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If you are thinking of renting or buying a bunkhouse fifth-wheel, then you probably know that bunkhouse fifth-wheels are excellent campers for large families. This is because they have spacious living areas and big sleeping capacities.

Bunkhouse fifth-wheels are also perfect for large families because they typically have features and amenities such as big TVs and big freshwater tanks that make them fun and ideal for large families.  

In this article, I will reveal to you the top eight outstanding bunkhouse fifth-wheels. All the eight campers I have included in my list are highly-rated feature-rich campers with bunk beds.

They are perfect for individuals with large families. Moreover, most of them are lightweight fifth-wheels weighing less than 8,000 pounds. This means they do not need a heavy towing truck. It also means they do not reduce gas mileage as significantly as heavy fifth-wheel campers do.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 best bunkhouse fifth-wheels.

Top Rated Bunkhouse 5th Wheels

1. KZ Sportsmen 281BHK

KZ Sportsmen 281BHKThis is an amazing bunkhouse fifth-wheel made in the United States. It is made by KZ Sportsmen – a renowned RV manufacturer. Most RV critics and owners highly rate KZ Sportsmen RVs because they are luxurious, feature-rich, and very durable. 

The KZ Sportsmen 281BHK fifth-wheel camper is a typical KZ Sportsmen RV. This is because it has an appealing and lavish design and it is built to last. The design of this camper is appealing both inside and outside.

The inside looks like a tiny luxury apartment as it includes residential-style flooring, a small kitchen with quality appliances, a living area with a comfortable sofa, a bathroom, a sleeping area, and multiple storage areas. While the outside looks sturdy, aerodynamic, and appealing. 

KZ Sportsmen 281BHK floor planThe camper weighs just under 8,000 pounds. So it is definitely not a heavy rig, which means that it is not challenging to tow or park. 

One of the best things about this fifth-wheel camper is that it is a bunkhouse trailer. This means it has a bunk area, which, in turn, means that it has a large sleeping capacity.

I like the fact that it comes with many features/ amenities including a seamless roof, tinted windows, radial tires, a multi-burner cooktop, an oven, and a shower. One of its windows in the living area is massive for panoramic views of the surroundings. So if you decide to get this and park it in a beachfront located, you will definitely love the view when relaxing inside your RV.

Lastly, this camper comes with self-adjusting brakes. These brakes make it safer to tow over different terrain.

2. Palomino Puma 286RBSS

Palomino Puma 286RBSSIf you want to go for a vacation with your family and your best friend’s family, you should strongly consider getting this fifth-wheel. This is because it is an amazing bunkhouse fifth-wheel with a sleeping capacity of nine. Yes, you read that right! This camper can accommodate nine people. It can do this because it has a bunk area with a set of bunk beds and multiple other sleeping areas.

Despite having a large sleeping capacity and multiple other features, the Palomino Puma 286RBSS weighs just 7,437 pounds. So it is certainly not heavy and, therefore, it will probably not require you to upgrade your truck to tow it to whatever wilderness or camping destination you have in mind. 

Palomino Puma 286RBSS floor planIts footprint is also not extremely massive (it is 30 feet long). Therefore, parking it should be very easy. 

This amazing bunkhouse camper has a private bedroom in addition to its sleeping area. The bedroom has a big bed, nightstands and a TV hookup. It also has a kitchen and a living area. The kitchen is equipped with a sizable refrigerator, a microwave, a multi-burner cooker, a large sink, a counter, and multiple storage areas, while the living area has a big RV, an entertainment system, a sofa, and a massive furnace.

In addition to everything nice I have mentioned, this Palomino Puma camper comes with several storage areas and it is solar system ready. Because of its many features, it is an RV you will definitely enjoy camping in with a large family or with your family and your friend’s family. 

3. Forest River Flagstaff Super Lite 527BHS

Forest River Flagstaff Super Lite 527BHSForest River has been making quality recreational vehicles since time immemorial. This particular RV is one of the best ones they have ever made!

It is a quality and luxurious bunkhouse fifth-wheel that is just 32 feet in length and weighs no more than 7,000 pounds. In other words, it is an RV that is perfect for those who want to go on a vacation with their families or with friends. 

The thing I love the most about this camper is the fact that it is quite spacious. It is as spacious as many New York apartments I know. It also has a slide-out that you can use to make it even more spacious when you get to a camping ground or a vacation destination. 

