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Thetford Responds to Customer Demand for ”Green” RV-Care Products

June 24, 2008 By: EcoZoey Category: Creature Comforts, General, News, RV Systems

(June 24, 2008) — Responding to customer demand for more environmentally-friendly products, Thetford Corporation is using new vegetable-based detergents in its RV-care product line.The company is replacing petroleum-based detergents with corn-based cleansers in more than 10 popular products. The new cleaning products are equal in performance to petroleum-based cleaning agents, but are milder to the skin and derived from renewable resources.

“RV owners are becoming more and more environmentally conscious and we’ve seen a tremendous increase in demand for ‘green’ products as a result,” said Mary Burrows, Thetford’s manager of chemical development. “At Thetford, we are committed to providing our customers with high-quality cleaning agents that contain a favorable environmental profile.”

Thetford’s new Premium RV Care products contain wetting agents made entirely from corn. Developed at the company’s research laboratories in Ann Arbor, the new cleansers are 100 percent biodegradable and are derived from 100 percent renewable resources. In addition, Thetford care-product containers are made with 25 percent post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and are recyclable.

Led by Burrows, the development of Thetford’s corn-based products took
approximately one year to complete. Formulas were compared and ranked
for performance, safety and biodegradability. Only the top-scoring versions were selected for production.

“As petroleum costs continue to rise, we are seeing even more interest in developing products from alternative resources,” noted Burrows. “With our bio-based products, Thetford plans to be on the forefront of this new market.”

“Green” products currently in Thetford’s Premium RV Care line include: Premium Awning Cleaner, Premium UltraFoamTM Awning Cleaner, Premium Rubber Roof Cleaner and Premium Wash & Wax. Burrows notes that the
company hopes to incorporate an environmentally-friendly base into its other Premium RV Care products over the next six to 12 months.

RVers Save Money & Resources with Mail Forwarding Services

May 16, 2008 By: EcoZoey Category: Creature Comforts, General, Resources

Even full-time RVers need to get their mail delivered somewhere. Many RVers consider having a trusted friend or relative collect and forward their mail. It seems such a simple thing, throw the mail in a pile and send it to the RV park. Truth is, you are imposing quite a burden on your friend, or relative, and they probably aren’t going to handle your mail as efficiently as a professional mail forwarding service designed for RV campers.

A company called “Earth Class Mail” has a whole new approach. They scan each piece of your mail and then send you a digital file. You can view and choose which pieces you want to be forwarded on to you - and then allow them to shred and recycle all the things you don’t need. This saves the fuel and other resources it would take to mail all that paper to you - and you don’t have to deal with that junk mail at all. Currently their customers delete over 50% of their mail every day.

Of the other 50% of mail that’s left, they can save money again by having Earth Class Mail scan any content that they would rather not pay to ship — and be able to read it far faster than a mail forwarding service could mail it to them! Their customers, eliminate over 93% of all mail forwarding costs by using their “delete” key and , simply scanning.

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RVing = Eco Conscious

April 18, 2008 By: EcoZoey Category: Creature Comforts, General, Power

The image of the RV is that of a large, gas guzzling, pollution spewing beast full of ugly, inconsiderate, tourists. So how can I sit here and claim that RVing is actually a very eco conscious activity?

Here’s what I think: RVing makes you very aware of the resources you need, use, and dispose of. It’s all right there - no escaping it. Especially when Full time RVing and boondocking, aka: dry camping. Boondocking is camping without hook-ups such as sewer, water and electricity - so you only have what you can carry or create - and every bit of waste you produce you have to deal with yourself.

Not only that - but while living in an RV, whether it be a full sized motor home, mini-motor home, trailer, camper, etc - you also USE fewer resources. It’s a small space - it simply doesn’t take long to heat it up. You get the picture.

Living in our homes we are pretty oblivious as to where that water goes when it disappears down the sink or toilet. We don’t think about how much water Read the rest of this entry →

The difference Between a Typical RV Renewable Energy System and a Home System

April 01, 2008 By: EcoZoey Category: Electricity, Power, RV Systems, Solar, Wind

In most ways an RV wind or solar electric system is the same as an off-grid renewable energy system for a home. All of these systems share the basic components of a wind turbine or solar electric panels, charge controller, inverter, deep cycle battery bank, cabling, and AC / DC breakers and fuses. In most cases, the primary difference is that the solar panel array or wind turbine is smaller than what would be on a typical off-grid home. On an RV there is a limited amount of surface to mount a solar electric panel array. Because of vibrational noise, only the smallest of wind turbines can be used. This is a concern especially in Galveston RV Parks.


Typical wiring diagram of an RV who charges its battery bank with solar. Courtesy of Kyocera Solar.


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