RV Terms and Definitions 03

Arctic Pack – Original design or additions and/or modifications to an RV to enable its use in colder weather, which may include electrically heated tanks, heated mattress, added (or different) insulation, insulated and enclosed under-carriage, dual pane windows (perhaps even insulated gas-filled). May also be referred to as a “four season” or “all weather” package. Example: Lance 4 Seasons | All Weather Package.

Note: This post is part of a continuing series created during the development of a glossary of RV Terms and Definitions for a new website.

Articulation point – A pivot point or joint between two objects that allows relative movement between the two. With recreational vehicles, the articulation point is where the tow vehicle is connected to whatever it is towing. Normally, there is just one articulation point with RVs.  However, in a triple tow situation, where a boat or other small trailer is being towed behind a camping trailer, there will be two articulation points.  RV articulation points will normally be one of the following:

  • the fifth wheel hitch and the king pin on a fifth wheel trailer or
  • the ball and coupling on a bumper or receiver type hitch.

ATV – All-terrain vehicle; defined by the American National Standards Institute as a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. While ATVs are designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most vehicles, they are not truly able to traverse all types of terrain.4

Auxiliary batteries –  another term for the house batteries.


4 Wikipedia – All-terrain vehicle

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