This isn’t your grandma’s mobile home. A new off-grid, solar-powered, park model cottage by Cavco Industries is being unveiled at the KOA Convention and Trade Expo in Las Vegas. The new home was recently featured on RVBusiness.
Cavco’s park model cottage, dubbed Cabin Lite, features numerous energy-efficient features like an instant hot-water heater, a dual flush toilet that uses about 1.2 gallons per flush, Energy Star appliances and energy-saving LED lighting. Other eco-friendly elements include cork flooring, non-toxic sealing, adhesives and coatings and formaldehyde-free fiberglass wall insulation.
The unit is outfitted with solar panels and can receive electricity from wind turbines and even hydroelectric power. It comes equipped with a 6-KW Generac battery charging system for backup power. The home has been given the highest “Emerald” rating by NTA, a company that specializes in certifying green manufacturers. In addition to the ranking, NTA also called the park model the most eco-friendly design the company has rated to-date.
The home has been displayed at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the KOA convention. Then it will travel to campgrounds, RV parks and resorts throughout California and the West. Cavco officials say they want to show off the new model so RV park operators can understand how they can incorporate the new design into their businesses.