Last Updated on: 12th January 2023, 11:01 pm
Wondering what to name your camper van? Here are my favorite RV names from classic to funny to quirky, plus ideas for different names that incorporate camper brand names.
I’ve also included a glossary with more ideas for naming your RV, travel trailer, motorhome, camper van or whatever you call it!
At the bottom here are my best tips for naming your camper van.
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My Favorite Travel Booking Sites for 2023
These are my favorite companies that I use on my own travels.
Find the best deals on hotels & vacation rentals on Booking.com.
For road trips and ground transportation, rent a car through Discover Cars.
Find information and cruise reviews on Cruise Critic.
For packing and travel essentials order via Amazon.
Find cheap flights with CheapOair.
Store your luggage safely with Radical Storage.
How to Use these RV Names
Feel free to use this post to find names for your camper van (real or imaginary). If you choose to use one, I’d love if you linked or tagged me so I can enjoy your work!
If you use one on a website, please link to this post. Otherwise, you can follow and tag me on social media so I can see you using them in action:
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List of Camper Van Names
There are a lot of different fun ways to name your travel trailer. Here are some ready-made names you can use.
Common RV Names
Just Hitched (this is a great RV name for couples who just got married and for honeymoon camper van trips)
The Desert Rose
The Long Haul
The Sun Chaser
Brave New World
The Weekend Warrior
The Empty Nester
Camper Van Name Puns
I’m obsessed with puns, especially travel puns. Here are my favorite camper van name puns.
Fueling Our Dreams
Brake It til You Make It
Haul of Fame
Road Work in Progress
The Happy Glamper
The Map Trap
RV There Yet
Home Sweet Roam
Rolling on Up
It’s Drive O’Clock Somewhere
Girly Names for Campers
Sometimes you want to go away with your girlfriends, and you want to have a girl name for your vehicle to reflect the girls’ trip theme. Here are some great girly names for campers.
The Pink Flamingo
The Prarie Princess
The Queen Bee
The Cara Van (or Kara Van)
Thelma and Louise
Pretty in Pink
Girls Just Wanna Have Sun
If you really want to lean into the RV terminology, these are nicknames based on camper names.
Camper: Campy, Champer
Van: Vandy, Vanderbilt
Double Wide: Dubya
Bus: Bussy, Busty
Mobile Home: Homie
Motor Home: Homer
People Names for RVs
Sometimes it’s fun to name a machine after a person (real or imagined). Here are some great human names for travel trailers.
Theodore (Or Teddy)
Archibald (Or Archie)
Inappropriate Camper Van Names
If you like a dirty play on words, you’ll love these inappropriate RV names.
The Shag Mobile
If the Van’s A-Rockin’
Pack and Pork
The Sugar Shack
Checking the Oil
Ideas based on RV Brand Names
If you love the brand of RV, then you might want to use it in the name. For example, VW people tend to want VW Camper Names.
Airstream: Islands in the Stream (Or Air-lands in the Stream, Live Stream, Field of Streams…)
Forest River: Woody
KZ: KZ Rider
Midwest Automotive Designs: The MAD Hatter, Prarie Dog
Thor Motor Coach: The Hammer
VW: The Love Bug
Winnebago: The Winning Bago
Names for Tailgating Campers
Here are RV names if you plan on using your camper mostly for tailgating sports or concerts.
You can also brainstorm names based on current or former team players, band members, sports or music terms, and even song titles and lyrics.
For example the Artful Dodgers or the Flying Phish.
Heads or Tailgate
Road to Victory
Ticket to Ride
The Brew Mobile
The Field Goal
RV Name Glossary: How to Make Your Own Camper Van Name
Here is a list of road trip and motorhome-related words plus some good descriptions and terms that you can mix and match.
Feel free to suggest more words for this list in the comments at the end of this post!
