Glossary A-Z of Motorhome Terms

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A sandwich of structural frame members, wall paneling, insulation and exterior covering, adhesive-bonded under pressure and/or heat to form the RV's walls, floor and/or roof.


Lap and diagonal

Preferred three-point seat belt as used in modern cars and motorhomes


Lap belt

Seat belts fixed in only two positions. Avoid where possible



A thin plywood constructed of Asian hardwoods. In coach construction, lauan is a popular panel lamination component. It is smooth, strong and relatively stable


Leisure Battery

Sometimes termed auxiliary battery. Supplies the power for the caravan electrical systems.


Levelling system

Portable or built-in fixtures and associated controls that level the motorhome while parked. Some motorhomes have a 12-volt automatic levelling system using jacks underneath the chassis; the system controls are near the driver’s seat. Owners of earlier models may simply insert wood or plastic blocks underneath the tires to elevate the vehicle. Levelling is one of the first tasks after settling in at a campsite, and can affect refrigerator performance, water drains, and the stability of various items.



Left-hand-drive vehicle. May be preferable if you'll use your motorhome for touring Europe.


Limited mileage

If you do not drive excessive miles in your motorhome,  Insurance allows you to have a cheaper premium based upon an agreed maximum annual mileage.



Items to equip a motorhome for daily living,  may be rented at nominal cost from a rental firm, rather than brought from home. Items like  bed linens, pillows and blankets, bath towels, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, cutlery.



The term used for a coach-built design which does not incorporate an overcab bed.



Liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane and butane.



Derived from lorries with overcab sections, in motorcaravans, it refers to the section over the cab which usually accommodates a double bed


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