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Words for Workamping: RV Glossary Terms

Workampers and RVers in general sometimes use words and abbreviations beyond those you would be accustomed to hearing while living in a traditional home. Here is a list of the RV terms you need to know while RVing full-time and Workamping.

Make sure to get yourself familiar with  the terms, so looking and communicating with employers and fellow RVers will be effortless!

ARVC: National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds

BLM: Bureau of Land Management

Black Water: Sewage

Blueboy: A portable waste tank, usually blue in color.

Boondocking: Camping without utilizes.

Bunkhouse: RV models with bunk beds.

Class A: Motorhome usually ranging from 26-40 feet in length.

Class B: Smaller van-like motorhomes.

Class C: Motorhome with cab section over the driving area for sleeping or sometimes entertainment and storage.

Corps/USACE: US Army Corps of Engineers

Dry Camping: Boondocking- Camping without utilizes.

DOE: Depending On Experience

DW: Dry weight- the weight of the RV without supplies or passengers.

EOE: Equal Opportunity Employer

Extended Stay: Sites reserved for RVers who wish to stay for longer periods of time. Usually monthly or season.

FHU: Full hookups (water, electric, sewer)

Fifth-Wheel: Pull behind RV type with special hitch inside the bed of a pickup truck.

FMCA: Family Motor Coach Association

Fresh Water: Water that is safe to drink.

Full-time: Traveling in an RV year-round.

Full-timer: Someone who lives in their RV full time

Galley: RV Kitchen

Grey Water: Used water from the kitchen, bathroom sinks, and shower.

Hitch: Joint that is used to secure two vehicles for towing capability.

Hookups: Utilities like electric, water, sewer, and cable.

KOA: Kampgrounds of America- a franchise of RV Parks

Locals: Refers to the local community. Non-RVers

NPS: National Park Service

Rig: Another term to describe your RV setup.

RV: Travel trailer, motorhome or 5th-wheel

RVIA: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

Shore Power: Electricity provided by an external source.

Snowbirds: RVers who go South each winter

Sticks and Bricks: Traditional housing options.

Stipend: Fixed amount of money for expenses (i.e. food, fuel, etc.) paid to volunteers at government agencies or non-profits

Toad: Tow vehicle

Toy Hauler: RV with built-in cargo space

Travel Trailer: Non-motorized RV units that need to be towed by a truck or large SUV.

TT: Thousand Trails Membership Club

USFS: U.S. Forest Service

USFWS: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Volunteer: An individual who performs hours of service for a public agency or non-profit organization for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons

W/E/S: Water/Electric/Sewer

Wi-Fi: Wireless Internet Access

Winterize: Special steps to prepare the RV for Winter use and/or storage.

Workamper: Adventuresome individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping. If you work as an employee, operate a business, or donate your time as a volunteer, AND you sleep in an RV, you are a Workamper!


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