I recently read an interesting article in a copy of Trailer Life Magazine, that we receive here at the dealership. This article contained information regarding a Veggie Oil powered RV. I am going to list some of this article below and some information from the “Sunshine across America” website.
With a goal to travel the nation with as little money as possible, while leaving no carbon footprints behind, three friends from Gainesville, Florida, had an idea. The trio-Sergio Gutierrez, Brad Farrar and Elliot Arroyo-bouth a used 1982 Itasca Suncruiser motor-home and converted its engine to run on waste vegetable oil (WVO).
This 1982 Itasca Suncruiser runs a Chevy 6.2L V-8 diesel motor. I have learned much through research on the topic of running and converting WVO in diesel engines. There are many options for alternative fuels, or biofuels, such as biodiesel, and waste vegetable oil. I decided that waste vegetable oil would be the most interesting conversion and process, as well as being the most inexpensive way for us to travel. Waste vegetable oil, it allows us to be “green” and not harm the environment as much as burning diesel, as well as giving us a nearly free way to fill up the tank. We have traveled over 10,000 miles in 90 days, used over 1,000 gallons of veggie oil and paid $150 combined for the oil when we could not find it for free on two separate occasions. That would have cost over $3,000-$5,000 if we had been driving on diesel, and emitted a large amount of sulfur into our environment. Burned veggie emits nearly no sulfur into the environment and is also “Carbon Neutral”, meaning that the carbon absorbed by the plants when growing is equal to the amount emitted when burned. So, do some research, convert a diesel and hop on the veggie bandwagon to start driving for cheap and help our environment at the same time.