If you’re in the market for a bunkhouse travel trailer, you’re one of many embracing changing travel trends. Sure, people have been vacationing in campers for what seems like forever but in recent years, more and more people are choosing to invest in an RV, take to the road and experience a freedom like no other.
It’s easy to see why so many people are deciding to buy a bunkhouse travel trailer – there are so many benefits. For families they provide the ultimate RV experience as they combine both size and comfort with practicality and portability. Modern bunkhouse travel trailers are also incredibly stylish with a whole range of added modern conveniences that offer an element of luxury to your outdoor adventures.
The marketplace for bunkhouse travel trailers is rich and varied, so we’ve taken the time to put together this list of what we consider to be the very best bunkhouse models out there right now. Hopefully, it will help you in your search and get you out on the road and in search of your next adventure that much sooner.
The 7 best bunkhouse travel trailers:
1. Forest River Vibe 29BH
The Vibe 29BH from Forest River is just about as classy as travel trailers come. It’s stylish, contemporary design accommodates all of the mod cons you and your family could need to camp in style. Designed with an innovative floor plan, the Vibe 29BH incorporates a queen bed, an excellent bathroom space with a walk-in shower, modern kitchen facilities including a tree-burner stove, 17” oven and a refrigerator.
The bunk room itself contains three spacious bunks and the sofa in the living space folds out easily into another bed meaning that the Vibe 29BH can comfortably sleep up to six people. One key design feature that Forest River has brought to the table with the Vibe 29BH are the oversized panoramic windows behind the sofa and dinette.
These, combined with dual skylights, flood the bunkhouse living space with plenty of natural light bringing the great outdoors in combining comfort with scenic views.
View floor plan: forestriverinc.com
2. Grand Design Imagine 2400BH
Grand Design’s Imagine 2400BH is a slightly more compact trailer, but don’t let that put you off – it doesn’t compromise on quality or storage options thanks to its handy built-in bedroom wardrobes and overhead cabinets.
Every design feature on the Imagine 2400BH has been carefully thought out and stylishly executed – take the bunk area for example with its smoothly tapered corners. Not only do they save space but provide a modern, if not futuristic finish that the kids of any family will love.
The overall quality of the Imagine 2400BH is great and this model has the feel of a much more expensive travel trailer.
View floor plan: granddesignrv.com
3. Keystone Passport GT 3352BH
Measuring in at 37 feet, the Passport GT 3352BH from Keystone is slightly on the longer end of the travel trailer spectrum, but it’s understandable given the incredible design features that have been included. First off, it comes complete with two WCs which massively reduces the chances of restroom queues which are inevitable on RV camping trips.
It might seem like a trivial feature, but trust us – it’s really going to make a difference for larger families. Another superb feature included in the Passport is the dual entrance doors which provide easy access and great airflow which is perfect on those hot stuffy days.
In terms of practicality, the Passport series is second to none. Each model includes four electric stabilizer jacks that ensure the trailer will stay securely in place when stationary.
View floor plan: keystonerv.com
4. Palomino Puma 31QBBH
If it’s luxury you’re after, look no further than the Palomino Puma series. From the smooth leather upholstery to the super fashionable fixtures and fireplace, this bunkhouse travel trailer really has the “wow” factor that will make heads turn when you hitch up.
With incredibly comfortable armchairs, a large chrome refrigerator, a top of the range microwave and excellent oven, and ducted A/C in every room, this camper has everything you need to travel (and cook) in style.
One drawback to the Puma would be the bathroom size which could be described as slightly cramped, but this isn’t a huge drawback given that this bunkhouse makes up for it massively in other areas.
View floor plan: palominorv.com
5. Starcraft SUPER LITE 311BH
One thing that sets the Super Lite series apart from the competition is the variety of design options available. Often when choosing a travel trailer, you’re limited to one layout and your only real choice comes in the form of fixtures (TVs, decorative features etc).
However, the folks at Starcraft have gone all out with the Super Lite to give the customer plenty of variety when it comes to deciding which features to include or change when ordering their bunkhouse travel trailer.
The dining area can be changed from four individual seats around the table to a wider bench, potentially providing more space for smaller children and the tri-fold sofa can be substituted for deep and comfy theatre-style seating.
This variety is great for buyers who want to customise their trailer specifications based on their family dynamics.
View floor plan: starcraftrv.com
6. Jayco Eagle HT 284BHOK
If it’s versatility you’re after, then the Eagle HT 284BHOK from Jayco could be the bunkhouse travel trailer for you. It has a range of awesome transformative features that increase it’s sleeping capacity and make it a superb choice for larger families or families choosing to travel with friends.
