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Old 07-10-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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What is it?

People call their units (F/W,Trailers,A-B-C Motor homes) Coachs. What determines when to call the unit a Coach?? Youroo!!
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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I call mine a coach when everything is working perfectly!
I have numerous other names for it when I'm having a problem.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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From the American Heritage Dictionary:

coach (kōch)
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n.
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a. A bus, especially one designed for long-distance passenger service.
b. A railroad passenger car.
c. A closed automobile, usually with two doors.
d. A large, closed, four-wheeled carriage with an elevated exterior seat for the driver; a stagecoach.

Okay, that probably didn't help you much. My guess is, there is no rule. Wanna call yours a coach? Bam...it's a coach!
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:25 PM   #4
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But there is more confusion...

I always thought a camper was what you put on the back of a pickup truck. Seems like some folks call any RV a "camper". So just what is that thing you stick on a pickup then? It's not really called an RV is it? ('Cuz your are still driving your truck?)

And when is it a TV or a TV? When someone says they have a new TV, I automatically think television set.

If someone told me that they got a new coach, I'd be thinking they look a little old to be playing sports. What's wrong with just standardizing on calling it a motorhome, or MH for short?

You would think that a "coachbuilder" is a company that builds motorhomes. Not the case at all. A coachbuilder is a actually a company that specializes in building bodies for cars. Huh.

Not sure who is responsible for this mess....
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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The way I've always thought it worked was: An RV (recreational vehicle) covered everything from a motorhome, 5th wheel, TT, popup... Generic term for any vehicle you use for recreation. Motorhome or Coach, has an engine. Camper, pulled, towed, or carried by something with an engine or coach...
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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I call mine a coach when everything is working perfectly!
I have numerous other names for it when I'm having a problem.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:21 PM   #7
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The way I've always thought it worked was: An RV (recreational vehicle) covered everything from a motorhome, 5th wheel, TT, popup... Generic term for any vehicle you use for recreation. Motorhome or Coach, has an engine. Camper, pulled, towed, or carried by something with an engine or coach...
I was taught that if you drove it, it was a coach, it you pulled it it was a trailer, if it went in the truck it was a camper, if it hooked in the bed of the truck it was a 5th wheel......

But the difference between a TV and a TV is harder to tell .......TV tow vehicle, tv television.
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Who is responsible for this mess? We are. The generation that invented texting on a cell phone. We've lost touch with our neighbors, our families are scattered all over the country, and we don't have time to talk on the phone to anybody in person, but we can text all day long, making short sentences, with nothing spelled correctly, and taking all the shortcuts we can just so we have more time to send more jibberish down the airwaves. (sorry, just had to rant a little.) and don't text me, have it blocked on my phone. If you have time to send a text, you have time to dial my number and at least leave a voice mail.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:04 PM   #9
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I agree that the term Coach generally refers to a motorhome (particular size?), and not usually a trailer.

"Caravan" is used, especially outside of North America, for class B + C units.

Other RV naming peculiarity: In order of increasing size: Class B, C, A. How'd that happen? (But I'm guessing it has something to do with A+B being built completely within a standard vehicle frame, then Class C is basically a truck chassis with a unit attached on to it.)
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:15 PM   #10
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Everybody in our family calls our Sunseeker Class c motorhome a camper.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
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don't know about when to call it a coach, however.... I do know when to call it a "dog house"
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:41 PM   #12
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Who is responsible for this mess? We are. The generation that invented texting on a cell phone. We've lost touch with our neighbors, our families are scattered all over the country, and we don't have time to talk on the phone to anybody in person, but we can text all day long, making short sentences, with nothing spelled correctly, and taking all the shortcuts we can just so we have more time to send more jibberish down the airwaves. (sorry, just had to rant a little.) and don't text me, have it blocked on my phone. If you have time to send a text, you have time to dial my number and at least leave a voice mail.
Can't remember where I saw it (poster, television show, movie), but it was something to the effect of "and don't you even think about making my texting device ring" I thought it fit today's kids perfectly.
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For sure we do tend to generalize things. Some of it is harmless while some is confusing.
I got to agree that it's easier to know someone is referring to the television set when I read "TV set" vs just "tv".

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Old 07-10-2012, 03:52 PM   #14
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Well, here's what I think...

I am no taxonomist, nor did I sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I will give it a shot...

I do not know a Class A from a Class B from a Class C, but I have been walking around for years thinking they are species of the genus interchangeably known as "Coaches" or "Motorhomes."

My travel trailer is neither a coach nor a motorhome, but is instead a species of the genus known as "Towables," which I understand to include all things towed in which one might sleep (including other species such as 5th wheels, travel trailers, hybrids, popups).

There is another genus which includes species such as "Truck Campers" and for ease of reference here, species such as "Car Campers" (those cars with tents which pop out of or attach to the hatchback of an automobile, the names of which I do not know).

All of the foregoing (Coaches/Motorhomes, Towables, Truck Campers, Car Campers, and all other variants on the personal-vehicle-turned-camper) are members of the common family known as "Recreational Vehicles."

While those with coaches do not always claim their lesser cousins, just as Homo sapiens attempt to exclude Neanderthals (and dare I say I have always suspected there may be a reciprocal sentiment), I still say we are members of the same family nonetheless.

Maybe I am all wet, but that's my working classification of such things.
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Yeah, "Camper" is used a lot. Everything from a pop-up and truck camper to a class C is a "camper".
I never call a Class A a "Camper" though, I have to draw the line somewhere
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Yeah, "Camper" is used a lot. Everything from a pop-up and truck camper to a class C is a "camper".
I never call a Class A a "Camper" though, I have to draw the line somewhere
I would call a Class A a 'P'amper!
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I call my FW RV the Earth Station and I sometime carry my "Coach" purse ....... it is funny but I have people that message me asking about the ES!!!
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I go camping at a campground, therefore I have a camper that I trailer to the campground. And I am a camper. I just happen to have a 5th wheel towable pulled by a TV. That has a TV in it. I am in a class of my own!
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