Our Guide to helping you familiarise yourself with Motorhome Jargon – very useful if this is your first time!
An awning attaches to the side of your motorhome. Bertha has one built-in which winds out and provides shelter and shade. Great for an evening by an open fire!
A berth is a bed or sleeping place. When a motorhome is described as ‘6-berth’ this means that 6 people can sleep in it overnight. This may be made up of 2 double beds and 2 bunk-beds.
Black waste is your toilet waste which drains into the cassette underneath your toilet. Campsites have designated sluices or drains where you can dispose of your black waste and rinse out your cassette.
This term is also used for motorhomes and is the main entrance to the living area of your motorhome. Not to be confused with the driver and passenger doors.
A cassette toilet is found in many motorhomes, caravans and narrowboats. All toilet waste is drained into a sealed container underneath the toilet which is then regularly disposed of at a designated disposal point for black waste.
Corner Steadies are metal legs that are lowered from the bottom of the motorhome when parked up, used to steady the vehicle. This prevents your motorhome from swaying or leaning on the suspension as people move around inside it.
Many campsites offer Electric Hook-ups for motorhomes and caravans so that you can plug into the mains of the site. You often need to book these in advance and there is almost always an additional charge or even a meter which you need to buy credit for. To connect you use the special cable provided in your motorhome.
FRESH WATER TANK
This is where your fresh water is stored, the water you use for cooking, washing and showering whilst in your motorhome. Always fill up when you can. We recommend taking bottled water with you for drinking.
This is the dirty water that comes from your kitchen and bathroom areas, not from your toilet (Black Waste). Your motorhome has a seperate grey waste tank which can be emptied at designated locations.
This is the secondary battery of your motorhome, used to power light and electrical appliances, separate from your vehicle’s main battery.
OVER CAB BED
This is a bed located above the cockpit (driving area) of the motorhome. Typically this is a double bed.