RV Terms

Awning

The awning on an RV is the roof-like structure that extends from the side of the RV rental body. It is usually made of canvas, with the sole purpose of providing shade from the elements. Some can extend manually, while others are operated electronically.

Black Tank

A holding tank that is connected to the toilet. This tank is designed to hold sewage until it can be dumped into a septic system.

Camper

An RV is referred to as a camper if it is a relatively small vehicle and can be towed behind or carried on top of light trucks.

Chassis

The chassis is the frame of the RV and includes the engine, transmission, drive train, axles, and wheels. It can often also refer to the cab.

Class A

Regarded as the 'top dog' of motorhomes, these vehicles are literally houses on wheels. The Class A RV is also known as a Motorhome, Motorcoach, Coach, Bus or Rig. Class A RVs usually provide cooking facilities, a refrigerator, heating, air conditioning, a self-contained toilet, water tanks, faucet, sinks, an LP gas supply, electrical system, and a full array of appliances and entertainment features. They can sleep up to eight people, depending on the model and floor plan.

Class B

Known as the baby of the Motorized RV category, these vehicles are essentially standard vans that have been converted into small RVs. They are also commonly referred to as a Van Conversion or Camper Van and vary in length, between 15 to 20 feet. The living space in these vehicles is limited, but they are easy to handle and relatively cheap. These vehicles usually provide cooling facilities, a refrigerator or ice box, heating, a self-contained toilet, a fresh water tank, a waste water tank. A faucet, a sink, convertible/ folding beds, a gas supply and several electrical outlets. They can sleep from two to four people, depending on the model.

Class C

Also known as the 'mid-sized RV', this vehicle is built on a van chassis and also goes by the name of 'mini-motorhome'. They usually come with a sleeping bunk above the cab, in addition to a bedroom in the rear of the unit. The vehicles usually provide cooking facilities, a refrigerator, heating, air conditioning, a self-contained toilet, water tanks, faucets, sinks, a gas supply, electrical system and a full array of appliances and entertainment features. These vehicles can sleep up to ten people, depending on the model and the floor plan.

Galley

The RV's kitchen.

Leveling Jack

A jack, used to level the vehicle. This jack is intended to bear a significant portion of the RV's weight and in some cases, even lifts the vehicle off the ground.

Motor Home

Another name for RV. Also known as "motorhome"

NCC

Net Carrying Capacity (NCC) refers to the maximum amount of people, personal cargo and optional equipment that the vehicle can handle.

Recreational Vehicle

Vehicle or trailer with living accommodation that is used for recreational activity.

Slide Out

A compartment of the motorhome rental that increases the interior space. It slides into the body of the RV during travel and slides out when parked.