Glossary of RV terms, parts, acronyms, and misspellings

TabberJohnTabberJohn Posts: 412Member
edited November 2016 in Camping & Travel

A glossary request was posted on the Hook for Valence thread so I decided to start a separate thread for it.
Have fun posting your favorite story or example of how to use or not use RV terms correctly. OT posts encouraged. ;)
These three sites appear to cover the majority, but feel free to add your own especially anything missed or more obscure.

http://www.goodsamcamping.com/rvresources/RvGlossary.aspx

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/rv-terms.html

http://travellogs.us/Technical Info/RVing Termanology.htm

It took me awhile to figure out why someone wanted a sliding tray added to their custom [email protected] galley for an ARB.
Then I discovered ARB was a brand of 4x4 accessories including RV fridge/freezers especially designed for off-grid use.

Here's my first misspelled entry --
"Hook for Valence" should actually be valance since a valence is a chemistry term. IE: "the combining power of an element, especially as measured by the number of hydrogen atoms it can displace or combine with."
On the other hand I think we all agree [email protected] do have good chemistry and tend to hook you in.

2015 [email protected] Max S (White/Silver) -> 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L (turbo, AWD, factory tow)
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  • NomadNomad Posts: 7,216Member
    How long did it take to compose that last sentence?  It's so cute. :-)


  • TabberJohnTabberJohn Posts: 412Member
    edited November 2016
    PXLated said:
    How long did it take to compose that last sentence?  It's so cute. :-)

    Stuff like that usually just hits me by the time I am done editing.
    My wife is also accustomed to spontaneous bad puns and innuendos.

    To continue this thread --

    AC versus A/C
    AC is what your 110v outlets provide when hooked to shore power or generator.
    A/C is what you need running on AC when it really is 110 degrees in the shade.

    TV or not TV. That is the question.
    TV is what to watch when you're bored or want a local weather report.
    TV (tow vehicle) is what your [email protected] needs hooked up to go home or head to the next campground.
     

    2015 [email protected] Max S (White/Silver) -> 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L (turbo, AWD, factory tow)
  • NomadNomad Posts: 7,216Member
    The TV (vehicle) got me - Couldn't figure out what people were talking about, made no sense :-)


  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,639Administrator
    The slash between the A and the C is very important to tell others you are speaking of Air Conditioning (A/C) and not Alternating Current (AC). 
    Verna, Indianapolis, Indiana; 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red; towed by a red 2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD 4x4; [email protected] Administrator.  If not now, when?




  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,989Moderator
    This goes beyond RV-specific terminology, but it really hooks my valence when someone refers to a boiler as a furnace. The Alde is a boiler.
  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,989Moderator
    On a lighter note, shall we debate RV vs. camper again?  ;-)
  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,639Administrator
    ScottG said:
    This goes beyond RV-specific terminology, but it really hooks my valence when someone refers to a boiler as a furnace. The Alde is a boiler.
    Scott.....I guess that like calling a power pole a telephone pole. There is a BIG difference!

    Anyway, I've seen few references to calling the Alde a boiler. Most people won't know what a boiler is. I understand the difference, but most people know what I'm talking about if I say "and it even has a furnace!". 
    Verna, Indianapolis, Indiana; 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red; towed by a red 2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD 4x4; [email protected] Administrator.  If not now, when?




  • NomadNomad Posts: 7,216Member
    It's a "camper" - period, full stop, period :-)


  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,989Moderator
    Verna said:
    ...
    Scott.....I guess that like calling a power pole a telephone pole. There is a BIG difference!
    ...
    Ok, Verna, you've reeled me in! At the risk of completely derailing this thread, what is the difference between a power pole and a telephone pole?

    Around me the same wooden sticks hold up both types of lines, so I've always thought the terms were synonymous--kinda' like RV and camper.  ;-)
  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,989Moderator
    edited November 2016
    And to get back on track, here's another one that is relevant: MSRP.

    Automobile manufacturers are required by federal law to display an MSRP on their products. The law does not extend to RV's/campers. Regardless of what they call it, what you see (or are told) at an RV dealership is really dealer asking price--that can be any price the dealer wants to make it, and can vary by thousands of dollars from one dealer to the next. Let the buyer beware!

