While some RVers enjoy the journey as much as the destination, others prefer to set up camp for a season or more, creating a luxurious home away from home. Destination travel trailers make this dream possible. Forest River destination trailers dominate this segment of the RV market thanks to their versatility, desirable amenities, and continual innovations.
Destination trailers are often taller, longer, and heavier than traditional ones. While this adds comfort and livability, it makes them less convenient to tow. The goal is to park it and leave it for a season.
Since weight is less of an issue for destination trailers since they aren’t moved as often as traditional RVs, manufacturers like Forest River can throw in all of the thrills, like residential appliances, taller ceilings, and sturdier construction.
Destination trailers share some similarities with traditional RVs. Forest River destination trailers may offer holding tanks, hitch assemblies, slideouts, awnings, and compact living on wheels.
Why Forest River Destination Trailers?
Forest River is a leading manufacturer of destination trailers with five award-winning lines, including Cedar Creek Cottage, Salem Villa, Sandpiper Destination, Sierra Destination, and Timberwolf. With the innovations in the Wildwood Lodge lineup, more awards are likely coming.
What makes Forest River a top choice for destination trailers? The manufacturer offers a wide range of floorplans, some sized for two people and others that can sleep almost a dozen. The variety of price points also matches the variety of floorplans.
Many Forest River destination trailers have home-like interiors with large windows, residential appliances, and modern styling. Beyond the visible features, Forest River also offers hidden amenities, like the durable construction in the Wildwood line and customizations across the lineup, including the Polar Tech package, removable hitches, and more.
Since Forest River sells a lot of destination trailers, the company makes a lot of them year-round. Other manufacturers may pay less attention to this segment, meaning you could wait longer if you order one, while Forest River can get your customized unit to you quickly.
Our Top Picks for Forest River Destination Trailers
Ultimately, the push to innovate makes Forest River an industry leader. Forest River regularly presents new, never-before-seen floorplans and amenities, raising the bar for the entire destination trailer market. Here are some of the top Forest River destination trailers on the market this year:
Forest River Wildwood Lodge 42VIEW and Salem Villa 42VIEW
Before the 44VIEW debuted, the 42VIEW shook up the destination trailer market with its innovations, offered as both the Salem Grand Villa 42VIEW and Wildwood Grand Lodge 42VIEW. It was the first model with a double-drop frame (making it possible to have two lofts).
The taller ceilings accentuate the fact that this model quite possibly has more window space than any other trailer that came before it, with eight large windows plus a sliding glass door overlooking the camp side. The auto-shades allow you to close the blinds at the press of a button.
The light-filled living area is ready for a party. Gather with friends and family around the eight-foot island and on the massive sectional sofa. At night, take your pick from the double lofts, which each offer two bunk mats and ample storage, or the main bedroom, which features a king Versa Tilt bed.
Destination Trailer Specs: Salem/Wildwood 42View
- Length: 45’
- Dry Weight: 13,749 pounds
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 1,996 pounds
- Sleeping Capacity: 6 or more
Forest River Wildwood Lodge 44VIEW and Salem Villa 44VIEW
Called a “mansion on wheels,” the Forest River Wildwood Lodge 44VIEW and Salem Villa 44VIEW are new offerings for 2024, building upon what buyers already loved on the industry-changing Wildwood Lodge 42VIEW, which debuted in 2023 (more on it below).
Thanks to the high ceilings the drop frame offers, the 44VIEW offers two lofts with sleeping space for adults and children. The rear loft offers a queen mattress, while the front loft has two 42-by-74-inch bunk mats. Each space provides additional storage, electric outlets, and windows.
The main bedroom does not disappoint, with a Versa-Tilt king bed, panoramic windows, an electric fireplace, and tons of storage. The 44VIEW also squeezes in an extra half bath separate from the large rear bath with a walk-in shower.
The amenities continue outside, with a massive 26-foot awning and sliding toppers coming standard on the 44VIEW.
Destination Trailer Specs: Wildwood Lodge and Salem Villa 44VIEW
- Length: 45’2”
- Dry Weight: 13,874 pounds
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,326 pounds
- Sleeping Capacity: 2 or more
Forest River Timberwolf 16ML
The first time you lay your eyes on the Timberwolf 16ML, you might ask yourself, “What is that? Is it a tiny home? Is it an RV?” This tiny home on wheels includes the best of both worlds: a large rear deck, a combo washer/dryer, and a lofted bedroom with a queen bed and electric fireplace.
