The Best RVs for Families of 2024

Contributor

Kerri Cox

Favorite Trip

First 4,000-Mile Road Trip

Home Base

Springfield, Missouri

Favorite RV

Leisure Travel Vans Unity

About Contributor

Kerri Cox is a teacher and freelance writer. After hating the outdoors for much of her life, an RV trip with her in-laws to Colorado changed Kerri’s life. She soon bought an RV and began traveling with her family. See her journeys at travelswithbirdy.com.

RV travel offers a unique way to make memories with your family. Start the day by heading into a national park and end it with s’mores around a campfire. Before you can hit the road with the kids, you need to find the right family RV for you. Hundreds of models are available. This list of the best RVs for families will help you find a perfect fit for yours.

My family started our adventures in a 19-foot bunkhouse with very little interior space. We traveled thousands of miles and hundreds of days with our kids before we opted to upgrade to a larger trailer with more amenities. The only thing I would change about our adventures is buying an RV earlier!

Finding the best RV for your family starts with finding the type of RV that fits your lifestyle. Check out our Complete Guide to RV Types to learn more. Then, look for the floorplan, amenities, and features that fit your preferences and budget. 

To help you narrow down your search, we’ve gathered a top pick and a runner up in each major RV category:

Best Travel Trailer for Families

Forest River Wildwood 29VBUD

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Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 36’2”
  • Dry Weight: 7,728 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,982 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 8

This Forest River Wildwood is a top travel trailer for families due to its versatility. Sometimes, when our kids are little, we don’t think about how they’ll grow – or the fact that they will eventually move out. The Wildwood 29VBUD has a massive bunk room with two single beds and a larger Versa queen bed. 

In the 29VBUD, all three bunkhouse beds have enough room for older kids. A rear gear door makes the room useful for storage once the kids are no longer RVing with the family regularly. Thanks to its 36-foot length, this trailer has room for a private main bedroom with a tilting king bed.


Runner Up For The Best Family Travel Trailer

Forest River Grey Wolf 26DBH

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Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 31’9”
  • Dry Weight: 5,795 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,930
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 9

As a runner up, the Grey Wolf travel trailer is another top family-size RV, offering double-over-double bunks, a sofa, a U-dinette, and a queen bed. Extend the living space outside, thanks to an exterior kitchen and a television mount under the 15’ power awning.


Best Fifth Wheel for Families

Forest River Sabre 37FLL

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Travel Trailer Specs

  • Length: 42’9”
  • Dry Weight: 12,008 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 3,072 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 8 (not including the bunk/storage loft over the bathroom)

For families wanting plenty of space, this Forest River Sabre is a top fifth wheel option with a front living room offering two tri-fold sofas and theater seating, a perfect space for movie night. The kitchen has an enormous amount of counterspace for preparing family meals.

Parents will enjoy a private rear bedroom all their own, while the kids can head up to a loft with room for bunk pads. An additional loft offers extra storage for all the toys and gear your family totes along but it can also be used as a small sleeping area in a pinch.


Runner Up For The Best Family Fifth Wheel

Grand Design Reflection 298BH

Grand Design Reflection 298BH living area
Photo by Grand Design
Travel Trailer Specs
  • Length: 34’9”
  • Dry Weight: 8,986 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 2,009 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 8

The Grand Design Reflection 298BH is runner up for the best fifth wheel for families thanks to its three-bunk bedroom, which offers ample sleeping and storage space for the kids. Parents will appreciate the amount of living space in the center of the floorplan and the private front bedroom.


Best Luxury Fifth Wheel for Families

Prime Time Sanibel 3952FBWB

Prime Time Sanibel 3952FBWB
Photo by Prime Time Manufacturing

Fifth Wheel Specs

  • Length: 46’2”
  • Dry Weight: 12,875 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 3,487 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 8

Want to take all of your residential luxuries on the road for vacation? The Prime Time Sanibel 3952FBWB is a top luxury fifth wheel RV for families, with a bunkhouse featuring twin-over-twin beds and a separate bathroom for the kids. I know many parents who would consider this a top amenity.

