Glossary A-Z of Motorhome Terms

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Daihatsu Hijetta

These are micro motorcaravans, they have a rising roof system to increase headroom, and they include the ultra compact vehicle the Citroen Berlingo

 

Damon Intruder

An American motothome, large with all mod-cons.

 

DAMP Meter

A device which measures the moisture content of materials, and thus allows leaks to be detected.

 

Danbury

Location of company in Essex that converted late Splitties, Bays & Wedges

 

Dealer

A specialist retailer of motorhomes

 

Delamination

The seperation of the bonded layers of material making up a sandwich construction panel, usually due to poor bonding during manufacture, or as a result of water ingress

 

Design Compatible Converter

 term used by Volkswagen to show a particular motorhome design meets their requirements

 

Designated passenger seats

Number of seats for passengers which have seatbelts fitted

 

Devon-Torquay

 based company that converted Splitties from 1956 & Bays from 1979

 

diesel engine:

Powers many long and heavy type A motorhomes and bus conversions. More powerful and durable than petrol engines. Built tough -- getting up to 250,000 miles from a diesel sometimes without any repairs i

 

Diesel Pusher

Term used to describe the larger diesel powered American RV motorhomes

 

Dinette

A popular style of seating arrangement where two settees face across a table

 

Dinghy

Towed vehicle. Also known as a "toad

 

Dormobile

Caravnette

 

Down Payment

A down payment is the amount required to put down for a new or used RV loan

 

Drinking Water

Fresh water for drinking stored in an internal tank or separate container

 

Driving Restrictions Motorhomes

Motoring

Driving motorhomes

Are you thinking of buying or hiring a motorhome (motor caravan) to get to your holiday destination? Or maybe you want to import one from another country. Before you decide you'll need to check the categories on your driving licence and the size of motorhome you are going to drive.

Check your driving licence before you drive

Maximum authorised mass

Total weight of a vehicle plus anything it can carry safely

You'll need to make sure your driving licence has the right vehicle category, for you to drive a motorhome.

Category B

With this category on your driving licence you can drive vehicles with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of up to 3500 kilograms (kg), with eight passenger seats, and with a trailer no heavier than 750kg. 

It’s also possible to tow a trailer heavier than 750kg if the MAM of the vehicle and trailer together is no more than 3500kg. The trailer must also be lighter than the vehicle towing it.

To tow a heavier trailer than mentioned above you'll need category B+E.

Category C1

With this category you can drive vehicles with a MAM over 3500kg but less than 7500kg with a trailer no heavier than 750kg. To tow a heavier trailer you'll need category C1+E.

Category C

With this category you can drive vehicles with a MAM over 3500kg with a trailer no heavier than 750kg. To tow a trailer that weighs more than 750kg you'll need category C+E.

The size of the motorhome

The biggest motorhome you can drive in Great Britain is 12m long and 2.55m wide. There is no height limit but if the motorhome is over 3m tall the height must be on a notice visible to you as the driver.

If there is a need for you to measure the vehicle there are some parts that you don't need included in your measurements.

When measuring the length don't include the:

  • driving mirrors
  • rearward projecting buffers made of rubber or other resilient material

When measuring the width don't include the:

  • driving mirrors
  • lamps
  • reflectors
  • distortion in tyres due to loading

 

dry camping

Camping without the use of an external power source

 

DSI

(Direct Spark Ignition): The method of igniting the main burner on a propane-fired appliance. The burner is lit with an electric spark and the flame is monitored by an electronic circuit board. This ignition system is used in refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters.

 

DSI IGNITION

direct spark ignition - this term refers to the method of igniting the main burner on a propane fired appliance. The burner is lit with an electric spark and the flame is monitored by an electronic circuit board. This ignition system is used in refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters. There is now a version of stove tops that light the burners with a DSI ignition.

 

Dual Rear Wheels

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

 

DUALLY

A pickup truck, or light-duty tow vehicle, with four tires on one rear axle.

 

Dub

Commonly used term for Splittie or Bay but can apply to all VWs

 

Dubber

Someone who partakes in owning or driving a Dub

 

DUCTED AC

 air conditioning supplied through a ducting system in the ceiling. This supplies cooling air at various vents located throughout the RV

 

dump station:

A facility where holding tanks can be emptied, for a fee or  free. Dump stations are operated at public sites (rest areas, service stations) and at campgrounds throughout the United States

 

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