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Motorhome Glossary/Terminology

Annexe: An annexe is a set of temporary walls which can be fitted to an awning to create a private room.

Auxiliary Battery: An extra battery to run your 12 volt equipment.

Awning: A retractable cover which when extended provides shade and cover. Fitted to the side of a motorhome or RV.

Berth: Each sleeping place in a motorhome is known as a berth. Example: 4 berth means there is space for 4 people to sleep.

Bond – This is a specified amount of money paid by the hirer to the campervan company in case of an accident or accidental damage. This is refunded after the rental period provided there have been no incidents or accidents, and the Terms & Conditions of hire have been met.

Cab Over Bed: A bed which is located over the driving cabin. Usually a double bed.

Campground or Campsite: A place used for overnight stays in a Motorhome/RV

Calendar Days – Campervan Rental is based on calendar days, which means the day of pick up and the day of drop off are included as a full day of rental, regardless of the time of day the pick up or drop off is made

Captain’s Chairs: The drivers and passenger’s seats at the front of a motorhome, which often swivel round and form part of the dining area. Also referred to as swivel chairs.

Chassis: The rectangular steel frame which holds the engine and driving components of the motorhome.

Convenience Kit: Additional equipment such as bedding, cooking utensils, cleaning supplies, etc. given by the rental companies. Sometimes there is a basic kit included in rental price while other equipment is rented for an additional charge.

Converter: Converts 120 volt AC power to 12 Volt DC power and also charges your 12 volt battery.

Depot – A depot is the base for the campervan companies. Typically each company has a number of depots around the country, and these are where you pick up and drop off your campervan from.

Dry camping: Camping without the use of an external power source.

Dump Station: A facility where waste, grey and black water can be legally removed. Often found at rest areas and campgrounds. Fees may be involved.

Flexi Rates – These are rates that change every week, ie ‘flexible’ rates. Generally speaking the closer you get to the pickup date, the higher the rates will be. The rate of the first day of your travel will apply to the whole duration of your travel

Generator: A generator is a external unit which supplies the motorhome with power when not plugged into a mains source which runs on fuel (diesel, gas etc).

GPS: Computerized navigation system.

Grey water tanks: Any water which comes from equipment other than the toilet including showers, washing machines and sinks. Needs to be drained at authorised points. See dump point.

GVW = Gross Vehicle Weight: The GVW refers to the total weight of the vehicle when it is fully load with passengers, water ,fuel and luggage. There are maximums which must not be exceeded.

LP Gas: Liquefied Petroleum Gas which is used for heating and equipment.
One Way Travel – Often people wish to pick up a campervan in one destination, then drive to another destination and drop it off there. This is ‘one way travel’, as it doesn’t involve a return trip.

Porta Poti: A porta-poti (or potty) is a portable chemical toilet containing a cassette and storage tank system. Chemicals are added to help break down waste and the holding tank needs to be emptied regularly.

Slideout: A motorhome or RV where the side of the motorhome slides out. Often fitted with a lounge or bed and providing more interior room.

Solar Panel: A solar panel absorbs the sun’s rays which can be used as energy for electricity.

Underbelly: The underbelly or undercarriage is the region of a motorhome underneath the cab. Wheel Chocks – Slanted blocks, usually made of plastic material but sometimes wood, used to prevent the RV from rolling.

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