By Ray Roman | December 29, 2021
RVing with the family is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have. You’ll make cherished memories for yourself, your children, and your relatives. Here is our recommendation of the Top 10 Best Family RVS.
Table of Contents
- How To Choose the Best Family RVS?
- How We Selected The Best Travel Trailers for Families
- 15 Best Family Camper Trailers
- #1. Lance Camper 1995 [Best RV for Two Adults]
- #2. Grand Design Transcend Xplor 247BH [Best RV for Family of 6]
- #3. Keystone Passport SL 240BHWE
- #4. Jayco Jay Feather Micro 171BH [Best RV For Family Of 5]
- #5. Winnebago Micro Minnie 2100BH
- #6. Coachmen Apex Nano 194BHS [Best RV for Family of 4]
- #7. Airstream Caravel 20FB [ Best Airstream for Family of 4]
- #8. Rockwood Ultra Lite 2891BH [Best RV for Family of 8]
- #9. Winnebago Vista 27P – class A Family RV
- #10. Northwood Manufacturing Arctic Fox 25W
How To Choose the Best Family RVS?
When it comes to choosing the best family RV for your family, there are various things you need to consider. There are hundreds of floor plans and styles to choose from. Try narrowing down your choices by answering these questions.
If you want to go straight to the individual camper details, click on any model links in the table of contents.
What type of camper trailer do I want?
Non-motorized campers can be broken down into four types.
Pop Up Campers: Pop-ups are affordable and can be towed with a small SUV in most cases. They are compact and expand to provide good living space.
Travel Trailers: Heavier than pop-ups but lighter than 5th wheels travel trailers, also known as bumper pulls, to- behind are the most popular types of campers. They come in hundreds of floor plans and models. They can be very luxurious and have plenty of storage and sleeping space.
Hybrid Campers: Hybrid travel trailers are a combination of pop-up and travel trailers. Hybrids have hard sides that fold up like a pop-up. Once they are fully open, they provide as much space as a comparable travel trailer. Due to their ability to fold, they can be towed by small trucks and some SUVs.
5th Wheels: They are big, expensive, and you’ll need a badass truck to pull one, but they can be very luxurious. You’ll find high-end features and amenities such as double bathrooms, fireplaces, huge master bedrooms, and a lot more.
How do you intend to use your camper?
Some folks use their campers for the weekend and don’t mind tight quarters; however, others want to relax by the lake for weeks and want lots of space and amenities. Think about your other family members and how they intend to use the camper. Some prefer being outside most of the time, while others just like to curl up with a book somewhere inside.
How long will your camping trips be?
Will you be a weekend warrior, or will it be full-time RV living? If your travel trailer is your second home or even your primary residence, then you’ll want residential-type amenities. Lots of storage, a full-sized fridge, pantry, dry-bath are all features you’ll want to see in your chosen camper.
How many people will need a bed?
If it’s just you and your significant other, then a small travel trailer will do just fine, but if you are a family of 5, then you’ll need more beds. Also, think about your kids, especially if they are young. Camping with kids is different from camping with teenagers as they want their own space and privacy.
What is the towing capacity of your vehicle?
An F-150 can easily tow over 8,000 lbs., whereas a Toyota Tacoma can tow a lot less. If all you have is a small SUV, your towing capabilities are limited. Also, keep in mind that just because your vehicle can tow 5,000 that your camper should be the same weight. It would be best if you left enough horsepower for uneven terrain, merging on highways, etc.
Do you need more than one bathroom?
When traveling with a family, you may want to consider two bathrooms, one for adults and one for the kids. Two is always better than one. There are also some travel trailers where the shower is separated from the toilet and vanity, usually across the hall. This is a good arrangement for many families.
How We Selected The Best Travel Trailers for Families
We selected our list of family travel trailers based on the following criteria:
- Large floor plans with sufficient sleeping capacity
- Bathroom with a dry-bath or multiple bathrooms
- USB outlets for charging devices
- Lots of storage space
- Bunkbeds when possible
15 Best Family Camper Trailers
If you are a family of 4 or more, these are the campers we consider some of the best for you. These are all towable RVs, and some are lightweight for more effortless towing. We purposely chose not to include any pop-up campers even though some can sleep four or more, but we don’t think they provide the features and amenities most families prefer.
#1. Lance Camper 1995 [Best RV for Two Adults]
|Dry Weight (lbs): 4,265||Sleeping Capacity: 4|
|Length: 19′ 2″||Average Sale Price (New): $49,877|
|Width: 96-3/8″||View Full Specs: Lance 1575|
We are not going to shy away from saying that Lance Campers are one of our favorite travel trailer brands, They make excellent travel trailers, and the Lance 1995 is no exception. It easily sleeps 4 with the convertible dinette. It has large windows and skylights, making it feel open and roomy inside.
The exterior walls a made from Azdel composite, and the cabinets are made using Lite-Ply, giving them strength but still lightweight.
