If you are looking for comfort and adventure in your travels, a fifth-wheel trailer will offer both.
They are fully equipped with a living area, kitchen, and a bedroom for off-road camping. These trailers are capable of boondocking as you have all the amenities.
Because the fifth wheel is detached from the truck, it’s easy to tow and set up. You will have your vehicle free from the extra load for exploring those tough terrains.
Families, couples, or a single person can use them depending on the size. Fifth-wheel trailers are still popular, mostly among seasoned veterans of the RV lifestyle.
They tend to be larger, ranging from 17′ to 45′.
Here are the 7 best 5th wheels under 25 feet:
1. Allen Idle-Time 219 RKS
Starting Price: $25,000
The 2018 Allen Idle model is 8½ feet wide with a length of 24 feet ten inches. It is effortless to tow, thanks to its minimal length and weight.
If you want to get a camper big enough for your family yet easy to maneuver around, the 219 KRS is excellent.
The 219 RKS comes in white and grey colors offering attractive designs. In the front, the camper comes with a power jack and hitch light enabling the driver to see behind the trailer. At 11 feet, 4 inches tall, it is short enough to fit under almost any bridge or fuel-station overhang.
The Allen fifth wheel has one shallow-depth slide out that extends the living area considerably in the camper. It is also a lightweight trailer with a GVWR of 7,600 pounds and can be towed by various full-size gas and diesel pickups.
This nimble trailer has a generous cargo capacity of 2,700 pounds, allowing for storage of plenty of gear and provisions for longer-term travel.
The camper sits on a dual axle trailer and is made out of sturdy and lightweight aluminum. It’s fully insulated with spun fiberglass to make it an all-weather trailer for use in all four seasons.
There are three tanks in this trailer: 36-gallon fresh water tank, 38-gallon gray water, and 38-gallon black water tanks located under the trailer bed and are fully insulated.
This 2018 model comes with a fantastic floor plan that is very efficient. The entry door is located at the back of the trailer and opens up to a kitchen galley with a stove, refrigerator, and sink.
The living area comes with a sofa and a dinette area. A full bathroom is located between the living area and the bedroom with a queen bed with a large closet.
The camper can comfortably accommodate four adults as the dinette converts into a double bed that can sleep two. There is enough storage in the camper for you to pack for extended periods or live in full time.
Also, it is affordably priced, with a base MSRP of just over $25,000. Optional upgrades include a walk-on roof heated basement, solar power, and satellite TV.
- Length of the camper- 24′ 10″
- Interior height – 7’ 3”
- Freshwater capacity – 36 gallons
- Black/ gray water capacity – 38/38 gallons
- LP Gas cap.- 10 gallons
- GVWR – 7600 lbs
- Cargo cap – 2700 lbs
2. Escape 5.0 TA
Starting Price: $45,000
With a length of just over 21 feet and a GVWR of 5,500 pounds, the Canadian-built 5.0 TA is one of the smallest, lightest, and most maneuverable fifth wheels in this list.
Its four-star rated (RV Consumer Group) trailer is made purely from molded fiberglass body, a lightweight yet extremely rugged unit recommended for off-road travel.
Made entirely of hand-laid fiberglass in a two-piece mold, Escape 5.0 is lightweight and aerodynamic, offering a low center of gravity for increased road stability. This shell is built around a frame constructed with thick steel tubing, eliminating any chance of fatigue.
The trailer is wide to give the user more interior space at a total width of seven feet and 4 inches and a height of 9 feet.
With a dry weight of only 3210lbs, the Escape 5.0 has been designed specifically for mid-sized vehicles such as SUVs and mid-sized trucks with a V6 engine or a minimum towing capacity of 5000lbs and cargo capacity of 1600 pounds.
A 28-gallon fresh water tank and 68 gallons of waste capacity are adequate for short-duration dry camping.
Escape 5.0 is fitted with 15-inch tires with spare, LED marker lights, a 10-foot Fiesta awning, and dual LP gas cylinders located near the hitch’s front.
Don’t be fooled by the compact size of the trailer; it has all the amenities you need when camping. Its small kitchen still boasts a 6.7-cubic-foot refrigerator, two-burner cooktop, microwave, and sink roomy enough to get the job done. There is a lot of cabinetry for all your storage solutions in the camper.
The trade-off for the trailer’s nimble size and weight is a wet bath without a dedicated shower stall. There is a permanent queen bed, and the dinette doubles as an extra bed for those traveling with kids or guests,
At a price point starting at $45000, with a two-year warranty, the Escape will serve you well for a long time.
- Total Length- 21’2”
- Total Height- 9’7”
- Total Width- 7’4”
- Dry Weight -3,700lbs
- Cargo cap. – 1615 lbs
- Freshwater cap. – 28 gal.
- Black/gray water tanks – 30/28 gal
- LP Gas cap. -10 gal
3. The Scamp 5th wheel
Starting Price: $20,000
The Scamp is a small trailer with 19 feet that is perfect for boondocking. It’s light to tow with most trucks and is self-contained for your dry camping needs.
