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.
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.
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
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
Envoy XUV) is an
automobile with a
sport utility vehicle
appearance but is built upon a more economical and
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.