The fridge is seven cubic feet, not full-size but sufficient for a camping family of 4. It has a 3-burner range that you can optionally upgrade to a high output range with an oven. As adults, one of the features Tammy and I like is the walk-around queen bed.
Though we recommend it as a camper for a family of two, it works well as a small travel trailer for a family of 4 if you don’t mind the kids sleeping in the dinette/bed.
#2. Grand Design Transcend Xplor 247BH [Best RV for Family of 6]
|Dry Weight (lbs): 5,392||Sleeping Capacity: 6|
|Length: 29′ 11″||Average Sale Price (New): $26,000|
|Width: Not specified||View Full Specs: Grand Design Transcend|
The Grand Design Transcend Xpor 247BH is a full-featured family-friendly travel trailer that easily sleeps two adults in the walk-around queen bed, and two kids in the rear bunk beds, and two more guests on the 69′ roll-over sofa.
3-burner stove, USB ports, residential countertops, and good size refrigerator, among many of the other excellent features and amenities. You’ll even find a per drawer below the fridge to store all of your pet’s stuff
There is lots of storage space in the Transcend, both pass-through storage outside and lots of overhead storage inside the camper. In our opinion and based on Grand Design’s excellent reputation, we consider the Transcend one of the best camper trailers for a family of 6.
#3. Keystone Passport SL 240BHWE
|Dry Weight (lbs): 5,069||Sleeping Capacity: 5|
|Length: 27′ 10″||Average Sale Price (New): $30,491|
|Width: Not specified||View Full Specs: Passport SL|
The Keystone Passport SL 240BHWE has a sleeping capacity of 5. It included a walk-around queen bed, double bunks, an entertainment center, and an outside kitchen. The fridge is six cubic feet, and it is 4G LTE and Wi-Fi prepped.
We like the outdoor kitchen. It’s a great way to keep an eye on the kids and still prepare a small meal. The Passport Sl also features Keystone’s extended season camping packing with an enclosed polypropylene under-belly.
In our opinion, this Keystone is one of the best campers for a family of 5.
#4. Jayco Jay Feather Micro 171BH [Best RV For Family Of 5]
|Dry Weight (lbs): 3,865||Sleeping Capacity: 5|
|Length: 20′ 3″||Average Sale Price (New): $34,911|
|Width: 90″||View Full Specs: Jay Feather Micro|
We wrote about the Jayco Jay Feather Micro and think it’s an excellent travel trailer for families. The 171BH floor plan is our favorite for a family of 4 of 5. We like that it has bunk beds towards the rear of the camper, away from the main sleeping area located at the front.
The dinette converts to a bed for additional sleeping capacity. The queen bed has a nightstand and a folding door for privacy. The fridge is a six cu. Ft. but can be upgraded to 8 cu. ft. as an option.
You’ll also find a 32″ LED 12V TV sporting a built-in soundbar, standard 16″ Goodyear off-road tires, and a rubber torsion Dexter axle. The walls are Azdel which makes this family-friendly camper even more appealing.
This is one of the best lightweight travel trailers for a family of 5.
#5. Winnebago Micro Minnie 2100BH
|Dry Weight (lbs): 3,860||Sleeping Capacity: 5|
|Length: 21′ 11″||Average Sale Price (New): $37,146|
|Width: 7′||View Full Specs: Micro Minnie 2100BH|
The Micro Minnie is a very capable and well-featured camper for families. It was voted RV News 2021 Lightweight Travel Trailer of the Year. The 2100BH is available in a Brilliant Silver exterior color and a modern interior design.
The galley has plenty of space and includes a sink, a 10.3 cubic feet double-door fridge, a convection microwave, and a recessed 3-burner cooktop. The cooktop has backlit knobs and a glass cover. There is an option to get a slightly smaller eight cubic feet refrigerator that runs on either gas or electricity.
There is a full-size bed at the front of the Micro Minnie and bunk beds in the rear, and the dinette converts to a bed as well. You have the option to replace the dinette with a sleeper sofa if you like, at an additional cost.
#6. Coachmen Apex Nano 194BHS [Best RV for Family of 4]
|Dry Weight (lbs): 3,634||Sleeping Capacity: 6|
|Length: 22′ 8″||Average Sale Price (New): $24,599|
|Width: 90″||View Full Specs: Apex Nano|
The Coachmen Apex Nano 194BHS floorplan makes an excellent family travel trailer. It features a queen bed at the front of the camper and 30″ x 74″ bunk beds with 4-inch foam mattresses in the rear. The slide-out dinette converts to a bed which can sleep two more.
You’ll find a dry bath with a tub/shower combination, a medicine cabinet, and wardrobe storage in the bathroom.
The galley has a flush-mount dual-burner stove, microwave, a six cubic feet double door refrigerator, and a pantry. The sink is a single bowl stainless steel model with a flush mount cover.
The exterior features include pass-through storage, outside speakers, and an outdoor cooking area. The Coachmen Apex Nano offers sufficient space and amenities for a family of 4-6 people.
