When you first start RV shopping, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless amount of RV floorplan options. Don’t worry—there is a floorplan out there for every need, every taste, and every budget.
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If you take your time, you’ll find it will all start making sense. You’ll begin to note certain similarities when it comes to floor plans and the labels often applied to RV models.
Models with “RL”, which often stands for “Rear Living” will have the living room in the rear of the unit. Because you’ll know “BH” means “Bunk House“, you’ll know to expect a Bunk House in the unit before even walking into it. Finally, “FL” delineates RV floorplans with “Front Living” quarters.
RV Floorplan Must Haves
It’s a challenge to know exactly what RV floorplan will work best before spending time in your RV on the road. Here are three things to keep in mind when choosing the right RV floorplan for your needs.
Some RVs and travel trailers are more spacious than you ever dreamed an RV could be! Most often it’s slide-outs that create extra living space in an RV. Slide-outs, especially opposing slide-outs, can be an amazing RV floor plan feature.
However, when you’re on the showroom floor, pay close attention to what is on the slide. Is the main bed on the slide? If it is, is it possible to use the bed when the slide is not pushed out?
In addition to what is on the slide, does the slide bump up against anything when it’s closed, preventing you from climbing into bed?
RV travel often includes one-night stops along your travel route. These stops may be at a Walmart, rest stops, or even the driveways of friends and family. While you may be able to push your slides out at campgrounds, you may not be able to do so at some of these one-night stops. For that reason, you may want to select a floor plan that gives you access to your bed whether the slide is in or out.
If you absolutely fall in love with a floorplan where a slide blocks the bedroom area, make sure there is an alternative sleeping area, like a loft or couch. If you don’t mind using that alternative sleeping area on travel days, you might be okay.
Bathroom, Refrigerator, and Closet Access
A major benefit of RV living is having your “home” with you. Having your home means having your own bathroom, your own food, and your closet—even if you are downsizing.
With access to your bathroom within the RV, you don’t need to worry if there’s no rest stop for the next 50 miles. Having your refrigerator with you means you have snacks (maybe even healthy ones!) easily accessible.
It doesn’t matter if the gas station you just stopped at didn’t have anything you could eat. And, having your closet means you can’t forget to pack rain boots, a raincoat, or a heavier coat. This comes in very handy when exploring places that can experience 3-4 seasons all in one day.
However, all of these conveniences can be unknowingly given up with certain floor plans. As with the bed, the culprit tends to be those oh-so-awesome slides. Be sure that the furniture on the slideouts does not block access to the bathroom door. It’s not uncommon to find floor plans with slides that block drawers, closet doors, and even fridge doors.
Ask to see any RV you’re seriously considering with slides in—be sure you have access to all of the things that make motor home travel so convenient at all times.
Chances are you will be eating inside of your RV at some point. You may also wish to have a “work” surface even if you’re retired. For both of these activities, it’s a table that will make all the difference. Be sure that when touring different RV floor plans, you imagine yourself sitting down to eat.
You will find that with RV floor plans everything is a give and take. To have a walk-around queen bed, you may find yourself giving up some space in the living area. The same goes for your RV kitchen and kitchen counters.
Some floor plans will create space for a large bed in the rear of the RV unit by changing up the traditional dinette area. Instead of a dinette, you might find a sofa and table set up. In that instance, if you will be traveling with a partner, make sure you think about how comfortable you will be eating side by side on a loveseat.
The work/dining space area in a floor plan is most often a compromise in smaller RVs like Class Cs, Class Bs, and small towables. If you plan on dining al fresco—certainly a wonderful plan when camping—just remember there might be times when rain, snow, or mosquitoes unexpectedly arrive.
Choosing an RV floorplan is both a daunting and exciting process. Take your time and explore various floor plans to get a feel for how RVs are laid out. As you’re shopping, keep these floorplan must-haves in mind. They are small details that can make all the difference in your RV travels.
Do you have any additional RV floorplan must-haves that we didn’t mention? Share them in the comments below!