It has no slide-outs, and with an exterior height of under nine feet, it will clear all bridges and overhangs.
The lightweight fiberglass trailer has a GVWR of 3,500 pounds and fits easily in tight spaces and garages for storage purposes. Its 1,000 pounds of cargo capacity is significant for its diminutive size.
The trade-off for this affordable package is a small interior with a queen-size loft bed and a small bathroom.
The Scamp offers 2 sleeping quarters, a bed in the loft, and a dinette that transforms into a double bed that can sleep another adult: a sink, gas stove, and a 4.6-cubic-foot refrigerator in your compact kitchen. The trailer offers excellent storage solutions for clothes and food inside the camper.
Some compartments are large to store camping essentials like hunting gear and a generator on the outside.
Holding tanks are small, which can cut short your dry camping. There are alternatives to this; you can use campground facilities or switch to a composting toilet that does not need water.
The scamp is available in two-floor plans. The pricier deluxe model offers a microwave, a shower, toilet, and stairs to the loft bed but gives up 300 pounds of carrying capacity.
With a base price under $20,000, this 19-Foot camper is affordable.
- Length of the camper- 19′
- Interior width – 6’ 8”
- Interior height – 6’ 3”
- Exterior height- 8’ 10”
- Freshwater capacity – 12 gallons
- Black/ gray water capacity – 9.5/21 gallons
- LP Gas cap.- 10 gallons
- GVWR – 3500 lbs
- Cargo cap 1000 lbs
4. Livin’ Lite Mercury
Starting Price: $45,000
Livin’ Lite is well known for its lightweight all-aluminum folding camping trailers and truck campers.
The Mercury fifth-wheel by Livin’ Lite is a 24-foot aluminum camper with two-floor plans, each equipped with a single slide out.
Mercury is designed for half-ton pickups with GVWRs in the 3,500-4,500 lb range. The floor plans feature double bunks or a queen bed in the master.
The trailer comes with sufficient outside storage for all your camping gear. There are many compartments in different sizes for all your needs.
Mercury camper has a galley kitchen with a sink, stove, and refrigerator for your cooking needs. The kitchen comes with cabinets for your dishes, pots, and a pantry for your food.
The living area has a sofa that turns into a bed. A dinette sits on the slide-out, and when opened, it increases the size of the living area.
This trailer has a separate shower and toilet located opposite each other just before the bedroom with a queen bed and a wardrobe.
The mercury is available in two-floor plans and at an MSRP of $45000. The trailer can accommodate four people comfortably and is towable with a half-ton truck.
- Length of the camper- 24′
- Interior width – 7.65”
- Interior height – 12.58’
- Freshwater capacity – 63 gallons
- Black/ gray water capacity – 34/34 gallons
- LP Gas cap.- 14.2 gallons
- Dry weight – 4170 lbs
- GVWR- 5100 lbs
- Cargo cap – 930 lbs
5. Sabre Lite 25RL 5th Wheel Trailer
Starting Price: $47,000
Forest River’s Sabre Lite 25RL trailer features an ultra-comfortable trailer with quality craftsmanship built into this model.
This model comes with the classic paint job of black and white found in Forest River trailers. This camper is big enough to extend, yet it’s short of making towing with a ton truck easy.
The Sabre Lite comes with three-floor plans to choose from.
The trailer sits on a double axel bed that is aluminum build, which is both light and sturdy. The sidewall construction is done with molded fiberglass that is well insulating and durable.
The trailer has two slide-outs that ultimately increase the livable square footage.
Weight-wise, the trailer has a base weight of 7,224 lbs and a carrying capacity of 4256 lbs. The Sabre Lite is a 24 feet trailer with a width of 8ft and 12 ft and comes with front and rear leveling jacks.
The standard package comes with a 16 feet power retractable awning with LED lighting on the outside.
Also, the trailer comes with many exterior storage compartments that are heated. The trailer comes with double insulated frameless windows and two fans for venting.
The floors are carpet in the bedroom and vinyl in the living area. It’s prewired for solar connection and comes with heat and air conditioning pre-installed.
The Sabre has an open layout with a living area with a slide-out. The back has a sofa that turns into a double bed. There is a four-sitter dining table in the slide-out. The kitchen is fully equipped with a double sink refrigerator and a three-burner stove with a hood.
The kitchen comes with inbuilt storage cabinets. This trailer comes with a full bathroom with a flush toilet, shower cubicle, and a sink.
The bedroom is located in the front of the camper. It comes with a queen bed with two side cabinets on each side. The second slide out is in the bedroom and provides a lot of space for a large closet.
With a base pricing of $47000, this trailer is great for full-timers or campers on the road for extended periods. It’s easy to tow with a ¾ tone truck.
