Best Bunkhouse Travel Trailers (2018 & 2019 Trailers)

Best Bunkhouse Travel Trailers (2018 & 2019 Trailers)

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One of my favorite memories growing up as a young kid was hitting the road with my family on the weekends and camping in the beautiful green back forest of Oregon. That isn’t to say that it was all sunshine and bluebirds. There were some nights that were rather uncomfortable, and I longed for the comfort of my own bed. It would have been perfect if at the time we had a trailer with a nice set of bunk beds. Below in this post are the best travel trailers with bunk beds that I wish I had growing up. Many of the trailers selected are new for 2018.

15 Best Bunkhouse Travel Trailers

  1. Dutchmen Coleman Conventional Lantern Series
  2. Palomino Puma travel trailer
  3. Keystone Hideout travel trailer
  4. Dutchmen Aspen Trail travel trailer
  5. Crossroads Zinger travel trailer
  6. Jayco Jay Fight SLX
  7. Keystone LAREDO
  8. Micro Lite Bunkhouse
  9. Coachmen Chaparral
  10. The Voltage
  11. Keystone RV Outback Ultra Lite
  12. Freedom Ultralite Express
  13. Shasta Oasis Trailer
  14. Forest River Salem
  15. Shadow Cruiser

How We Created Our List Of Bunkhouse Trailers

There are a decent amount of options for trailers with bunk beds, but our goal was to only select the highest quality trailers.

We put in hours of research to select the ones that based on reviews, manufacture rating, and features could be considered the best options.

I hope you like what we selected. Please send us a message with your feedback if you feel something should be added or removed from the list, and I will be sure to make the update.

1. Dutchmen Coleman Conventional Lantern Series

Dutchmen Colemen Conventional Lantern Series

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Trailer Features

  • Front Rockguard Plate
  • Residential Grade Flooring
  • Outside Shower
  • 13,500 BTU Air Conditioner
  • 28” Door(s)
  • Power Awning with LED Patio Light
  • Exterior Speakers
  • Enclosed and Insulated Fresh Water Tank
  • Oven with 3 Burner Range
  • Sleeps 7-12
  • Dry weight 4,510 -8,421

Trailer Overview

Coleman has been around for awhile now. They have had since the year 1900 to work out the logistics of their operations, and to understand the best way to fulfill their obligations to their customers. They have done pretty well. Overall, they have a good reputation for producing what are considered quality products that suit the entry or luxury class to which that particular RV is ascribed. As for the Lantern series, Dutchmen has remained consistent in their approach. Perusing the internet forums, you will find a relatively satisfied customer base. There is a lighter version of this series called LT Lantern. Click here, if your tow vehicle requires something a bit lighter.

2. Palomino Puma Travel Trailer

2. Palomino Puma Travel Trailer

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Defining Features

  • Double Entry Doors (Where Applicable)
  • Pass-Thru Storage (Where Applicable)
  • Power Awning
  • Rubber Roof with a 12 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Rain Gutters with Large Drop Spouts
  • One-Piece, 24’ Sheet, ⅝” Floor Decking with 25 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • 2-20 Pound Gas Bottles
  • 6 Gallon DSI Hot Water Heater
  • 80” Interior Height
  • Floor Ducted Heat
  • 35,000 BTU Furnace
  • Fiberglass Cap
  • Sleeps 7-9
  • Dry weight 6370-9109

Trailer Overview

Looking through the floor plans, you will find a large selection of bunkhouse layouts. If their claims are true, Palomino offers the largest selection of bunkhouses in the industry. They have also made the claim that they have a “multitude” of standard features, and I have found that to be true as well (As you can see from the snippet above).

As with almost every RV out there, the craftsmanship is more than questionable. Reports of screws falling out and glued areas needing re-gluing are fairly common. However, I’m not coming across reports of anything serious falling apart. I’m finding a lot of people happy with this line of campers.

3. Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer

Keystone Hideout

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Defining Features

  • Diamond Plate
  • Black Tank Flush
  • Exterior Speakers
  • Full Walk on Roof
  • 96” Exterior Width
  • Lighted Adjustable Power Awning
  • 13,500 BTU Air Conditioner
  • 6 Cubit Feet Refrigerator (Residential for 38BHDS, 38FDDS, 38FKDS, 38FQDS)
  • Built-In 30,000 BTU Furnace
  • 81” Interior Height
  • 4 ½’ Crowned Roof
  • Sleeps 6-10
  • Dry weight 5785-8015
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Trailer Overview

The more popular the brand, the more prolific the complaints. Browsing through the complaint sites, you will find many unhappy customers. However, according to polls and forums, Keystone is a decent manufacturer. According to one poll, 90% of the Keystone customer base would purchase a Keystone again which is a stunningly good percentage.

