Best 2023 Heartland RV Models with Bunkhouses
Have you ever thought about buying an RV with a bunkhouse? If you camp with multiple kids or friends, you already know how bunks can optimize sleeping areas in a limited floor space. But bunkhouses offer tons of other uses that can enhance your road trip adventures – which means you’ll use them whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or with the whole gang.
So today, we’re sharing some of the best 2023 Heartland models with bunkhouses. How do we define a bunkhouse? In smaller RVs, there may just be a few bunks stacked in a corner, providing a distinct sleeping area that’s open to the rest of the coach. In larger RVs, bunkhouses can be separate rooms with doors that close, multiple bunks, and overhead lofts incorporated into the space. Some offer a second dinette, which is great for doing work or playing games, and some rooms also offer a secondary TV hook-up, where kids can watch their favorite movies on a rainy day.
When you’re not traveling with a crowd, bunkhouses can provide great bonus storage for oversized sporting equipment, like bikes or kayaks. Bunk beds might become a dog or cat’s favorite napping spot, and bunk rooms can be a great place to keep pets safe when you need them cooped up for a few minutes. If you’re an RVer who travels for longer stretches of time, like retirees, snowbirds, or remote workers, a bunkhouse can give you extra storage for clothing to suit a wide variety of climates. That way, you can go from the beach to the mountains without a detour to pick up your wool sweaters.
So, are you ready to see some of our favorite bunkhouse models for 2023? Let’s go!
Best Travel Trailer Bunkhouses
When it comes to sourcing travel trailers with bunks, you’ve got options. Just because an RV is on the lighter side doesn’t mean it can’t do some heavy lifting when it comes to hosting guests. Just look at the Trail Runner 30RBK: it’s got a separate bunkhouse with three standard bunk beds and a dinette table that can also convert to a sleeping space. It’s the perfect place to play cards, read a book, or do roadschool homework. Plus, with the master bedroom and a fold-out sofa in the living area, it can sleep up to eight people, no problem. A generously sized main dinette can easily fit six people at a time for meals, and the full bathroom is near the bunkhouse, which is perfect for anyone who gets up frequently at night.
In the Sundance 324BH, a unique layout in the bunkhouse maximizes both sleeping and storage space. There are up to four beds, counting one that converts from a seating area. Built-in shelves on one side can hold clothing, bags, and other items, and a fold-away ladder makes it easy to get into the top bunk. Three windows allow for a great cross-breeze and tons of natural light during the day. And at night, take advantage of the TV prep and entertainment center to watch a movie, play video games, or put on a video with some soothing white noise so kids can sleep. With a convertible sofa, convertible dinette, and master bedroom, this little coach can sleep up to 10 people, making it a powerhouse for big families.
Queen Bunk Beds
Another travel trailer that can sleep up to 10 people is the North Trail 29BHP. Although it doesn’t come with a separate bunk room, it does feature double queen-sized bunk beds at the back of the coach. These are roomy enough to host two couples, or just give growing teenagers some space to sprawl out at night. The bunks are next to the bathroom for maximum convenience. Early risers will love being right next to the door, where they can slip out to make a cup of coffee in the outdoor kitchen. And with a dry weight under 6,500 lbs., this North Trail model can be towed with various tow vehicles, so you don’t have to shop for a new truck just to take a vacation.
Best Fifth Wheel Bunkhouses
Moving into fifth-wheel models, we’ve got some very cool new bunk configurations that elevate bunkhouses into something a little bit more. For one, you’ll start to see spacious rear bunk rooms that include multiple beds, loft spaces, and separate bathrooms, which creates a suite for guests. The Elkridge 37BBH has a lovely layout. A queen bed feels like its own private space, with room on one side for storage and to move around. The loft space above creates its own privacy as well, and a half bath means guests have their own place to get cleaned up before bed. Add in the main bedroom and a fold-out sofa, and this model can comfortably hold up to eight people.
