Small Fifth Wheel Campers – under 25ft (2021)

Some of you would have already realised that when it comes to RVs, for me, smaller is better. I’ve harped on about how here in Australia we just don’t have many large RVs, but we’ve got tonnes of smaller RVs (including small fifth wheel campers), but big enough to live in comfortably even if you are full-time.

There’s just not the infrastructure in place here to accommodate large rigs. While there are caravan parks in every city and town across the country (even those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it small towns). They are often set up as back in sites, where you’ve got enough room to back your caravan in place (so you better get good at backing), a little patio area beside your caravan, and if you’re lucky, a spot beside that to park your tow vehicle (other you have to park it across the front of your site… or in your patio area.

There are not a tonne of pull through sites, and not every caravan park can accommodate a long rig. I’m sure it’s the same everywhere, that’s why I see so much chatter about ‘going-smaller’ on RV blogs.

Oh, this morning I took a picture of the fifth wheel beside us at the showgrounds we are at currently. Not very big huh! But compared to our teeny tiny caravan it’s a huge beast that I would totally love to call my home! Although we’ve scored the jackpot with our shady spot under the tree. 🙂 

fifth wheel camper

So if you are also in the same situation, where you like the idea of a fifth wheel trailer, but are not keen on anything too large, this post is for you!

Why a small fifth wheel camper?

One of the reasons you might be looking for a fifth wheel is that your tow vehicle can tow a bigger, heavier rig if the load is centred on the bed of your truck as in a fifth wheel, compared to the weight being on the tow bar like a travel trailer.

So it may seem counter-intuitive to have a small RV as a fifth wheel. I mean, if it’s small, you may as well just have a travel trailer. But there are other reasons to consider a small fifth wheel, such as more stability (less sway) while travelling at speed, and a bit easier to reverse (apparently) into your site.

Since the word ‘small’ is a bit subjective, I’m limiting this search to anything under 25ft and must include a bathroom (toilet and shower).

Okay, here goes:

Small fifth wheel campers

The Escape 5.0TA

We start off with a fibreglass fifth wheel from Canadian company Escape Trailer Industries. They do have 3 other, smaller trailers, but this is their only fifth wheel and is 21’2”.

The layout packs a punch with everything that they fit in there, and while it’s not my favourite layout, it does have everything you need… as long as you’re cool with a wet bath, of course.

Floor plan of small Escape 5.0 fifth wheel camper
Escape 5.0
Side view of small Escape 5.0 fifth wheel camper
Escape 5.0

And they’ve updated their decor offerings to include something a little more contemporary. But they do still have the more traditional wooden interiors, if that is your preference.

Interior of Escape 5.0 fifth wheel camper showing the dining end
Escape 5.0
Interior of Escape 5.0 fifth wheel camper showing the bed end
Escape 5.0

http://escapetrailer.com/trailers/the-5-0-escape/

Price: $29,995 USD

KZ Sportsmen

The 231RK model from KZ comes in at 24′ 5″, it’s the smallest of their fifth wheel range but has all the bells and whistles that we have all come to expect from the much larger rigs.

I really like the layout with the kitchen on the back wall, it makes the most of the entry being straight into the kitchen, rather than having a separate entry area. This rig fits in everything I could want in a home, and nothing more, keeping it short and probably light.

KZ Sportsmen Fifth Wheel layout
KZ Sportsmen 231RK
KZ Sportsmen Fifth Wheel exterior view
KZ Sportsmen 231RK

Decor is a little more contemporary than other RVs I’ve seen.

KZ Sportsmen Fifth Wheel interior
KZ Sportsmen 231RK
KZ Sportsmen Fifth Wheel bathroom
KZ Sportsmen 231RK

https://www.kz-rv.com/products/sportsmen-fifth-wheels/

Price: $27,995 USD

Scamp

You know we couldn’t go past this one, right? Another fibreglass fifth wheel, the Scamp already has the ‘small, light’ niche covered.

At just 19’, it is the smallest of the small fifth wheel campers; but thankfully, it still manages to fit in a small wet bath.

Everything is downsized, as you would expect, but that’s what you get when you want small.

Scamp 19ft Fifth Wheel layout
Scamp 19′

But… boy is she ugly! I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but… just look at her! There’s something about the shape, and the uneven roof and the sticking out awning, that just make it look unbalanced and, well, odd.

Scamp 19ft Fifth Wheel side profile
Scamp 19′

And I gotta admit, the interior ain’t much better either. More brown, but at least it’s a lighter brown?

Scamp 19ft Fifth Wheel interior
Scamp 19′

I know I’m being harsh, but when a manufacturer spent so much time, money and effort in getting the important things right (size, weight, length, structure, layout etc) it’s just so disappointing to be let down by something that’s so easy to change… the color of your decor. It’s just a color (okay, and maybe texture too) but surely it’s the easiest thing for any RV manufacturer to change?

ScampTrailers.com

Allen Camper Manufacturing

Here’s an offering from one of the smaller manufacturers. This company, based in Allen OK produces a small range of travel trailers and fifth wheels. 

The 199RB model is their smallest… and I LOVE it! 