Even though the Coachmen Apex can sleep 4-6, we believe it is an excellent unit and one of the best small camper trailers for a family of 4. It is easy to tow at approximately 22 feet in length, and we like the outdoor camp kitchen.
#7. Airstream Caravel 20FB [ Best Airstream for Family of 4]
|GVWR (lbs): 5,000||Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4|
|Length: 20′ 8″||Average Sale Price (New): $75,000|
|Width: 7′ 7″||View Full Specs: Airstream Caravel 20FB|
For those that want an Airstream for a family of 4, we recommend the Caravel 20FB. Assuming your family of 4 consists of two adults and two kids, then it would be easy for the two kids to sleep on the dinette that converts to a bed.
The Airstream Caravel has many features that make it an excellent family camper. You will find a stainless steel gas stove with cast iron burners and a convection microwave oven in the kitchen. Baking and roasting are easy in a convection microwave.
A gorgeous panoramic window will give you a great outside view, a spacious rear bath, and Ultraleather seating make the Caravel comfortable for everyone.
#8. Rockwood Ultra Lite 2891BH [Best RV for Family of 8]
|Dry Weight (lbs): 9,270||Sleeping Capacity: 8-10|
|Length: 36′ 6″||Average Sale Price (New): $46,000|
|Width: 96″||View Full Specs: Rockwood Ultra Lite|
For those looking for a family camper that can easily sleep 8, the Rockwood Ultra Lite will fit the bill. This fifth-wheel family camper is enormous both in features and size.
They are built tough with a 6-sided aluminum cage construction, a one-piece vacuum laminated roof and wall, aluminum bed and dinette base, and an enclosed underbelly, among many other features.
Inside is where the Rockwood 5th wheel shines. The bunk beds are larger than normal and may allow you to sleep two small kids in 2 of the larger bunk beds. In the master bedroom, you’ll find a walk-around queen size bed with a dresser on either side, plus a wardrobe and linen closet.
There is tons of exterior storage space for all your belongings. Also, you’ll find an outside kitchen and a 20-foot awning. Though not a small RV by any means, if you are looking for a family-size RV that can sleep eight or more you can’t go wrong with this Rockwood 5th wheel.
#9. Winnebago Vista 27P – class A Family RV
|GVWR (lbs): 18,000||Sleeping Capacity: 9|
|Length: 28′ 5″||Average Sale Price (New): $160,000|
|Width: 8′ 5/5″||View Full Specs: Winnebago Vista|
If you are used to seeing travel trailer prices, then you might be in for sticker shock when you see the starting price of the Winnebago Vista 29P, a Class A luxury RV that sleeps up to 9 people.
At this price point, you can expect lots of luxury and high-end amenities, and with the Vista, you do them. Inside you’ll find a king-size bed with nightstands on either side, a spacious bathroom with a shower, and a well-equipped galley.
The dinette converts to a bed, and you also have a 40″ 60″ sofa/bed. You can optionally replace the sofa/bed with theater seating if you desire; however you will lose two sleep spaces. You also have the option of a powered studio loft bed.
The Vista is built on a Ford F53 chassis with a 7.3 PFI V8 engine married to a TorqShift 6-speed automatic transmission with tow-haul.
In the cab, you will find a very modern setup with excellent road visibility via the large panoramic windshield. You can add an optional video camera system with a side view activation turn signal.
The Vista 29P is not for everyone due to the very high price, but if it is well within your budget and you have a large family, this might be the perfect Class A RV for your family.
#10. Northwood Manufacturing Arctic Fox 25W
|Dry Weight (lbs): 7,595||Sleeping Capacity: 6|
|Length: 29′ 6″||Average Sale Price (New): $47,500|
|Width: 8′ 6″||View Full Specs: Northwood 25W|
The Northwood Manufacturing Arctic Fox 25W is a great-looking, very-well appointed family travel trailer. It easily sleeps six people with plenty of interior room due to its very long slide out.
The Arctic Fox 25W is an all-season camper built on a Northwood-built, independently certified, off-road chassis. It has a thick-wall aluminum-framed construction, all fully welded. We often hear how well-built Northern campers are.
You also find heated holding tanks, R-15 reflective foil insulation, and an arched cathedral ceiling. In the galley, you’ll find a high-output 3-burner range with an oven. The refrigerator is a nice size with wooden door panels.
The queen bed, which sits at the front of the camper, has wardrobes on either side and overhead storage. You can easily walk around this bed and not have to crawl over your partner going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
The RV lifestyle is something Tammy and I have said is to be shared with family and friends. There are many fine family RVS to choose from (too many to cover them all here), including the Top 10 Best Family RVS we listed above.
As always, when purchasing a camper for your family, choose one that will suit your family’s needs and your budget.
We didn’t include any tent campers in our list simply because most don’t have bathrooms, so they are not convenient for a family with kids. However, if you are interested in them, check out our list of some of the best pop-up campers available.
Want a little more adventure than these seven off-road campers may be more to your liking.