Is A Front Kitchen Travel Trailer Your Ideal RV?

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Claire Braud

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Honeymoon Road Trip. We hit 6 National Parks and a few other sites in just under 2 weeks on the road.

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Phoenix, AZ

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My dream RV is a camper van! They are the perfect size to fit on tight mountain roads while still letting you get everything you need to feel at home.

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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 right travel trailer floorplan, how you plan to use the space and your travel style should be two determining factors. RV floorplans come in a variety of different layouts, including front kitchen (FK), rear kitchen (RK), rear living (RL), bunk house (BH), and many more. Here, you’ll learn about the benefits of front kitchen travel trailers and see some of the models we think pull off this floorplan flawlessly.

If you want a complete list of RV model terms, use our Table of Contents to navigate to the FAQ section below.

What is a Front Kitchen Travel Trailer?

Front kitchen with window and skylight in Coachmen Northern Spirit 2565FK
Photo by Camping World

A front kitchen travel trailer floorplan places the kitchen forward of the living, dining, and sleeping areas. The main benefit of this layout is a dedicated cooking space that doesn’t require campers who aren’t involved in cooking to move through the space to access other areas of the trailer. 

For those who value cooking on the road, a front kitchen travel trailer might be the perfect RV solution for your needs. This layout offers more of just about everything you need to feel like the gourmet camp chef–more counterspace, more pantry storage, and more room to bring your culinary masterpieces to life. 

Our Favorite Front Kitchen Travel Trailers

Think a front kitchen travel trailer is the perfect RV for your adventures? There are a variety of options to choose from based on your travel style, towing vehicle, and preferred length. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite travel trailers with front kitchens to get you started. 

Heartland Eddie Bauer 33FK

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Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 37’¾”
  • Dry Weight: 7,940 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 3,490 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: 5-6

Why I Chose It: Highest Cargo Capacity

With almost 3,500 pounds in cargo capacity, you get room to bring along all your friends and extra toys to make your customize your outdoor adventure. Couple that with the fact that this Eddie Bauer travel trailer sleeps up to six people, and you have the perfect front kitchen travel trailer for your family or for entertaining.

The kitchen comes with a residential-style refrigerator, pantry, 3-burner electric stove, and air fry oven. The living space has ample seating around a luxury entertainment center with a fireplace. To the rear of the trailer, you’ll find a spacious retreat with a queen-sized bed and closet. A bonus of this model is it comes prepped for a washer and dryer. 

The Eddie Bauer 33FK includes two slides, an awning, and separate entrances to your living and bedroom space. 


Jayco White Hawk 26FK

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Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 32’1”
  • Dry Weight: 6,820 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,580 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Why I Chose It: Large Panoramic Windows

This Jayco White Hawk is the perfect mid-size front kitchen travel trailer for couples. As you cook in your spacious kitchen, take in all of the surrounding views with beautiful large windows and an overhead skylight. 

Your kitchen comes with a pantry, apartment-style refrigerator, 3-burner electric stove, microwave, and ample counterspace and storage. A few steps away, you have a cozy living space with theater seating for two and an electric fireplace to keep you warm on cool nights. 

Step into the rear living space for a queen-size bed and closet. The Jayco White Hawk 26FK comes with two slides, a private entrance for your bedroom, and an awning. 


Forest River Flagstaff Micro Lite 25FKBS

Forest River Flagstaff Micro Lite 25FKBS floorplan
Photo by Forest River RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 25’11”
  • Dry Weight: 6,177 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,601 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 2

Why I Chose It: It’s Under 26 Feet

This Forest River Flagstaff Micro Lite might be one of the lightest front kitchen travel trailers, but it doesn’t sacrifice interior capabilities. A fan favorite is this travel trailer’s gas stove, allowing home chefs to adjust the temperature for more controlled cooking quickly.

This travel trailer sleeps two, making it the perfect option for couples. It comes with a living area with theater seating for two and a queen-sized bed in its rear bedroom. Its smaller size and lighter weight make it easy to haul and maneuver, making the Forest River Flagstaff Micro Lite a good entry-level travel trailer. It comes with two slides, an awning, and a private entrance for your bedroom. 


Forest River Rockwood 8263MBR

Forest River Rockwood 8263MBR floorplan
Photo by Forest River RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 29’11”
  • Dry Weight: 7,809 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 2,056 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 2

Why I Chose It: Dual Sinks in the Main Bathroom

Preparing a meal with 50 ingredients? No problem. The Forest River Rockwood 8263MBR comes with enough counterspace to feel like you are in a home instead of a travel trailer. It’s got the most extensive kitchen out of all of the travel trailers on this list. Like other Forest River models, you’ll love cooking on the gas-powered stovetop.

