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PARK MODEL A travel trailer that requires park facilities to function. It lacks holding tanks and dual-voltage appliances, requiring to be plugged into water, sewage, and electrical facilities. A park model is more of a small mobile home than a recreational vehicle, in appearance and function.
PART TIMERS The term used for people who use their RV more than usual (more than just a few weekend trips a year), but who still use it less than full time.
PATIO MAT Carpet or woven mat for use on ground outside of RV. Used whether or not a concrete patio pad is available where camping.
PAYLOAD CAPACITY The maximum allowable weight that can be placed in or on a vehicle, including cargo, passengers, fluids and fifth-wheel or conventional hitch loads.
PILOT A pilot is a small standby flame that is used to light the main burner of a propane fired appliance when the thermostat calls for heat. Pilots can be used in furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators, ovens and stove tops.
PORPOISING A term used to define the up and down motion in an RV while traveling
POWER SOURCE Also referred to as shore power, this refers to the receptacle outlet you are using to plug in your shoreline power cord. This can be a campsite power box or electrical box, a residential receptacle outlet specifically wired for your camper or a generator (customer supplied).
PRIMITIVE SITE A campsite that may have city water, shore power or sewer hook-ups but not all of them; primitive sites may have no hook-ups or connections at all.
PROPANE PG, or liquefied petroleum gas, used in RVs for heating, cooking and refrigeration. Also called bottle gas, for manner in which it is sold and stored. This is the proper term in the RV industry when referring to "LP Gas."
PULL-THROUGH SITES Campsites you can drive through and park (without having to back up into the site).
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