I also love the fact that it has a relatively small footprint of 32 feet. This means it is easy to park in most campgrounds. It under 7,000 pounds unloaded vehicle weight means it is also lightweight, therefore, towing it should not be a problem for most trucks.

Forest River Flagstaff Super Lite 527BHS floor planThe interior of this lightweight bunkhouse trailer is also something to write home about. It is luxurious. The sidewalls are made of driftwood, while the flooring is residential-style. The sidewalls, the floor, and the ceilings are all insulated. The fact that this RV is insulated coupled with the fact that it has a powerful furnace means it can stay warm and cozy even in cold and snowy weather. 

This camper comes with a bathroom and a kitchen like most campers of its size. In addition, it comes with a Wi-Fi booster, a bathroom skylight, a free-standing table, surround speakers, and a powerful suspension that makes it comfortable to ride in.

4. Coachmen Chaparral 360IBL

Coachmen Chaparral 360IBLIf you love RVs or you’ve been living the RV life for some time then you most probably know Coachmen. Because the brand is known in the industry for making extremely high-quality RVs. It is the Apple Company of the RV industry. 

The Coachmen Chaparral 360IBL is the perfect example of the kind of quality recreational vehicles Coachmen makes. Outside it looks sleek and aerodynamic while inside it looks like a luxury Airbnb.

The interior of this Coachmen camper is one of the best interiors you will ever see in a camper. It includes nice leather sofas, LG solid surface kitchen and dining counters, dual-pane windows for warmth, a residential-style flooring, a kitchen with quality amenities, and hardwood cabinets and drawers. It also includes two slide-outs that you can deploy to make it more luxurious.

Coachmen Chaparral 360IBL floor planIn addition to the above, this Coachmen camper also comes with USB charging ports, TV mounting areas, a large wardrobe, a bedroom, a bunkhouse, a bathroom and so much more. 

It is a camper you will definitely love showing off to your friends or other campers when you get to your destination RV Park. 

5. Forest River Rockwood Ultra Lite 2891BH

Forest River Rockwood Ultra Lite 2891BHThis is the second Forest River fifth-wheel on this list. As I mentioned while describing the first one, Forest River has been making good quality RVs for ages. The fact that the company has two RVs on my list of top eight outstanding bunkhouse fifth-wheels is proof that they have been doing a good job.

The Forest River Rockwood Ultra Lite 2891BH fifth-wheel is a work of art. It is a machine built to impress and to provide maximum comfort at the same time. But before I talk about its design and features, let me share with you two quick facts about it – it is lightweight and it is relatively compact. 

For a fifth-wheel camper, this Forest River fifth-wheel is considered lightweight. This is because it weighs way under 10,000 pounds. It is also compact for a fifth-wheel because it measures just 36 feet in length.

Forest River Rockwood Ultra Lite 2891BH floor planHowever, despite being lightweight and compact, this RV is a bunkhouse fifth-wheel with an impressive sleeping capacity. 

As I mentioned a few moments ago, this bunkhouse fifth-wheel is built to impress and to provide maximum comfort. You will be impressed by its aerodynamic and sleek build outside and by its quality interior and convenient floor plan inside. The quality interior includes amazing deluxe windows, stalewood cabinets and sidewall surfaces, and a residential-style flooring.

It also includes quality amenities such as an oven, a cooktop, a powerful furnace, and a big-screen TV.

The maximum comfort I have mentioned will come from its quality residential Serta mattress in the bedroom, its amazing bunk beds, its two air conditioners, its tinted windows that keep the hush sun out, its sofa sets, and its slide-outs.

In brief, this is a wonderful bunkhouse fifth-wheel to camp in.

6. Keystone Avalanche 395BH

Keystone Avalanche 395BHThis is one of the biggest bunkhouse fifth-wheels on the market! It is big in terms of length and weight. However, while this may sound like a disadvantage, it is not if you are looking for a spacious and feature-rich camper. Because very spacious and feature-rich campers must be big in terms of length and weight.

I love this Keystone camper a lot because everything in it is spacious. It has a spacious living room, a spacious bedroom, a spacious bunk area, a spacious kitchen, and a spacious bathroom. 

Its living area has two slide-outs that can be deployed to make it residential in size. 

Keystone Avalanche 395BH floor planThis heavy-duty camper has some amazing features including a quilted bedspread, a big screen TV, a residential-style mattress, extendable drawers, and extremely comfortable theater seats. The seats have heat and massage features. 