At just 20’10” this is what I mean when I talk about small… the bed takes up only as much room as needed, but everything fits just nicely.

Allen Camper fifth wheel floor plan
Allen Camper Manufacturing 199RB
Exterior of the Allen Camper fifth wheel
Allen Camper Manufacturing 199RB

The decor is somewhat dated, but this practical layout manages to fit a lot into under 21′.

Allen Camper Manufacturing 199RB

Interior of the bed end in the Allen Camper fifth wheel

https://www.allencampermfg.com/up-to-27′-5th-wheel 

Aaaaand… that’s it for North America. Not much selection, so I’ve broadened my search to Australia and Europe.

Fifth Wheels from around the world

Sunliner Northshore

A couple of the Sunliner Northshore model fifth wheels fit into my criteria of 25ft or less. A 7m & a 7.8m version (23’ & 25’5”).

I like this layout (this is the 7m version) and it’s got everything we need. No sofa/couch, but we’re okay with that.

Sunliner Northshore Fifth Wheel layout
Sunliner Northshore
Sunliner Northshore Fifth Wheel exterior view
Sunliner Northshore

And thankfully, the decor it light and bright. Maybe not to everyone’s taste, but at least it’s not brown.

Sunliner Northshore Fifth Wheel interior
Sunliner Northshore
Sunliner Northshore Fifth Wheel bedroom
Sunliner Northshore

https://www.sunliner.com.au/5th-wheelers/northshore

Travelhome Macquarie

The Travelhome Macquarie come in 23ft or 25ft but have the same basic layout, the shorter one has the bathroom vanity inside the bathroom whereas it’s outside the bathroom on the longer version.

Though the layout shows single beds, they can actually be converted to a queen bed.

Travelhome Macquarie 23ft Fifth Wheel layout
Travelhome Macquarie
Travelhome Macquarie 23ft Fifth Wheel exterior view
Travelhome Macquarie

I notice that all the Aussie fifth wheels don’t have a high roof over the bedroom area, so it’s more like a sleeping space as opposed to a bedroom, I s’pose.

I’m liking the decor too. It’s a bit bland (which is good, because you can jazz it up however you want) but it’s certainly not ugly!

Travelhome Macquarie 23ft Fifth Wheel interior rear
Travelhome Macquarie
Travelhome Macquarie 23ft Fifth Wheel interior front
Travelhome Macquarie

http://www.travelhome.com.au/portfolio-items/travelhome-macquarie-23ft/

Winjana Strzelecki

Winjana have 4 fifth wheels and they’re all under 26’ but the one I want to look at is their smallest one at just 19’5”. They don’t have a layout plan, and limited photos, but I’m guessing the bathroom is a small wet bath.

But look at this little cutey!

Winjana Strzelecki 19'5" Fifth Wheel side profile
Winjana Strzelecki
Winjana Strzelecki 19'5" Fifth Wheel interior rear
Winjana Strzelecki
Winjana Strzelecki 19'5" Fifth Wheel bedroom
Winjana Strzelecki

https://www.winjana5thwheelers.com.au/strzelecki-550/

Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker

The Fifth Wheel Co is a British built brand has a small range of fifth wheel campers and one of them fits our small category nicely.

The Dreamseeker is a petite 24’11” and manages to fit in a full (walkthrough) bath and a sofa as well as the dining area.

Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker layout
Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker
Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker side profile
Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker

That dining room slide sure does open up the space in there.

Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker interior rear
Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker
Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker bedroom
Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker

Is anyone else breathing a sigh of relief at this lovely interior decor. Leave it to the British, huh!

http://fifthwheelco.com/dream-seeker/


So there we have it my friends, a selection of small fifth wheel campers 25ft and under that have a bathroom with a toilet and shower.

You’ll see that I’ve added a link to each of the fifth wheels so you can go and check out all the latest details for yourself. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look at the little fifth wheelers.

Are there any that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below. Just fifth wheels mind you!

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RV parked in a picturesque, green setting. Text overlay: Small (under 25ft) fifth wheel campers 2021.

9 thoughts on “Small Fifth Wheel Campers – under 25ft (2021)”

  1. That Macquarie is really nice. Agree America has really large 5th wheels, which are nice to live in for a stationery life, but they would be very stressful to pull around. Prefer small trailers with smart efficient layouts instead and this one is great.

    • I agree Mitsy. I’ve seen a couple of the Macquaries and they really are a tidy unit… not too tall (less wind resistance while travelling?) and they don’t need a huge vehicle to tow them.

    • Oh, so they do! A bit bigger than the 25ft or less that I’ve got on this list, but not by too much. (26’9″)

  2. I just purchased a 2019 Escape 5th wheel trailer. Although the interior you show in the article is not very stylish, the company allows tons of personalization (for a wee cost of course!). We chose light maple cabinets with white frosted glass inserts, and custom formica, flooring and material – we have had tons of compliments on our stylish interior decor on our USA trip this winter. CHEERS

    • Oh that sounds great Mars!
      I see they have some updated photos on their website now, rather than the interior I’ve shown here.
      Enjoy your travels! 🙂

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