5 Best Small 5th Wheel RV Trailers

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5 Best Small 5th Wheel RV Trailers

5th Wheel RV trailers are known for being big! They have fantastic storage space, multiple rooms, and tall ceilings.

Small isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about 5th wheels.

Today, however, we’re sharing precisely that! These five small 5th wheel RVs are maneuverable and luxurious.

Concept Tesla 5th Wheel RV

What is a 5th wheel trailer? 

They are the trailers that connect inside the truck bed instead of a hitch on the bumper. 

Anyone who has towed a 5th wheel will tell you that they pull much more smoothly and safely, with less sway (compared to a traditional trailer). It’s even a more comfortable ride in the tow vehicle, since they put the weight over the drive wheels instead of the tail. 

They also offer more room in a shorter trailer, often feel very spacious compared, and are usually easier to maneuver and back in tight spaces.

5th wheel RVs aren’t always the best choice.

We recently wrote an article titled, 5 Reasons to Avoid 5th Wheels. Many of the issues in that piece were size related. These smaller 5th wheels solve that problem immediately!

Here are our favorite small 5th wheel RV trailers:

Scamp 5th Wheel

The Scamp 19′ 5th wheel is a fiberglass trailer, making it extra lightweight and aerodynamic, helping your towing and gas mileage! 

This 5th wheel has a queen size bed in the loft area, and can sleep up to 6 people. 

The bathroom separates the loft from the lower part of the trailer, making it a more private area. A Scamp fiberglass 5th wheel only weighs 2000-2900 pounds dry depending on trim level and added features.

Image Source: Scamptrailers.com

Winnebago Minnie Plus 5th Wheel

The Winnebago Minnie Plus is a more standard looking 5th wheel, ranging from 27’3″ to 33’9″ and can sleep up to 7 people. 

With weights from just under 7,220 ranging up to 9,700 pounds dry, the Minnie Plus offers four floor plans to suit any consumer. 

It has different options in features and trims depending on family size. Optional equipment can include a fireplace, theater seating, residential refrigerator, and more.

Image Source: winnebago.com

Northwood Fox Mountain 235 RLS

The Northwood Fox Mountain 235 RLS is another small 5th wheel trailer option. With a dry weight around 8,761 pounds, and sleeping up to 6, the Northwood showcases it’s own built and certified off-road chassis with EZ Lube axles. 

Inside, a cathedral arch ceiling and extra insulation offers roominess and temperature control. Residential appliances and porcelain bathroom fixtures are standard. These units come ready for solar and generator power for your boondocking in luxury.

Coachmen Chaparral 5th wheel

Coachmen Chaparral 5th wheels have residential features and elegant interiors, just like your home. 

Their smallest offering is the 27RKS weighs in at 9803 pounds. It has a queen bed in a slide, and an oversized shower. 

Open Range 284 RLS

Open Range 284 RLS is a contender in the small 5th wheel category as well. 

Dry weight of 10,005, and a pin weight (on the truck bed) of 1,665, puts this unit on the heavier end of the 5th wheels reviewed here due to the upgrades in construction and extra standard features. 

This 5th wheel offers comforts of home. It features an outdoor kitchen, LP quick connect, and frameless windows. Optional unique features like nitrogen-filled tires, and a built-in pet bed give it flare! 

When Choosing Your 5th Wheel

Don’t discount 5th wheels. It’s possible to buy a small-ish unit! There are numerous options with the spaciousness and ease of towing that can be compatible with ¾ ton or smaller pickups (Scamp)!

If a 5th Wheel Isn’t Your Vibe, Try These Small RVs

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One comment

  1. I don’t know why you use the useless spec of dry weight. I haven’t met anybody who goes camping with nothing in their trailer. Gross weight is the info you should give since it’s the real number you need to match to a tow vehicle.

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