Head to the central living space in the Sanibel 3952FBWB to find a convenient flip-up breakfast bar (another feature parents will appreciate) beside the generously sized sofa. At the end of the day, retreat to the private main bedroom to relax in front of the electric fireplace. Double sinks with mirrored vanities in the private bathroom are a bonus.


Runner Up For The Best Luxury Family Fifth Wheel

Keystone Montana High Country 381TB

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Fifth Wheel Specs
  • Length: 42’5”
  • Dry Weight: 14,364 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 2,136 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 10

The runner up for top luxury fifth wheel for families is this Keystone Montana High Country floorplan, which offers a massive living room and kitchen outfitted with desirable amenities. The versatile sleeping spaces make this RV perfect for traveling with older kids or bringing friends and family along, thanks to the rear bedroom with a queen bed, a private bathroom, and an additional entrance.


Best Toy Hauler for Families

Alliance Valor 36V11

Alliance Valor 36V11
Photo by Alliance RV

Toy Hauler Specs

  • Length: 39’8”
  • Dry Weight: 13,903 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 3,047 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 8

Toy haulers just make sense for many families, whether you’re hauling big toys or not. The Alliance Valor 36V11 is brimming with luxury amenities and space, making it a top toy hauler for families. The thrills start in the front main bedroom, which offers a king bed and a large wardrobe with washer/dryer prep. A private bathroom is attached.

The gathering space has a large couch, breakfast bar, step-in pantry, and separate half bath for the kids. Head to the garage to find a versatile space for children and teens with HappiJac roll-over sofas and a drop-down bed. Plus, there’s plenty of room for storing the outdoor gear, and an elevated loft offers additional storage space.


Runner Up For The Best Family Toy Hauler

Forest River Nightfall Ultra 21N

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Toy Hauler Specs
  • Length: 27’3”
  • Dry Weight: 7,098 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 4,427 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

The runner up for best toy hauler goes to Forest River Nightfall Ultra 21N. Its exterior length comes in under 30 feet, it offers a rear patio, and it has a versatile garage space, which features a sofa sleeper and a manual-lift bed with room for up to four children. Older teens can sleep comfortably, too. Parents have a semi-private bedroom.


Best Destination Trailer for Families

Crossroads Hampton 388FKL

Crossroads Hampton 388FKL
Photo by Crossroads RV

Destination Trailer Specs

  • Length: 42’11”
  • Dry Weight: 12,016 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,844 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 7

If you’re getting a destination trailer, you might as well go big. Hitting almost 43 feet in length, the Crossroads Hampton 388FKL is a top destination trailer for families. Inside, the kitchen and living room are separate spaces. The kitchen looks like something out of a luxury home, with ample storage, counterspace, and residential appliances.

The living room offers seating for the whole family. A fold-out sofa, power theater seats, and a freestanding dinette are located around an electric fireplace and a large television. The whole family also has room for sleeping. Parents will enjoy the private king bed, and kids can take their pick of one of three sleeping mats in the two lofts. 


Runner Up For The Best Family Destination Trailer

Forest River Timberwolf 16ML

Forest River Timberwolf 16ML
Photo by Forest River RV
Destination Trailer Specs
  • Length: 27’9”
  • Dry Weight: 7,109 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity: 4,131 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 5

The new Forest River Timberwolf 16ML has been garnering a lot of looks since it hit the RV market, making it a runner up for top destination trailers for families. Its 28-foot length makes it more navigable than many destination trailers. Enjoy a rear deck, two sleeping lofts, and a light-filled living room, thanks to many windows and a patio door.


Best Class A RV for Families

Forest River Georgetown 5 Series 36B

Forest River Georgetown 5 Series 36B
Photo by Forest River RV

Motorhome Specs

  • Length: 37’11”
  • GVWR: 22,000 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 80 gallons
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 10

With triple slides, two full bathrooms, and a set of bunks, the Forest River Georgetown 5 Series 36B is a top Class A motorhome for families. This roomy rig has a private main bedroom with a king bed. In addition to the mid-ship bunks, a power-lift 40″ by 82″ overhead bed adds more sleeping space for the kids. 

The Georgetown 5 Series 36B is long and roomy, featuring a galley kitchen with extendable countertops and an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator. For parents working on the road, the cab offers a passenger workstation. Upgrade to optional theater seats to add Thomas Payne recliners with massage, heat, and USB amenities.


