Glossary of RV Terms

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cabover

The portion of a Class C motorhome which overhangs the driver and navigator seats.

CCC

The Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) is the maximum permissible weight of personal belongings that can be added. CCC is equal or less than GVWR minus UVW, full fresh water weight, and full LP gas weight.

chassis

The frame plus the "running gear" like engine, transmission, driveshaft, differential, and suspension. A body (sometimes referred to as "coachwork"), which is usually not necessary for integrity of the structure, is built on the chassis to complete the RV.

class A

The Class A motorhome, also commonly referred to as the conventional motorhome, is the largest, most luxurious of the motorized RVs - a virtual "home-away from-home" on wheels, fully loaded and equipped for short trips, lengthy vacations and fulltiming. The Class A is entirely constructed on a bare, specially designed motor vehicle chassis.

class B

Also commonly referred to as the van camper, the Class B motorhome is a passenger van that has been customized to include temporary sleeping, eating and bathroom facilities.

class C

The class C motorhome, sometimes referred to as a mini-motorhome, provides the conveniences of a larger motorhome in a scaled-down version and at a lower price. The Class C is built on an automotive manufactured van frame with an attached cab section.

condensation

The result of warm moisture-laden air contacting cold window glass. Keeping a roof vent open helps to reduce the humidity levels.

converter

A converter is device that converts 120 volt A/C (alternating current) to 12 volt DC (direct current). The RV devices mostly run on 12 volt DC power that is supplied by the battery, which allows the RV to function independently. When "shore power" (an electrical supply) is available, the converter changes the voltage from 120 to 12 volt to supply the appliances and to recharge the battery.

CW

Curb Weight (CW); also known as Net Weight. The weight of the RV as it is sitting on the lot, without the personal load you will be adding.

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