4. Dutchmen Aspen Trail Travel Trailer

4. Dutchmen Aspen Trail travel trailer

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Defining Features

  • Hardwood Cabinet Doors
  • 6 Cubic Feet Gas/Electric Refrigerator
  • 6 Gallon Gas/Electric Water Heater with DSI
  • 82” Interior Height, 6 Feet Ceiling in Slide Room
  • 13,500 BTU Ducted Air
  • High Output Furnace
  • Heated and Enclosed Underbelly
  • Seamless One Piece Roof / Walk-On Roof
  • Diamond Plate Rock Guard
  • Front and Rear Stabilizing Jacks
  • Sleeps 8-11
  • Dry weight 4,811 – 8609

 

Trailer Overview

This is a budget class of travel trailers, but it doesn’t act like it. When the compliments are much easier to find than the complains; you’ve probably got something good happening. At least, that’s the case in the RV world. floor plans are well-designed, I’m finding pretty consistent customer service, and good warranty response.

5. Crossroads Zinger Travel Trailer

5. Crossroads Zinger travel trailer

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Defining Features

  • Black Tank Flush System
  • 54 Gallon Fresh Water Tank
  • Enclosed and Heated Underbelly with Forced Heat
  • Outside Shower with Hot and Cold Water
  • Nitrogen-filled Tires
  • 6 Cubic Feet Gas/Electric DSI Refrigerator
  • Stainless Steel Oven and Microwave
  • Wall Mounted Systems Monitor Panel
  • Sleeps 6-10
  • Dry weight 5828 – 8770

Trailer Overview

Crossroads is one of the many subsidiaries of the Thor company collective. Thor started in 1980, and it has grown dramatically. The range of the RV quality varies, but the Crossroads Zinger has some pretty good feedback.

As far as budget class travel trailers go, relatively speaking, these are solidly built with good quality control. Most warranty problems seem to come to reasonable resolutions. They have some lightweight models (Less than 5,000 Pounds), so the weaker tow vehicles have some options.

6. Jayco Jay Fight SLX

Jayco Jay Fight SLX

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Defining Features

  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • 6-Gallon Gas Water Heater (7-Feet-Wide floor plans)
  • 6-Gallon DSI Water Heater (8-Feet-Wide floor plans)
  • Stabilizer Jacks with Sand Pads(2 in 7-Feet-Wide; 4 in 8-Feet-Wide)
  • Power Awning
  • Front Diamond Plate
  • Range Hood
  • Bathroom Skylight
  • Sleeps 3-13
  • Dry weight 2,555 – 7,445

 

Trailer Overview

Jayco trailers has been around for half a century, and like Thor, has built an empire. The SLX’s are one of many model lines, and one of its standout features is its lightweight floor plans. If you are interested in the lighter weight plans, you should be aware of the floors. Some floor plans have composite flooring and some have plywood. It has been noted that the Jayco’s composite flooring can develop soft spots, and that the plywood floors don’t have that issue.

Aside from the composite flooring, it has a good reputation. There are some expected durability issues and those, of course, become bigger issues as “lightweight” becomes the highlight feature.

7. Keystone LAREDO

Keystone LAREDO

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Defining Features

  • Exterior Marine Grade Speakers
  • Fully Enclosed Underbelly
  • Exterior Shower with Hot & Cold Water
  • Auto Leveling Jack
  • Dinette and Storage
  • Residential-size Cabinets
  • Wardrobe Storage
  • 15,000 BTU Ducted A/C
  • 2-30 LP Bottle with Auto Changeover
  • Arched Ceiling
  • 8 Cubic Foot Refrigerator
  • 40” LED TV
  • 50” Residential Showers
  • Sleeps 4-10
  • Dry weight 6235 – 12935

 

Trailer Overview

These travel trailers have a reputation for being a good value for their price-point. Minor repairs throughout are expected, as with everything. The quality is good, so it is dependable enough.

