Life on the road in a small RV built for couples is an appealing prospect. Just the two of you having an adventure and making memories. However, in reality, the logistics are a bit more complex than simply packing a backpack and locking the front door on your way out.
These days RVs come in all shapes and sizes with literally hundreds of choices to choose from. So, narrowing your search down to a handful of options can be a daunting task.
Luckily there is a whole market of RVs available that are smaller than the conventional family motorhome, and are designed for two people to travel in. Continue reading if you’d like to discover our top picks for the best couple-friendly small RVs.
The 7 best small RVs for couples:
1. Leisure Travel Vans Unity
Length: 25 feet 1 inch
If you’re looking for versatility and a vehicle that you can design your own way, look no further than Leisure Travel Vans’ Unity RV
The Unity RV is available with 6 unique floor plans, so you can customize your vehicle to be exactly what you need it to be. The Murphy Bed model is most popular with couples as it accommodates 2 for sleeping, leaving 55 cubic feet of exterior storage, more wardrobe space, and a generally open feel (other floor plans have beds for 4).
In addition to various floor plans, you can customize the finish, upholstery, cabinetry, and color of your Unity RV – truly making it your own. Easy to drive, with a small turning radius, this RV is built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Cab chassis and is classified as a Class C motorhome.
Optional upgrades are available with features including but not limited to braking, attention, and traffic sign assist, cruise control, overhead control panels and power outlets in the cab – just another way to customize your new RV exactly the way you want it.
More info: leisurevans.com
2. Winnebago Porto
Length: 24 feet 5 inches
Part of the Class C Sprinter category, this RV is the perfect size for any couple who want compact living quarters in an easy-to-drive vehicle, without compromising on space and features.
Combining the best of two well-known and trusted brands, the Winnebago Porto is built on a Mercedes Benz Chassis which gives it a variety of drive-assisting features – meaning that you don’t have to wait until you’re parked up to enjoy the comforts of your RV.
Winnebago has utilized every bit of space in this vehicle and installed high-tech features that bring luxury to 4 wheels. Heated and adjustable seats, a wifi hotspot, climate control, and power steering are just some of the conveniences installed in the cab.
The interior of the RV is also decked out with features – the RV comes standard with a 32-inch High Definition TV, LED lights, tinted windows for privacy, power outlets, and a USB charger.
Speaking of electronics, this RV features the largest batteries found in a Class C coupled vehicle (2 deep-cycle, Group 31 RV batteries), solar panels that are expandable to up to 475-watts, and an impressive inverter and generator to match!
This RV has a fully functional washroom fitted with a shower and hand-flush toilet. Heating and cooling are taken care of by a 13,500 BTU Coleman Mach 10 ducted air conditioner and 20,000 BTU low-profile furnace, so you never have to worry about temperature control when traveling.
More info: winnebago.com
3. Winnebago Revel
Length: 19 feet 7 inches
Winnebago does it again, this time providing the option of going off-road in your RV with on-demand four-wheel drive features and a 3-liter turbo diesel engine in the Revel RV. This RV sleeps 2 so is perfect for couples looking for adventure and to get away from the hustle and bustle of normal routines.
RV Business awarded the Revel their Top RV Debut accolade for 2021, and with its versatility and user-friendly features, it’s not difficult to see why!
Stay off-road for longer with two 125-amp batteries that can be monitored via Bluetooth, a 2000-watt inverter, and a solar panel battery charger. Water usage in the Revel can be observed with a control panel, and the RV containers both a heated gray water tank and a potable water tank.
Related article: Winnebago Revel Review: 6 Owners Tell All
Customize the interior to your liking, with removable counter tops and kitchen conveniences like a fridge that can be accessed from both the interior and exterior of the RV. The comfortable bedroom features under-bed storage and convenient reading lights, making it the ideal place to relax after a day of exploring.
The temperature in the Revel is taken care of by a hydronic heating system and optional Coleman-Mach 10 NDQ air conditioner, and can be controlled with a thermostat and via Bluetooth.
The washroom contains a Wet Bath, surrounded shower with flexible shower head, and swiveling cassette toilet.
More info: winnebago.com
4. Winnebago Ekko
Length: 23 feet 2 inches
A third winner from Winnebago, the Ekko masterfully combines the capacity of a Class C coach and the conveniences of a campervan, making it ready for any adventure!
Built on a Ford Transit Chassis, the Ekko gives you all of the features to camp wherever your next adventure takes you. Three solar panels provide you with 455 watts, plus a second alternator makes charging your batteries while on the move a breeze.
The power assist steering, adaptive cruise control, and rear view and blind spot monitor systems make hitting the road easy and comfortable.
A 50-gallon freshwater tank and sufficient waste tanks ensure that you have the water you need for your trip without the constant need to refill and top up your supply, and the washroom contains your choice of a wet or dry bath divided by a pivoting wall, and swiveling cassette toilet.