Another model with a generous rear bunkhouse is the Bighorn Traveler 37DB. Like the Elkridge, it includes a loft to make full use of the space, plus two twin bunks and a fold-out sofa. There’s a second TV back there, and tons of storage with cabinets, cubbies, and drawers. But the real showstopper is the secondary full bathroom in the bunkhouse. Not only does it have a sink, toilet, and shower, but it also comes with a tub, which is perfect for small children who still need help with bath time. There’s even a second exit door through the bathroom, so little ones or puppies can get cleaned up before walking through the rest of the coach.
Bunkhouses in the middle of an RV floorplan provide a lot of benefits, too. They’re similar to the layout of a house, providing a second bedroom right in the heart of things. There’s typically room for a desk or a second TV, and they often come with a loft space above that’s accessible from the hallway. That means you can squeeze the most amount of private sleeping space out of a small area.
The Bighorn 3880MD has a middle bunkhouse that includes a fold-out sofa and a desk behind closed doors – great to use as a mobile office – plus a loft bed with hallway access. Elkridge 38MB includes the same fold-out sofa and overhead loft space but adds an entertainment center with TV prep instead of a desk. And the Milestone 333MB keeps the desk, but swaps in double bunk beds and lots of cabinet storage, making it ideal for traveling with kids, teenagers, or single friends.
Best Toy Hauler Bunkhouses
Bunkhouses in toy haulers look a little different. Thanks to the roomy garage space where you can store all kinds of toys – from motorized vehicles to sporting equipment – you get a large amount of space that can transform into what you need. Most toy hauler models include beds that raise to the ceiling on an electric lift when they’re not in use. That creates tons of floor space during the day and lots of sleeping space at night. And that goes for both travel trailer and fifth-wheel toy hauler models.
Travel Trailer Garage Bunkhouses
If you’re looking for a travel trailer toy hauler, check out the Fuel F250. The garage includes a power drop-down queen bed, plus fold-down split bench seats that transform into a sleeping space. During the day, you can reconfigure it as a garage, a dinette, or just a place to hang out. And at night, it makes the Fuel capable of sleeping up to six people. The Torque T26 has a similar configuration but adds a 30-gallon lockable fuel station for a bit of added oomph for people who love gas-powered toys. Both models offer garage ramp doors that convert to rear patios, expanding your RV floor plan considerably.
Fifth Wheel Garage Bunkhouses
On the fifth-wheel toy hauler side, the Torque 373 provides a rear electric queen bed over seating that converts to more sleeping space. A rear fabric screen lets the breeze come through the coach while you keep bugs out, and you can access the back patio through the garage. Plus, with exit doors in the garage, the main cabin, and off the back patio, you can come and go without disturbing anyone, day or night.
The Gravity 3950 matches the convenience of the Torque and adds a half-bath to the garage, turning it into its own separate bedroom suite. With room for four in the garage, a fold-out sofa in the living area, and the master bedroom, it can sleep up to eight people.
And if you’re looking for a truly deluxe toy hauler experience, you’ll want to see the Cyclone 4270. It’s got it all: room to sleep eight, a garage that serves as a bedroom suite with a secondary half bath, a rear patio, and multiple exits. And it’s one of our only models with a second patio off the side of the coach, giving you an unprecedented amount of outdoor space that’s fenced in and off the ground. As if that wasn’t enough, Cyclone also comes with a 60-gallon fuel capacity, which will keep you riding trails in your 4x4s for longer than ever before. Nice, right?
Find Your Best Bunkhouse Model
As you can see, we’ve created a wide variety of bunkhouses across all our nameplates, because we want to offer campers tons of flexibility when it comes to finding their perfect coach. And all those options offer flexibility from trip to trip, too. A bunkhouse gives you the option to travel with lots of people, expand your storage, or create a little extra privacy when you’re working from the road. No matter what you need, we feel confident there’s a Heartland RV for you. Check out our full lineup or use the RV Finder to help you meet your ideal match.