Know Your RV Terms: The ABCs of RVing (Part II)

rv termsAlright, that was the bell, everyone. It’s time for class again. Oh, stop your griping; this isn’t exactly calculus here. We’ve got a few more RV terms you need to familiarize yourself with, and then it’ll be time to get out of here before you know it. So let’s get started, shall we? And don’t test me, Johnson: if I catch you playing Candy Crush on your iPad again, I will send a note home!

G – Gray Water

Held in its own tank (the gray tank), this is waste water from the sinks and shower.

H – Honey Wagon

This is a term used to describe a truck or trailer that empties out the holding tanks (sewage/wastewater tanks) of RVs at campsites that don’t have individual sewage dump stations.

I – Inverter

A device that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) for devices that use AC while the RV isn’t plugged into an AC source.

J – Jake Brakes

A slang term for the Jacobs brand of engine brakes, it has become a genericized description of engine brakes — especially compression release engine brakes — in general.

K – King Pin

This is the pin that is the means to which a fifth-wheel trailer attaches to a truck.

L – LPG

An abbreviation for liquefied petroleum gas, also written as “LP gas.” Propane and butane are LPGs.

M – MH

An abbreviation for motor home (or motorhome).

N – Net Carrying Capacity (NCC)

This is the maximum weight that can be added to an RV without exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). It includes passengers, supplies, fuel, propane, and water.

Alright, class. That’s all we have time for today. Yeah, yeah; I know — keep your disappointment in check, why don’t you? One of these days, after innumerable memorable RVing experiences, you’ll look back fondly on these days of RV education, and you’ll thank me!

To see even more RV terms, check out Changin’ Gears.

Do you need clarification on any of these RV terms or any of the others we’ve covered so far? Let us know in the comments!

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