A: Accelerate, Adventure, Amethyst, Aqua, Arm Rest, Atlantic, Atlas, Avenue, Away, Azure
B: Backseat, Barefoot, Beltway, Bend, Bird, Birdie, Blacktop, Bliss, Blue, Brake, Bridges, Bronze, Buddy, Buddies, Byway
C: Cabin, Camper, Captain, Car, Caravan, Causeway, Cerulean, Charter, Cherry, Chevron, Class, Classic, Clouds, Coach, Cobalt, Comfort, Commodore, Compass, Convoy, Corner, Cruise Control, Curve, Cyan
D: Delight, Desert, Destination, Detour, Diesel, Diner, Dip, Directions, Dirt, Dirt Road, Discovery, Distance, Drift, Drive, Driver, Drivers, Duchess
E: Eastern, Emerald, Engine, Errand, Escape, Evening, Evening Star, Excursion, Expedition, Explore
F: Family, Fantasy, Fire, Flamingo, Flat Tire, Flight, Flyover, Foreign, Fork, Freeway, Friends, Front Seat, Fuel, Fueling
G: Garnet, Gas Station, Glamp, Glamper, Glamping, Glove Compartment, Go, Gold, Gone, Green, Guzzle, Guzzler, Guzzling
H: Handbrake, Hawk, Hazard, Hazard Lights, Headrest, Heather, Heaven, Heavens, Hermit, Hideaway, Hideout, Highway, Highwayman, Hit, Hitch, Hitched, Hitchhiker, Holiday, Honey, Hope, Hotel, Hurricane
I: Indigo, Interstate, Island, Ivory
J: Jade, Journey, Journeys
K: Kelly, Kilometer, King, Kiss
L: Lake, Landscape, Lane, Lattitude, Laurel, Lavender, Left Turn, Lemon, License, Lights, Lilac, Lily, Lime, Little, Luggage
M: Magic, Manor, Map, Mapping, Maps, Mauve, Maverick, Maya Blue, Memory, Memories, Merge, Migration, Mile, Mileage, Miles, Mint, Mirror, Mobile, Moon, Moonroof, Morning, Morningstar, Moss, Motor, Motorhome, Mount, Mountain, Mountains
N: National, Navigate, Navigator, Nest, Night, Northern
O: Odometer, Odyssey, Offramp, Offroad, Oil, Oil Check, Olive, Oncoming Traffic, Onramp, Open, Orange, Orchid, Overload, Overtake
P: Pacific, Packed, Paradise, Passenger, Passengers, Passport, Path, Park, Parked, Parking, Parkway, Patrol, Pave, Paved, Pavement, Peach, Pearl, Penthouse, Periwinkle, Petrol, Petrol Station, Phoenix, Pike, Pilgrim, Pilgrimage, Pineapple, Pleasure, Plum, Pothole, Prarie, Prince, Princess, Purple
Q: Queen, Quicksilver, Quiet, Quill
R: Rearview, Rearview Mirror, Recreation, Recreational Vehicle, Red, Relax, Resort, Rest, Rest Stop, Retreat, Right of Way, Right Turn, Ring Road, River, Rivers, Riverside, Riverview, Riviera, Road, Roadblock, Roaster, Road Rage, Road Sign, Road Work, Romantic, Roof, Rose, Route, Ruby, Run, Russian Blue, RV
S: Sage, Sand, Sapphire, Scarlet, Scene, Scenery, School, Seven Seas, Shack, Sign, Sign Post, Silver, Skim, Skimmer, Slip, Solar, Southern, Spanish Blue, Speed, Speeding, Speed Limit, Speedway, Spice, Spin, Spirit, Station, Steer, Steering, Steering Wheel, Stop, Stop Light, Stop Sign, Storm, Street, Submarine, Sugar, Sugarcube, Suitcase, Summer, Sun, Sundown, Sundowner, Sunflower, Sunny, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunroof, Sunshine, Sunglasses, Sunvisor, Sweet, Switch, Switchback
T: Tailgate, Tan, Tanned, Tea, Teal, Thoroughfare, Throughway, Time, Tire, Tiring, Toll, Toll Gate, Tour, Touring, Tourist, Tow, Track, Trailer, Tranquil, Travel, Travel Trailer, Treasure, Tree, Trek, Trekker, Trip, Tripper, Tropic, Tropical, Truck, Trunk, Trunks, Tsunami, Turn, Turnpike, Turtle
U: Ultramarine, Umbrella, Underpass
V: Vacation, Vehicle, Verge, Violet, Vista, Visor, Voyage, Voyager
W: Wander, Wandering, Wanderlust, Wayfarer, Wayfaring, Waymark, Waymarker, Waymarking, Wayside, Weather, Western, Wheel, Wild, Wildling, Wilds, Wind, Winds, Windshield, Windshield Wipers, Wine, Wiper
Tips for Naming Your RV or Camper Van
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Do use wildlife and geographic terms that make sense for the area you are from or where you’ll be headed.
For example, an RV that’s mainly going to explore the American southwest can use the word Desert in its name and be just lovely.
Don’t use offensive words like Gypsy, Sea Gypsy, etc. It’s an offensive term that only gets worse as time goes by.
Do combine word types. For example, mix a color with an animal, or an animal with a road trip term.
Do think of more than I’ve put on this list. The sky is the limit! You can take one off here, or use the words to inspire your unique combination!
Don’t name your motorhome something too similar to those that belong to people you know in real life. You are naming your travel trailer to celebrate the freedom it gives you.
Do consider using your name. A last name combined with another word is a great option, especially if you can turn it into a pun or use alliteration.
Do consider getting a sticker or decal made for your camper to go on the outside or a sign made for the inside. A sign or decal just makes it feel more official.
Don’t feel weird naming your RV! Traveling by camper is fun and naming your camper van celebrates that!
Do make sure you know what the words mean that you choose. Don’t go off of just how the words sound together!
Don’t forget to pick something you’ll love!
Do use sport and team related names and puns if your camper is primarily for tailgating.
Don’t be afraid to change it later if you find you don’t love what you picked.
More Road Trip Travel Resources
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Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for your road trip or drive make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be away for more than a few days.
I have been a paying customer of World Nomads for travel insurance for two years, and I happily recommend them. If you get sick, injured, or have your stuff stolen, you’ll be happy to have the ability to pay for your medical bills or replace what’s stolen or broken.