MRO (Mass in Running Order)

The empty, or unladen, weight of the caravan plus allowances for 1x gas bottle (10kg), mains hook-up lead (3kg), loo chemicals (4kg) and a full hot water tank (10kg).

MTPLM (Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass)

The legal maximum a caravan can weigh once you’ve added all your luggage and equipment.


How much luggage and equipment the caravan can carry.


The bit at the very front of the caravan that connects to the towing vehicle.

Jockey Wheel

Located next to the hitch, the jockey wheel is lowered into position when the caravan is detached from your tow vehicle but raised and made secure when the caravan is being towed.


The weight, or downward force, of the caravan’s hitch on your vehicle’s tow ball.

Pitch peg

Usually marked with your pitch number, the peg indicates where the off-side rear of your caravan needs to be when pitched to make sure everyone on the campsite is equally spaced out.

Corner Steadies

Fitted to each corner, the steadies wind down to keep your caravan level when it’s not attached to your tow vehicle.

Breakaway cable

Should your car and caravan become separated while towing, the breakaway cable is designed to apply the caravan brakes to stop it running away.


A large roll along, fresh water carrier to supply your caravan with running water.  Usually around 40L in capacity.

Grey water collector

A container that sits under the drain pipe outside of your caravan and collects the waste water from sinks, showers and basins.

EHU (Electric Hook Up)

A 240-volt electric point that connects to your caravan via a heavy duty orange cable that provides mains electricity.


A friction device inside the hitch that helps to stabilise the caravan whilst towing and increase safety.


Now you've been through our caravanning for beginners section, why not compare caravans from our Pursuit, Pegasus and Unicorn ranges to see which ones are right for you?

Lee Davey