Camping Words Part Two

Tuesday, April 19

Words and MORE words! Who knew there was so much camping terminology? I surely didn’t… Here are some words that you might not know. Can you think of any others? 

Make sure to see Camping Words Part One! (link)

Parts of the camper or campsites

Site – it’s the spot you rent for the time you are staying. So…. all of your stuff should stay in your site. Don’t creep into your neighbor’s site. That’s not cool.

Camp side – the side of the camper that usually faces the camping area where there is often a picnic table and fire ring. The hookups are usually on the OTHER side. So most sites are either pull-through or back-in. Remember to look for the hookup and/or picnic table/ring so you get into the site on the correct side.

Basement – You read that right! The space in a unit that is underneath the living space is called the basement. Who knew? (Think the luggage areas of a commercial bus.)

Slides – a part of a camper that “slides” out to give more room inside

Headbanger – the name for an rv slide, when you are getting something from the “basement” and you raise your head too quickly. A headbanger is usually followed by a few choice words.  Be there, done that.

Wet bay – The exterior compartment that includes the rv’s water and dump connections. Sometimes the water connector is right on the side of a unit, not in a bay/basement compartment.

Pedestal (sometimes called the hitching post) – a place where you can plug into electricity. It looks kind of like a house fuse box, but when you lift the lid, it has a place to plug in a 30 amp or 50 amp connector.

Dog bone or pig tail – an extra electricity connector so you can step down or step up to the plug. For example, if you have a 30 amp camper but you want to plug into the receptacle in your garage, it’s a 15 amp household receptacle. So you need to buy an adapter, eg. dog bone. You should see the collection we have to plug our 50 amp coach into a 15 amp receptacle. Whew!

Shore Power – when you plug in your electricity into your house or a pedestal at a campground.

Full hook-ups – This means the site offers electricity, city water and sewer. You need to check the amps available to see if you need a dog bone (see above). If a site does not say full hook ups, you might have water and electricity available, or maybe just electricity. Always check the site map when you make a reservation.

Gray Water Tank – This is where all the water from your sinks and shower go. Be careful not to get food down the kitchen sink into the gray tank. That can cause it to smell.

Black Water Tank – This holds what comes out of the toilet, so it’s important to use RV toilet paper. Regular toilet paper can clog it. It’s also important to use enough water when you flush, also to help with keeping the tank from clogging. Nobody wants a clogged tank. 

Stinky Slinky – Um…  the hose you use to connect your unit’s black/gray tanks and the site sewer hook up or campground dump station is called a stinky slinky. You can probably figure out why. Note, if you do have a sewer hook-up at your site, it is suggested that you NOT leave the tank values in the open position. This allows bugs called drain flies up INTO your camper. Instead, open the values to dump the tanks, then close them again.

Cassette – Short for cassette toilet. This toilet does not deposit into a tank. You remove the whole cassette and take it to the dump station and empty it there. (Yuck)

Honey bucket – This is another name for a cassette toilet. It goes back to the days when you carried a bucket from a house to an outhouse to dump it there in the morning. (Double yuck)

Dump Station – Most campgrounds have free dump stations unless every site has full hook-ups. At the dump station you first empty your black tank, followed by your gray tank. (The grey water helps rinse out the stinky slinky, so empty it second.) 

Kindling – the tiny pieces of wood you are bound to forget. When you buy firewood, it usually does not come with kindling. (We look on the ground for dry twigs. We finally started carrying our own bag of twigs.)

Caravan – when more than one camper unit travels together. Think “follow the leader”.

Zero gravity chairs – Okay, so they aren’t space chairs -they seem like a hammock crossed with a deck chair. BUT, they are increasingly popular and look comfy! We finally broke down and bought a pair. I can’t wait to try them!

S’Morse – seriously, you probably know what this is. But in case you don’t, it’s a fire roasted marshmallow & a piece of milk (or dark) chocolate smooshed between two graham crackers.




Almost done waxing the camper. Can you see the joy on my face?

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