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
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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