7 Front Living Travel Trailer RVs Worth a Second Look


Stephanie Hatley

Favorite Trip

Staying at Watchman Campground inside Zion National Park was one of the best experiences of my life! We also love Acadia, and my kids are begging us to return to White Sands.

Home Base

North Carolina

Favorite RV

Our family travels in a 2022 Grand Design Reflection 28BH, but we hope to one day own an Airstream!

About Contributor

Our family hit the road in September 2021. We spend more time traveling than we do in NC, and because of that, we’ve visited 28 states and 19 of the 63 national parks so far. We love roadschooling, meeting new people, trying new foods, and embracing our beautiful country on this adventure!

Do you enjoy camping with friends? Perhaps you like sitting down and watching a movie with your partner after a day of hiking. Or maybe you want ample countertop space to prepare healthy meals. A comfortable living area is necessary for an enjoyable camping experience in all of these scenarios.

Today, we’re looking at seven front living travel trailers that provide this benefit. Whether you’re a solo traveler looking for a lightweight trailer or a family of five needing a spacious interior, this list has something for everyone who longs to have the front living floorplan.

What is a Front Living RV?

Grand Design Imagine XLS 24BSE Floorplan
Grand Design Imagine XLS 24BSE Floorplan Photo by Grand Design

When walking around any RV dealership, you’ll notice different layouts among towable trailers. While motorized RVs tend to have the living area right behind the cab and the bedroom in the rear, towable RVs have various floorplans.

You might find the kitchen in the front or rear of the unit. If you have a family, you’ll likely search for a bunkhouse. Some newer models even offer two full bedrooms – one in the rear and one in the front. Because there’s no front cab in a towable RV, there’s more floorplan flexibility.

Today, we’re looking at front living travel trailers. Some models feature dining and lounging areas in the front of the trailer. Depending on the unit’s size, there may only be a dinette or a sofa. Larger trailers will have more amenities. But they all have the dining and lounging space at the front and the sleeping area at the rear.

Many RVers love front living travel trailer floorplans because they typically offer more room to hang out. A travel trailer with a front living room is an excellent option for campers who enjoy entertaining or hosting friends. These floorplans also tend to have a more “homey” feel because of the separation of spaces. The kitchen comfortably flows into the living space to provide optimal entertaining experiences.

If you’re interested in front living fifth wheels, check out this article to learn more about the benefits of these units!

Picks for The Best Front Living Travel Trailer of 2024

When looking at the best front living travel trailers, we divided our list into small units under 25 feet and large models over 25 feet. While they all feature a front living space, they’re all a bit different with special designs. 

Small Travel Trailers with a Front Living Area Under 25 Feet

These small travel trailers under 25 feet are also under 6,000 pounds. Three of the four have no slide-outs, which keeps them around 3,000-4,000 pounds. The heaviest option, the Grand Design Imagine, is built with two slides, which makes it slightly heavier. Check out these options if you’re looking for a front living travel trailer under 25 feet.

Forest River Salem FSX 161QK

Kitchen in Forest River Salem FSX travel trailer
Photo by Forest River
Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 23’6”
  • Dry Weight: 3,691 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,217 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: Ample storage inside and out

The Forest River Salem FSX 161QK is another small front living travel trailer with no slides. However, the split bathroom means you still get a dry bath in this smaller space. The toilet and sink are on one side, while the shower is across the hall. The rear queen bed sits between two wardrobe closets that provide plenty of storage space.

I love how Forest River maximized the space of this travel trailer and included a large U-shaped dinette in the front that converts to a second sleeping area like the Grand Design Imagine. The L-shaped kitchen also uses space well to provide everything you need, including a fridge, sink, cooktop, microwave, storage cabinets, and drawers.

I also love the outdoor storage of the Salem FSX 161QK. The oversized doors provide easy access to gear in the front and rear. There’s also an outdoor kitchen where you can prepare meals and extend your living space outside at the campsite.

Find your new Forest River Salem FSX 161QK at Camping World!

Grand Design Imagine XLS 24BSE

Grand Design Imagine XLS front living travel trailer
Photo by Grand Design
Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 28’8”
  • Dry Weight: 5,923 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,072 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: Spacious interior

The only front living travel trailer under 25 feet with slide-outs on this list is the Grand Design Imagine XLS 24BSE. It’s extremely spacious, offering a separate rear bedroom with a queen bed, loads of storage, and a full dry bath with linen storage and a medicine cabinet.

