Glossary A-Z of Motorhome Terms

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Ragtop

 campervan, bus or Kombi with a canvas fold-back sunroof

 

RCD

Residual Current Device. Part of the motorhome's electrical system which will 'trip' if there is a fault

 

Rear Differential

 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

 

Recognised converter

A term adopted by Volkswagen meaning a motorhome manufacturer has met its requirements in terms of motorhome conversions and company status

 

Recreational Vehicle

A motorized or towable vehicle that combines transportation and temporary living accommodations for travel, recreation and camping. RVs come in all shape and sizes for any budget or need. They range from camping trailers costing a few thousand dollars to luxurious motorhomes with prices well into six figures. RVs refer to multiple RV and RVers refer to their

 

Renault Holdsworth Rainbow

A small and economical motorhome

 

Rig

American Slang for an RV.

 

Road Tax

More correctly known as vehicle excise duty. Caravans do not currently pay road tax. Motorhomes below 3,500kg gross vehicle weight are taxed at the same rates as cars, while those over 3,500kg are taxed as private heavy goods vehicles.

 

Roll-Tank

A convenient portable fresh water tank with wheels that make transportation easy even on gravel

 

Roof Air Conditioning:

Air conditioning unit mounted on the roof of an RV to cool the unit when it is parked. When moving, most RVs are cooled by air conditioning units which are components of the engine.

 

RV

Recreational vehicle is a motorized or vehicle that is pulled or towed that combines transportation and temporary living accommodations for travel, recreation and camping. They range from camping trailers costing a few thousand dollars to luxurious diesel pusher motorhomes with prices well into the six figures

 

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