The RV is equipped with reading lights, and 110-volt and 12-volt USB charging ports located in the bedroom, and despite its small size the Ekko can sleep up to 4 people – so it’s your choice whether to invite some friends or take the extra room all to yourselves!
More info: winnebago.com
5. Airstream Interstate 24GL
Length: 24 feet 6 inches
Airstream has been in business since the early 1930s and the company appears to have used all of the knowledge and experience gained over the last near century, to combine versatility and luxury in creating the Interstate 24GL Touring Coach.
A class B RV mounted on a Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter Van chassis provides only the best in safety, comfort, and style, seating up to 9 people and sleeping 2 comfortably.
Air Ride suspension and on-demand four-wheel-drive features ensure a smooth journey on almost any terrain, despite Interstate’s larger size compared to other ‘small RVs’.
For the tech-savvy couple, the Interstate Touring Coach will impress even the toughest of critics. Solar panels and two 100Ah deep-cycle batteries allow you to travel off the grid for longer, USB and 110 volt outlets are located throughout the interior, and a convenient wireless phone charging pad is featured in the cab.
So, even in remote locations your devices can stay fully charged.
Two high-definition TVs are mounted to the interior of the RV (so no more getting stuck watching that movie that your partner loves and you just can’t stand!), and control panels allow you to keep in control of your environment at the touch of a button.
With this RV you never have to worry about running out of hot water – it comes with an onboard tankless water heater that utilizes propane or an electric heating element to warm up cold water already in your tanks and pipes. This has the benefit of lower operating costs and is also a more efficient use of space when compared to a standard hot water heater.
More info: airstream.com
6. Winnebago Navion
Length: 25 feet 6 inches
Winnebago has done it yet again, designing another small RV model that you can take on any adventure. If you’re a couple who is looking for a more comfortable and luxurious option than other RVs on the market, the Navion is the vehicle for you.
The bedroom features a deluxe queen Murphy bed with additional suspension and a gel foam topper, and the Froli sleep system ensures airflow and the most comfortable night’s sleep possible. Who said sleeping on the road has to be rough?!
Blackout shades allow privacy regardless of where you are, so even when parked on the side of the highway you don’t have to be concerned about nosy onlookers trying to have a peek at your RV interior (although who can blame them?).
The washroom has a dry bath set up with a self-cleaning shower screen, skylight, flexible shower head, and composite toilet, plus plenty of cabinets and hooks for storage.
For those who like to show off their skills in the kitchen, the galley comes fully equipped with the standard refrigerator/freezer, induction cook top, microwave/convection oven, and stainless steel sink, plus luxurious additions such as soft close drawers, a water filtration system and laminate counter tops.
The Navion hasn’t forgotten about entertainment on the road, with 2 100-watt solar panels, 2 deep-cycle batteries, and a 2,000-watt inverter your devices can stay charged and ready to go whenever you are. The Navion has the optional addition of an entertainment system, in addition to the 32-inch high-definition TV and amplified antenna that comes standard with the RV.
More info: winnebago.com
7. Thor Chateau
Length: 24 feet 1 inch to 32 feet 4 inches
Just like the Unity RV, the Thor Chateau Motorhome is available in a range of different floor plans ranging in lengths from 24 feet 1 inch all the way up to 32 feet 4 inches.
If you’re after the most couple-friendly designs you’d probably be looking at options like the 22B, 22E, or 24F models – all small RVs built on a Ford E-series or Chevy Express Chassis.
All of the above-mentioned floor plans include a Queen bed and a cab-over bunk sleeping area that can accommodate an extra two people, or provide storage space. Bedroom power outlets give you the chance to charge your devices easily, and a wardrobe and/or pantry space is accommodated in each floor plan.
Washrooms include a dry bath set up featuring stainless steel sink, skylight, and foot flush porcelain toilet.
Thor Motor Coaches really pride themselves on being customizable with so many extras available – so much so that the base models of each floor plan are relatively low cost, giving you the chance to add your own electronics, appliances, solar panels, hardware, and interior finishes – so you’re getting everything you want with no extra features that will never be used.
More info: thormotorcoach.com
My Closing Thoughts On Choosing A Small RV for Couples
If I had to pick a winner for me out of the small RVs we’ve just explored, I’d without a doubt go with the Revel by Winnebago.
Sure, it’s not the cheapest option on the market, but the appeal of not being limited in where I can go by the abilities of my RV to travel offroad makes up for any extra costs. In addition, the shorter size of this RV (measuring only 19 feet and 7 inches in length, short even for a small RV!) allows for even more opportunities to explore off-road.
I like the idea of high-tech control panels that help monitor water and battery levels, and the customizability of the galley where I could add and remove features to suit my liking.
Most of the RVs we see on the market are tailored towards families and groups of more than 2 people so it’s easy to think they are your only option when it comes to buying a vehicle for your traveling adventures – but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a treasure-trove of options built to accommodate 2 people.
Smaller-sized RVs with all of the features you can expect in a bigger motorhome, without the large size or price tag. Easier to drive, park and take wherever the open road takes you – what’s not to love?!
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