This front living travel trailer features a large sofa, a spacious U-shaped dinette, and a fully equipped kitchen. The dinette also converts to a second sleeping area. I love how Grand Design has made this Imagine XLS feel so much bigger than 28 feet. If you have kids or dogs, there’s plenty of floor space to play and run around. If you want to entertain friends, this layout offers the most room for guests.

There’s also a double-entry, which means easy access to the bathroom to wash hands or take off dirty shoes. The front entry door leads directly into the living area, so you’ll feel like your private space in the rear is closed off to guests.

Find your new Grand Design Imagine XLS 24BSE at Camping World!

Rockwood Geo Pro G15TB

Rockwood Geo Pro 15GTB dinette
Photo by Rockwood
Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 15’8”
  • Dry Weight: 2,846 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,061 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 2

Favorite Feature: Compact versatility

When you walk through a trailer that’s less than 16 feet long, you probably don’t expect to find a king bed. The Rockwood Geo Pro G15TB offers just that. Or, if you prefer, you can configure the rear to have two twin beds. The versatility of this compact trailer makes this one of the best front living units under 25 feet.

I love the front living area with a wet bath, 12-volt fridge, convection microwave, recessed cooktop, and kitchen sink. You don’t have entertaining space in this smaller travel trailer, but you have everything you need and plenty of room for one or two people to move about. You also have a large cargo carrying capacity (CCC) to load this unit with all your camping gear safely.

I also love that an SUV or light-duty truck can easily tow the Geo Pro. If you just want a camper to enjoy a few weekends a year, this unit won’t require purchasing a large truck.

Find your new Rockwood Geo Pro G15TB at Camping World!

Airstream Bambi 16RB

Airstream Bambi front living travel trailer
Photo by Airstream
Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 16’1”
  • Dry Weight: 3,050 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 450 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: Quality and functionality

Airstream offers top-quality aluminum travel trailers from the small Basecamp up to the 30+ foot Classic. I love the Bambi trailer because of the integrity of Airstream. I also love how Airstream has put so much functionality into a small space. The rear 48″ x 78″ bed offers a comfortable sleeping area. You’ll find plenty of storage options like a hanging closet, under-the-bed storage, cabinets, and overhead lockers.

The front living area includes a stove, sink, microwave, and small refrigerator. Across from the kitchen is a wet bath with a showerhead pass-through if you prefer an outdoor shower. And unlike the Rockwood Geo Pro travel trailer, the Bambi 16RB has a designated eating area with a booth dinette to seat four. I also love the panoramic dinette window that offers amazing views.

Find your new Airstream Bambi 16RB at Camping World!

Larger Travel Trailers with a Front Living Room

We also have three excellent options if you need more space and prefer a front living travel trailer over 25 feet long. While the previous units have front dining areas to accommodate two to four people, these larger models offer more entertaining space. If you have a larger family or enjoy hosting guests, check out these spacious front living travel trailers.

Crossroads Zinger-Lite ZR259FL

Crossroads Zinger Lite 259FL
Photo by Crossroads RV
Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 29’11”
  • Dry Weight: 5,258 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 2,342 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: Feels like a home

When you walk into the Crossroads Zinger-Lite ZR259FL trailer, you might think you’ve stepped into a fifth wheel. It feels so spacious with the front living layout. I love the half-wall in the kitchen that provides some separation from the living room. Here, you’ll find bar stools and plenty of counterspace. On the other side of this wall is a loveseat that sits in front of an entertainment center. This front living design truly feels like a home.

The kitchen includes a 12-volt fridge, microwave, oven, and stainless steel sink. In the rear of the travel trailer is a queen bed with side wardrobes behind a sliding privacy door. The bath is split, with the toilet and sink on one side of the hall and the shower on the other. This Crossroads floorplan is unique for a travel trailer.

Find your new CrossRoads Zinger-Lite ZR259FL at Camping World!

