Ever heard words being bandied around by other campers, but you’re at a loss as to what the heck they’re saying or what these terms mean? Hopefully this post will help.
We’ve compiled a few useful terms in camping … and what they mean. Handy stuff right?
3-Season Tent: Tent that is recommended for use in summer, spring, and fall.
4-Season tent: A tent designed to handle any weather conditions, including harsh winter weather.
Box Oven: A baking oven that’s made out of a cardboard box lined with foil, wire hanger shelves, and a pan to hold charcoal.
Class A or Type A motor home: They are the largest of the motorized RV’s ranging in size from 25 to 45 feet. Commonly referred to as a conventional motor home they are the ones you see that look similar to a bus, and depending on the price they can be equipped with features like washers and dryers, multiple slide out rooms, satellite dishes, home entertainment systems and much more.
Class C or Type C motor home: They are also referred to as mini-motor homes and are built on a cutaway van chassis. They range in size from 20 to 31 feet.
Dutch Oven: A cast-iron cooking pot (with lid) that you cook with outdoors over charcoals.
Fire Ring: Iron ring with a grate that contains your fire. All of our RV sites and Rentals have fire rings, or as well call them a Fire Pit with a Grill Grate.
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): The manufacturers maximum load weight, in pounds, that can be placed on the axle. If an axle has a 3500-lb. GAWR and the RV has two axles (tandem axles), then the RV would have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 7000 lbs.
Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): The manufacturers maximum load weight, in pounds, allowed for the trailer and tow vehicle. This rating includes the weight of the trailer and tow vehicle plus fuel, water, propane, supplies and passengers.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The manufacturers maximum load weight, in pounds, allowed for the vehicle. This rating includes the weight of the vehicle plus fuel, water, propane, supplies and passengers.
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW): Gross trailer weight is the weight of the trailer fully loaded in its actual towing condition. GTW is measured by placing the fully loaded trailer on a vehicle scale. The entire weight of the trailer should be supported on the scale.
Pie Iron: Same gadget as a sandwich maker.
Pup Tent: We’re guilty of using this term at Lake Rudolph. It’s basically just a small two-person tent.
Primitive: Without any amenities like bathrooms, electric, and water.
Rain Fly: A covering that helps keep a tent dry and windproof.
Seam Sealer: Used to waterproof the threads of tents.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): The weight of the RV without adding fuel, water, propane, supplies and passengers. The manufacturers UVW will not include any dealer-installed options. Sometimes called the Dry Weight.