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RV Types & Dictionary

Auxillary Battery

An extra battery to run 12 volt equipment.

Axle Ratio

The ratio between the drive shaft rotation and the ring & pinion gears.

Backup Viewing Monitor

A video monitor (mounted near and viewable 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

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

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

Bus ConversionA 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

Camper ShellRemovable unit that covers the bed of a pickup truck.

Caravan

Any group of RV's 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

Class A Motorhome

The living unit has been con-structed on a bare, specially designed motor vehicle chassis.

Class C Motorhome

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

Conventional Travel Trailer

Generally larger than a folding camping trailer, rigid const-ruction 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

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 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 RV's.

Park Model

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.

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

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

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 const-ruction 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 const-ruction 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.

High Profile

Generally larger than a folding camping trailer, rigid const-ruction 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.

High Profile

A fifth wheel travel trailer 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, til 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.