What Is The Best Rear Kitchen Fifth Wheel?

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Claire Braud

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A Louisiana native turned Arizona desert dweller, Claire Braud has always loved exploring the world’s natural places. Upon moving to Phoenix, she became an avid hiker in the surrounding mountains and takes full advantage of the city’s proximity to the western National Parks. In 2021, Claire and her husband embarked on a honeymoon road trip visiting six national parks and multiple state parks and monuments. When she’s not on the trails, Claire works full-time at a creative agency as a user experience content strategist using storytelling to help her clients better connect with their customers.

When choosing the perfect RV, a rear kitchen fifth wheel offers a unique layout that maximizes cooking and living space. This design is ideal for those who love to cook and entertain on the road, providing a home-like kitchen experience with ample storage and counterspace. 

Fifth wheel trailers come in various layouts, and the rear kitchen is popular for those who like to cook on the road while enjoying a comfortable living space when it’s not mealtime.

What Fifth Wheels Have a Rear Kitchen?

Today, we’ll explore some of the best rear kitchen fifth wheel floor plans on the market, ranging from mid-size to extra-long for RVers of all needs. Let’s get to know our candidates. 

Keystone Cougar 23MLE

Cougar23MLE rear kitchen fifth wheel
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Specs

  • Length: 27’11”
  • Dry Weight: 7,778 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

Favorite Feature: Wardrobe Slide-out in Main Bedroom

A great mid-size option for campers who don’t want something too large, the Cougar 23MLE is everything you need and nothing you don’t. You get a large L-shaped kitchen with ample overhead storage. An extra hutch with storage and power could serve as the perfect cocktail or coffee nook. 

Your living room has a tri-fold sleeper sofa or optional theater seating. In the queen bed retreat, your wardrobe pops out as a slide, giving you extra clothing storage. One bonus of this model for its size is the residential-size walk-in shower with a seat. Bring your toys because this model has a tow hitch rated for up to 3,000 pounds. 

Keystone Arcadia Select 21SRK

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Specs

  • Length: 26’4”
  • Dry Weight: 6,750 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: Lightweight Towing

The Arcadia Select 21SRK is ideal for easy towing. The interior is sleek and modern, with a kitchen spanning the trailer’s rear width. With one slide, this model keeps the layout simple so you can use the space how you want. 

We love this model for couples or small families. The tri-fold sleeper sofa comfortably sleeps up to four adults. The bedroom has plenty of storage on either side of the bed and along the wall. 

Other Notable Keystone Rear Kitchen Fifth Wheels

Forest River Arctic Wolf 23MLE

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Photo by Forest River

Specs

  • Length: 29’4”
  • Dry Weight: 7,448 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

Favorite Feature: Full-Height Pantry

There’s something about lounging under the fan on a warm day or snuggling up in a blanket by the fireplace on a chilly evening. Forest River includes those homey touches to make the Arctic Wolf 23MLE feel more like a small apartment than a cramped camper.

The L-shaped kitchen offers ample storage and counterspace, and a full-size pantry holds all the necessary ingredients. At the front of the trailer is a bedroom with a queen bed, full linen/wardrobe, and a spacious bathroom with everything you need. 

Forest River Salem Hemisphere 320VIEW

hemisphere320view rear kitchen fifth wheel
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Specs

  • Length: 37’11”
  • Dry Weight: 10,269 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 9

Favorite Feature: Hidden Bunk Room 

For a model that weighs under 11,000 pounds, the Hemisphere 320VIEW is missing absolutely nothing. This model can sleep up to nine people, making it perfect for large families or groups. You’ll find a hidden bunk room in one of the slides with double bunks, a dresser, and shelves for additional storage. 

The kitchen has wraparound counters and large panoramic windows. The living room includes a sectional sofa where everyone can relax after a long day. The bathroom has a full residential-style walk-in shower and skylight. The bedroom has a large closet, dresser, and king-size bed, and it comes prepped with washer/dryer hookups. 

Other Notable Forest River Rear Kitchen Fifth Wheels

Jayco Pinnacle 38FBRK

pinnacle38fbrk rear kitchen floorplan
Photo by Jayco

Specs

  • Length: 43’10”
  • Dry Weight: 14,995 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: 1.5 Bathrooms

We have yet to meet a traveler who enjoys waiting in line for the bathroom. The Pinnacle 38FBRK solves that problem by having a half bath in the center and a full bathroom in front of the primary bedroom. The full bath boasts a walk-in shower, dual vanity, and a walk-in closet complete with washer/dryer prep.

The kitchen has wraparound counters, a pull-out butcher block, and a residential-size fridge. The living area has a sectional sofa with theater seats, a desk or coffee bar area, and a dinette. Up the stairs in the bedroom is a king bed with a dresser and TV. 

