Bring more people along in your bunkhouse trailer or motorhome! These RVs have bunk beds to better accommodate larger groups without using a larger space. Bunk houses maintain the same relative size and weight as other floor plans, and are a great option for families. Pros: Great when sleeping 3 or more, or regularly host guests. Cons:Wasted space when travelling alone or as a couple.
They have a garage in the rear with a ramp to drive a “toy” up inside to haul, while at the same time offering all the comforts of home up in the front area. Common “toys” are motorcycles and ATVs. Toy Haulers can come in a Travel Trailer or the Fifth Wheel to fit your lifestyle.
Pros: Can be used for more than just “toys”, like grills, picnic tables, etc. Bring an attached garage on your vacation! Cons:10′ of garage = Less “livable space” for you and your family.
Also called a pop-up or folding trailer, tent trailers provide the experience of tent camping with all the convienence of RV camping. Tent trailers are collapsable for easy storage and towing, but still maintain enough space to live on the road.
Pros: Lightweight, easy to tow, relatively inexpensive. Cons:Lightweight, easy to tow, relatively inexpensive.
As the name suggests, hybrid trailers are a mix between traditional travel trailers and tent trailers. Hybrid models come in various floorplans, but utilize a mix of rigid walls, pull-out tent sections, and adjustable roofs.
Pros: Sleep more people in a shorter trailer. Generally will sleep same number of people in a 20′ hybrid that you could in a 30′ bunk house. Cons: Canvas tent ends don’t offer as much insulation. May be more expensive than similar sized models without tent foldouts.
The Rear Living floor plans generally feature 2 recliner chairs or a sofa located in the rear of the RV. Many people enjoy this floor plan because of the picturesque view out of the giant windows in the rear of the RV. Rear Living 5th wheels & trailers will feature a center kitchen which places the heavy appliances like your refrigerator, range & Microwave over the axle, allowing for a smoother ride down the road.
Pros: Great view from the living area, more kitchen, bathroom & bedroom variations in this than any other floor plan category. Cons: If you back up to another campsite, you have front row seats to the back of your neighbor’s RV.
Front Living Room layouts have the living room area in the front of the RV, positioning the Entertainment center, sofa, and recliners in the front. This moves the bedroom into the rear of the RV allowing for more headroom in the bedroom in 5th wheels, and a large picture window for your bedroom to watch the sunset over the lake you’ve just backed up to for a relaxing getaway.
Pros: Front Living floor plans allow more headroom in the Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom because those features are located in the rear part of the 5th Wheel. Your Picture window also moves into your bedroom, so you can watch the sunset over the lake or mountains right from the comfort of your bed. Cons: You lose the huge picturesque window usually found in the living room. No beautiful view of the lake through a giant picture window when sitting in your recliner or on your sofa.
If more entertainment storage and a larger TV are what you need, then the Rear Entertainment floor plan is perfect for you. The Rear Entertainment floo plan usually features storage along the entire back wall, and a decent sized entertainment center. Some rear entertainment floorplans boast extra mantle space with a fireplace, and a TV on a power lift so you can choose between a great view out the back window or a night curled up watching a movie.
Pros: More Living Room storage and centralized focal point for your entertainment center. Cons: Lose the giant picture window in the back of the trailer. (Smaller windows may still be present.)
Rear Bedroom floor plans have the master bedroom located in the rear of the RV. This is done to allow for the most amount of wardrobe storage, and keep your sleeping space out of the way when entertaining guests. In many RV’s, the rear bedroom is usually accompanied by a bathroom suite with either a walk through into the bedroom, or a side aisle with access from the bedroom or hallway.
Pros: More privacy for your sleeping space. Offers many variations of kitchen, living room & entertainment layouts in the front. Cons: Usually the only option for Motor homes over 25’, exception being a rear bath as part of a bath-and-a-half floor plan.
The Rear Bath, or Front Bedroom, floor plan offers a larger bathroom by positioning the bathroom in the rear of the RV. This layout usually contain more bathroom storage space, larger shower or tub, and in the case of motor homes may be the full bath portion of a 1-1/2 bath. The bedroom is generally located in the front in this lay out.
Pros: More bathroom storage and a larger, more “usable” bathroom space. Cons: If you don’t utilize the “self-contained” portion of the RV, the larger bathroom may be wasted space.
Rear Kitchen, like the Front Kitchen, typically offers the largest amount of kitchen storage and counter top space. It also puts the two most commonly used rooms (Bedroom & Kitchen) on opposing sides of the trailer (Front & Back, respectively) The benefit to the Rear Kitchen, over the Front Kitchen, is that by placing all the appliances in the rear of the trailer, the tongue weight is less, this reduces the necessity for a larger weight distribution hitch, and receiver on the tow vehicle and translates into a smoother ride.
Pros: More kitchen storage & work space. Great entertaining area in the center of the coach, usually features a master bedroom suite with bathroom. Cons: No big picture windows out of the rear of your RV. During travel the rear of the camper tends to bounce which may cause your dishes and plates to shift.
Front Kitchen trailers, like Rear Kitchen, typically offer the largest amount of kitchen storage and counter-top space compared to other floor plans. It also puts the two most commonly used rooms (Bedroom & Kitchen) on opposing sides of the trailer (Front & Back, respectively).
Pros: More kitchen storage & work space. Great entertaining area in the center of the coach, usually features a master bedroom suite with bathroom. Cons: Front Kitchen means heavy appliances over the tongue of the trailer, requires a heavier duty vehicle to tow than similar sized trailers in different floor plans. Cons: Can make for a heavy tongue / hitch weight in a towable RV. In motorized RVs the Kitchen will be directly behind the driver making the swivel chairs less useful for the Living/Entertainment area.
The rear dinette, or front dinette, floor plans position the dinette in the rear, or front, of the trailer. This lay out leaves a mid bath, living and center kitchen. These floor plans are usually found in light weight trailers and offer a great separate sleeping space when the dinette is converted into a bed. Which allows for two full size beds in 1 trailer, but on separate ends of the trailer.
Pros: Larger sized dinette than is typical with a side dinette located elsewhere in the trailer. Cons: Typically this floor plan is found only in light weight and short 20’ or less trailers.
The island kitchen can be found in Rear Kitchen, Center Kitchen and Front Kitchen floor plans. It features an island counter-top & storage space to add more work space and kitchen storage to your RV’s kitchen. Usually found in trailers containing opposing slides in the kitchen area.
Pros: Creates extra work space and storage in the kitchen, for those who love to cook. Cons: If you prefer a night on the town to cooking your own meals, it’s wasted space and takes up valuable floor space.
The Exterior Kitchen allows families to cook outside their camper. Usually the outside kitchen comes equipt with a refridgerator, gas cooktop & sink. Occasionally it will also include exterior kitchen storage, AC outlets and a Microwave. Great for storing cold beverages outside, re-heating leftovers or cooking some lunch quickly and easily without going inside your trailer on a beautiful day. Pros: Exterior cooktop is a great place to cook fish, bacon or other foods that can leave a distinctive smell inside the camper when cooked. Less foot traffic in & out of the trailer for cold beverages or washing your hands. Cons: Lose Exterior storage space and in some cases the outside kitchen takes the place of an extra bunk bed that may be needed for extra sleeping space.