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What is an RV ?

The term RV or ‘recreational vehicle’ is now often used when describing caravans.  It is a term that was common in America and is being used more now in Australia. 

Put simply, it is a vehicle such as a caravan, camper trailer, campervan, trailer, fifth wheeler or motorhome used for traveling and recreational activities.

It is not to be confused with SUV or ‘sports utility vehicle’ which is defined as a passenger vehicle which combines the towing capacity of a pick-up truck.  Compact SUV’s or min SUV’s such as the Suzuki Vitara and the Toyota RAV4 are an example.  Not all SUV’s are four-wheel drive. 

Here in Australia the term 4 x 4 or 4WD relates mainly to a  vehicle with a roomy body, designed for off-road travel such as Toyota’s Landcruiser and Prado, Nissan Patrol and Mitsubishi Pajero.

To confuse things even more there is now a new term used in the automotive industry ‘Crossover SUV’.  This is defined in the Wikipedia encyclopedia  - “crossover SUV (also called CUV for Crossover Utility Vehicle) or XUV (not to be confused with GMC's Envoy XUV) is an automobile with a sport utility vehicle appearance but is built upon a more economical and fuel-efficient unibody construction”. These vehicles have fully independent suspension and are perfect for people who do not require to carry heavy load cargo or take the vehicle off-road as they are not designed to take in rough terrain.

 
 

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