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UVW: Abbreviation for Unloaded Vehicle Weight. The weight of a vehicle as built at the factory with full fuel, engine (generator) oil and coolants. It does not inlude cargo, fresh water, LP gas, occupants or dealer installed accessories. See also "weights" (below).

Wally World: slang term used by RVers to describe a Walmart. See also: Walmart

Weekender's: people who own their RV's for weekend and vacation use.

Weights:
GAWR: Gross Axle Weight Rating. The maximum allowable weight each axle is designed to carry, as measured at the tires, therefore including the weight of the axle assembly itself. GAWR is established by considering the ratio of each of its components (tires, wheels, springs, axle) and rating the axle on its weakest link. The GAWR assumes that the load is equal on each side.
GCWR: Gross Combined Weight Rating. The maximim allowable combined weight of the tow vehicle and the attached towed vehicle. GCWR assumes both vehicles have functioning brakes, with exceptions in some cases for very light towed vehicles, normally less than 1,500 pounds. (check your chassis manual or towing guide).
GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. The maximum allowable weight of the fully loaded vehicle, including liquids, passengers, cargo, and tongue weight of any towed vehicle.
NCC: Net Carrying Capacity. The maximum weight of all personal belongings, occupants, food, fresh water, LP gas, tools, dealer installed accessories, etc., that can be carried by the RV. (Technically, the GVWR less the UVW equals the NCC
UVW: Unloaded Vehicle Weight. The weight of a vehicle as built at the factory with full fuel, engine (generator) oil and coolants. It does not include cargo, fresh water, LP gas, occupants, or dealer installed accessories.
water (weight): 8.3 lbs. per gallon
lp gas (weight): 4.5 lbs. per gallon
driver (estimated weight): 200 lbs.
passenger (esttmated weight): 120 lbs.

Wet Weight: termed used by RVers to describe the weight of a RV with all storage and holding tanks full., i.e., water, propane, etc. See also term: "dry weight"

Wide-body: a RV that has a width exceeding eight feet. See also: U.S. Motorhome Regulations, U.S. Towing and Road Laws (travel trailers and fifth wheels) or RV Travel Guide

Winnie: nickname for Winnebago, a well-known RV manufacturer. See also: Winnebago Industries

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