recreational vehicle


Definition of recreational vehicle 

: a vehicle designed for recreational use (as in camping) especially : motor home

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Synonyms for recreational vehicle


camper, caravan, motor home, RV, trailer

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Examples of recreational vehicle in a Sentence

sales of recreational vehicles typically go down when gas prices go up

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Truckers, recreational vehicle enthusiasts, and others view parking spaces as prime locations to find rest. J.d. Gallop,, "Nearly half a dozen people have died in Walmart parking lots in Brevard County since 2015," 24 June 2018 Clifford Bowden, 37, was in his recreational vehicle when the storm struck. CBS News, "Newborn baby killed, dozens injured when tornado strikes North Dakota city," 11 July 2018 Clifford Bowden, 37, was in his recreational vehicle when the storm struck. Fox News, "Dozens hurt, 3 critical, when tornado hits North Dakota city," 10 July 2018 Johnson grew up in Louisiana where there were more parks for off-road recreational vehicles. Jerome Campbell,, "Boston residents worry dirt bikes will return with warmer weather," 20 June 2018 Also, a scoreboard at the North Lake Community Park was toppled and the Olde Mill RV resort, where 10 recreational vehicles were destroyed and another 25 were damaged. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Tavares tornado renewed evidence that residents must be aware of twisters along with hurricanes," 9 July 2018 For now, Kitty Hawk is marketing the Flyer as a recreational vehicle, but someday hopes this technology will be used to put a flying car in every garage. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Newest Design From Larry Page's Flying Car Company," 6 June 2018 Elkhart is riding a tidal wave of a boom-and-bust economy that is driven by recreational vehicle manufacturing. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Trump, Pence to boost Braun's campaign at rally in Elkhart, where jobs are booming," 10 May 2018 Three recreational vehicles were destroyed and a fourth damaged by fire Friday at the annual Stagecoach festival in Riverside County, authorities said. Corina Knoll,, "Fire destroys 3 RVs as Stagecoach music festival kicks off in Indio," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of recreational vehicle

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of recreational vehicle was in 1949

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English Language Learners Definition of recreational vehicle

: a large vehicle that often has a bathroom, kitchen, and beds for use during travel and camping

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