Glossary of RV Terms

The RV community is just like any other—it has its own set of words, abbreviations, and slang terms. In this glossary we define the common terms and some of the more unusual slang.

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Diesel Pusher

See Pusher


See Toad

Direct Spark Ignition

A feature of new propane appliances whereby the gas is ignited by an electrical spark and monitored electronically.


One′s fixed and permanent legal residence. Among RVers this generally refers to the state of legal residence. Difference between domicile and residence, as explained by the State of New York Court of Appeals:

Residence means living in a particular locality, but domicile means living in that locality with intent to make it a fixed and permanent home. Residence simply requires bodily presence as an inhabitant in a given place, while domicile requires bodily presence in that place and also an intention to make it one′s domicile.


See Dual Rear Wheels


See Dual Rear Wheels

Dry Camping

Camping in an RV without external water or sewer hookups.

Dry Weight

Dry Weight is the actual weight of a vehicle or trailer containing standard equipment without fuel, fluids, cargo, passengers, or optional equipment. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.


See Direct Spark Ignition

Dual Rear Wheels

A truck having two wheels on each side of the rear axle for a total of four wheels.


See Dual Rear Wheels

Dump Station

Facilities for emptying gray and black water from the RV holding tanks.

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