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Small Fifth Wheel Campers – under 27ft (2024 update)

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 (otherwise you have to park it across the front of your site… or in your patio area.)

There are not many 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.

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 an RV with a fifth wheel hitch 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 27ft and must include a bathroom (toilet and shower).

Okay, here goes:

Small fifth wheel campers

The Escape 5.0

We start off with a fiberglass fifth wheel from Canadian company Escape Trailer Industries. They do have 7 fiberglass trailers in their range, but Escape 5.0 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.

Side view of small Escape 5.0 fifth wheel camper

Their decor options are light, neutral and contemporary, but they do still have the more traditional wooden interiors, if that is your preference.

Interior view of the Escape 5.0 fifth wheel camper showing the kitchen and dining area.
Interior of Escape 5.0 fifth wheel camper showing the bed end

Length: 21’2″
Sleeps: 4
Dry Weight: 3,910lbs
GVWR: 5,500lbs
Price: $44,510 USD

KZ Sportsmen

The 231RK model from KZ comes in at 24′ 10″, 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.

Floor plan of the KZ RV Sportsmen 231RK fifth wheel trailer.
Exterior of the KZ RV Sportsmen 231RK fifth wheel trailer.

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

Interior view of the KZ RV Sportsmen 231RK fifth wheel trailer shwoing the kitchen and living areas.

Length: 24’10”
Sleeps: 5
UVW: 6,340lbs
GVWR: 7,5000lbs
Price: from $50,422 USD


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 19′

There are 3 different layouts to choose from.

Scamp 19′
Scamp 19′

You can choose the interior decor to be either oak or birch. Which is quite neutral so you can add your own design elements.

Length: 19′
Sleeps: 6

Allen Camper Manufacturing / Idle-Time

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 22′ 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
Exterior of the Idle-Time (Allen Camper Manufacturing) 199RB fifth wheel camper.
Contemporary interior of an Idle-Time (Allen Camper Manufacturing) 199RB fifth wheel camper.

Length: 22′
Sleeps: 4

Grand Design RV

The Reflection 100 Series 22RK sneaks it’s way onto the list, peaking in at 26’11”. (There is also the Reflection 150 Series 226RK with a very similar layout).

Floor plan of the Grand Design RV Reflection 100 Series 22RK fifth wheel camper.
Exterior side view of the Grand Design RV Reflection 100 Series 22RK fifth wheel camper.
Interior of the Grand Design RV Reflection 100 Series 22RK fifth wheel camper showing the kitchen and living areas.

Length: 26’11”
Dry Weight: 6,930lbs
GVWR: 9,995lbs
Price: from $50,987 USD

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 Houston

Brand new on the market, is the Houston fifth wheel from Sunliner. With 6 layout options, the smallest one (5H461) measures just 7.18m (23.5ft).

Exterior side view of the Australian made Sunliner Houston fifth wheel.
Sunliner Houston
Floor plan of the Australian made Sunliner Houston fifth wheel.
Sunliner Houston

As seems to be our standard here in Australia, the decor is rather understated. Plain, if you will. But that means it’s ready for whatever embellishments you wish to add to make it your own space.

Interior view of the Australian made Sunliner Houston fifth wheel.
Sunliner Houston

Travelhome Macquarie

The Travelhome Macquarie has a small selection of fifth wheels, ranging in length from 23ft to 29ft.

The Macquarie 23ft Series II has a great layout with a lounge/dinette across the back window, which allows for a great view which enjoying your meals. Though the layout shows single beds, they can actually be converted to a queen bed.

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

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

Winjana Strzelecki

Winjana have 4 fifth wheels and they’re all under 26’; their smallest one is only 19’5” but I don’t think it has a bathroom (hard to tell cos there’s no layout plans).

So we’ll have a look at the second smallest which is still tiny at just 6.95m (22.8ft)

Winjana Ormiston 630 fifth wheel being towed off road over a ditch.
Winjana Ormiston 630
Interior view of the Winjana Ormiston 630 fifth wheel.
Winjana Ormiston 630

Their website is not updated regularly (I mean, they’re only a small manufacturer) but the models don’t seem to change all that often.

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.

Floor plan of the DreamSeeker fifth wheel camper by Fifth Wheel Co.
Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker
Exterior of the DreamSeeker fifth wheel camper by Fifth Wheel Co with the door open and the awning extended out.
Fifth Wheel Co Dreamseeker

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

Interior view of the DreamSeeker fifth wheel camper by Fifth Wheel Co showing the kitchen and living areas.
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!

The smallest fifth wheel camper available now is the Scamp 19′. This fiberglass model is small and light, but still manages to fit in everything you need to be comfortable.

The Scamp 19ft is the lightest fifth wheel camper on the market at just 2,400 to 2,900 pounds.

So there we have it my friends, a selection of small fifth wheel campers 27ft 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 (less than 27ft) mind you!

Mars Napoli

Friday 17th of April 2020

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


Friday 17th of April 2020

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! :)


Sunday 5th of April 2020

Winnebago Mini does make a 5th wheel


Tuesday 7th of April 2020

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")


Saturday 21st of March 2020

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.


Saturday 21st of March 2020

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.

Greg Bradley

Thursday 13th of February 2020

What about the Winnebago Minnie?


Thursday 13th of February 2020

Only fifth wheels in this list. :)


Sunday 12th of January 2020

Allen Campers in N America (Allen Idle Tyme) That British one is sure nice!

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