8. Micro Lite Bunkhouse

Micro Lite Bunkhouse

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Defining Features

  • Engineered Mold and Mildew Resistant Floor Covering
  • Ducted Furnace
  • 13,5000 BTU Ducted Air (N/A 19FBS, 19FD, 19FDBH)
  • 13,5000 Roof A/C (Optional 19FDBH, 19FBS, 19FD)
  • 44” Dinette (Depending on the floor plan)
  • Single Door Auto Gas/Electric (19FDBH, 19FD, 19FBS)
  • Gas Oven (Required 23FBKS, 25DBS, 25KS)
  • Water-Pur Filtration System
  • 110 DSI Gas/Electric Six Gallon “Quick Recovery” Water Heater By-Pass Kit
  • Sleeps 4-8
  • Dry weight 3,339 – 5,277
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Trailer Overview

As you can tell by both the name and the weight range, these are the trailers of choice if you don’t have a strong tow vehicle. Their compact floor plans are great for vacationing on a budget.

9. Coachmen Chaparral

Coachmen Chaparral

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Defining Features

  • Quick Recovery 10 Gallon Gas/Electrical Hot Water Heater
  • UV & Corrosion Resistant TPO Roof with 12 Year Warranty
  • Residential, Non-Slip Beauflor Vinyl Flooring with 7-Year Cold Crack Warranty
  • Thomas Payne Leather Touch Theatre Seating w/ Cup Holders (depending on the floor plans)
  • Thomas Payne Memory Foam Leather Touch Tri-Fold Sofa (depending on the floor plans)
  • Maple Cabinet Doors, Ebony Accents, Hardwood Drawer Faces, and Cabinet Faces
  • 8 Cubit Feet Refrigerator
  • Full-Size Shower
  • Hot and Cold Outside Shower
  • DualZone Thermostat/Controller
  • Sleeps 7-11
  • Dry weight 11,450 – 13,031

Trailer Overview

2016 Dealer Satisfaction Index Quality Circle Award Winner

Inconsistent quality is a pretty big problem. Some reviews are shining and others are not. Looking through reviews and forums, customer service does not appear to be great. Multiple owners have reported having difficulty getting through to the company and some say that the calls are never returned.

10. The Voltage

The Voltage

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Defining Features

  • In-Command Operating System ( Control RV Functions From Phone )
  • Central Vacuum
  • Rear Electric Jacks
  • Furion Stereo System with Upgraded Powered Subwoofer
  • Full Sized 21” Oven
  • Atwood 10 Gallon Gas Electric Water Heater w/DSI and 19.7 Gallon/Hours Recovery
  • 8 Cubic Feet Refrigerator
  • Queen Bed (Depends on the Model)
  • King Bed (Depends on the Model)
  • Satellite Prep for All Four TV Locations
  • Cherry Hardwood Cabinet Doors
  • Voltage Happi-Jac Electric Bed & Roll Over Sofa System w/Table
  • Prepped for Solar Power
  • Sleeps 7 – 13
  • Dry weight 13,113 – 15,983

Trailer Overview

There are two versions the Voltage Line. There is the Voltage line and then there is the Voltage Epic line. Both of them offer the bunk bed feature, but we are just going to focus on the Basic Voltage line for today.

The more I look into Dutchmen, the more I like them. Out of the many manufacturers that I have researched (50+), they are one of the most consistently praised by their patrons. I’m not getting paid to say that; It is just what I have noticed.

11. Keystone RV Outback Ultra Lite

Keystone RV Outback Ultra Lite

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Defining Features

  • Large Panoramic Windows
  • 32” HDTV
  • 36” Flush Floor Slides
  • 8 Cubic Feet Refrigerator
  • Bath Skylight
  • His and Her Lighting
  • Tub Surround
  • Polypropylene Heated Enclosed Underbelly
  • Exterior Speakers
  • Outside Camp Kitchen (Most Models)
  • Front Diamond Plate Rock Guard
  • Electric Awning with LED Strip Lights
  • Sleeps 4 – 8
  • Dry weight 4,921 – 6,676

 

Trailer Overview

Considered to be medium-level quality trailer with a relatively pleased customer base. It is lightweight, so there will be a drop in overall durability. The most prolific issues seem to be with the roof, so do a thorough inspection of the ceiling before purchasing if this line of trailers interest you.  