- Length of the camper- 25′
- Interior width – 8”
- Interior height – 12.58’
- Freshwater capacity – 31 gallons
- Black/ gray water capacity – 42/42 gallons
- LP Gas cap.- 60 gallons
- Dry weight – 7224 lbs
- GVWR- 11480 lbs
- Cargo cap 4256 lbs
6. Reflection 220RK Fifth Wheel
Starting Price: $40,000
The Reflection 220RK fifth wheel features all of the amenities you need to enjoy comfort and convenience as you travel.
The Reflection weighs under 7,000 lbs and can be towed using a half-ton or short bed truck. It comes with a 90-degree turning point, a front aerodynamic cap with a maximum turn radius, and a marine-grade hitch.
This aluminum trailer comes with coated ivory fiberglass construction.
THE 220RK offers a rear kitchen layout and a private front bedroom. The camper has unobstructed pass-through storage for all of your outdoor camping items. It comes with aluminum entry steps along the curbside toward the rear of the unit.
A retractable awning covers the entry door and provides a bit of outdoor space to enjoy while camping.
You enter the camper to a kitchen landing. There is a deep sink, a three-burner stove, a microwave above the stove, and many storage cabinets providing plenty of overhead cabinets for dishes and other cookware.
Adjacent, you will find a refrigerator and pantry within the slide-out along the roadside wall.
The living area comes with a coach and a dining area. You will find a corner chaise lounge to your right side, just inside the door. A dinette seats four next to the sofa. Three steps lead to the bathroom and bedroom.
The bathroom features a shower with a skylight, a toilet, and a vanity with a sink, including overhead storage.
The very front of this Grand Design Reflection 220RK model provides a private bedroom with a sliding door that includes a queen-sized bed with overhead cabinets and a closet for clothing storage off the foot of the bed near the curbside wall.
Finally, this camper has an MVPC of $40,500.
- Length of camper- 25.6’
- Interior width – 8”
- Interior height – 11.9’
- Freshwater capacity – 52 gallons
- Black/ gray water capacity – 39/71 gallons
- LP Gas cap. – 60 gallons
- Dry weight – 6945 lbs
- GVWR – 8995 lbs
- Cargo cap. – 4256 lbs
Check out this great video on the 2019 Grand Design Reflection 220RK Fifth Wheel!
7. 2019 KZ Sportsmen 231RK Fifth Wheel
Starting Price: $25,000
This Sportsmen 231RK fifth wheel by KZ offers a single slide, walk-through bath, and a rear kitchen. The 231RK trailers have a dry weight of 6100 lbs and a total capacity of 7000lbs.
The camper is an all-climate weather thanks to the climate package that includes an insulated and heated camper that can adapt to all seasons on the road.
As you enter the camper, you will find the kitchen area with a pantry, three burner range, microwave, and a double kitchen sink along the rear wall. The living area has a 70″ sofa and a dinette, transforming into beds to make room for more sleeping areas.
The couch is situated on a slide-out that pulls out to increase the square footage in the living area.
On the gooseneck part of the trailer is where the bedroom is located. The front bedroom has a queen bed with wardrobes on either side. There is a bathroom located between the living area and the bedroom.
This trailer has many windows for cross ventilation. There are plenty of overhead cabinets inside the fifth wheel, a large exterior pass-through storage area, and a 15′ awning.
At an MVRP of $25,000, this trailer is all you need for your adventures. It’s spacious and can sleep six people to bring everyone with you on your next trip.
- Length of the camper- 25′ 3″
- Interior width – 8”
- Interior height – 11”11’
- Freshwater capacity – 38 gallons
- Black/ gray water capacity – 53/53 gallons
- LP Gas cap.- 30 gallons
- Dry weight – 6100 lbs
- GVWR- 7000 lbs
- Cargo cap 900 lbs
Benefits of buying a 5th wheel:
Spacious living space
This type of RV offers a sufficient living area to accommodate you and your family.
Depending on the model and inside design, you can easily fit four adults in a 25 feet RV.
They come fully equipped with a living area, kitchen, bathroom, dinette, and a bedroom area.
1. More Stable Ride
The longer they are, the more unstable RV vehicles are to tow.
The 25 feet trailer is easy to tow due to its size and no overhangs, making driving on uneven surfaces harder. Unless you are planning to buy two new vehicles, make sure your pickup or truck can tow the weight of the fifth wheel camper.
Larger pickups with a long bed are usually the best option for towing.
You will need to know whether your pickup truck will need a slider hitch as this can add expense. The slider hitch also affects how your truck maneuvers with the trailer attached.
2. Less maintenance
Fifth wheels tend to have fewer maintenance costs compared to motor homes.
This is because the trailer is detached from the truck. You will be maintaining your vehicle more, and it costs less to train.
Also, insurance costs are much lower for the fifth wheel than for motor homes.
These trailers are spacious and luxurious houses away from home.
They add the convenience of being able to park the trailer and venture off without towing it.
You can park it in the camping grounds and venture into town or terrain without the added weight of towing.
Buying a travel trailer is a significant investment. The fifth-wheel trailer is well constructed to give you value for your money.
You will use these trailers for years, maybe even decades of fun and adventure.