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Old 01-04-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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Is A Trailer an RV?

Tonight, my daughter-in-law said that she thought that an RV had to be self-propelled, like a motor home or "four-wheeler." I had always thought of a trailer as an RV. After a quick Google look, I'm not sure if there is a clear answer. What do you think, is a trailer an RV?
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:23 PM   #2
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Yes, so are 5th wheels, off road vehicles, 4 wheelers, 3 wheelers, etc. Basically every type of vehicle that has a recreational purpose. Drives me crazy when I look up ads for RV's and all I see are 4 wheelers. GRRRRRRRR!
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I like the Merriam-Webster definition, especially the ....

Synonyms: caravan, motor home, camper, RV, trailer

Related Words: house trailer, mobile home; coach, van

However, to answer your question... I don't call my trailer an RV, I refer to it as a towable.
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Yep siree, they sure are.

It is a vehicle I recreate in, therefore a Recreational Vehicle.
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Yes, so are 5th wheels, off road vehicles, 4 wheelers, 3 wheelers, etc. Basically every type of vehicle that has a recreational purpose. Drives me crazy when I look up ads for RV's and all I see are 4 wheelers. GRRRRRRRR!
Steve, I know where you are coming from, but it is not common for 4 wheelers to be referred to as RV's around here, at least as far as my paying attention goes. They are more commonly called quads or ATV's, and a few even call them bikes for some reason. I guess just like most refer to snowmobiles as sleds nowadays.
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Jim, I personally don't feel they should be considered RV's but my local Craigslist is full of them under the category RV. I try to look up trailers and 5th wheels and have to get past all the junk.
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The common usage in the "recreational vehicle" industry is to refer to self-propelled as RV, trailer as trailer for the obvious purpose of making distinctions. Obviously a bicycle is a recreational vehicle, perhaps a little red wagon also.

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Tonight, my daughter-in-law said that she thought that an RV had to be self-propelled, like a motor home or "four-wheeler."
When you go on Craigslist looking to buy a Travel Trailer, under what classification do you find it?
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Jim, I personally don't feel they should be considered RV's but my local Craigslist is full of them under the category RV. I try to look up trailers and 5th wheels and have to get past all the junk.

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Oddly some dictionaries feel that a vehicle is simply a conveyance like wheelbarrow (but perhaps not like a suitcase so probably to do with WHEELED) and some say it's a self-propelled convenance (as in an engine not Cheerio-powered).

RV: IT CAN BE WHAT YOU WANT IT DO BE! Because mine hinges in the middle I call it an Articulatible LOL.

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to me rv = engine. no engine = camper.
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to me rv = engine. no engine = camper.
A camper is the thing that gets mounted in a pickup bed around here. Either that, or the person that uses any RV.
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A camper is the thing that gets mounted in a pickup bed around here. Either that, or the person that uses any RV.
Yeah, but you guys wear your toque's a little tight, eh?

I do see your point, though, hmm...

I don't know why, but the term "travel trailer" just rubs me wrong.

I got it, I have a fifth wheel! *phew* All good again.
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