RV and Camping Terms and Definitions

an index

  • 12-volt DC – A recreational vehicle’s low voltage, direct current system, powered by either a battery or, when the RV is connected to electrical hookups or a generator, an inverter.  Direct current means that the electrical current flows in one direction in the circuit.  (read more)

  • 120-volt AC (alternating current) – A recreational vehicle’s alternating current system, powered by way of electrical hookups in a campground – sometimes called shore power – or from a generator.  The voltage is the same as that normally found in homes.  Alternating current means that the electrical current changes direction in the circuit, normally 60 cycles every second (60 hertz). AC powers components in the RV such as the microwave, water heater in AC mode, refrigerator in AC mode, and AC electrical outlets.

     

  • Actual weight – The measured weight of the vehicle or it’s components.  Factory or sticker weights may be averages or estimates of weight. (Changin’ Gears – Understanding RV Weights)

     

  • 120 AC/12 DC/LP-gas

     

  • Adjustable ball mount – used to attain proper height between a tow vehicle receiver and the coupler of the trailer or other vehicle that is being towed.  Normally used with weight distributing hitches,  the ball of the adjustable ball mount may be raised, lowered or tilted, for to attain the proper tongue weight and coupler height to level the trailer.

     

  • AGM – Absorbed Gas Mat, a type of battery using a glass mat to wick the electrolyte between the battery plates.  AGM batteries only have enough liquid electrolyte to keep the mat wet.  If the battery is broken, there is little or no liquid available to leak out. (BatteryStuff.com – Gel vs AGM)

     

  • Airbag – term used to describe either factory installed air suspension systems on motorhomes or after market RV suspension enhancements.

     

  • Airstreaming
  • Amp
  • Anode Rod
  • Arctic Pack
  • Articulation Point
  • Autocaravana (Spanish)
  • Auxiliary Battery
  • Awning
  • Axle Ratio
  • Back-up Monitor
  • Back In
  • Ball Mount
  • Basement
  • Basement Model
  • Batwing Antenna
  • Black Tank
  • Black Water
  • Blind Back-In
  • Blueboy/Blue-Boy/Blue Boy
  • Boondocking
  • Bowtie
  • Box
  • Brake Actuator
  • Brake Controller
  • Breakaway Switch
  • British Thermal Unit
  • BTU
  • Bubble
  • Bump Steer
  • Bump-Out; See Slide
  • Bumper-Mount Hitch
  • Bumper-Pull
  • Bumper Pull Trailer; See Travel Trailer
  • Bunkhouse
  • Bus Conversion
  • Cabcover
  • The part of a type C mini-motorhome that overlaps the top of the vehicle’s cab, usually containing a sleeping or storage unit. (Sanidumps.com)
  • Camber – Wheel alignment
  • Camber is the number of degrees each wheel is off of vertical. Looking from the front, tops of wheels farther apart than bottoms means “positive camber”. As the load pushes the front end down, or the springs get weak, camber would go from positive to none to negative (bottoms of wheels farther apart than tops). (Sanidumps.com)
  • Camper Shell
  • Removable unit to go over the bed of a pickup truck. (Sanidumps.com)
  • Camper
  • Caravan
  • Caravan or Camper (Europe)
  • Cargo Weight
  • Cassette Toilet
  • Castor – Wheel alignment
  • CB; CB Radio
  • Chassis
  • Chassis Battery
  • Chucking
  • Class A
  • Class ‘A’ Motorhome
  • Class B
  • Class ‘B’ Motorhome
  • Class C
  • Class ‘C’ Motorhome
  • Coach
  • Cockpit
  • Condensation
  • Converter
  • Coupler
  • Crosswise
  • Curbside
  • Curb Weight
  • Detonation
  • Diesel Puller
  • Diesel Pusher
  • Diesel Pusher
  • Dinette
  • Dinghy; See Toad
  • Direct Spark Ignition
  • DSI Ignition – Direct Spark Ignition
  • Dooley; DRW; Dual Rear Wheels
  • Dry Camping
  • Dry Weight
  • DSI; See Direct Spark Ignition
  • Dual Electrical System
  • Dual Rear Wheels
  • Dually
  • Ducted AC
  • Ducted HEAT
  • Dump Station
  • DW
  • Engine Oil Cooler
  • Equalizing Hitch
  • ETG; See Exhaust Temperature Gauge
  • Exhaust Brake
  • Exhaust Temperature Gauge
  • FHU; See Full Hookup
  • Fifth Wheel
  • Fifth-Wheel Trailers
  • FMV; Abbreviation for Fair Market Value.
  • Folding Trailer
  • Fresh Water Tank
  • Full Hookup
  • Fulltimer
  • Galley
  • Gas Pusher
  • GAW
  • GAWR
  • GCW
  • GCWR
  • Gooseneck
  • Gooseneck Adapter
  • Gooseneck Extender
  • Grade
  • Gray Tank
  • Gray Water
  • GTW
  • GVW
  • GVWR
  • Half Ton
  • Hauler Back
  • Heavy Duty Truck
  • Hitch Weight
  • Holding Tanks
  • Honey Wagon
  • Hookups
  • House Battery
  • Inverter
  • ISP
  • Jake Brake
  • King Pin
  • King Pin Weight
  • Laminate
  • Landing Gears
  • Landing Legs
  • Leveling Jack
  • Light Duty Truck
  • Limit Switch
  • LPG
  • MDT
  • Medium Duty Truck
  • MH
  • Mini Motor Home
  • Motor Coach
  • Motor Home
  • MSRP
  • NCC
  • One Ton
  • Park Model
  • Payload
  • Pop-Up Trailer
  • Pressure Regulator
  • Pull-Through
  • Pusher
  • Pyro
  • Rear Differential
  • Rear End
  • Recreational Vehicle
  • RGAW
  • RGAWR
  • Rig
  • RV
  • RVCG
  • Shore Power
  • Slide-In Truck Camper
  • Slide-Out
  • Slide
  • Snowbird
  • Solar Panel
  • Sport Utility Trailer
  • Stabilizing Jack
  • Starting Battery
  • Stinky Slinky
  • Tagalong Trailer
  • Tent Camper
  • Tent Trailer
  • Three Quarter Ton
  • Toad
  • Tongue Jack
  • Tongue Load
  • Tongue Weight
  • Toy Hauler
  • Travel Trailer
  • Travel Trailer Coach
  • Truck Camper
  • TT
  • Umbilical Cord
  • Underbelly
  • UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)
  • Van Camper
  • Water Pressure Regulator
  • Weight-Distributing Hitch
  • Wheelbase
  • Wide-body
  • WiFi
  • Winterize
  • Wireless Internet
  • Work Camper
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