Glossary & Acronyms


Black Water – toilet water

Boondocking – camping outside of the confines of a campground with no hookups

Dry Camping – camping in a campground but with no hookups (can also sometimes refer to electric-only sites depending on context)

Dry Weight – a fictional advertised weight that no camper ever weighs once it leaves the factory

Galley Water – sink water

Gray Water – sink and shower water

Moochdocking – setting up camp in a family member/friend’s driveway

Pin Weight – the portion of a fifth wheel’s weight that pushes down on/is carried by the tow vehicle

Toad – a vehicle that is towed behind a motorhome

Tongue Weight – the portion of the camper’s total weight that pushes down/is carried by on the tow vehicle, typically used for travel trailers

Wallydocking – overnight parking at Walmart or other retail establishment


5er – fifth wheel

DP – diesel pusher

FW – fifth wheel

GAWR – gross axle weight rating

GCWR – gross combined weight rating

GVWR – gross vehicle weight rating

NP – National park

RV – recreational vehicle (for many people, this means “motorhome” but for others, it means any kind of vehicle that you can recreate in – poups, hybrids, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motorhomes)

SP – state park

TC – truck camper

TT – travel trailer or Thousand Trails, depending on context

TV – tow vehicle or television, depending on context