    (I have been told at least one manufacturer does publish an MSRP, but this is done voluntarily as part of their business plan.)      
  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,639Administrator
    @ScottG, there are actually few telephone poles, those with only telephone cables (and possibly cable TV cables) on them. Most poles are power poles with electrical wiring and with telephone cables and possibly cable TV cables on them. The power wires/cables determine how large the pole must be. 

    The telephone cables are located approximately 18' above the ground (unless going over a railroad track which would require them to be higher on the pole). The cable TV is located above the telephone cable and the power is located nearer to the top. 

    So, if a pole is knocked down by accident or storms, the Telephone Company and the cable TV company repair techs must wait for the power company to replace their pole before they can perform their repairs. 
    Verna, Indianapolis, Indiana; 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red; towed by a red 2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD 4x4; [email protected] Administrator.  If not now, when?




  • TabberJohnTabberJohn Posts: 412Member

    I think I've found where the problem lies. The Oxford Dictionary!!

    ve·hi·cle
    [ˈvēək(ə)l, ˈvēˌhik(ə)l]
    NOUN
    1. a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart.
      synonyms: means of transport · conveyance · motor vehicle
    2. a thing used to express, embody, or fulfill something:
      "I use paint as a vehicle for my ideas"

    A [email protected] isn't really #1 unless one of you has figured out how to power the trailer wheels and steer with your jack wheel (front window or periscope mod required).
    However, a [email protected] is definitely #2.
    2015 [email protected] Max S (White/Silver) -> 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L (turbo, AWD, factory tow)
  • NomadNomad Posts: 7,216Member
    #2's a stretch though so I'm not sure I be quite that definite :-)


  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,989Moderator
    edited November 2016
    Thanks, Verna--you have now straightened me out with regard to both telephone poles and (in a previous thread) screw shanks! I do like precise terminology--I consider it a vehicle for clear communication.  :-)
  • TabberJohnTabberJohn Posts: 412Member
    edited March 2017
    2. "I use a [email protected] as a vehicle for my dreams."
    2015 [email protected] Max S (White/Silver) -> 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L (turbo, AWD, factory tow)
  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Posts: 2,171Administrator
    ScottG said:
    This goes beyond RV-specific terminology, but it really hooks my valence when someone refers to a boiler as a furnace. The Alde is a boiler.
    It does make a difference if you are associated with the trade as a professional and are aware of specific terminology as most people take these things for granted, they really believe the terms they associate with these items/appliances are correct and it is more or less a generalization therein.  

    The same is true for the professional as we use these terms loosely, oft times believe that others know them or should know the proper terminology or nomenclature and we banter them around as if it's business as usual.  

    As Verna noted above, the use of "telephone poles" tends to irk me when I hear this via the news media as to me it shows their ignorance as opposed to properly identifying a pole as a utility pole.  The telephone pole terminology is most likely 1930's era jargon when our country was in the midst of a communications/energy revolution or upgrade, when poles were being set, lines, telegraph wire and phone cable attached to them, etc.  

    Oh well, we beat this one up a bit....  Onward!   =)
    Mike Smith 
    Linden, Mi
    2015 [email protected] Max S
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  • Lil_LucyLil_Lucy Posts: 45Member
    edited November 2016

    I think I've found where the problem lies. The Oxford Dictionary!!

    ve·hi·cle
    [ˈvēək(ə)l, ˈvēˌhik(ə)l]
    NOUN
    1. a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart.
      synonyms: means of transport · conveyance · motor vehicle
    2. a thing used to express, embody, or fulfill something:
      "I use paint as a vehicle for my ideas"

    A [email protected] isn't really #1 unless one of you has figured out how to power the trailer wheels and steer with your jack wheel (front window or periscope mod required).
    However, a [email protected] is definitely #2.

    So this isn't really a [email protected] Motorhome? :o

    2016 [email protected] Max-S (Silver/Red Trim) / TV: 2016 Ford Escape
    "Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional."
  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,989Moderator
    Ok, getting back to spirit of the OP...

