Life on the road can be pretty exciting, especially if you love adventure or want to experience life off-the-grid. One way to experience the ultimate of such a lifestyle is to own a recreational vehicle. You can easily bag amazing deals on a range of RV’s at auto auctions such as AutoBidMaster. Making the most of a recreational vehicle, however, demands some basic knowledge. If you are new the world of RVing, this blog post is for you. Read on as we share common terminology and some tips and tricks to help you get started.


As with any other hobby or occupation, RVing comes with its fair share of terminology that you ought to know to make your life easier. Some of the notable ones are:

Breakaway switch

The breakaway switch refers to the switch which automatically triggers the brakes on the trailer in the event it becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle.

Booth Dinette/Free-standing Dinette

The Booth Dinette refers to a dining area that features two-seater seats and table. A free-standing dinette, on the other hand, refers to a dining area that features individual seats and a table in the middle.

Diesel Pusher/Diesel puller

A diesel puller is an RV whose engine is located at the front whereas a diesel pusher is one with a rear engine.

Dry weight

This is the weight of your RV excluding stuff like supplies, fuel, water, or passengers.


It also helps to debunk some of the misconceptions that are commonly associated with RVs. Here is a snapshot of some of them.

  • Contrary to beliefs in some quarters, model numbers do not always indicate the length of the RV. This is because most manufacturers comply with such a configuration.
  • Buying an RV with a barely used generator is not a plus as prolonged idleness actually makes them vulnerable to accelerated wear and tear.
  • Also, RVs, no matter their size, do not require a special driving license.

Tips and Tricks

When you buy new or salvage RVs for sale, you will also need to know a few tricks to get you going. Here is a snapshot.

  • You can significantly reduce the weight of your RV by replacing the toilet and black tank combo with a composite solution and using aluminum in all your repairs.
  • Keep emergency traction items handy when traveling during the wet season.
  • Save propane by using solar or electric energy as much as you can.
  • Secure your battery using a locking accessory or battery shackle.
  • Keep a surge protector handy and always use it when connecting your trailer to an external power source.
  • Use enzyme packets to keep sewage smell in check.

Last Word

AutoBidMaster online RV auction opens up your world to lots of choice and amazing deals that significantly bring down the cost of ownership. All you have to do is Register online and start bidding in the comfort of your home or on the go. Browse through available deals on salvage recreational vehicles for sale. You can call us at +1 (503) 298 4300 to discuss your requirement or get answers to all your questions on RV auto auctions.

AutoBidMaster Staff Writer

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