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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Tagalong Trailer

See Travel Trailer

Tent Camper

See Folding Trailer

Tent Trailer

See Folding Trailer

Three Quarter Ton

Truck rating originally conceived to indicate cargo carrying capacity of three quarter tons (1,500 lbs). Today, tonnage rating is no longer an accurate indication of cargo carrying capacity—it is more of a relational indication among trucks in different categories. Common three quarter ton pickup truck models are the Chevrolet 2500, Dodge 2500, Ford F-250, and GMC 2500.

Toad

A vehicle towed behind the RV. That which was "towed".

Tongue Jack

A jack lowered from the frame of a travel trailer, directly behind the tongue, for the purpose of leveling the trailer. A tongue jack is designed to bear a significant portion of the trailerís weight, called the Tongue Weight (10% - 15% recommended).

Tongue Load

See Tongue Weight

Tongue Weight

Tongue Weight (also called Tongue Load) is the actual weight pressing down on the hitch ball by the trailer. The recommended amount of Tongue Weight is 10%-15% of the GTW. For additional details see Understanding RV Weights.

Toy Hauler

Toy Hauler

Photo courtesy of Jayco

The term toy hauler is applied to both fifth wheels and travel trailers, and it describes an RV designed to carry toys—small cars, dune buggies, four wheelers, motorcycles, etc. Distinguishing features of a toy hauler is the large door in the back which opens down to create a ramp, dedicated garage area or fold-away furniture in the main living compartment, and often a third axle to support the heavy toys.

Travel Trailer

Travel Trailer

Photo courtesy of Travelaire

A towable trailer that hitches onto a ball mount on the tow vehicle and designed as living quarters for recreational travel. For additional details see Travel Trailer - An Introduction.

Travel Trailer Coach

See Travel Trailer

Truck Camper

Truck Camper

Photo courtesy of Lance Camper Mfg. Corp.

Living quarters designed to slide into the bed of a truck. The camper is fastened to the truck frame during transport and slides out onto its own legs at the camp site. For additional details see Truck Camper - An Introduction.

TT

See Travel Trailer

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