tourism, revealed that a
family of four taking an RV vacation will generate less CO2 emissions than a
family traveling by plane, renting a car, and staying in a hotel.
    "RVers are generally pretty environmentally conscious people to begin
with," said Go RVing Canada spokesperson Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, "since a
large part of the RV lifestyle has to do with enjoying and respecting the
great outdoors. What this study shows is that by RVing, Canadians will
actually be choosing a greener alternative to traditional vacations."
    The methodology of the study was as follows: PKF analyzed the CO2
emissions of vacations varying in length from three, seven, 10 and 14 days to
destinations such as Orlando, FL; New Orleans, LA; and Napa, CA. The RV
vacations which were studied included car/ folding camping trailers, SUV/
travel trailers, Type C motorhomes, and Type A motorhomes (using diesel).
    PKF then utilized a carbon calculator methodology developed by
Conservation International, an organization promoting biodiversity
conservation. Their findings revealed that in all cases, RV vacations had less
of an environmental impact than the more traditional vacations involving
flying, renting a car and staying at a hotel.
    "We already know that RVing is a more flexible and cost effective
vacation choice," said Fortin LeFaivre. "Canadians should also know that it's
a greener travel option. In fact, many RVers actually park their RVs at a
given campsite for days and sometimes weeks at a time, further reducing their
carbon footprint when this is the case."
    For more information on RVing in Canada, please visit or
contact Go RVing Canada. For more information on the study, visit

    The Go RVing coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV
manufacturers, RV dealers and campground operators. The coalition serves as
the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media
with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to
enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

For further information:

For further information: Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, Go RVing Canada
Public Relations, Media Line: 1 (866) 470-3528,

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