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  • Published on Jun 19, 2014
    ABC's of your RV

    ABC's of your RV

    Whether you are new to RVing or a seasoned pro, there is a lot to know about your RV than you might think.  We have compiled a list of RV terminology that might help you understand whats going on with your RV inside and out. 

    A- AC is short for Alternating Current usually measured in 120 volts of power

    B- Break-away system- this system will automatically lock the brakes on your trailer should it break away from your tow vehicle due to hitch failure. 

    C- Curb weight- this is the actual weight of your vehicle including all the standard equipment without people or your gear

    D- Dinghy- Also referred to as a "toad" it is the vehicle you are towing behind your motorhome. 

    E- Equalizing hitch- this is a hitch that uses spring bars  to distribute a portion of the trailers hitch weight to tow vehicles by their front axle or trailer axle. 

    F- Fiver- also referred to as a fifth wheel

    G- Gray Water- water from your sinks and shower that usually drains into your gray water tank

    H- Hula Skirt- a skirt that is placed on the back bumper to prevent debris from flying up at other vehicles traveling behind your motorhome.

    I- Inverter- an electrical device that converts 12 volt battery power to 120 volt AC power, typically used when boondocking to power appliances such as a microwave or toaster oven. 

    J- Jackknife- the 90 degree angle that is formed between your vehicle and trailer while backing up or turning. 

    K- KOA- Kampgrounds of America- nationwide RV parks and campgrounds

    L- Laminate- the framing structure that makes up the floor, roof and walls of your RV such as the insulation and exterior cover, or the framing of the walls of your RV

    M- Motorcoach- a motor home built on a bus type chasis

    N- Net Carrying Capacity- Also referred to as the payload which is the max amount of weight of your RV with everything including full fuel tanks.  

    P- Porpoising- the up and down motion while traveling in an RV

    R- Reefer- slang term for the refrigerator on your RV

    S- Sewer Doughnut- the rubber ring that seals the dump hose so no odors escape while dumping your waste tanks

    T- Tongue Weight- the downward force being applied to the hitch ball by the trailer coupler

    U- Underbelly- the under floor surface that is usually protected by weatherproof material

    W- Wheelbase- the distance between the center lines of the main axles of your RV

    Y- Yaw- the fishtailing or swaying action of a trailer as a result of turning too fast or making sudden movements

    So, how many did you know? This is only a small list of RV terms and definitions but we hope you learned a little something today. 

    Trailside RV

    Visit Trailside RV in Grain Valley, MO today to let our knowledgeable staff answer some of the questions you might have about your RV, show you some of our newest models, or perform a full service inspection before you hit the open road this summer. 

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