    The glossaries provided by TabberJohn use the terms boondocking and dry camping synonymously. I prefer the distinctive definitions adopted by many on this forum:

    Dry camping = camping without hookups, but in a place that provides services such as a potable water source, toilets, or showers.

    Boondocking = camping without hookups or services.  
  • jgram2jgram2 Posts: 833Associate Member
    Lil_Lucy-no, that's an ADU-accessory dwelling unit. It can be carried on the Yakima!
    John, Judi, Guinness & OD
    [email protected]@t 2015 S Max Outback/2006 V8 4Runner 


  • TabberJohnTabberJohn Posts: 412Member

    Here's Legends of America's take on boondocking (lots of info): http://www.legendsofamerica.com/rv-boondocking.html

    2015 [email protected] Max S (White/Silver) -> 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L (turbo, AWD, factory tow)
  • TabberJohnTabberJohn Posts: 412Member
    Lil_Lucy: You may be able to tow that behind your [email protected] in which case the RV term is dinghy. :)
    2015 [email protected] Max S (White/Silver) -> 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L (turbo, AWD, factory tow)
  • NomadNomad Posts: 7,216Member
    TabberJohn - Disagree with that article. Agree more with ScottG. But...
    Dry Camping - Camping in a formally designated campground with no hookup and may or may not have fresh water or vault toilets.
    Boondocking - Camping in the wild. Not a campground. Usually no designated campsites. Rarely any water or bathrooms.


  • NomadNomad Posts: 7,216Member
    Disperssed Camping - An area where camping is allowed but no designated campsites other than spots where others have already been. Free to camp anywhere in the area you can get to.


  • irvingjirvingj Posts: 309Member
    ... nothing to add at this time, but this thread is one reason I enjoy the [email protected] forum so much; keep it up! Always gets me a smile in the AM!

    (OK, how 'bout the TV that won't start: "turn over" vs. "fire"....that one drives me nuts. Or, "motor" vs. "engine"?)
  • rfuss928rfuss928 Posts: 375Member
    I hope nobody clicked on this thread looking for a Glossary !! :s
    Bob & Rosalie Fuss - Spencerport NY
    - 2009 Dutchman CS -

    [email protected] travels  ---
    --339 nights out ---- 63937 miles traveled--
    States Visited Mapstatemap

  • NomadNomad Posts: 7,216Member
    Walmarting - Desperation Camping :-)


  • NomadNomad Posts: 7,216Member
    Nightcrawlers - People that show up in campgrounds after dark, clank around trying to get set up and wake up the entire campground.
    Slugs - Nightcrawlers that use a rachet drill to lower their stabelizer jacks.


  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 4,096Member
    PXL, Have had several Nightcrawlers come in late, leave early to avoid paying the required fee [$8.00 per night in one case, $12.00 in another], my thoughts...really? Maybe the Slugs scenario would be a better description! 
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  with,
    Ruger aka: Adventure Companion

  • TabberJohnTabberJohn Posts: 412Member

    I thought dry camping was when you ran out of water and boondocking was when you backed your [email protected] into a lake in the boonies while nightcrawling.

    2015 [email protected] Max S (White/Silver) -> 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L (turbo, AWD, factory tow)
  • AldebaranJillAldebaranJill Posts: 373Member
    edited November 2016

    I think I've found where the problem lies. The Oxford Dictionary!!

    ve·hi·cle
    [ˈvēək(ə)l, ˈvēˌhik(ə)l]
    NOUN
    1. a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart.
      synonyms: means of transport · conveyance · motor vehicle
    2. a thing used to express, embody, or fulfill something:
      "I use paint as a vehicle for my ideas"

    A [email protected] isn't really #1 unless one of you has figured out how to power the trailer wheels and steer with your jack wheel (front window or periscope mod required).
    However, a [email protected] is definitely #2.

    But aren't all the things we transport in our "cart", aka [email protected], "goods"?  :s

    I looked up "goods and chattel" and it says "all kinds of personal possessions" (Oxford Dictionary). Since "goods" is not specific, I think it's a vehicle because it' meets both criteria 1 and 2.  =)
    2013 MAXX [email protected] towed by a 2006 Subaru Legacy Outback Sedan 2.5i  4 Cyl AWD
    Seattle, WA
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