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!


Workamping & RVing words you need to know. In the RV community there are many unique terms that new RVers and those interested in RV Life should be accustomed to hearing and using. In this post I list and define RV words you need to know!

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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