Glossary of RV Terms

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safety chains

A set of chains that are attached to the trailer A-frame and connected to the tow vehicle while towing. Safety chains are intended to keep the trailer attached to the tow vehicle in the event of hitch failure, preventing the trailer from complete separation. They should be installed using an X-pattern (criss-crossed) so the coupler is held off the road in the event of a separation.

Select Comfort

The leading U.S. manufacturer of adjustable firmness air mattresses and the creator of the Sleep Number bed.


Also called a hitch bar or stinger. A shank is a removable portion of the hitch system that carries the ball or adjustable ball mount, and slides into the receiver.

Sight Rite

The Coachmen exclusive Sight Rite™ Dash was designed with a 20 degree incline for increased visibility and reduced front blind spot.

spring bar

Component parts of a weight-distributing hitch system. The spring bars are installed and tensioned in such a manner as to distribute a portion of the trailer's hitch weight to the front axle of the tow vehicle and to the axles of the trailer.


Also called a hitch bar or shank. A stinger is a removable portion of the hitch system that carries the ball or adjustable ball mount, and slides into the receiver.

Store Rite

Coachmen's exclusive Store Rite™ baggage compartments are a seamless one-piece roto-cast structure that provides a secure place for your gear.


A Coachmen exclusive, Stow-N-Go bunk storage has a lower bunk that flips up to provide a huge exterior storage bay for your camping gea


Coachmen's exclusive SureLine™ custom wiring harness provides color coded wires grouped together in a protective autoloom covering. Specific wiring schematics make for easy serviceability


Refers to the "fish-tailing" action of a trailer caused by external forces that set the trailer's mass into a lateral (side-to-side) motion. The trailer's wheels serve as the axis or pivot point. Also known as "yaw".

sway control

Devices designed to damp the swaying (fish-tailing) action of a trailer, either through a friction system or a "cam action" system that slows and absorbs the pivotal articulating action between tow vehicle and trailer. The most common device in use is a "sway bar".

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