- A hitch that
utilizes spring bars that are placed under tension to distribute a portion
of the trailer's hitch weight to the tow vehicle's front axle and the
trailer's axles. This hitch is also known as a weight distributing hitch
(Water) Tank - The gallons of fresh water that can be
stored for later use.
- The ability to
connect to all three of the campground's facilities; electric, water and
or Full-Timing - The term used for people who live in
their RV full time, or at least the vast majority of their time.
- An engine powered device fuelled by gasoline or diesel fuel, and
sometimes propane, for generating 120-volt AC power.
Gross Axle Weight
Rating (GAWR) - The manufacturer’s maximum load weight, in
pounds, that can be placed on the axle. If an axle has a 3500-lb.
GAWR and the RV has two axles (tandem axles), then the RV would have a
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 7000 lbs. (see GVWR below)
Weight (GCW) - The combined weight of the tow
vehicle and the trailer.
Weight Rating (GCWR) - The manufacturers maximum
load weight, in pounds, allowed for the trailer and tow vehicle.
This rating includes the weight of the trailer, tow vehicle, fuel, water,
propane, supplies and passengers.
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)
- Gross trailer weight is the weight of the trailer fully loaded in its
actual towing condition. GTW is measured by placing the fully loaded
trailer on a vehicle scale. The entire weight of the trailer should be
supported on the scale.
Weight (GVW) - The weight of the vehicle.
Weight Rating (GVWR) - The manufacturer’s
maximum load weight, in pounds, allowed for the vehicle. This rating
includes the weight of the vehicle plus fuel, water, propane, supplies and
electrical device powered by gasoline or diesel fuel, and sometimes
propane, for generating 120-volt AC power.
Water - The gray
water tanks on an RV hold drainage water from the sinks and shower. It
contains soap and food particles and although not seriously harmful, the
common practice of dumping gray water on the campsite ground should be
(Water) Tank - The gallons of gray waste that can be held
- The amount of a trailer's weight that rests on the tow
vehicle's hitch. For travel trailers this weight should be 10% to 15% of
the total weight of the trailer. For fifth wheels this weight should be
15% to 20% of the total weight of the trailer.
- A heat exchanger is a device that transfers heat from one source to
another. For example, there is a heat exchanger in your furnace - the
propane flame and combustion products are contained inside the heat
exchanger that is sealed from the inside area. Inside air is blown over
the surface of the exchanger, where it is warmed and the blown through the
ducting system for room heating. The combustion gases are vented to the
- A heat strip is an electric heating element located in the air
conditioning system with the warm air distributed by the air conditioner
fan and ducting system. They are typically 1500 watt elements (about the
same wattage as an electric hair dryer) and have limited function.
Basically they "take the chill off"
- The amount of a trailer's weight that rests on the tow vehicle's hitch.
For travel trailers this weight should be 10% to 15% of the total weight
of the trailer. For fifth wheels this weight should be 15% to 20% of the
total weight of the trailer.
There are three different holding tanks on most RVs: Fresh Water, Gray
Water and Black Water. The fresh water tanks hold the water you will use
for water you will pump into your RV when you are not getting water from
an outside source. The Gray Water tank holds water from your kitchen and
shower. The black water tank holds the water and waste from your toilet.
- The ability of
connecting to a campground's facilities. The major types of hookups are
electrical, water and sewer. If all three of these hookups are available,
it is termed full hookup. Hookups may also include telephone and cable TV
in some campgrounds.
Inverter - An inverter is a device that changes 12 volt battery
power to 120 volt AC power. It is used when "boon docking" (camping
without hookups) to power certain 120 VAC only devices like a microwave
oven. The amount of available power depends on the storage capacity of the
batteries and the wattage rating of the inverter.
- A sandwich of structural frame members, wall paneling, insulation and
exterior covering, adhesive-bonded under pressure and/or heat to form the
RV's walls, floor and/or roof.
Livability Packages - items to equip
a motor home for daily living, which may be rented at nominal cost from
rental firm, rather than brought from home. Include bed linens, pillows
and blankets, bath towels, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, cutlery.
Petroleum Gas. LP gas is used to fuel appliances in the RV, such as
the stove, oven, water heater and sometimes the refrigerator.
Often called propane. LP
weighs 4.5 pounds per gallon.
(NCC) - Sometimes called the payload capacity, this is the
maximum weight of fuel, water, propane, supplies and passengers that can
be added to an RV without exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
(see GVWR above)
- The term used for people who use their RV more than usual (more
than just a few weekend trips a year), but who still use it less than full
maximum allowable weight that can be in or on a vehicle, including all
cargo and accessories, fuel, freshwater, propane, passengers and hitch
Pilot - a pilot is a small
standby flame that is used to light the main burner of a propane fired
appliance when the thermostat calls for heat. Pilots can be used in
furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators, ovens and stove tops.