The FB has 2 meanings the fixed bed layout or the French Bed with a curved end. Both types of fixed beds remain very popular. Many proffer a fixed or French bed layout. This is because they do not have to be made up every night.
The FR is usually found on a campervan and may be also referred to as a high roof. Fixed roof campervans are all about being able to stand up in. The idea is all about being able to cook inside the camper.
Fresh Water Tank
The size of the freshwater tanks varies on different models. Most are slightly more than wastewater tanks. All freshwater tanks are for water to be stored for washing and cooking.
The most important thing in any motorhome or campervan is for safety. Having a flame failure device for gas appliances, this is to stop gas escaping into a vehicle if a flame goes out.
Fridge – Three Way Fridge
Many motorhome fridges have the ability to run on mains electricity, gas and 12V leisure battery. The three-way fridge is on lots of motorhomes and is an ideal way to maintain fridge and freezer temperatures.
The word glamping is a posh word for having the very best on offer. This is really all about getting the very best way to go on a motorhome holiday! Taking luxury with you when in the outdoors, is what glamping is all about.
As with black water the terminology of grey waste ie dirty water from the sink, bathroom. This is not the black toilet waste held in a cassette. This is the greywater that has drained into the wastewater tank. This usually is emptied from the motorhomes underneath.
The habitation check is all about making sure that your motorhome is in good working order. This is not a mechanical service. But, this does include the safety aspects of checking gas and electric appliances. Draining and cleaning the tanks and making sure all the appliances, heating etc are working correctly. Habitation checks also, are to keep motorhome warranty up to date.
As with a fixed roof, the HT high top roof conversions are to allow standing room inside the campervan mainly. The standing-room provides for someone to cook and use the facility easily.
Liquid petroleum gas alternative fuel to gas. The real way to help the planet is to use LPG both economically as well. More motorhomes are moving towards this way to fuel a motorhome.
The layout is all about how you want to find things and a good layout helps sell motorhomes. How things are arranged in the motorhome, becomes a personal choice. Selecting the layout that fits your needs may be easy but sometimes people want a change of layout.
Many times when parked up you are using the leisure battery. Often referred to as a second battery. The batteries charge as you go along. Many are power-saving and used to power 12V lights, electrical devices saving the main vehicle battery.
Low profile motorhomes are a popular alternative to that of a coach-built motorhome. The difference being the over cab on the conventional coach built motorhome is dispensed with. This then helps to allow extra storage. The lower profile is different in appearance with sleek looks. This also provides lower fuel consumption. The low profile coach built motorhome is an ideal vehicle for two people who want space.
LPG – Tank
From having to have gas bottles, the whole idea of bottles is becoming a thing of the past. Liquid Petroleum Gas is now held in a tank usually under the motorhome.
The fact is that because of the whole of Europe, drives on the right side of the road. This makes nearly all motorhomes LHD left-hand drive. In the UK right-hand drive is standard and the most popular choice.
Maximum Gross Weight
The maximum weight a motorhome can be loaded up too. Accordingly, the gross vehicle weight (GVWR), or gross vehicle mass (GVM) is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle. This is specified by the motorhome manufacturers. This is also, including the vehicle’s chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo. However, excluding that of any trailers.
Over Cab Bed
The over-cab bed remains a very popular layout. This is because it may be used two-fold. As extra storage and as a permanently made up bed. Located over the cab of coach built motorhome. The overhang has to be taken into consideration.
Panel Van Conversion
The driving force in a panel van conversion. Has to be the converting of vans more than campervans. Simply taking a van and fitting it out into motorhome specification. This has come from converting the humble panel van. Vehicles that are converted and started life as a panel van! Many makes have become popular the Peugeot Boxer, the Fiat Ducato van and many more.
The payload is a dimension of weight for a motorhome. The gross vehicle weight rating better is known as (GVWR) or gross vehicle mass (GVM). This is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle. This is as specified by the motorhome manufacturer. This is including the vehicle’s chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo. However, excluding any trailers.
The weight of any motorhome dictates that they will need PAS (Power-assisted steering). This makes manoeuvring the motorhome easy. Especially, useful when in tight spaces and parking.
The Pop Top is what it says on the tin a pup up the roof. This usually is the space for an extra bed inside campervans and van conversions. Also, very easy to use, it has canvas sides with ventilation Zipp windows. An ideal place to sleep on hot nights.