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‘Green’ in Vogue at Caravan Salon Dusseldorf

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June 22, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

caravanA special feature at the upcoming Caravan Salon Dusseldorf  2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany, will be the “Green Caravanning” presentation of the Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD).

The show runs Aug. 28 to Sept. 5, with a trade day on Aug. 27.

This special show will provide information about environmentally friendly travel with motorhomes and RVs and present an overview of currently available eco-friendly caravanning products and components as well as green products that will be on the market in the near future, according to a news release.

A healthy environment is the natural basis for an RV vacation. “For this reason our industry is working toward sensible handling of resources and ongoing optimization of its products in regards to environmental sustainability,” stated Hans-Karl Sternberg, director general of the CIVD. This includes the continuous weight optimization of the vehicles and improvement of wind resistance values, as well as energy-efficient, low-emission engines. High-mileage diesel engines with common rail injection are standard in new RVs, while older engines achieve green qualities with the new particulate filters. Alternative engines will also be a topic: A new hybrid solution for RVs will be shown at the “Green Caravanning” presentation.

A highlight at the “Green Caravanning” presentation will be a specially modified RV. This 10-year old vehicle has been fitted with state-of-the-art accessories in order to protect the environment and reduce energy consumption. In addition to a diesel particulate filter, the vehicle received a rear seat heater with oxi-cat, a conventional methanol fuel cell and a newly developed LPG fuel cell. There is also a refrigerator and a cooker, both extremely energy-efficient yet powerful, energy-saving long-life LED lamps and a toilet with a ceramic inlay that uses very little water when flushed. The installation of tinted windows lowers the inside temperature by approximately 3 degrees centigrade on sunny days, saving air conditioning energy. In addition to the solar satellite system that will be on display, a prototype of an innovative solar awning has been installed on the show vehicle. A lightweight chassis contributes to weight optimization, as does a lightweight door that weighs a mere 12 kg. (26 pounds)

According to a study conducted by the Oko Institute in Freiburg,Germany, in 2007 on behalf of CIVD, travelling by RV or motorhome is a very environmentally friendly way to spend a vacation. Greenhouse gas emissions from RV trips were calculated and compared with other forms of travel such as car and airline travel with overnight hotel stays. The results showed that caravanning is one of the most environmentally friendly vacation possibilities. On average, RV trips generate approximately one third fewer greenhouse gas emissions than any other form of travel. Even taking into account that RV owners travel more per year than other travellers, they generate one sixth fewer travel-induced emissions than the others vacationers.

RV vacations on certified eco-camping campsites are also especially environmentally friendly. The Ecocamping Association is very dedicated to the cause of environmental protection and nature preservation, safety and quality management at campsites and consults and certifies campsite interested in implementing a quality management system. To date, 224 European campsites have been awarded the Ecocamping Environmental Management Certificate.

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at the show, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit our web site http://www.mdna.com; Subscribe to our blog at http://blog.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/mdnachicago

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