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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Rear Differential

A set of gears found in the rear axle of vehicles, designed to distribute drive shaft power to the two wheels. It applies power to both wheels while allowing each to spin at different rates during cornering.

Rear End

See Rear Differential

Recreational Vehicle

Vehicle or trailer with living accommodations used for traveling and recreational activities.

RGAW

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

RGAWR

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

Rig

Special equipment or gear used for a particular purpose. In the RV world it generally refers to an RV or truck.

RV

See Recreational Vehicle

RVCG

Abbreviation for the RV Consumer Group organization.

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