What Should You Name Your New RV?

Naming an RV may not be as weighty an assignment as naming a child or a pet, but, in some respects, it can be harder. There’s no list of classic names to fall back on. You want something unique and new, but creativity can be tricky. To help you out, we’ve compiled some great names and some steps you can take to find one of your own

Let’s start with ten top-notch suggestions that will suit any RV beautifully:

  • Rover
  • Will-o-the-Wisp
  • Life Savings
  • Man’s Best Friend
  • Nest Egg
  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • The Voyager Van
  • Adventure Jag
  • Drive-Thru
  • Going Home

If you want to look for it on your own, we have a great method you can use. You may bump into it at step one, or you may not find it till step five. One way or another, you’ll track down the perfect name if you follow these four steps:

Hit up Social Media: The next great way to get inspiration is to hit up your social media connections. Your friends will probably have some brilliant and hilarious ideas for your RV that you would never have thought of yourself.

Brainstorm Session: After you get some ideas, the best thing to do is take a pencil and paper and start brainstorming. You can use genres, colors, rhyming techniques to multiply the possibilities. Soon, you’ll probably find yourself with too many names to choose from.

Google Name Generator: If you’ve gone through all this, and you still feel the perfect name is eluding you, try a name generator. You can plug in the ideas you have and find fun, creative combinations of all sorts.

Ultimate RV Name List

The first step to finding a name is getting inspiration. You need a starting point, somewhere to begin your search. Use our ultimate RV names list to pick one or generate your own ideas.

You may not find the name you’re looking for on the list, but you’ll certainly get some fun ideas. When you’re looking through them, try taking a name and putting your own personal spin on it. For instance, if you see the “Wonderful Wanderer,” try thinking of another adjective starting with ‘w,’ that means something to you. For instance, if your RV has a tendency to squeak a little, you can call it the “Whistling Wanderer,” or the “Whispering Wanderer.”

Popular Names

  • President
  • Happy Camper
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Pleasant Dreams
  • Weathervan

Name Your RV as a Pet

  • Felix
  • Ike
  • Gadget or Gidget
  • Bandit
  • Bubbles
  • Hero
  • Pilot
  • Birdie
  • Butler
  • Caesar
  • Pookie
  • Candy
  • Buster
  • Yeti
  • Ginger

Name Your RV as a Boat

  • Moon Dancer
  • Cabin Fever
  • The Hairpin
  • Sun Chaser
  • Wander Woman
  • The Wayfarer
  • The Voyager
  • Happy Glamper
  • Hot Mess
  • Switchback
  • Puppy
  • Adventure
  • Pick an Animal
  • The Burrow
  • After Your State, Country, County, City, Street, Region, Ect.

Name Your RV as a Memorial

  • The X Wing
  • The Helicarrier
  • Serenity
  • General Lee
  • USS Enterprise
  • Road Warrior
  • Herbie
  • Spirit
  • The Party Wagon
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Red October
  • Bumblebee
  • The Black Pearl
  • Santa Poco
  • The Ford Anglia

Name Your RV as a Personality

  • Betsy
  • The Tank
  • Captain
  • Squeaker
  • Atlas
  • Fine Wine
  • The Blues Mobile
  • Taz
  • Betty Boop
  • Old Faithful
  • Guzzler
  • Lady
  • Oopsie
  • Prince Charming
  • Gypsy

Social Media

For some reason, it’s always a lot easier to think up creative ideas for other people than it is for yourself. And friends are usually eager to give you their ideas. Here’s how to get the most out of it:

Start a Conversation: By starting up a conversation, you’ll get your friend group’s thought machine going. They’ll almost certainly have a lot of funny, relevant ideas that touch on your personality traits and passions. They may even remember stories and jokes about you that you had totally forgotten about. Though most of these names will be on the sillier side, you can always combine them with a clever rhyme or a favorite song lyric to make it more meaningful. And then again, when was a silly name for an RV ever a bad thing.

Give your friends some material to work with: When you make your Facebook or Instagram post, include a picture of your RV and the name of the make. You might specify that you want a name that has to do with a certain state or activity. When you give more details, you give people a basis to work from. That said, it’s sometimes the completely random, out-of-the-blue name suggestion that turns out to be the one you’re looking for. If you don’t want to go public with your name search, reach out to your friends in a group chat or email. If they feel self-conscious about posting publicly, they’ll be more likely to respond this way. Then again, sometimes the public—or semi-public—spotlight draws out the best ideas in people.

Names We Like:

  • Unload the Road
  • Tearing Tommy
  • Keep ‘em Rolling
  • Hitchcock
  • Questing Queen

 Brainstorm Session

You have the inspiration you need now, so you’ll probably be ready to start thinking up ideas and variations of your own. Here’s what to do:

Pencil and Paper: After finding inspiration, you may already have come up with quite a few possibilities. Once you’ve got a few really good ones, it’s only a matter of time till you find the right one. It may not be among them, but having good ideas gives you just the right sort of creative energy. Put your pencil to paper and outline everything you’ve got so far.

