As a parent of four children (making us a family of six), I know there are some considerations that have to be made for larger families! Some arrangements that work great for a family of four don’t always fit a family of six. Along with considering the size of your family when choosing a motorhome or planning a vacation, you also have to think about the ages of the kids, what kinds of things you like to do for fun, and your schedule as a family. Does everyone go to bed around the same time, or are you going to need space to put early birds down to bed before the night owls want to sleep? Will you need to plan outings during the day that make it easy to corral a baby and a toddler, or do you have older children that don’t require constant supervision? Most parents of large families make these decisions constantly, sometimes without even realizing it. But when you’re planning a family RV trip, it’s good to think about these things ahead of time.
What’s the Best RV for a Family of Six?
When you’re looking at RVs for larger families, of course you’ll begin by making sure everyone has a place to sleep! Again, this can depend on your children’s ages – younger kids can sometimes share a bed, or snuggle up in smaller spaces, but if you have a 6-foot tall teenager you’ll need to make sure there’s a space to accommodate him. Once you have sleeping space for everyone, you’ll want to look at a few other amenities as well. It is possible to survive on the road with six people and one bathroom, but if you have the option to have two that’s certainly preferable. You’ll also want to look at seating in the dining area, and if there’s an entertainment area you’ll want to make sure there’s space for everyone there as well. Definitely take advantage of picnic tables and outdoor spaces when you’re set up to camp, but you’ll want to have space inside in case of rainy, hot, or otherwise unpleasant weather.
Great RVs for large families
Here are a few RVs that work well for larger families. If you’re considering purchasing one, you may want to rent using RVshare first to see if it suits your family.
With seven different floor plans to choose from, and models that sleep up to 8 people, you’re sure to find a motorhome model that suits your family’s size and lifestyle. You can have up to three slideouts to provide even more room for your family. The Bay Stars doesn’t compromise luxury for space, either – it comes with vinyl ceiling panels, wall art, a soundbar system, and more entertainment options and decor choices. You can choose to have a fireplace and other amenities, and there’s a spacious kitchen for cooking indoors.
The Miramar offers five different floorplans and sleeps up to 10 people. Several of the floorplans include outdoor entertainment or kitchens, which can free up space indoors while you’re working outside. A stowaway coffee table offers you the option of more space when you’re not using it. Solid surface kitchen counters and vinyl ceilings give the motorhome a classy look to accompany it’s room.
This RV has five different floor plans and sleeps up to nine people. It’s an affordable motorhome for families, and some models offer outdoor entertainment so you can move some of your activities outside and free up space indoors. The kitchen has great storage and a large fridge so you have plenty of space for cooking for a big family.
The Bounder has seven floorplans and can sleep up to 8 people. Some of the floorplans include outdoor entertainment, and one includes two full bathrooms which is a great advantage with six people! You can also get solid surface countertops, vinyl ceilings and floors, and beautiful interior decor.
The Mountain Aire has nine floorplans and sleeps up to six people. The spacious interior gives everyone plenty of room to spread out, and the three slideouts mean even more space. Design features include maple cabinets, feature ceilings, tile flooring, and hardwood window frames.
There are some great fifth-wheel options for families as well.
The Chaparral is almost 42 feet long, giving everyone plenty of room. This fifth wheel has three bedrooms for extra privacy, and has sleeping space for two adults and up to five kids, along with a foldout couch that could sleep two more. It also has two full bathrooms, one of which has a bathtub. It also has an outdoor entertainment system, allowing you to move outside and free up room inside the RV.
This fifth wheel has a bunkroom that can sleep up to six kids, with a large storage area for all of the toys, clothes, books, and other things that six kids require! There is a half-bath attached to the bunkroom as well. In the living space, you can opt for a table and chairs, or a super sofa which is a great choice for a large family. The sofa seats four adults and folds out into a bed for more sleeping space. You can add a washer and dryer in the master bedroom, which can save a lot of hassle (and coins!) in a family with a lot of kids. There’s also a large closet and space for a king bed.
Can a family of 6 live in an RV?
A family of six can definitely live in an RV! You’ll want to plan some things out ahead of time – do you have young children who need a daily nap? If you have kids in a variety of ages, what will the older ones do during that time and where will they be? If this will be your permanent living situation (at least for a month or more), you’ll also want to divide up chores and establish ground rules. It will be more important than ever to have everyone pick up after themselves in a small space, and kids are capable of helping with a lot of the daily procedures that need to be done in order to keep things humming on the road.
You may also want to include them in travel and other decisions. Kids are often much more interested in activities when they’ve had a hand in the planning, and it helps them build valuable skills as well.
For tips on homeschooling while on the road (also called “roadschooling”) check out our “Roadschooling 101” article to help you get started. For more tips on RVing fulltime with a family, check out our helpful article here.
Parents of large families know that it can be a lot of work to take their crew on the road – but it’s a rewarding and exhilarating experience when you do!