Recommended Full Time Living 5th Wheels

by Jasmine (New Mexico)

Question: Hello, my family of 5 (my husband, three children, and myself) are planning to be a “full time family” in about 3 years. We are looking for a 5th wheel with a bunkhouse.

We’ve seen families make modifications – adding bunks and that’s not really something we are interested in doing.

I was curious to get the opinion of current full time families in regards to which 5th wheels you would recommend. I’ve looked into the Keystone Montana Mountaineer, Forest River Sandpiper among a few others. When I try to research, I get mix-reviews (naturally), so getting first hand insight would be very helpful.

Also, I realize that some 5th wheels and RVs simply aren’t intended for full time use. We are new to this and look forward to gaining knowledge and wisdom as we pursue our new lifestyle, but also from others who have forged ahead of us! Thank you so much!

Answer: We invite comments from fulltiming families. From our perspective, it will boil down to weighing the tradeoffs. As you ponder different brands and floor plans, it is important that you try to envision your day-to-day activities. That way you can try to prioritize the important attributes you need in a fifth wheel.

Consider where you will spend you time in the fifth wheel, doing what activities, sitting where? Will there be a workable living arrangement for all of you? Privacy for you and your husband? Will the kids get a bit of their own space? Think about storage inside and outside the rig.
Consider the pros and cons of each unit you consider – and maybe write them down, take a video of the units to watch later on. If you are three years away, you are doing the right thing to research and consider possibilities now.

We hope you will see some more comments to help you out.

Comments for Recommended Full Time Living 5th Wheels

Apr 08, 2016 Full Time Living
by: Anonymous

I and my 2 teenaget boys live in a 2010 Keystone Springdale. It has a full size bed in the front and 3 bunks in the back with an actual door for privacy and the front bedroom has a sliding door. It has 1 slide out, couch and dinette, it also has an outdoor kitchen, shower. We love it. Hope this helps you.

Feb 23, 2016 fulltime family of 6
by: Anonymous

I am looking for the perfect set up for us. Fifth wheel;
*Four seasons
*Bunkhouse with four bunks
*King size bed in master
*Bathtub in master
*Additional bathroom for kids
*Electric fireplace under entertainment center
*multiple slides for a roomed feel
*dark cozy coloring

Thank you,

Jan 17, 2015 I am a family of 5 !
by: Anonymous

Yes you can! We are living in the grand design, momentum, toy hauler.. The kids have bunk beds (bench turns into queen size bed and then another bed comes down so they are bunks!! And then during the day we lift them both up to the ceiling so is a nice large play area!! We have only been doing it very short time.. Seems to be working great!! Good luck. And do not let people scare you out of doing this!! Such an amazing. Experience even with kids!

Oct 15, 2014 full time living
by: tractor man

5 people in a 5th wheel. Yikes! Maybe a 38′ footer with 3 slides? I live in a 30′ ft. With 1 big slide out, just me and my 2 cats and believe me, it’s cozy. Lots of other stuff 2 consider….skirting, furnace, water freezing, ect. It can be a challenge. Been up here over 6 years, and I’m still learning. Roof leaks..water supply…propane tank, and on and on. Not complaining though, works really well and is low budget, and the location is awesome! Winter will be a shock!

Oct 28, 2013 Toy Haulers
by: Denise

You might want to look into some toy haulers some of them have queen size bunk beds in them.