Terms You Need to Know for Your Camper Adventure

If you’re a
first time traveller the world of camper hire may be completely
foreign. Here are some terms to familiarise yourself with before
travelling in a Cruisin’ campervan or motorhome.

Awning: Selected
motorhomes have an attached awning (or sunshade) for the purpose of
providing shade. This feature is attached to the side of the motorhome
and should only be used in fine weather conditions.

Audio Visual DVD: All
campervans and motorhomes are supplied with a video demonstration of
all each feature in the motorhome operates. This is to guarantee guests
peace of mind while they are out on the road.

Black Water: Black
water refers to the waste water from toilets. All Cruisin’ motorhomes
have an on board toilet for convenience. The black water from the toilet
cassette must be emptied into a black water dump point at every
available opportunity.

Dinette Bed: Most
campervans and motorhomes have at least one dinette bed on board. The
dinette bed is a living area that can be converted to a bed at night by
removing the table top to form the base of a bed and using the seating
cushions to complete the mattress.

Grey Water: Grey
water refers to the water waste that result from wash-hand basins,
showers and baths. This water can be recycled for purposes such as
landscape irrigation. All camper’s come with a kitchen sink and most
with a shower.

Grey Water Outlet: The
grey water outlet refers to the point on the motorhome where the grey
water tank is emptied. All motorhomes are supplied with a grey water
hose to attach to this outlet to empty the tank into grey water waste
facilities at selected camp grounds.

gas are gases that are used as fuel in heating appliances and cooking
equipment. All campers come equipped with at least 1 LP gas bottle
secured in an outside compartment. This gas bottle needs to be turned on
before using the hot water system and gas stove.

Overcab Bed: Some
motorhomes have an overcab bed, or a bed located directly above the
driver’s cabin. This is a permanent bed that can be accessed by a
supplied step or ladder.

Powered Camp Site: This
refers to a camping site that offers electricity that allows you to
power the 240 volt battery in your motorhome. Cruisin’ recommends that
all campervans and motorhomes connect to a powered site at least every
second night.

Water Pump: The
water pump in the motorhome allows the water to be raised and
circulated and can be turned on via an onboard switch. Water can be
found in the motorhome via the kitchen and bathroom taps and shower.

Water Heater: Before
hot water can be accessed in the shower, the water heater must be
activated. There are two different types of water heaters that can be
found in your motorhome known as either the ‘Suburban’ or ‘Truma’
systems featured below.

12 Volt Battery: Motorhomes
and campers have two types of batteries. The first is the 12 volt
battery that provides electricity to start the engine and ignite the
fuel and operates the on board lights, fridge, windshield wiper, water
pump, television and water heater.

240 Volt Battery/Mains Type Voltage:  All
campervans and motorhomes must be connected to a powered site at least
every second night to charge the 240 volt battery. This charges the
house battery and allows you to use the on-board heater system,
microwave and power points. You must connect to this type of site to
ensure the battery does not go flat.

3-Way Fridge: A 3 way fridge is a cooling system that operates three ways: via LP Gas, 12 volt power and mains power.

12 Volt Switch: This
refers to a switch that must be in the ‘on’ position in order to work
the 12 volt battery appliances (including the lights, fridge, water
pump, water heater and television).