PULL A TOAD, EMBRACE BOONDOCKING, AND WRANGLE THE STINKY SLINKY.
When you go your own way, you soon become fluent in RV language. Camping has its own slang and the sooner you learn it, the faster you’ll stop looking like some newbie, sticks-n-bricks part-timer who wouldn’t know a batwing from a blue boy.
Basement: Storage area below your RV. Usually accessed from outside.
Boondocking: Camping without any connection to electricity, water, or sewage. Also known as dry camping. Also known among some campers as, “Those people are crazy!”
Fiver: A fifth-wheel RV.
Toad (or dinghy): A vehicle towed behind your RV.
Full hookup: Electric, water, and sewage connections at a campsite. Demand it. You’ll thank us later.
Fresh water tank: Holds your drinking water.
Gray water tank: Water from your sinks and shower ends up here.
Black water tank: Wastewater ends here. But it cannot stay here. Remember that.
Stinky slinky: The flexible hose used to empty your wastewater. It’s not a toy.
Dump station: Where you offload your gray and black water.
Batwing: Named for its distinctive wings, this is the most common type of RV television antenna.
Blueboy/Blue-boy: A portable tank used to move wastewater from your RV to the dump station.
Pull-through: A campsite with a loop allowing you to pull your RV into it rather than backing in. Also known as a gift from the heavens.
Newbie: Campers new to the RV culture.
Snowbirds: People following warm weather in their camper, usually south in winter and north in summer.
Tail swing: The added length you need to adjust for when turning an RV, especially for sharp turns. Hint: Wide turns are your friend.