How to Come Up With The Best Namesake for Your RV or Camper

RV Lifestyle | Family Friendly


Every RV owner knows that their camper isn’t just a vehicle but an extension of their personality and sense of adventure. This can even be true of rental RVs — after all, they can take you on plenty of adventures too!

What better way to personalize your RV than by giving it a unique name that reflects its character and spirit? In this quick guide, we’ve put together some tips on how to come up with the best namesake for your RV or camper, plus some fun names to consider!

Think About Your RV's Personality

Before coming up with a name for your RV, think about its personality. Is it rugged and adventurous, or more sleek and modern? Is it a family-friendly vehicle, a couples' retreat, or was it made to be at music festivals

Once you have a strong sense of your RV's character, you can start brainstorming names that fit that vibe.

Consider Your Travel Destinations

The destinations you plan to visit most can be great inspiration for your RV’s name. For example, if you frequently make trips to the beach, you might want to consider a name like "Seaside Serenity" or "Surfside Escape." If you favor going camping in the mountains, a name like "Alpine Adventure" or "Rocky Retreat” would be a better fit. 

Look to Pop Culture

Pop culture can often be an excellent source of inspiration for naming your RV. Consider naming your RV after one of your favorite books, movies, or TV show characters. "Wanderlust" would be a perfect name for an RV that loves to explore and is on the go more than it’s stationary, while the name "Serenity" could be a nod to the spaceship from the TV show Firefly.

Keep it Simple

Like so many other things in life, sometimes the best RV names are also the simplest ones. Consider using a single word that best describes your camper’s personality or purpose. "Roamer" or "Explorer" would make great names for an RV that's all about adventure and travel.

Alternatively, look to your RV’s physical characteristics for clues or inspiration. If it’s red, “Big Red” or “Clifford” (after the beloved children’s character, Clifford the Big Red Dog) would be perfect. Likewise, you could call an especially long or tall RV “Stretch” or an all-black camper “Night Rider.”

Make it Personal

Finally, don't be afraid to make your RV’s name deeply personal to you and your family. The vehicle is practically an extension of it, after all! 

Consider incorporating your last name or a family tradition into the name. For example, "The Smith Family Camper," "Grandpa's Adventuremobile," or “The Gulf Coast Cruiser” would all work well, reflecting aspects of your personal life. 

RV Name Ideas

Now that you have some tips on how to actually come up with a camper name let's take a look at some fun names to consider. 

  • Happy Camper

  • Rolling Retreat

  • The Long Haul

  • Trailblazer

  • Sunset Chaser

  • Class-C

  • Camper Cruise-ader

  • Nomad's Nest

  • Wanderlust Wagon

  • Cabin Fever

  • Freedom Finder

  • The Open Roadster

  • Fifth Wheel’s a Charm

Once you've decided on a name, it's time to “christen” your RV or camper with its new moniker. There are lots of fun ways to do this!

Create a Sign

Consider attaching a sign with your RV's name to its exterior. This is a fun, unique way to make your RV stand out and show off its personality. Plus, if you maintain any social media accounts for your camper, a sign can help people easily find it online!

Make a Plaque

Create a personalized plaque with your RV's name and hang it inside your vehicle. This is a great way to make your RV feel like home and remind you of your travels.

Have a Naming Ceremony

Gather your family, friends, or other favorite travel partners for an official naming ceremony. Pop open a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, and toast your RV's new name. This is a great way to celebrate your new adventure and make memories with loved ones, and it’s especially fun for families with young children!

Start Your Next Adventure With Cruise America

Whether you’re weekend warriors or live in your RV full-time, naming your camper is a fun and creative way to personalize your vehicle and make it feel like home. Choose a name that reflects your RV's personality, one that’s personal to you and your family, or something whimsical and totally unexpected. Whichever route you choose, the next step is hitting the open road and making some memories in your newly named RV!

Cruise America has several RV models available for rent, with options to suit every group size. Renting one for a weekend or extended road trip is a wonderful way to get a taste of real life on the road — plus, you can name your temporary home on wheels!