Monday, September 5, 2011

RV Dictionary-The Real Meanings

Found this online and wanted to share the lighter side of RV technology/terminology...
Ever wondered the real meaning of some of the common RV phrases and lingo? If so, you need to read this "Lug_Nut Wacky Glossary for Recreational Vehicles." I isn’t quite the “RV Language for Dummies”, but should help you in understanding the real meanings of some of the more common words and phases associated with RVing.
Air Brakes: Useful if awnings deploy during high speed travel. (See Awnings)
Air Horns: Used late at night in campgrounds by Air Heads.
Allison Tranny: The girl that works the RV show information booth that is married to Joe Tranny.
Awnings: Wing like appendages that can deploy at high speeds in heavy wind to add lift and reduce vehicle weight. (Also see Air Brakes)

Back Up Camera: Always a good idea. Your Canon single lens reflex could crap out.
Batteries: Black square things that are capable of lighting your coach for about 15 minutes when it is not plugged in.
Boondocking: Being unable to figure out how to plug the RV in to an electrical outlet.
Campsite Power Pedestal: A place to anchor your RV using wires and hoses. Also acts as a bumper if you drive too far off the pad. Sometimes seen dragging behind a departing RV.
Charger: A small piece of plastic that that is frequently used to fix stuff on your RV that breaks, also called Visa.
Clearance Lights: Electrical light bulbs on sale.
Departure Angle: A scheme to skip camp before your new found friend, Cousin Eddy, wakes up.
Diesel Engine: Sounding like a herd of knock kneed cattle, it serves as a sign of departing camp within the next hour or two.
Diesel Pusher: A class “A” motor home with a diesel engine mounted in the rear, thereby pushing it.
Diesel Puller: A tow truck or wrecker attached to the front of a class “A” motor home.
Discount RV Resort: Walmart. (Note: At this time there are no class “A” only Walmarts)
Docking Lights: Handy for RVing after dark in flood prone regions.
Fantastic Fan: Any electric table fan you can find if your air conditioning breaks down.
Fifth Wheel: Your mother-in-law on an otherwise, nice camping weekend.
Full Body Paint: Great for Halloween, but hard to wash off.
GPS Navigation: A video game that is legal to play while driving.
Halogen Ceiling Lights: Good lighting that can illuminate an RV for about 2 hours before the bulb burns out.
Head: Also referred to as “The John”, “The Great White Thrown”, “The Thunder Bowl”
In-Motion Dish: A round like salad bowl with rubber on the bottom to prevent sliding while moving. Great for popcorn. Also a name for a dish left on the counter during a panic stop event.
Jake Brake: Similar to a smoke break but Jake is usually smoked in a pipe.
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Leveling Jacks: A camping board game played with a level bubble and a dice. If a player breaks the windshield the other players win by default.
Mouse: Usually accompanied by other ones, thereby better described as mice. These normally occupy the little inhabited RV basement.
No Address Found: Standard response to any location entered in the GPS navigating. Usually followed by “Make A U-Turn If Possible” and the often repeated "recalculating."
Outdoor Entertainment Center: Grey screen that provides hours of entertainment trying to determine what’s on during a normal bright sunny day.
Pop-Up: An annoying page that pops up while on your computer.
Sewer Hose: Colorful leaky hose, much like a soaker hose, but smellier.
Shower (RV Shower): It is difficult to express the showering experience felt in an entry level RV, but, perhaps it could be best described as standing naked in a closet with a wet dog.
Service (RV Service): A mythical belief which its existence is yet to be confirmed. Much like the Abominable Snowman.
Slide Out: Great for meeting new people while getting leaks and malfunctions fixed in service shops.
Spring Park Brake: Actually pronounced “Spring Break Park”, a gathering place for spring breakers near Fort Lauderdale.
Tag Axle: An axle on sale at a dealer usually associated with a red tag special.
Trailer Hitch Ball: Wild wedding party in a trailer park.
Warranty: This is a period of time after which the vehicle self destructs.
Wet Hubs: Found on the front axle. Most common cause is a large male dog.

Reprinted from: The Lug_Nut RV Whacky Glossary. The Real Meanings

A Texan Fable

Most people who've traveled in Texas know that Texans love their state. Here's a reason why:

A man in Topeka, Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco and worked east from there. Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall
and was intrigued by a sign which read: "$10,000 a minute." Seeking out the Pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The Pastor explained that the golden phone was, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he paid the price he could talk directly to God. The man thanked the Pastor and continued on his way.

As he continued to visit churches in Seattle , San Diego , Chicago , Greensboro , Tampa and all around the United States , he found more phones with the same sign and got the same answer from each Pastor.

Finally, he arrived in Texas . Upon entering a church in Dallas , behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: "Calls: 35 cents." Fascinated, he asked to talk to the Pastor.
"Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone. I have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to God, but, in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads 35 cents. Why?"

The Pastor, smiling benignly, replied, "Son, you're in Texas now... It's a local call."

Be Careful How You Abrieviate

Found this 'funny" in a camping guide and thought I'd share...

A rather old fashioned lady from New York, always quite delicate and elegant, especially in her language, was planning a weeks holiday in Texas with her husband, so she wrote to a particular camping ground and asked for a reservation.

She wanted to make sure that the camping ground was fully equipped, but didn't know quite how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn't bring herself to write the word "toilet" in her letter. After much thought, she finally came up with the old fashioned term "Bathroom closet" but when she wrote it down, she still thought she was being too forward, so she started all over again, rewrote the letter, and referred to the bathroom closet as the B.C.
"Does the camping ground have its own B.C." is what she wrote.

Well, the camping ground owner wasn't a bit old fashioned, and he just couldn't figure out what the  lady was talking about, so he showed the letter around to a few of the campers and the only thing they could come up with was that B.C. stood for Baptist Church, so he wrote the following reply.
"Dear Madam,I regret very much the delay in answering
your letter, but I now take the pleasure of informing you that a B.C. is located
nine miles north of our camping ground, and is capable of seating 250 people at
one time.I admit that it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of
going regularly but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of
campers go there and many take their lunches along and make a day of it. They
usually arrive nice and early and stay quite late.
"The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that there is a special supper planned there to raise money to buy more seats so that everyone will be able to sit in comfort.
"I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but
it is surely no lack of desire on my part, just that I am so busy most of the
time.As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort to go, especially in the
cold weather. If you decide to come down to our camping ground perhaps I could
go with you the first time you go, sit with you and introduce you to all the
other folks.
Remember this is a very friendly community.