RV Types & Dictionary

12/26/2016
ONRV

The vocabulary used by the RV industry listed below will help newbies to understand the terminology used in the RV lifestyle or perhaps just refresh your memory on some of the definitions that you may have forgotten.

Auxillary Battery
An extra battery to run 12 volt equipment

Axle Ration
The ration between the drive shaft rotation and the ring & pinion gears.

Backup Viewing Monitor
A video monitor (mounted near and vieable from the drivers' seat) used to assist the driver showing a live rear view of the vehicle and its surroundings (width/depth of viewing angle depends on unit).

Ball Mount
Hitching system that connects the trailer coupler to the hitch ball. Weight load and distribution vary.

Basement Model
Large storage units underneath a raised chassis of an RV.

Black Water
Non-potable water and sewage from the toilet stored in the black water tank.

Boondocking
No fresh water, electricity or sewer utilities while camping in an RV.

Bowtie
Slang word for describing Chevrolets trademark symbol.

Box
The living space on a class A motorhome above the chassis.

Breakaway Switch
All trailers with electric brakes are required to have a breakaway switch to apply the brakes if the trailer becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle.

Bubble
Term used to describe loose paint or laminate on RV or vehicle exteriors. Also refers to how level your RV is when parked while reading the bubble level gauge attached to the RV.

Bumper Mounted Hitch
A ball mounted directly to the bumper or on a bracket mounted on the bumper. This method is not used in most RV towing situations.

Bunkhouse
Bunk bed sleeping quarters.

Bus Conversion
A type A motorhome in which a shell has been added to a bus type chassis and customized to the owners specifications. A commercial operated bus whose interior is remodeled for motorhome travel.

Camper Shell
Removable unit that covers the bed of a pickup truck.

Caravan
Any group of RVs traveling together on the same highway using similar communication equipment (cell phones, walkie-talkies, cb radios, etc.) to stay in touch and maintain safety.

Chassis Battery
Used to operated 12-volt drive-train components.

Class A Motorhome
The living unit has been constructed on a bare, specially designed motor vehicle chassis.

Class C Motorhome
This unit is built on an automotive manufactured van frame with an attached cab section. The RV manufacturer completes the body section containing the living area and attaches it to the cab section.

Coach
Another term used to describe a motorhome.

Conventional Travel Trailer
Generally larger than a folding camping trailer, rigid construction units offering Trailer more of the conveniences of home including a kitchen sink, dinette, shower, refrigerator and flush toilet. Sizes range from approximately 12 to 35 feet long.

Conversion Vehicle
Conversion Vehicle Vans, pick up trucks and sport utility vehicles manufactured by an automaker then modified for recreational use by a customized vehicle specialist.

Converter
An electrical device used to convert AC (alternating current) power into DC (direct current) power.

Coupler
The front portion of a trailer A frame the attaches to the ball hitch.

Curbside
The side of an RV facing the curb.

Diesel Puller
Diesel engine is in the front of the motorhome.

Diesel Pusher
Diesel engine is in the rear of the motorhome/ coach.

Dry Camping
Camping without hooking up to any available electrical outlet, water line, sewer line, phone line or cable TV.

Dump Station
An underground holding tank & sewage system for wastewater and sewage water from RVs.

Engine Oil Cooler
A mechanical device similar to a water radiator used to cool engine oil by flow of air, whether forced air by driving and/or fan driven air.

Fifth Wheel Trailer
A trailer that is constructed with a raised forward section that makes a bi-level floor plan extending over the rear section of the towing vehicle. It is designed to be towed by a hitch mounted in the bed of a truck or hitch system mounted above the tow vehicle rear axle, known as a fifth wheel hitch.

Fresh Water
Water that is OK to drink (Potable Water).

Folding Camper
A lightweight RV camping unit designed for temporary living quarters which trailer is mounted on wheels and connected with collapsible side walls that fold for towing. Sizes range from approximately 8 to 16 feet long.

Full Hook up
Term used to describe an RV that can use, or a campground that offers, electric, sewer and water.

Full Timer
People whose year round home is an RV.

Galley
An RV's kitchen facilities.

Generator
An electrical device used to generate 120 volt AC (alternating current) power and powered by propane, gasoline or diesel fuel.

Gooseneck
Name sometimes used to describe fifth wheel travel trailers.

Gray Water
Water that is drained from kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks or showers. It is stored in a gray water tank.

High Profile
Generally larger than a folding camping trailer, rigid construction units offering Trailer more of the conveniences of home including a kitchen sink, dinette, shower, refrigerator and flush toilet. Sizes range from approximately 12 to 35 feet long.

