The Best 5th Wheels of 2023

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Whether you’re looking for a luxurious weekend RV or one with enough space for full-time living, fifth-wheel RVs are a great option. 

Fifth-wheel campers are typically taller, longer, and more spacious than traditional travel trailers, allowing for more amenities and living space. 

While all fifth-wheel share the same general concept of having an extended gooseneck front, there are many different syles and layouts to choose from. It’s important to choose the right type of fifth wheel to accommodate your needs (on and off the road).  

Best Family-Friendly Fifth Wheels

Model Pictured Above Jayco North Point 377RLBH

In general, most fifth-wheels are family-friendly to a certain extent, simply because of how large they are. However, fifth-wheels that are particularly family-friendly will have additional bunk rooms and extra space for storage. Fifth wheels intended more for couples or tiny families, will have larger living spaces and floor plans designed for relaxation rather than functionality. 

Family-friendly fifth-wheels also have multiple full bathrooms, functional kitchens, and smaller living rooms to make space for more sleeping accommodations. They have many of the standard features of traditional fifth wheels but are designed for functional camping rather than luxury camping. 

Family-friendly fifth wheels tend to be more budget-friendly than toy haulers or luxurious rigs and cost anywhere from $75,000 to $125,000

Best Fifth-Wheels For Off-Roading 

Model Pictured Above: Northwood Fox Mountain 235 RLS

Traditionally speaking, fifth-wheel campers aren’t designed for off-road use. However, because of how popular boondocking has become, there are several fifth-wheels that can accommodate living off the grid. 

When choosing an off-roading fifth wheel, it’s important to consider the trailer’s weight and size, as well as how much clearance there is between the ground and the bottom of the trailer

In general, you should avoid traditional large fifth wheels and opt for smaller rigs if off-roading is in your travel itinerary. 

While you might have to sacrifice some living space and amenities, smaller fifth-wheels will still have a full bath, a queen bed, and a full kitchen. They will also have enough living space to house up to three or four people comfortably. 

    Best Luxury Fifth Wheel RVs 

    Model Pictured Above: Luxe Elite RV (Image courtesy of RV.com)

    If you’re looking for a fifth-wheel camper with all the bells and whistles, there are plenty of luxurious options to choose from. Luxury fifth-wheel campers are preferred by retirees and full-timers (with plenty of expendable income) who want to live life on the go but do not have to sacrifice the comforts of home. 

    Luxury fifth-wheels are typically a minimum of 40 feet long and require a tow vehicle with a minimum towing capacity of 16,000 to 22,000 pounds. These types of fifth wheels are extra heavy because they include amenities like granite countertops, hardwood cabinets, residential refrigerators, heat pumps, and more. 

    Luxury fifth-wheels often don’t have much sleeping space, but of the sleeping spaces they do have, they’ll typically feature king-size beds, luxurious amenities, and a walk-in closet space. 

    These rigs can cost anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000, depending on how many amenities and features you want. 

      Best Toy Hauler Fifth-Wheels 

      Model Pictured Above: Keystone Raptor

      Toy haulers are the latest craze in the RVing community. Toy hauler fifth-wheel campers are designed with a rear garage space capable of housing bikes, tools, motorcycles, or even a small car

      Recently toy haulers have claimed a name as one of the best fifth-wheel RVs for families because you can repurpose the garage area into a large bedroom or playroom. 

      Toy haulers are typically among the largest and heaviest RVs in the industry (meaning you’ll need a heavy-duty truck to pull one) These rigs sometimes sacrifice living space for garage storage but typically hold anywhere from four to eight people

      While they sometimes sacrifice overall living space, toy haulers typically have a primary bedroom with a king-size bed, full bathrooms and kitchens, and multiple slide-outs. Most toy hauler trailers also have large holding tanks and off-road capabilities. 

      For these amenities, you can expect to pay anywhere from $125,000 to $200,000. 

        Best Mini Fifth-Wheel Campers 

        Model Pictured Above: Escape 5.0 

        When most people think of a fifth-wheel RV, they picture massive trailers capable of holding entire families. However, there is an entire class of smaller fifth-wheels that are perfect for solo travelers, couples, and small families of four or fewer people. 

        While mini fifth-wheel campers have much less living space, storage capabilities, and luxury amenities than their large counterparts, they are lightweight and maneuverable. As such, you can tow them with small pickup trucks and spend less money on fuel

        Mini fifth-wheels also have more off-roading potential than large fifth-wheels and typically require less vehicle maintenance. 

        Most of these benefits stem from its lighter weight, streamlined shape, and smaller overall size, which puts less stress on the trailer frame and towing vehicle. Mini fifth-wheels are also more affordable than traditional fifth-wheels and typically cost less than $50,000. 

          Best Budget-Friendly Fifth-Wheel Campers

          Model Pictured Above: Forest River Wildcat

          Most fifth-wheels are more expensive than tow-behind travel trailers, and not everyone can afford them. However, there are several RV makers that create affordable classes of fifth wheels. These campers tend to be slightly smaller and have fewer exceptional features than their more expensive counterparts while still having the fifth-wheel look and design. 

          The main difference between budget-friendly fifth-wheels and expensive ones is in the front fifth-wheel section of the camper. Budget-friendly rigs typically only serve as a sleeping area. Conversely, the fifth-wheel section on expensive and luxurious rigs serves as a living area. 

          While I don’t own a fifth-wheel Palomino Puma, I do own a Puma travel trailer and can vouch for the quality of their products. These rigs, and others like them, feature a powerful propane furnace, an electric fireplace, and optional dual air conditioners and are great for full-time RVers. 

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            Final Thoughts 

            No matter what your preferences are, there’s a fifth wheel that can accommodate your needs. However, it’s important to do your research and choose the type and model of fifth wheel that’s right for you and your family. 

            Whether you purchased a fifth wheel for full-time living or for weekend adventures with the family, it may be too large to store at your home. If that’s the case, consider using Neighbor, a peer-to-peer storage marketplace, to find safe, affordable fifth-wheel storage near you

            Frequently Asked Questions

            What Is the Best Brand of Fifth-Wheel Trailer?

            If you’re looking for luxury, the best brands of fifth-wheel trailers are Luxe, DRV, and Alliance are the way to go. However, for family-friendly fifth-wheel trailers, Keystone, Grand Design, and Coachmen are a few of the top brands. 

            How Long Do Fifth Wheels Last?

            Fifth-wheel trailers can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, depending on how often you use them and how well they’re maintained. However, as with a new car or truck, they start to lose their value the moment you drive them off the lot. 

            Fifth wheels come in a wide range of lengths and sizes. The most popular size for a fifth wheel is between 35 and 40 feet long. 

            What Makes a Fifth Wheel Family-Friendly?

            While most fifth wheels are large and spacious, not all of them are family-friendly. Family-friendly fifth-wheels will have multiple bedrooms and bunk rooms and smaller living spaces than fifth-wheels designed for pleasure and luxury.  

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