Use a Dictionary or Google: You can get lists of synonyms online or find a synonym dictionary. If you want a name that rhymes or alliterates, google is the place to go. Just plug in your word, and you’ll be rewarded with a wealth of possibilities.

Still Drawing a Blank? Schoolteachers recommend making association diagrams to come up with good ideas. You may have been skeptical as a middle-schooler, but this technique actually works surprisingly well when you’re drawing a blank. We tried it and were shocked by the number of ideas it came up with. If you’ve done everything and still seem to be getting nowhere, don’t beat yourself up. For some people, finding the right name is something you have to carry around for a couple of weeks—even months. Be very patient and keep an eye peeled for naming suggestions in the world around you. A song lyric, a word on a sign, a cup of coffee, even the smallest thing can get you brainstorming successfully.

Names We Like:

  • Cool Cat
  • Coffeehouse
  • Golden Eagle
  • Lyric
  • The Ellie Andrews

Google Name Generator

Still Stuck? Maybe you feel like the name is on the tip of your tongue, but just eluding you. Try a name generator to combine ideas and pull together what you’ve been thinking about.

Plug in Your Ideas: It’s a little like playing the lottery, except you’ll find it a surprisingly rewarding way to get inspiration. Plug some of the names you got from your friends in, or, put in one of your own top choices, and see if you can find a new spin on them. Sometimes word choice makes all the difference.

Here’s What We Got on the Generator: We chose ‘Band Name’ and plugged in words like ‘adventure, wanderlust, house, elephant, Arizona…’ Here are a few of the results we got: “Speeding Elephant, Wanderlust House, Bring Me the Wheels, Gypsy Elephant, Arizona Wheels, Deaf Elephant, Allo Wheels.” They may not be your cup of tea, but, hey! The more words you try, the better your chance of succeeding will be. You can also choose “Pen Name, Cat Name, Villain Name, Couple Name” and many more.

RV Name Generator: For something a little more RV-specific, try out an RV Name Generator. You pick out your favorite national park and your favorite activity and write down the words next to them. The results are a little more generic: “Tumbling Angler, Timeless Explorer, Windswept Bounder.” They tend to sound a little more like official brand names than your own personalized RV name. But, on the other hand, you’re less likely to get tired of them than if you draw your name from an episode of your favorite show or a news item you once found funny.

What Else We Found: Go Johnny Go, Feeling Wild, Handsome Honey, One Quick One, Wheelin’ Round

A Few Naming More Suggestions

RV names usually fall into certain classes. Here are some different categories of names and some suggestions to spark your creativity:

Exploration: Rver’s are usually wanderers, rovers, iconoclasts. So names that relate to adventure and exploration always ring true. “The Vagabond, Adventurer, Riding West,” anything that suggests your love for that lifestyle will be timeless. If you travel in one part of the country or have a particular destination you like, think about looking up historical figures who once explored that area. Maybe there was even a famous ship or train associated with it whose name you can steal.

Pair it with the name of your towing vehicle: If you have a camper trailer or an RV that comes with a towing vehicle, try pairing the names with each other. You could call them “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Bert and Ernie”, “Thelma and Louise”,“Peanut Butter and Jelly” (good if you have a red car and tan camper), or use the name of their make to come up with a creative couple name. You probably already have the name of your towing vehicle, which means you already have a starting point for your RV name.

Comedy Classics: Sometimes drawing a name from pop culture can be a bad idea, because, after a while, it loses relevancy. But some things never get old. If you and your partner have an all-time favorite show, movie, or rock-band. If you share a love for comic books and superheroes, taking a name from that is actually perfect. Depending on how obscure it is, not everyone may get it, but, after all, why do you need them to? Some ideas: Duck Soup, Jabba the Hut, Buzz Lightyear, Two for the Road

Sports Teams: This is an obvious choice for the hard-core sports fans. If you’ve got a team, why not incorporate it into the RV name. That way you can carry around your loyalty wherever you go. Samples: The Joe Louis, The Blue Jay, First-and-Goal

Horse Names: If you’re into horses, think about taking a name from the racing circuit. ‘Man o’ War’ or ‘Secretariat’ wouldn’t be such bad names for an RV, would they?

Wrap-up

Naming your RV can be a fun and exciting process. Like we said before, don’t worry if the name doesn’t jump out at you right away. Sometimes these things take time. We’re confident that with enough thought and enough laughs, you’ll be sure to find that perfect name waiting for you somewhere along the road. Until then, just call your RV a ‘John Doe,’ and don’t worry about it.

If you have any questions for us, leave a comment below. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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