(Recreational Vehicles) are known by many different names
North American English the term recreational vehicle,
and its acronym RV, are generally used to refer to an
enclosed piece of equipment dually used as both a vehicle
and a temporary travel home. The term "Winnebago" is
used interchangeable with RV despite it being a brand
are intended for everything from brief leisure activities
such as vacations and camping, to full-time living, for
which they are often parked in special trailer parks.
(However, many trailer parks are reserved just for mobile
homes, not to be confused with RVs / motorhomes.) RV
can also be rented in most major cities and tourist areas.
English the term Recreational Vehicle is
little used. Terms covering some of the vehicles classified
as RV in North America are camper van and caravan.
The term motorhome is also used. In other parts of
the world, particularly Australia, "recreational
vehicle" may refer to a sport utility vehicle
(SUV or 4x4).
the French-made English terms Camping-Car, Caravane,
Campeur is used, and term has also spread
the terms Campeggiatore, Roulotte are
In Spain it
is called Autocaravana, Campista. The
word Caravaning is also (albeit rarely)
used to mean "traveling together as a group" in
British English, leading to a different meaning.
the German language an RV is called Reisemobil,
Karawane, Wohnwagen. wohnen means to live, to
reside; Wagen means vehicle. The word wagen includes
also an implication of venturing or daring. etwas wagen
means to dare something.