12. Freedom Express Ultra Lite

Freedom Express Ultra Lite

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Defining Features (The features listed the Freedom Value Package)

  • 2 External Speakers, 4 rnal Speakers
  • Ducted Furnace (Not in Trailers Smaller Than 25’)
  • Ducted Ceiling, Air Conditioning (Not in Trailers Smaller Than 25’)
  • LED TVs
  • Satellite Ready
  • Solar Port
  • Spare Tire Kit
  • Heated Enclosed Underbelly (Not in the Expandable’s)
  • Sleeps 8 – 10
  • Dry weight 5,263 – 7,734

Trailer Overview

The 320BHDS has been noted to have a “design flaw” that ruins the floors with water when driving through hard rain. It appears to be an issue with that specific model, so be aware of that. The year was unspecified.

Coachmen was purchased by Forest River in 2008, and some have expressed concern about a potential drop in dependability. However, the quality hasn’t appeared to be negatively affected, and overall, they seem to be maintaining a level of quality that is competitively consistent.   

13. Shasta Travel Trailer

Shasta Trailer

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Defining Features

  • 18,000 BTU Furnace
  • Outside Shower
  • Power Awning
  • Marine Grade External Speakers
  • 13,500 BTU AC
  • 6 Cubic Foot Refrigerator (3’ for 18’ models)
  • 3-Burner Cooking Stove
  • 1-Year Coachnet Roadside Assistance Program
  • 1-Year Forest River Hitch-to-Bumper Warranty
  • Sleeps up-to 10
  • Dry weight 3,182 – 5,893

Trailer Overview

Good construction, good interior storage, and wide-bodied; those are the kinds of comments that I have been coming across. I’m not finding a lot of bad reviews with this one. This line of trailers has an uncommonly positive level of feedback

14. Forest River Salem

Salem Trailer

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Defining Features

  • 12-Year Roof Warranty
  • Triple Seal Slide Out System
  • Dometic Double Door Refrigerator (2 Year Warranty)
  • 3 Burner Range (2 Year Warranty)
  • 13,500 BTU Roof Air Conditioner w/ Quick Cool
  • 25BTU Suburban Forced Air DSI Furnace w/ Digital Thermostat (2 Year Warranty)
  • Solid Bedroom PrivacyDoors (Most Models)
  • Sleeps up-to 10
  • Dry weight 6,223 – 9,139

Trailer Overview

Forest River is a budget class RV, so I’m not going to lie and say that everything is fantastic. The sealant will need to be replaced, screws are going to pop out, and parts will eventually fall into disrepair. You should do your research, so that you know what you should expect from an RV within this price range. After accepting that these lower-priced RVs are going to be problematic, you will know whether or not you should pay for something a bit higher up on the RV food chain.

So, why am I recommending it? Honestly, it isn’t a horrible starting point. If you aren’t ready to buy a mid-to-high range RV, then this is a good early step. It will serve you provided that you are also ready to serve it with a little elbow grease and a little more know-how.

15. Shadow Cruiser

Shadow Cruiser

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Defining Features

  • 6’9” Vaulted Ceiling
  • Dual Ducted 13.5 BTU A/C
  • High Gloss Fiberglass Exterior
  • Hardwood Framed Cabinet Doors
  • Power Awning with LED Strip
  • 6 Gallon DSI Gas/Electric Water Heater
  • Sleeps up-to 10
  • Dry weight 4,340 – 7,260

Trailer Overview

Built on a budget; the Shadow Cruiser isn’t a top of the line class. It is, however, a way for families to get into the camper life without breaking the bank. These are some of the best selling RVs on the market because they make the first steps of this RV adventure a little bit easier. If you are prepared to take on the responsibilities of RV ownership…and that means making the occasional repair that budget RVs inherently present, then this might be an RV line worth considering.

Easy Alternative Bunk Bed Option

Buying a new travel trailer is a big purchase and I along with others recommend looking around for a year before your purchase since it gives you time to see all the models on the market as well as for the new models to gather up some reviews. An easy option in the meantime is to simply pack a set of bunk beds in your current trailer. This bunk bed from Kid-O-Bunk on Amazon is a nice alternative that may work nicely for you until you are ready to make the big purchase.

Conclusion on RVs with Bunk Beds

There are a lot of trailers to choose from when deciding on the best bunkhouse trailer for your family and there are still more to choose from that we did not include on our list. I recommend this list as merely a starting point. Not every trailer that is good for one family is good for another. Features vary widely and it’s important you take your time to choose the right one for your family. Explore the options available and see what works for you.

Written by
Johnathan R. Smith
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