In the RV industry, there are many acronyms, letters and numbers that give the impression that dealers and manufacturers are talking to each other in code. There are GVWR, CCC, UVW and other abbreviations that refer to weight and capacity.
And if you’re a first-time RV buyer, model numbers can be confusing. They mix numbers and letters, like 387MBS.
It is indeed like a code, but it’s not an unbreakable secret code. Rather, you can understand what a dealer tells you on the phone when he mentions an XLT model or a GK device.
Let’s take a look at where to find RV model numbers and what they mean to make your RV search easier and faster!
What is an RV model number?
An RV model number is an identification code established by the manufacturer. It is usually a series of letters and numbers that provide information about the length or square footage of the RV and the floor plan.
You can find your RV’s model number in several ways. The easiest way to find it is on the outside of your RV near the front door. On most towable RVs, the model number is in bold black letters and numbers mounted vertically. It reads something like “375RL” or “280BHS.”
You can also find your RV’s model number on the manufacturer’s website, in the owner’s manual, and on the dealer’s receipt.
You can find the floor plan of your motorhome on the manufacturer’s website, where you can also find the model number of the motorhome.
Also, the model number should be printed in the owner’s manual in the front of the book or somewhere in the first few pages. And the dealer’s receipt will tell you exactly what you paid.