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Have you been wondering what in the world your fellow RVers are talking about? Little Dealer Little Prices RV Dictionary Glossary has compiled RVing Terms alphabetically and by topic.
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Engine Oil Cooler | A heat exchanger, similar to a small radiator, through which engine oil passes and is cooled by airflow.
Equalizing Hitch | A hitch that utilizes spring bars that are placed under tension to distribute a portion of the trailer's hitch weight to the tow vehicle's front axle and the trailer's axles. The hitch is also known as a weight-distributing hitch. Pretty much a required piece of equipment (in our opinion) for tag / bumper pull type trailers in excess of 5,000 pounds. This changes the "attitude" of the hitch, leveling the tow vehicle / trailer combination
Exhaust / Jake Brake | There are two types of brakes; exhaust and engine. An exhaust brake is a butterfly in the exhaust pipe that creates back pressure, holding back the vehicle. A true "jake" is an "engine brake". That is a system built into the valve train of an engine during manufacture. An exhaust brake can be added after market. An engine brake can only be a part of the original engine manufacture. Exhaust brakes are frequently called "Jake brakes" in a casual slang usage.
Fifth-Wheel Trailers | Fifth-wheel trailers are designed to be coupled to a special hitch that is mounted over the rear axle in the bed of a pickup truck. These trailers can have one, two or three axles and are the largest type of trailer built. Because of their special hitch requirements, fifth-wheel trailers can only be towed by trucks or specialized vehicles prepared for fifth-wheel trailer compatibility.
Final Drive Ratio | The reduction ratio found in the gearset that is located farthest from the engine. This is the same as the axle ratio.
Fiver | Other name for fifth wheel.
Fixed Bed | A built-in feature, a fixed bed does not need folding and storing during the day.
Fly Screen | A mesh screen that fits a window frame, a fly screen, covers a window and lets fresh air in while keeping flies and other insects outside.
FMCA | Abbreviation for Family Motor Coach Association.
Folding Tent Trailers | A style of small trailers, with canvas sides, often with a hard roof, that fold up/collapse into a very compact package for transport. Also known as Pop-up or Camping Trailers. Where the walls sort of telescope up to full height when you set up in camp. Collapsing back down approximately 50% for travel. Perfect RV for HOAs (Home Owner Associations).
Frame-Mount Hitch | Class II and higher hitches are designed to be bolted to the vehicle frame or cross members. This type of hitch may have a permanent ball mount, or may have a square-tube receiver into which a removable hitch bar or shank is installed.
Fresh Water | Water suitable for human consumption.
Full Hookup | Term for campground or shore accommodations offering water, sewer/septic and electricity; also refers to a RV with the abilities to use "full-hookups".
Full-Timing | Living in one's RV all year long. These RVers are known as full-timers or (in our opinion) the luckiest people on earth.