This front kitchen travel trailer floorplan switches things up with a rear bathroom. The front hosts a dual kitchen and living place with a TV mounted over your barstool area. It’s also one of the few travel trailers on the list that boasts a king-size bed. 

A few steps away from your bed, you have a rear bathroom with dual vanity sinks and a full-sized shower. This RV sleeps two, making it the perfect option for couples who want more space than in micro-lite models. 


Forest River Flagstaff Super Lite 26FKBS

Forest River Flagstaff Super Lite 26FKBS floorplan
Photo by Forest River RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 29’8”
  • Dry Weight: 6,836 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,910 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 2

Why I Chose It: Theater Seating AND a Convertible Dinette

Similar to the Flagstaff Micro Lite, this travel trailer with a front kitchen layout is ideal for the couple on the go. In exchange for a little bit more UVW, you get extra space for entertaining. 

This floorplan includes a dinette, unlike its smaller, lighter cousin. The corner sink also allows for more counterspace along the front of the kitchen.

This floorplan offers a spacious kitchen with a 3-burner gas stove, gas oven, and microwave. You have an entertaining space with a dinette and 2-person theater seats a few steps away. To the rear, you’ll find a lovely couple’s retreat with a queen bed. It comes with two slides. 


Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite 271UFK

Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite 271UFK floorplan
Photo by Keystone RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 31’10”
  • Dry Weight: 6,861 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,639 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

Why I Chose It: Walk-In Pantry AND a Coffee Bar

If you are like us, a fresh cup of coffee at your campsite is the perfect way to start the day. With a coffee bar built standard into the Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite, you can make that dream a reality every morning. This front kitchen travel trailer also comes with a huge walk-in pantry! 

This layout offers a dinette, optional sleeper sofa or theater seating, lots of storage space, and a king bed in your rear living area. The Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite 271UFK comes with two slides and an awning. 


Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro G20FKS

Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro G20FKS floorplan
Photo by Forest River RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 21’2”
  • Dry Weight: 3,971 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,027 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 3

Why I Chose It: It’s Lightweight

Are you looking for something easier to tow? This Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro is the lightest travel trailer on this list by a solid 2,000 pounds. It is also the shortest travel trailer with a front kitchen floorplan on this list. 

It makes excellent use of the space, opting for overhead storage compartments to fit more into its smaller frame. A dropdown bunk over your queen bed allows you to sleep up to three in this RV. It also has a pullout stove and griddle on the exterior of the trailer for when you want to go out in the open. 


Keystone Passport GT 2600FK

Keystone Passport GT 2600FK floorplan
Photo by Keystone RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 30’¼”
  • Dry Weight: 7,085 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,215 pounds 
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Why I Chose It: Space-Saving Storage

We love that this Keystone Passport has an incredibly open feel when the slides are extended. It uses intelligent storage placement to give you a more spacious feel without sacrifice. The kitchen offers two pantries to allow for more expansive countertops.

This model comes with interior options that let you choose how you want to use the space. You can sleep up to four with a pullout sofa or opt for luxurious theater seats if traveling alone or with your partner. 


Keystone Hideout 34FKDS

Keystone Hideout 34FKDS floorplan
Photo by Keystone RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 38’11”
  • Dry Weight: 8,415 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,425 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

Why I Chose It: Swiveling Entertainment Center

This Keystone Hideout is one of the market’s most spacious front kitchen travel trailers. It comes standard with a large entertainment area and chooses to use hidden storage to keep the interior clutter-free. 

Like all travel trailers with front kitchen floor plans, you get a large open cooking area with ample counterspace. This model stands out because of the rear living space with a king bed, large wardrobe, and available washer/dryer hook-up. It truly allows you to live in comfort while on the road. The Keystone Hideout 34FKDS comes with two slides, a private entrance for your bedroom, and an awning. 


Coachmen Northern Spirit 2565FK

Kitchen and living area in Coachmen Northern Spirit 2565FK at Tampa RV Show 2024
Photo by Camping World

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 29’8”
  • Dry Weight: 6,400 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,430 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 2

Why I Chose It: Panoramic Front Window and Skylight

Another excellent option for couples, the Coachmen Northern Spirit 2565FK, is similar to the Forest River Rockwood 8263MBR. Both have a king bed and rear bathroom with dual sink vanity. Where the Coachmen has a slight edge is in unloaded vehicle weight (UVW). It comes in at over 1,400 pounds lighter than the Rockwood 8263MBR.

