When it comes to investing in an RV, finding the right type is essential to getting the most out of it on and off the road. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking for a new way to travel, 5th wheel RVs are a significant investment. They’re bigger than your standard travel trailers or campers, but they aren’t always a big as a class A motorhome depending on the brand or model.
They come with amenities and functionality solo travelers, couples, and families will take advantage of no matter where your travel across the country. Let’s look at our short list of the five best brands to look into if you’re ready to buy a 5th wheel RV.
Keystone is one of the most popular brands when it comes to fifth wheels, and the Keystone Montana Series is about perfect for your typical RVer. The exterior of the vehicle is sturdy fiberglass with 2” welded aluminum framed walls and floor. The body has an enormous pass-through storage compartment to keep all your goods with durable Dynaspan Floor Decking.
The interior of the Montana Series has everything a family needs for a great RV trip. A massive 18-cubic foot four door fridge is the centerpiece of a robust kitchen that also has an oversized sink, 22” oven and 30” convection oven/microwave. You can move straight into the living area to watch your 48” LED TV with its soundbar. At the end of the day unwind in your iRelax high-density mattress.
The Montana Series also has several unique amenities like a central vacuum system, integrated nightstands, porcelain toilet and much more making the Keystone Montana series an all-around fantastic fifth wheel trailer.
Pro Tip: Keystone is a reliable RV brand that loves to integrate RVer feedback into future designs and models. Consider reaching out to Keystone and let them know about your experiences to help make RVing even better for other travelers.
Redwood RVs currently produces three fifth wheel campers, and it’s hard to beat the model named after the company itself. We picked the Redwood for its high-quality construction, feature-rich interior, and amenities. This fifth wheel is designed with full-timing in mind, so you know it comes loaded.
The underbelly of the Redwood is enclosed and even heated to stave off the cold during winter camping. Even the ducts are wrapped in aluminum with foam cores, and with heavy insulation in the rest of the RV, you know this one was designed for four season use.
All that insulation and value means nothing if you don’t have a beautiful interior space. The living area comes decked out with plenty of seating including residential sofa and recliners. The kitchen houses a 12-foot Norcold refrigerator, baker’s oven, three burner stove and more. Other great amenities include an option of LG TV sizes, JBL Soundbar, and the whole rig is satellite ready. Toss in a big bathroom, 15,000 BTU AC, 40,000 BTU furnace and loads of storage, and you have a fifth wheel that is ready to host you and yours all year-round.
If you’re looking to start with a fifth wheel, the Forest River Wildcat series may be your best bet for its features and affordability. The Wildcat series is affordable, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up a ton of amenities even when you are dry camping. Some of the Wildcat dry camping features include largest in class holding tanks, 12V LED lights, and ready-for-solar prep inlet.
Walk into the Wildcat, and you will feel like you got a great fifth wheel at an affordable price. The kitchen includes hardwood cabinetry, 8-cubic foot fridge, Corian sink covers and countertops, and an extra-large double sink. The living area houses giant windows to view the area, queen-sized sleeper sofa and two swivel glider recliners where you can watch your 39” 1080p Furrion HD TV.
Other neat features of the Wildcat series include an outdoor kitchen with a Weber grill, a backup camera, more than 6’ 4” of stand-up space in the bedroom, Wildcamp Eco-Foam mattress, vacuum-bonded frames, and many other great options, making the Wildcat a great first, fifth wheel.
Pro Tip: Forest River is one of the most popular and affordable RV brands on the market.
If you can’t decide if you want a fifth wheel or a toy hauler, the Dutchmen Voltage Series serves both purposes. You have an exterior convenience center that hides hookups, tinted safety glass frameless windows, huge electric awning, and 7000-pound axles that hold up nitrogen filled wheels. Your toy compartment has a giant swing door and ample storage that makes getting even the biggest toys in and out a snap.
The interior is decked out as well. Let’s start in the kitchen with your option of a 12 or 18 cubic foot four door refrigerator, hardwood cabinets, quartz countertops and more. The living area is more than ample in space and comes with a 4-seater reclining sofa and storable table for meals. You get a queen bed in the master suite along with two wardrobes and a dresser.
The Voltage has several other features that will be sure to please, such as a second 40-gallon gas tank, remote and touchpad master controls, rotating TV in the living area, cable/satellite ready, diamond plate brush guard and much more. If you want plenty of rooms, luxurious features and plenty of rooms to bring along your toys, the Voltage series is likely right for you.
Pro Tip: Dutchmen helped pioneer the 5th wheel/toy hauler hybrid RV. If you’re looking to bring your toys with you, take a look at the various Voltage models to find the right 5th wheel for your toys.
Finally, is the Grand Design Reflection series. The Grand Design is built with laminated aluminum frames roofs and wide walls covered with a gel coated fiberglass exterior. The popular brand LG brings you solid surface countertops to go along with residential style microwave, double sink with pullout sprayer, and hand-rubbed maple cabinets.
The sleeper sofa is genuine leather where you can relax and look out your panoramic style windows or watch your 50” LED TV. And after a grueling day, the bedroom is meant for comfort, it comes with Black Label pillow top mattress, king sized wardrobe, under bed storage, and it’s all TV ready.
The Grand Design Reflection seems standard, so why did it make this list? Easy: it’s because the Reflection series never exceeds 15,000 pounds no matter what model you choose. The smaller models start with a dry weight less than 10,000 pounds, so you don’t need a heavy-duty vehicle to haul this fifth wheel. If you want a fifth wheel but don't want to ditch your half-ton truck, the Reflection series may be the right ride for you.
If you’re ready to buy a 5th wheel RV, you’re ready to make a significant investment in your travel future. Take the time to reach the above brands further, tour a few models to get an idea of which luxuries you enjoy the most, and ensure you’re ready to leap to the next level of RVing.