What’s the Best RV for a Family of Four?

Last updated on July 19th, 2021 at 01:51 pm. Originally published on September 13th, 2020

What’s the Best RV for a Family of Four?

Are you looking to head out on a camping trip with kids in tow? A single kid is one thing, but if you and your partner have a couple of kiddos, you may be wondering what is the best RV for a family of four.

After all, you’re going to need enough sleeping space for everyone, and activities such as eating indoors (should the weather be bad) must also be taken into consideration. Of course, you’ll also need a way to store everything needed to take care of your family on vacation.

So what RV should you be looking for? Well, we can immediately rule out campervans and truck campers. While those types can work in some situations, they aren’t exactly comfortable for families with kids, especially not those with a couple of young campers. However, there are versions of nearly every other type of RV that will work quite well for a family of four (or even more).

Let’s check out some of our favorite RVs for families of four below.

Bets RV for a Family of Four: K-Z Escape Hybrid
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Hybrid: The Lightweight RV

Hybrid RVs are a fantastic RV type. These combine the light weight and portability of a pop-up camper with the structure and comfort of a traditional travel trailer. The result is a hard-sided trailer with beds that pop out from the sides and are housed in canvas enclosures. This creates more floor space and sleeping capacity without adding to the weight and length of the trailer.

For obvious reasons, hybrid trailers are the best option for families who want a trailer but can’t tow very much weight. It’s a great entry-level RV, and because of all the sleeping spaces provided, we love this option for people with kids.

Think a hybrid would be perfect for you and your family? If so, we recommend looking into the K-Z Escape E180RBT. This is one of the best RVs for a family of four because it folds up very small, doesn’t weigh much at all, and has enough sleeping space for ten people.

It also provides plenty of room for cooking and playing in the middle of the trailer, and even has a full bathroom on board—a must for those with small children.

Price of the K-Z Escape E180RBT: Unknown

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Best RV for a Family of Four: Jayco Jayflight Travel Trailer
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Travel Trailer: The Classic RV

If you’re able to tow a bit more, you might be looking for something with hard sides all around—canvas beds need not apply. This is where the traditional bumper-pull travel trailer comes into play.

We like traditional trailers because they provide an added layer of security. And because of their completely hard sides, it’s also easier to control the climate in a traditional trailer versus a hybrid.

As far as the best travel trailer for a family of four goes, we have to recommend the Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 264BH. Various forms of this floor plan have been on the market for years, and for good reason: It’s simple and incredibly functional. This model provides families with everything they need to be comfortable in a relatively small and easy-to-tow package.

Price of the Jayco Jayflight SLX 8 264BH: $25,552

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Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel
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Fifth Wheel: The Roomy RV

Those who have the ability to tow even more and wish to spread out while traveling might look into a fifth wheel trailer. This is the type of trailer that attaches to the bed of your truck rather than the bumper.

Fifth wheels are typically much roomier than travel trailers. They tend to have higher ceilings and be longer overall, making them feel more like a true home-on-wheels, often attracting people who plan to hit the road full-time.

Wondering which fifth wheel is best for a family of four? We really like the Keystone Cougar 368MBI. This is a mid-bunk fifth wheel with private sleeping spaces for both the parents and the kids. Besides the private bunk room, there is also a loft area, providing a third sleeping area for older children.

Price of the Keystone Cougar 368MBI: $45,995

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Jayco Greyhawk Class C
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Class C: The Road Trip RV

The next RV type on our list is a driveable one: the class C RV. This type of RV is large enough for a family of four to be quite comfortable, and super easy to pack up when it’s time to hit the road.

Class C RVs are relatively affordable while still offering plenty of amenities. Whether you’re looking for a slide model, a bathroom with a tub, or something else entirely, there is almost definitely a class C motorhome out there for you.

In terms of a class C RV for a family of four, we’d have to point you to the Jayco Greyhawk 31F. This RV features a private bunk area, meaning the kids will each have their own bed. On top of that, there’s a cab-over bunk, a sofa bed, and a table that changes into a bed, providing plenty of additional sleeping space.

Price of the Jayco Greyhawk 31F: $135,731

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Winnebago Vista Class A
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Class A: The Luxury RV

Do you like the idea of a motorhome but are looking for something even more luxurious? The bus-style class A RV might just be for you. These large motorhomes tend to boast the most comfortable amenities and offer plenty of space.

Until recently, there weren’t very many class As that would work well for families, as they’re often designed with retirees in mind. However, that is no longer the case. Models such as the Winnebago Vista 31BE have small bunk areas as well as an optional loft bed over the cab.

Price of the Winnebago Vista 31BE: $146,512

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Can a Family of 4 Live in an RV?

All of the RVs listed above are great for vacationing, but what about living? These days we are seeing more and more people hit the road full-time. This is something that has traditionally been reserved for retired folks, meaning the full-time RV community was once composed almost exclusively of older people. However, that’s all changing now.

Thanks to the internet, working on the road is easier than ever before, and that means more young people can live this amazing lifestyle. Many people assume this younger full-time RVing crowd is mostly single people and couples without kids. But while there certainly are plenty of young people without kids traveling full-time, there are also an enormous number of families with kids who travel full-time as well, and that number is constantly growing.

So, can a family of four live in an RV? Absolutely! There are people doing it all over the country.

The key is to find the right floorplan for your family. Make sure you’re happy with the size of your rig, ensure everyone has a sleeping space they’re happy with, and determine whether a motorhome or a trailer will be better for your travel style.

The best way to do this? Rent first! A rental RV will give you the chance to try out a few different RV types and floor plans so you can choose the very best RV for your family of four to live in while you go on your epic full-time RVing adventure.

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