Runner Up For The Best Family Class A RV

Thor A.C.E. 32B

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Motorhome Specs
  • Length: 33’5”
  • GVWR: 20,500 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 80 gallons
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 7

While new to the market, this Thor A.C.E motorhome is already attracting attention, making it a runner up for the top Class A motorhome for families. A full-wall slide expands the living space from front to rear. A pair of bunks is joined by a drop-down overhead cab bunk, providing enough sleeping space for three to four kids.


Best Class C RV for Families

Forest River Forester 3251DSLE

Forest River Forester 3251DSLE
Photo by Forest River RV

Motorhome Specs

  • Length: 32’3”
  • GVWR: 14,500 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 55 gallons
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 10

At first glance, you might not realize the Forest River Forester 3251DSLE can sleep ten. Taking a closer look reveals a number of features that make this a top Class C motorhome for families. The mid-ship Kid Zone offers a tri-fold sofa and a fold-down bed across from an entertainment center. One or two more children can sleep on the 60” by 80” cabover bunk.

Parents will appreciate the private bed at the rear of the Forester 3251DSLE. The opposing dinette and sofa create a cozy gathering space for the whole family, as well as more sleeping space since both convert to beds. And, as far as we know, Forest River is the only manufacturer that offers seat belts in the back jackknife sofa in the bunk area so kids can ride and play their own games or watch TV while traveling.


Runner Up For The Best Family Class C RV

Thor Freedom Elite 31FE

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Motorhome Specs
  • Length: 32’4”
  • GVWR: 14,000 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 55 gallons
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 7

Runner up for the top Class C motorhome for families goes to this Thor Freedom Elite motorhome, which features a full side-wall slide. Like the Forester 3251DSLE, this RV packs in a lot of beds, with a pair of bunks, a private queen bed, a cab-over bunk, and a convertible dinette and sofa. 


Best Class B RV for Families

Winnebago Solis 59PX

Winnebago Solis 59PX
Photo by Winnebago

Motorhome Specs

  • Length: 21’
  • GVWR: 9,350 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 24 gallons
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

While a Class B van might seem like a tight fit for a family, models with pop tops have an additional bed located atop the roof. These nimble rigs can go practically anywhere without the stress of towing. The Winnebago Solis 59PX is a top Class B van for families thanks to its versatile layout and Ram ProMaster chassis.

In the Solis 59PX, a rear Murphy bed can be folded up for more daytime living space, while the pop top expands your sleeping options. A pair of seats located behind the driving cab offers a safe place for the kids to ride with seatbelts. Open up the side door to let fresh air through the screen (while parked, of course).


Runner Up For The Best Family Class B RV

Jayco Swift 20D

Jayco Swift 20D
Photo by Jayco
Motorhome Specs
  • Length: 20’11”
  • GVWR: 9,350 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 24 gallons 
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

Runner up for the top Class B van for families goes to the Jayco Swift 20D with Pop-Top. Like the Solis 59PX, this camper van is built on the Ram ProMaster chassis and has a pop top for additional sleeping capacity. It offers a slightly larger wet bath than the Solis but less open floor space.


Hopefully, this roundup gives you inspiration for finding the best RV for your family. If none of these fits the bill, keep exploring. You’ll find an endless array of options in our full library of Find Your RV content

As with road trips, the destination is worth the journey when you start making memories with your kids. The s’mores are waiting!

Which RV would you choose for your family? Vote for your favorite in the comments below.

  • Comment (2)
  • Joe Rouleau says:

    An interesting article. Prices would have been a realistic addition to the article. Not everyone can afford a 22,000 lb. diesel Class A or huge trailer. Also, your realistic recommendations for the optimal class of truck regarding weight range, i.e. 250/350/450, etc. This would be helpful, especially if you’re trying to entice first time owners.

    Safety always being the first element of concern. Everywhere one goes, one always sees an F250 with a 4,000+ lb. camper or a “half ton” towing a thirty plus foot trailer, with the rear down and the front up. They get away with it, for a while, but it’s not very safe and will shorten the vehicle’s life and be a scary situation in an emergency. An overloaded vehicle is no fun to drive.

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