Generator
An electrical device used to generate 120 volt AC (alternating current) power and powered by propane, gasoline or diesel fuel.

Gooseneck
Name sometimes used to describe fifth wheel travel trailers.

Gray Water
Water that is drained from kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks or showers. It is stored in a gray water tank.

High Profile
Generally larger than a folding camping trailer, rigid construction units offering Trailer or fifth wheel more of the conveniences of home including a kitchen sink, dinette, shower, refrigerator and flush toilet. Sizes range from approximately 12 to 35 feet long and with more than 6 feet of standing room inside the front raised area.

HP
Horse power.

House Battery
These are used to power 12-volt systems within the RV and are separate from batteries the chassis batteries.

Hula Skirt
An accessory attached to the rear of a motor home or trailer, used to protect following vehicles or towed units from debris thrown by the rear wheels of the motorhome or towing vehicle. This skirt is usually the full width of the rear of the unit it is attached to.

Inverter
An electrical device that converts 12-volt DC (direct current) to 110 volt AC (alternating current) for operation of televisions, computers or other small appliances when no electrical hook up for your RV is available.

Island Queen
Queen size bed that has walking spaces on both sides of it.

Jackknife
Situation where your tow vehicle and travel trailer are at a 90% angle to each other.

Leveling
Moving your RV into a campsite and positioning it, until level, with the use of ramps under the wheels, power leveling jacks, outriggers or scissors jacks.

OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.

MH
Motorhome.

Motorcoach
Motorhome or bus type chassis.

Park Model
A type of RV designed to be permanently parked and is shorter in length than the traditional mobile home. It is not built for travel but has all the amenities of a mobile home.

Part Timers
People who use an RV, for any length of time up to a year, that is not their only home.

Patio Mat
Portable surface used by RVer's outside their unit, designed to be placed on the ground as their "patio", whether or not a concrete pad is available.

Pop Up
Folding camping trailer

Porpoising
Up and down motion of an RV while traveling.

Puller
Front engine motorhome/coach.

Pusher
Rear engine motorhome/coach.

Pull Thru
A drive thru campsite, you can pull in or pull out of without ever having to back up.

Recreational Vehicle/RV
A recreational vehicle, or RV, is a motorized or towable vehicle that combines transportation and living quarters for travel, recreation and camping. RV's do not include mobile home, off-road vehicles or snowmobiles.

Reefer
Refrigerator

Receiver Hitch
The part of a hitch (female) that allows a hitch bar/shank (male) to be inserted into it.

Safety Chains
Chains attached to the trailer A frame and connected to the tow vehicle while traveling. They are designed to keep the trailer attached to the tow vehicle in the event of hitch failure.

Screen Room
Exterior enclosure attached to an RV for a bug free environment.

Self -Contained
An RV needing NO external connections. It can provide heat, air conditioning, cooking and bathing for short term use and can park overnight anywhere.

Shore Cord
External electrical cord that connects the RV to an electrical campground hookup.

Shore Power
External electricity source not provide by RV battery/batteries.

Sideout
An RV unit that slides open when it is parked to expand the living area.

Slide In
A camper that mounts on a pick up truck bed by sliding into it. Also known as a truck camper.

Sway
Fishtailing motion (side to side) of the trailer.

Three Way
Appliances that can operate on a 12 volt battery, propane or 110 volt electricity.

Toad
Towed vehicle.

Tongue Weight
Amount of weight on the hitch when the trailer is coupled.

Tow Bar
Mechanical device used for a towed vehicle, by a towing vehicle, when the towed vehicle has all four wheels on the ground.

Toy Hauler
Term used for an RV that has built in interior cargo space for motorcycles, ATV's, bicycles, etc.

Transmission Cooler
Similar to a radiator. It allows transmission fluid to pass thru it while being air cooled.

Triple Towing
Three vehicles attached together. Example: Tow vehicle, trailer and boat.

Umbilical Cord
Wiring harness used to connect the tow vehicle to the trailer, providing electricity for the trailers clearance lights, brake lights, electrical brakes and 12 volt DC power line for the trailer batteries. It can also be used to connect to connect to campground 120 volt AC electrical hookups.

Wagonmaster
The lead RV guide of a caravan who usually handles highway navigation and reservations for campgrounds, entertainment, sightseeing, meals and all scheduling.

Wally World
Slang for Wal-Mart.

Weekenders
People who use an RV for weekends or vacations only.

Wide Bodies
RV's designed to stretch wider than the traditional 96 inches.

Winterize
Preparing you RV for storage or winter use.

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