It also has a big refrigerator and a microwave. 

One more thing I like about this camper is that it is prepared for many things including winter, satellite and cable hookups, and solar panels. 

So if you do not mind how big it is, this fifth-wheel can be the perfect RV you are looking for.

7. Highland Ridge Open Range OF374BHS

Highland Ridge Open Range OF374BHSHighland Ridge Open Range campers are designed to provide maximum luxury. They come with everything you need for a wonderful camping experience or RV life. The fact that they are big and that they accommodate many things is the reason why they are heavy and only appropriate for those with towing experience.

The Open Range OF374BHS model is super impressive because it features a bunkhouse. Because of this bunkhouse and other sleeping areas in this model, this Open Range model has a large sleeping capacity of eight. 

Highland Ridge Open Range OF374BHS floor planI said this RV comes with everything you need for a wonderful camping experience. This is very true. It has a spacious expandable living area, a spacious 2-countertop kitchen, a spacious full bathroom, and a spacious bedroom. 

In terms of amenities and features, it has leather sofa sets, a big screen TV, a furnace, insulated walls, a big refrigerator, a multi-burner cooker, a microwave, a large sink, dual pane windows hardwood cabinets, and a convenience center light.

8. CrossRoads Volante VL270BH

CrossRoads Volante VL270BHThis is the last bunkhouse fifth-wheel on my list. It may be last on this list but this does not mean it is any less spectacular or special. It is, in fact, a very spacious, well-planned, and luxurious bunkhouse fifth-wheel. 

The vehicle measures 30 feet in length so it is quite compact despite having a bunkhouse. The bunkhouse/ bunk beds area features two big bunk beds for your kids or guests to sleep comfortably in their own beds. 

The main bedroom is, however, the master bedroom. It has a big queen-size bed for two. This camper’s living area can also be converted into a sleeping area.

CrossRoads Volante VL270BH floor planSpeaking of the living area, it has a big slide-out with a loveseat and a dinette. It is the perfect place to relax. The camper’s kitchen is outdoor. It features a sink, a stovetop, and a fridge. It is perfect for preparing meals outdoors. It also prevents cooking smells from spoiling the air inside the camper. 

One more thing I must note about this camper is the fact that it has a massive 60-gallon freshwater tank. 

What to Know Before Buying a Fifth-wheel

You need to know whether you are buying a fifth-wheel for occasional or full-time use to buy the right thing.

If you are buying a fifth-wheel for occasional use, then the majority of fifth-wheel campers on the market will be appropriate for you. You just need to make sure that what you are buying has the specific features/ amenities you and your family will need when using it e.g. a practical kitchen, a bedroom, a bunkhouse, a bathroom with a shower, and so on.

In contrast, if you are buying a fifth-wheel for full-time use, you need to be very careful. You need to make sure that it has everything you need for long-term living. 

For example, you need to make sure it has a large and comfortable bed, a heating system/ furnace, an AC, a wooden floor, a practical kitchen, a refrigerator, a large capacity freshwater tank, a large capacity grey water tank, a large capacity black water tank, and so on.

Because you will need these things to sleep well, to control temperature, to prepare meals, and to do your toilet business. Full-time use fifth-wheels are usually heavy (over 10,000 pounds) because they have many features and amenities. Therefore, if you are considering an RV for full-time use, you should check how much it weighs to easily know if you are looking at the right thing.

You also need to know how expensive it will be for you to maintain and to travel with the fifth-wheel you want to buy. Many individuals do not plan carefully when buying fifth-wheels. They assume that they only need to take care of their fifth-wheel camper loans every month and that’s all.

However, this is not the case. If you want to buy a fifth-wheel you need to know that there are several expenses you will need to continually take care of. For example, if you plan to stay at an RV park like most RVers, you will need to pay daily or monthly fees.

If you plan to crisscross the country, you will need to buy gas frequently because the fact that you are pulling a 10,000 pounds rig will reduce your gas mileage. You will also need to buy propane frequently if you plan to always cook your meals. So before buying a fifth-wheel, know how expensive it will be for you to maintain it so that you do not end up regretting or getting disappointed in a few weeks.

The Final Word

You now know the most outstanding bunkhouse fifth-wheel campers on the market. You also know what you need to know before buying a fifth-wheel. So if you have been thinking of getting one, you should now know what you need to know and investigate which one among them eight is best for you.