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Old 11-19-2016, 09:10 AM   #1
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RV, coach or trailer ?

I have seen posts where some have decided a RV is not a trailer it is a motor home, or to some a "coach".
In one current thread, a poster clarifies his setup, by saying "I do not have a trailer, I have a RV". I have always considered my TT to be a RV. So what gives?
It has even crept into the everyday language it seems. I have told others we have a RV and spend time in Florida during the winter and I can tell by the way the conversation goes their assumption is we have a motor home??
So when did the term RV (recreational vehicle) come to mean motor home.... or does it still mean recreational vehicle, which includes everything on wheels basically?
I realize we "bumper pull" guys are kind of the red headed step children of the RV world just slightly ahead of A-frames and popups, but can't we sill say we are RVers?
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Old 11-19-2016, 09:19 AM   #2
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Old 11-19-2016, 09:20 AM   #3
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guess i'm old school i call my TT a camper, i think only snobs would consider us "red headed stepchildren
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Old 11-19-2016, 09:31 AM   #4
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I think it's a matter of semantics really. The terminology of "Recreation Vehicle", "RVing", etc basically includes all tt's, motorhomes, truck campers, etc.

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) groups them all as RV's.... no matter what a dictionary definition states.

They classify them as towable RV's, motorized RV's, etc.

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Price guides like NADA, also call them all RV's:

http://www.nadaguides.com/RVs

and the owner of the site you are currently reading this on, also and most definitely calls them all RV's:

http://rvlife.com/why-rv-life/

EDIT: More history on RV'ing here:

http://gorving.com/discover-rving/rv-history
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Old 11-19-2016, 10:04 AM   #5
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I have owned both and always considered both RV's. I understand why some people think that a trailer might not be an RV, but if you look up the definition it says Vehicle - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle
A vehicle (from Latin: vehiculum) is a mobile machine that transports people or cargo. Typical vehicles include wagons, bicycles, motor vehicles (motorcycles, cars, trucks, buses), railed vehicles (trains, trams), watercraft (ships, boats), aircraft and spacecraft.
so a trailer is like a wagon and that by definition makes it a vehicle.
Call it a wagon, or trailer, or travel trailer, or fifth wheel, it is still a vehicle and used for recreation.

Now the rest of the story. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A recreational vehicle (RV) is, in North America, the usual term for a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with living space and amenities found in a home. Several definitions exist for RVs and vary by region, including "camper van", "caravan", and "motorhome", but are also used to designate different types of vehicles outside North America, hence "RV" is preferred[who?].
Several times North America is used in the definition so I assume that other countries call them other things. Maybe the people only referring to an RV is only a motor home are from another country.
Proud to be an American = from North America
No offence to our North American Neighbors who are also part of North America
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RV is a generic term that covers everything from a popup to a class a motorhome. If it has wheels and the amenities of home, it's an RV.
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Why is the RV and the person camping called "camper"? With that line of thinking, a million dollar Prevost should be referred to as "motor coach" and its owner simply "coach".

The rest of us are campers, who like to put on the Ritz and might want to call our RVs, coaches, or rigs (which by the way is very macho, but the term should only be used for combinations where the tow vehicles weighs over 10K# ... heavy haulers, semi trucks, etc. If your tow vehicle weighs under 10K# shame on you. An SUV pulling a hybrid isn't a "rig"!

Those who don't over-spend are referred to as "happy campers" those that spent way too much are ... well ... might not be as happy.

RV is an all encompassing term, the different types are:
class A motorhome which includes bus conversions, class B motorhomes, class B+ motorhomes, class C, super C, truck camper, popup camper, travel trailer, fifth-wheel wheel trailer, teardrop trailer, hybrid trailer, park model, , toterhome, toy hauler (my personal fav-O-right) But what the heck is this (attchmt)??
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