Dutchmen Kodiak Ultimate 3371FLSL

Dutchmen Kodiak Ultimate front living travel trailer
Photo by Dutchmen
Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 37’3”
  • Dry Weight: 7,564 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 2,116 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Favorite Feature: Massive interior

The largest front living travel trailer on this list is the Dutchmen Kodiak Ultimate 3371FLSL. It has everything you need, whether you’re traveling full-time or hitting the local campground on weekends. The three slide-outs make this travel trailer feel more like a small apartment.

I love how this layout feels more like a fifth wheel with the kitchen island, dinette, theater seating, sofa, and entertainment center in the front living area. There’s plenty of space to entertain friends, host a game night, or watch a sporting event. There’s also an additional hutch with storage and more counterspace.

A full bath and bedroom are in the back half of this travel trailer. This bedroom features a king-size bed, fireplace, and linen closet. There’s no shortage of storage either, and with a cargo-carrying capacity of over 2,000 pounds, you can tote everything you need to make your camping experience enjoyable and comfortable.

Find your new Dutchmen Kodiak Ultimate 3371FLSL at Camping World!

Airstream Classic 30RB

Airstream Classic
Photo by Airstream
Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 31’5”
  • Dry Weight: 7,725 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 2,275 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 5

Favorite Feature: Windows, windows, and more windows

If you camp in scenic locations, perhaps boondocking on BLM land out west or setting up on the beaches of southeastern Texas, the Airstream Classic 30RB makes you feel like you’re truly one with nature. Owners enjoy panoramic views in the rear and front, whether enjoying breakfast in bed or reading a book on the front sofa. Windows are also at the dinette and kitchen counter. I love this travel trailer’s open and bright feel, even without slides.

The front living floorplan features a large sofa that converts to a second sleeping area and ample floor space for pets or kids to play. The booth dinette can seat up to four and provides a third sleeping space if needed. In the rear is a queen bed or optional twin beds. This model also features a split bathroom in the hallway.

Like all Airstream travel trailers, the Classic 30RB is built with quality construction. And because the Classic is the top-of-the-line model, you’ll also find high-end appliances and finishes throughout.

Find your new Airstream Classic 30RB at Camping World!

FAQs About Front Living Travel Trailers

Couple asking RV salesperson about a front living travel trailer from Grand Design
Photo by Camping World

You may have a few questions about purchasing a travel trailer with a front living room. While this floorplan is ideal for some campers, it’s not the best solution for everyone. Let’s look at a few common questions to help you decide if one of these seven models is right for you.

What is the difference between a front living and rear living RV?

The biggest difference between front living and rear living RVs is the position of the dining and lounging space. Rear living floor plans feature a front bedroom with a rear living space that may include a sofa, dinette, and kitchen. Walking into these travel trailers, the living area is to the left.

On the other hand, a front living travel trailer will have the designated dining and lounging space to the right. The bedroom is in the rear of the unit. Typically, the bathroom is also towards the rear of the trailer. Thus, the floorplan is flipped.

What are the best months to buy a travel trailer?

Because of consumer demand during the summer, prices of RVs tend to increase. This is the worst time to buy a travel trailer. However, the fall and winter are prime months to save money on used or new RVs. Many dealerships are making room for new models, and owners don’t want to winterize an RV they intend to sell.

Does the 10-year rule apply to travel trailers?

The 10-year rule is a code that many upscale RV resorts abide by to keep up appearances. These campgrounds don’t want older models arriving because they might look too drab, dirty, or weathered. Regardless of whether or not you think this is fair, this is common among many resorts that offer higher-end amenities.

Travel trailers are just like any other RV when it comes to the 10-year rule. Office staff will usually ask for your trailer’s year, make, and model. Sometimes, they’ll require photos. If your travel trailer isn’t up to standards, you might not be allowed to make a reservation.

While I love the front living floorplan of these seven travel trailers, you may be more interested in discovering your options for rear living models or bunkhouse models. It might even be worth comparing layouts to help you make the best choice for your camping style. 

To learn more, you can check out our article about popular travel trailer floorplans.

If you’re a chef who wants to cook in your RV just like you do at home, you might be interested in front kitchen travel trailers. These units feature spacious kitchens with ample countertop space and all the necessary appliances to feel like home.

No matter what floorplan you’re searching for, you’ll find it at Camping World. Get started making memories at the campsite this camping season!

I’d love to know your favorite front living travel trailer. Leave a comment below with the model and your favorite features!

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