We also love the amount of counterspace and hidden storage you get with this model. The king bed includes pull-out drawers, and you get two small pantries up near the kitchen. This model comes with two slides and an outside refrigerator. 


Coachmen Catalina Legacy 263FKDS

Coachmen Catalina Legacy 263FKDS floorplan
Photo by Coachmen RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 30’
  • Dry Weight: 6,869 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,731 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 5

Why I Chose It: The Cargo Rack

Are you looking to bring along your mountain bikes or other gear? The Coachmen Catalina Legacy 263FKDS comes with a 200-pound capacity fold-down gear pack on the rear of the trailer. This model also comes with almost 1,700 pounds of extra cargo capacity, so load it up for your adventure. 

The model sleeps up to five, with multiple interior options for the dining and entertainment area. The kitchen area comes with two pantries and spacious overhead cabinets for ample storage. It comes standard with a queen-sized bed, two slides, and an awning. 


Forest River Puma 31FKRK

Forest River Puma 31FKRK floorplan
Photo by Forest River RV

Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 37’11”
  • Dry Weight: 8,333 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,597 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 5

Why I Chose It: Private Master Suite Entry

This Forest River Palomino Puma is another great full-size option for those looking for a little more space on the road. Like the other extended trailers on this list, the Puma has a large entertaining area and rear living space with washer/dryer hookups. This model, in particular, comes with a lot of outdoor storage for bringing extra gear along for the ride.

You get two sofas to lounge on, a full-sized shower for washing away the day’s grime, and a spacious retreat with a king-size bed to relax in at the end of the day. 


FAQs About Front Kitchen Travel Trailers

Front kitchen in Heartland Eddie Bauer 33FK
Photo by Heartland RV

Still have questions about whether or not a front kitchen travel trailer is right for you? Check out some of our most frequently asked questions. 

Do travel trailers have kitchens?

Yes! Travel trailers come with different kitchen layout options. This article explores front kitchen travel trailers, but you can also find rear and middle kitchen travel trailer floorplans. 

Some travel trailers also have standard or optional outdoor kitchens available for when you prefer to cook outside. With any RV, you can always put your personal touch on the decor and layout with renovations. We love these ten easy hacks for personalizing or renovating your RV kitchen.

How do you organize a kitchen in a travel trailer?

Organizing your travel trailer kitchen is just like managing your home kitchen on a smaller scale. Prioritize space-saving tricks by getting custom storage containers to maximize your refrigerator space or getting stackable containers to fill your pantry. 

You’ll want to make sure you keep your most-used items in easy-access areas and put less popular items to the back. If you need more counterspace when you are prepping ingredients, building a DIY stove or sink cover is relatively easy and cost-effective. Here’s how you can do this project yourself.

How do you stock a camper kitchen?

From your cooking gear to your actual food, stocking a camper is incredibly personal to how you like to prepare your food. Some non-negotiables every camp chef should have are a cast iron skillet, a spice rack, and a multi-use chef’s knife, but here are some other camp kitchen recommendations to get you started. 

If you want more must-haves for your RV kitchen and beyond, check out our full kitchen and living essentials list. 

Is it worth living in a travel trailer?

Absolutely! Living on the road in a travel trailer can be a great option for remote or seasonal gig workers and retirees. Choosing a travel trailer over a motorized camper comes with many benefits. 

For one, you can unhook your trailer and have your car for day use as needed. Living on the road can reduce stress, see new things, and travel for less. Is full-time RV living on the road right for you? Get an intro from Camping World contributor and full-time RVer Kerisa Kiele Tiongson.

What are the RV abbreviations?

Understanding the many RV abbreviations helps you shop smarter as you hone in on the floorplan that suits your needs. So we broke them down for you.

Layout AbbreviationsBed AbbreviationsSlide Abbreviations
FK: Front Kitchen
FB: Front Bath
OK: Outside Kitchen
RK: Rear Kitchen
RB: Rear Bath
RL: Rear Living
FL: Front Living
K/KB: King Bed
Q/QB: Queen Bed
BH: Bunk House
DS: Dinette Slide
S: Single Slide
SS: Super Slide
WS: Without Slide

We love the space and extra-homey feel that front kitchen travel trailers provide to RVers. If you are new to RVing or want to get more information about different types of RVs and camping tips, here are a few other articles to explore. 

Which is your favorite front kitchen travel trailer and why? Let us know in the comments below.

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