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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Galley

The kitchen in an RV.

Gas Pusher

See Pusher

GAW

Gross Axle Weight (GAW) is the actual weight placed on a single axle. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

GAWR

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) is the maximum number that the GAW of a single axle should never exceed. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

GCW

Gross Combination Weight (GCW) is the actual weight of the fully loaded tow vehicle plus the towed vehicle (trailer, car, boat, etc.), including all cargo, fluids, passengers, and optional equipment. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

GCWR

Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) is the maximum number that the tow vehicle GVW plus towed vehicle GVW (or GTW) should never exceed. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

Gooseneck

A trailer and hitch configuration connected to the tow truck directly above the rear axle by way of a standard ball hitch in the truck bed and a vertical, slender arm on front of the trailer. Gooseneck hitching is common on horse and utility trailers, but rarely found on RV's.

Gooseneck Adapter

A device that attaches to the fifth wheel trailer's king pin and extends down about two feet. It couples with a ball hitch mounted in the bed of a truck, enabling the fifth wheel to be towed like a gooseneck trailer. For additional details see Fifth Wheel Gooseneck Adapter.

Gooseneck Extender

See Gooseneck Adapter

Grade

The degree of inclination of a road. A grade of 6% or higher is considered steep.

Gray Tank

Holding tank connected to the sinks and shower, designed to hold waste water until it can be dumped into a septic system.

Gray Water

Waste water from the sinks and shower. See also Gray Tank

GTW

Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) is the same as Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) when referring to a trailer. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

GVW

Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the actual weight of the fully loaded vehicle or trailer, including all cargo, fluids, passengers, and optional equipment, as measured by a scale. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

GVWR

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum number that the GVW or GTW should never exceed. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

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