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The ABCs Of Basic Motorhome Terminologies

 September 17, 2015  /  Comments Off on The ABCs Of Basic Motorhome Terminologies

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Whether it’s your first time to buy an RV or it’s your first time driving one, you may have found yourself in a position where you need to understand unfamiliar terms about RV-ing. With this guide, you’ll be holding your own in conversations with RV veterans in no time.

The ABCs Of Basic Motorhome Terminologies

To help you get started, here are the most common motorhome terminologies you need to know.

Amp

Amp is short for ampere, the unit of measure used to express flow rate of electricity. Most RVs use 30 Amps, while RVs with more appliances and air conditioning units will operate at 50 Amps.

Awning

RV awnings come in different sizes and styles and they are great features to have in your motorhome. Awnings provide shade when you want to sit down outside to relax and enjoy your view.

Hitch

A hitch is the joint that joins the trailer to the vehicle that pulls it.

Leveling

Leveling is the process of using jacks to place your RV in a level position to increase comfort and to ensure that the appliances and equipment inside the RV function and operate as they are designated to be.

Pop-out

This is used to describe a room or area that pops out in the RV so you will have wider and greater space.

Black Water

This refers to sewage water from the toilet of your RV. It needs to be emptied at designated RV dumping stations in campgrounds as soon as it’s full to avoid damage to your RV.

Boon docking

Also called dry camping, this means camping in your RV without electricity, water, or sewer hookups.

Bunkhouse

An area of the RV where there are bunk beds. This is usually the designated sleeping area for kids or guests.

Camper

A “camper” is a general term used to refer to RVs. It can sometimes also be used to refer to a smaller type of RV that is towed behind.

Dump Station

A dump station is a place for campers to empty their black and gray water holding tanks.

Sewer Hose

It’s a flexible hose used to empty the RVs holding tanks by hooking one end to the RV sewer outlet, and the other, to the dump station sewer.

Fresh Water

Fresh water simply means safe drinking water.

RVDA

RVDA stands for Recreational Vehicle Dealer’s Association.

RVIA

RVIA stands for Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

Slideout

This refers to a room or area of the RV that slides out when you park your RV in a safe parking place. This gives more room for people to move and provides more space for the living area.

Underbelly

The underbelly is the RV’s under floor surface.

Winterize

When wintertime is near, you should have your RV “winterized,” This means that all water should be drained from hoses before the cold weather sets in so it doesn’t freeze inside the tanks. You can also add anti-freeze mixtures to the tanks, but you should check to make sure that they do not have any toxic materials or properties.

If you are new to the world of RV-ing, there are words you have to learn and terms you must familiarize yourself with. It can be overwhelming at first but with enough time, you’ll get the hang of it and you’ll soon speak the RV language with ease.

Written by the staff at Quality RV, the best RV dealers in Missouri. They service the whole state including St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and the Lake of the Ozarks.

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  • Published: 1 year ago on September 17, 2015
  • Last Modified: September 18, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Filed Under: Automotive

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