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Old 08-05-2021, 10:19 AM   #1
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I have always considered the front of the trailer the front and the rear the rear. Standing looking at the front the left side curb side and the right street side. Do what side would be the fore and the aft is this not a nautical term?
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I might have this wrong, but on a powered vehicle (car, bus, etc) in the US the curbside is the right side and the driver's side is the left side. The end normally facing forward going down the road is the front, then end with the brake lights the rear.

On many forums when we're talking about our coaches, the terms DS (driver side) and CS (curb side) are used more often than left/right to avoid confusion.
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Old 08-05-2021, 10:30 AM   #3
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(S?)Do what side would be the fore and the aft is this not a nautical term?
It's Stem to Stern.

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On vehicles the point of reference is from sitting in the driver's seat. That applies to cars, trucks, boats, etc. I would assume planes also. If you're ordering parts for anything, make sure you're sitting in the driver's seat.

Front and rear are correct for anything on the road
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As a former sailor I would add that Fore and Aft are not not so much locations but rather directions (much as in the medical world's usage of Anterior and Posterior):
Fore means towards the (bow) front of the vessel
Aft means towards the (stern) rear of the vessel
As an Airstreamer I would just substitute trailer or vehicle for vessel...
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I have always considered the front of the trailer the front and the rear the rear. Standing looking at the front the left side curb side and the right street side. Do what side would be the fore and the aft is this not a nautical term?
Fore is toward the hitch and aft is towards the rear bumper.
Is this a trick question? "Arrrgghh!"
Therefore, the street side is port and the curb side is starboard, matey!
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Hi

Due to folks getting twisted around, you often see "passenger / driver" or "street / curb " used for the right / left stuff. Indeed this gets weird if you find yourself in the UK. Front / back rarely seems to be an issue. Forward is towards the front of the vehicle (thus 'fore). Aft apparently comes from earlier terms for "back".

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I use port and starboard as well as fore and aft.

Yup, ancient mariner here…..charter member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club. Been there, done that, glad it’s over…still have the hat and patches. Lots of good ‘sea stories’ as well.
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I might have this wrong, but on a powered vehicle (car, bus, etc) in the US the curbside is the right side and the driver's side is the left side. The end normally facing forward going down the road is the front, then end with the brake lights the rear.

On many forums when we're talking about our coaches, the terms DS (driver side) and CS (curb side) are used more often than left/right to avoid confusion.
You are correct Richard. I got it backwards. Thanks for your input.
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Fore is toward the hitch and aft is towards the rear bumper.
Is this a trick question? "Arrrgghh!"
Therefore, the street side is port and the curb side is starboard, matey!
No its not a trick question. I wanted to validate a post another gentleman made in regards to location of cross members. His thinking was a little fuzzy for me so I figured I would get some others thinking and see if things were the same.
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