Jayco Eagle 319MLOK

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Photo by Jayco

Specs

  • Length: 36’7”
  • Dry Weight: 10,940 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

Favorite Feature: Central Island-style Bar

Invite everyone from the campground over; the owners of the Eagle 319MLOK are cooking tonight. This rear kitchen fifth wheel is built for the entertainer with its centrally located kitchen bartop, a large fridge for everyone’s favorite snacks, and a four-person dinette. After dinner, everyone can sit around the fireplace and enjoy a movie. 

When it’s bedtime, the tri-fold sofa folds out to allow guests to stay the night. The front houses a king bed and an expansive closet. Like many other large models, laundry is no problem because the Eagle 319MLOK comes prepped for a washer and dryer. 

Prime Time Crusader 265MLE

crusader265mle rear kitchen floorplan
Photo by Prime Time RV

Specs 

  • Length: 30’11”
  • Dry Weight: 8,302 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 3

Favorite Feature: Walk-In Pantry

For a mid-size fifth wheel, the Crusader 265MLE is designed for those who like to cook but want a simpler layout. This RV has plenty of counterspace, a large 16-cubic-foot fridge, and a walk-in pantry. It is designed for couples, but can sleep a third person on the convertible booth dinette.

The front has a standard queen bed and slide-out wardrobe, and the bathroom has a large 40” shower for ultimate comfort. Outside, the spacious gear locker lets you bring everything you need for the ultimate trip. 

Coachmen Brookstone 374RK

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Specs

  • Length: 42’2”
  • Dry Weight: 13,020 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: Expansive Interior

Kitchen island? Check. Bar top? Check. Three sofas? Check. The Brookstone 374RK ensures everyone in your camping crew has a comfortable place to hang out. The kitchen feels like its own room by intelligently using a bartop with seating as extra counterspace and a room divider. This camper also has a residential-style pantry, an oversized refrigerator, and a perfect hutch for a coffee bar. 

The central entertainment area has three sofas, including one that folds into a guest bed. The bathroom has a large walk-in shower with a seat and a dual-sink vanity. This bedroom includes a king bed, a large closet, and washer-dryer prep. 

KZ RV Durango Gold 391RKF

durangogold391rkf rear kitchen
Photo by KZ RV

Specs

  • Length: 42’5”
  • Dry Weight: 13,220 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

Favorite Feature: Optional Full-Timer’s Desk

Trade in the dinette for a desk option; this rear kitchen fifth wheel is ready to make your mobile office wherever you want. The 391RKF model is designed for extended vacations or full-time RVing. The kitchen has expansive counters, a 22-cubic-foot refrigerator, a large pantry, and (BONUS!) a dishwasher. 

The living area has three sofas, two of which can fold into beds, and is centered around a lovely fireplace with a 65” LED TV. The bathroom has a residential-size shower with a seat, a dual sink vanity, and a linen closet. The bedroom has a king bed, a dresser, two large closets, and washer-dryer prep. 

Dutchmen Astoria 230ML

astoria230ml rear kitchen fifth wheel floorplan
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Specs 

  • Length: 27’11”
  • Dry Weight: 7,285 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: Washer/Dryer Prep in Under 30 Feet

Another good mid-size grab is the Astoria 230ML. At under 30 feet, this model is light and easy to maneuver around campsites. Making great use of the space, the Astoria’s floorplan aligns with many other mid-size rear kitchen fifth wheels. It has an L-shaped kitchen to increase counterspace and an entertainment zone facing the dinette.

Most mid-size fifth wheels opt to have extra closet space instead of a washer and dryer. The Astoria is a great option for someone looking for a smaller RV but still wants the ability to do laundry on the road. 

Why Do Fifth Wheels Cost More Than Travel Trailers?

Fifth wheels are a more luxurious option for RVs because they offer better build quality, higher-end finishes, and residential appliances. With greater towing stability and higher manufacturing costs, you get what you pay for when investing in a rear kitchen fifth wheel.

Here are some reasons fifth wheels often cost more than travel trailers: 

  • Easier to tow
  • Residential appliances 
  • Larger (on average) with more sleeping capacity and living space
  • Higher tow stability
  • Better insulation
  • More robust frames
  • Increased number of slide-outs
  • Better interior layouts

Which Fifth Wheels Have a Front Kitchen?

Front kitchen fifth wheels are rarer than other floorplans, but they are out there. Some models to research include the Palomino Columbus 388FK, Keystone Alpine 3790FK, and Keystone Montana 3795FK.


Whatever kind of fifth wheel you are thinking of purchasing, always make sure the floorplan fits your travel needs! Never forget to double-check your truck’s towing capacity before buying. 

Which rear kitchen fifth wheel is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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