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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Park Model

A travel trailer that requires park facilities to function. It lacks holding tanks and dual-voltage appliances, requiring to be plugged into water, sewage, and electrical facilities. A park model is more of a small mobile home than a recreational vehicle, in appearance and function.


Payload is a weight rating. It is the maximum weight that persons plus cargo should never exceed. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

Pop-Up Trailer

See Folding Trailer

Pressure Regulator

See Water Pressure Regulator

Pull Through

A slot in an RV park with an entrance and an exit, designed to pull the RV in one end and out the other, without having to back up.


Motor home with rear mounted engine. Most pushers are equipped with diesel engines, but some gas engine models are also available.


See Exhaust Temperature Gauge

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