The main feature that makes the Eagle so versatile is the huge U-shaped dinette that can be easily converted into an auxiliary sleeping space bumping up the sleeping capacity to 10 people. Now, I know what you’re thinking – 10 people in one bunkhouse can get pretty stuffy.
This isn’t going to be a problem with the Jayco Eagle thanks to the excellent Whisper Quiet Air Conditioning system that keeps the rooms fresh and breezy 24/7. What’s more, there’s ample storage and a neatly designed shower/restroom that really optimizes the limited space.
View floor plan: jayco.com
7. Airstream Flying Cloud 30FB Bunk
Airstream have been developing innovative RV designs for almost a century now and they’re a brand who’s models you know can be trusted and the Flying Cloud is no exception to the rule.
The Flying Cloud bunkhouse oozes quality and durability and is a sound investment all round for buyers who are looking for longevity.
It’s comfortable, stylish and offers plenty of storage under the beds and overhead for any extra gear you want to bring on your road trip adventures and the bathroom and kitchen finishes are sleek and smooth giving an overall feeling of class and luxury.
View floor plan: airstream.com
How to Choose the Best Bunkhouse Travel Trailer for Your Needs
Whether you’re an experienced camper or just dipping your toes into the RV market for the first time, it can be both confusing and time consuming to find the right fit for you. Travel trailers come in a variety of lengths, styles and floor plans and there are a few considerations to take into account before committing to your chosen model. Ideally, you’ll want to think about the following criteria before buying:
Size – the length and breadth and height of your travel trailer are both key factors in determining where you can park and store it. Generally, bunkhouse travel trailers are more compact than larger, full-sized RVs and can be expected to measure somewhere around 30 feet in length, although they can be longer or more compact depending on their features.
Beds – the number of beds and their sizes are important factors to consider when buying. Bunkhouse travel trailers are so-called as they have bunk beds incorporated into their design so you won’t have to fiddle around with any fold-out beds and everyone will have their own individual sleeping space. The size of the beds is also likely to affect the overall size of the trailer.
Floor Plan – if you’re planning on travelling as a larger group or family, your trailer’s floor space and layout is going to have an impact on functionality, comfort and privacy – a huge box to tick for parents with teenagers!
Versatility – a key question to ask yourself when viewing bunkhouse travel trailers is “just how versatile is it?” Think about your personal family dynamics – you’re going to need space to accommodate everybody as well as friends and extended family every now and again. What about those rainy, windy days? Is there going to be enough space and entertainment to keep everybody happy?
Durability – buying a brand new RV is always a big investment that needs to be carefully planned out. You’re going to want to buy from a reputable brand and dealer and know that your travel trailer is going to stand the test of time.
Modern bunkhouse trailers are built to last, but it’s still worth reading reviews to see if there are any common problems occurring with a certain model so as to avoid any nasty mechanical surprises in the future.
Access – this is a huge consideration for anybody with mobility problems so finding a bunkhouse trailer with friendly steps, customized or even dual access points is going to be handy.
With these considerations in mind, you’ll be well prepared to pick the perfect bunkhouse travel trailer for you and your family.
How to Research Bunkhouse Travel Trailer Quality Online
In the modern age of the internet, everyone’s a critic right? That’s why it can be tricky to find reputable product reviews and you’re going to want to find the most reliable and up-to-date info when making such a big investment.
The best place to start is on the actual manufacturer’s website – obviously they’re unlikely to post negative reviews, however they often publish balanced feedback from genuine customers which can shine a light on some personal features that often get overlooked in the trailer overview and design specs.
As well as this, some manufacturers provide state-of-the-art virtual tours of their bunkhouse travel trailers which let you take a look inside and get a feel for the floor plan.
Another great place to go for extra information is YouTube. You can often find guide tour videos from either the brand themselves or from somebody who has bought the bunkhouse themselves. While these can provide an honest overview of the pros and cons, they’re occasionally produced as a paid partnership to promote the brand so be wary if the video is only outlining the positives.
There are hundreds of bunkhouse travel trailer models out there on the market, each with their own uniquely cool and stylish features and your choice needs to be well informed and based on your family dynamics and personal needs. It’s not always advisable to buy the first trailer you see, even if you fall completely in love with it – always check a couple of models to be sure!
Of the seven bunkhouse travel trailers that we’ve reviewed for his article, it’s tough to pick the very best, but if we had to it would be the Keystone Passport thanks to its size and extra restroom. The floor plan and design has been really carefully considered to combine comfort, practicality and style.
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Erick is a freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast. Growing up in Nairobi Kenya and now calling Glasgow, United Kingdom home. Sipping on homemade spiced swahili tea and enjoying a good book is his idea of bliss.
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