Despite its residential features, the Timberwolf 16ML is most definitely an RV. It is ready to roll to your next destination and comes complete with holding tanks, a feature not traditionally found in tiny homes. Many destination trailers top 40 feet in length, but the 16ML is less than 28 feet, which makes it much easier to tow.
Despite its shorter length, the 16ML is not short on amenities, including a residential-style oven, combo washer/dryer, dishwasher, and two lofts. One features a queen bed and cozy fireplace, while the other is versatile and may be used for storage or additional living space.
Destination Trailer Specs: Forest River Timberwolf 16ML
- Length: 29’11”
- Dry Weight: 7,124 pounds
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 4,093 pounds
- Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6
Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage 40CBK
Which feature of the Cedar Creek Cottage 40CBK will be your favorite? It could be the hidden pantry tucked away behind an electric fireplace, the eye-catching spiral staircase, or the sleek dual vanities in the spa-like bathroom. There’s no end to the amenities and innovations in this dual-loft destination trailer.
The 40CBK is perfect for large families or those who will be entertaining. A plush sectional sofa provides seating for the whole crew, with a pop-up breakfast bar and freestanding dining room table offering even more places to gather.
Sleeping spaces include a king bed in the main bedroom and five 40-by-67-inch bunk mats spread across two sleeping lofts.
Destination Trailer Specs: Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage 40CBK
- Length: 41’6”
- Dry Weight: 12,899 pounds
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 1,101 pounds
- Sleeping Capacity: 7 or more
Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage 40CFK2
If you like the features of the Cedar Creek Cottage 40CBK but don’t need the sleeping lofts, check out the Cedar Creek Cottage 40CFK2. This front kitchen floorplan features three bay windows rising above a massive countertop and sink.
The views continue in the living room, with large windows lining the camp side of the trailer, ending with a sliding glass door near the bedroom. Like the 40CBK, a hidden pantry adds storage tucked away behind an entertainment center and electric fireplace.
Destination Trailer Specs: Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage 40CFK2
- Length: 40’6”
- Dry Weight: 11,559 pounds
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,276 pounds
- Sleeping Capacity: 2 or more
Forest River Timberwolf 39HBA
Aside from the main bedroom, if a destination trailer has additional bedrooms, they are often designed for children, tucked in lofts, and outfitted with bunk mats. However, Forest River’s Timberwolf 39HBA fulfills a niche by offering two non-lofted bedrooms with large beds.
Whether your parents, adult children, or friends are joining you, you’ll have difficulty deciding which bedroom to take. The rear bedroom features a queen mattress and an en suite bathroom. The front bedroom offers a king-size mattress, washer/dryer hookups, and an exterior entrance, all steps away from another bathroom.
The Timberwolf 39HBA is a new offering for 2024, and it is sure to impress with its versatile floorplan, triple slides, and walk-in pantry.
Destination Trailer Specs: Timberwolf 39HBA
- Length: 44’3”
- Dry Weight: 10,774 pounds
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,556 pounds
- Sleeping Capacity: 4 or more
Forest River Sandpiper Destination 420FL
How does five slides sound? The Sandpiper 420FL is a truly expansive destination trailer with two slides in the living room, two in the kitchen, and one in the bedroom.
While the single dedicated bed makes this more of a couples camper, the theater seating and two living room sofas give you ample room for entertaining. And, if you do have sleep-over guests, the sofas have pull-out beds.
Aside from its impressive size and seating, the living room impresses in other ways. The 50-inch flatscreen television drops into the entertainment center when not in use, making the panoramic windows the focus. A ceiling fan increases air circulation.
The luxurious kitchen is a chef’s dream, with ample counterspace, upgraded appliances, and a large sink. Then, enter the main bedroom, which has an extra large wardrobe, a king bed, and a washer/dryer prep.
Destination Trailer Specs: Sandpiper 420FL
- Length: 41’10”
- Dry Weight: 11,744 pounds
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,256 pounds
- Sleeping Capacity: 2-6
If none of these models check every box on your list, make sure to check out the full lineup of Forest River destination trailers and explore the selection available at a Camping World near you. With over 40 models in the lineup, Forest River should have a unit that fits your wants and needs.
Find more inspiration by looking at a roundup of the best luxury destination trailers. Or, if you decide a destination trailer isn’t for you, use Camping World’s Find Your RV feature to read about the many models and types you can find in today’s broad RV market.
Which Forest River destination trailer do you think is worth a second look? Let us know in the comments below.