Driving an RV around the country doesn’t exactly seem all that green – but two Bay Area natives are doing just that with their “On the Green Road” project – precisely in the name of sustainability. And if you look closely at their 2003 Airstream, it becomes obvious this is not the same silver Twinkie that your crazy Aunt Janet uses to migrate from Michigan to Mexico every winter.
This one has been retrofitted in a sort of eco-pimp-my-ride style – complete with earth plaster walls and ceilings, a composting toilet, cork and natural linoleum flooring, and energy-efficient LED lighting by San Francisco-based Elemental LED, which is promoting its role in the project. Hauled behind a bio-fueled Dodge Ram, the Airstream is an off-the-grid home to Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty, a cat, and a dog who are making their way across the country while blogging, holding open houses (and virtual tours), attending conventions, learning about cool sustainable businesses and educating whoever they can along the way.
Anyone who decides to do a cross-country trip will soon notice that there are quite a few stretches of road with not much on ’em. While this gives great opportunity for wishing on shooting stars, it can be quite dark. Knowing they’d be passing through these areas made it even more crucial to get some reliable, energy efficient lighting for the RV. To get maximum lighting at minimum energy usage, Elemental LED provided lighting that works in conjunction with the RV’s solar power from panels on the roof of the Airstream, and a battery display that allows Reinhardt Daugherty to monitor their energy use.