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What is potable water?


Potable: A liquid that is suitable for drinking.

What is the weight rating of my RV?


GCWR: Gross Combination Weight Rating. The maximum allowable weight of the combination of tow vehicle and trailer. It includes the weight of the vehicle, trailer/fifth-wheel or dinghy, cargo, passengers and a full load of fluids (water, propane, fuel, etc.).

What is an RV Full Timer?

Full Timer

Full Timer: Some one who lives in their RV on a permenant basis.

What types of RVs are there?

Class B RV

Class B RV: A type of RV manufactured by converting a van into a self-contained camper. Usually retains the dimensions of the van, though the roof may be raised to accommodate standing.

What types of electricity do RVs use?


Converter: Electrical device that can change AC electricity to DC electricity.

What types of electricity do RVs use?


AC: Alternating Current electricity. Used for most household appliances.

What is an RV Dump Station?

Dump Station

Dump Station: Any approved area where RV waste tanks may be emptied.

What is an RV toad?


Toad: (Towed) Vehicle that is towed behind an RV.

What is a self contained RV?


Self-Contained: An RV capable of supplying all necessary living accommodations including water, heat, sleeping, cooking and waste disposal.

What is an RV wannabe?


Wannabe: (Want to be) Some one who wants to be a Full Time RVer.

What is an RV generator?


Generator: A device used for producing AC electricity. Consisting of a motor and an electrical generator and powered by gasoline, diesel or propane.

What is an RV dingy?


Dingy: Vehicle that is towed behind an RV.

What is an RV Escapee?


Escapee: A member of the Escapee RV Club.

What is an RVer?


RVer: Any person who owns an RV.

What is an RV inverter?


Inverter: Electrical device that changes DC electricity to AC Electricity.

What is a Class C RV?

Class C RV

Class C RV: A type of RV manufactured on a cut-away van chassis. Distinguished by the sleeping compartment over the van cab.

What does RV stand for?


RV: Recreational Vehicle.

What is RV gray water?

Gray Water

Gray Water: Waste water from sinks and drains, may contain soap and food particles.

What is RV boondocking?


Boondocking: (Also Self-contained camping). Camping without use of external resources.

What is an RV genset?


Genset: See Generator

What is a Class A RV?

Diesel Pusher

Diesel Pusher: A motor home, typically Class A, that is powered by as Diesel Engine mounted in the rear of the RV.

What is an RV Fiver?


Fiver: See Fifth Wheel.

What is DC electricity in an RV?


DC: Direct Current electricity. Typically generated by vehicle alternators or solar panels. Used to power vehicle accessories.

What is an RV fifth wheel?

Fifth Wheel

Fifth Wheel: A type of RV that is pulled by a pick-up truck using a trailer hitch mounted in the truck bed.

What is RV black water?

Black Water

Black Water: Waste from the toilet.

What is an RVing Workamper?


Workamper: Any person who makes a living while camping (or RVing). Work may or may not be at a campsite.

What is a Class A RV?

Class A RV

Class A RV: A type of RV manufactured on a large truck chassis. Distinguishable by the fact that the driving area can be accessed from the living space while standing.

What is RV Shore Power?

Shore Power

Shore Power: Electricity taken from a fixed, land based power source.

What is an RV SKP?


SKP: See Escapee

What is my RVs GAWR?


GAWR: Gross Axle Weight Rating - The manufacturer's rating for the maximum allowable weight that an axle is designed to carry.

What is my RVs GTWR?


GTWR: Gross Trailer Weight Rating. Maximum allowable weight of a trailer, fully loaded with cargo and fluids.

What is my RV GVWR?


GVWR: Gross Vehicular Weight Rating. Maximum allowable weight of a trailer, fully loaded with cargo and fluids.

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