Have you considered a rear kitchen travel trailer? It may surprise you how functional a rear kitchen floor plan can be. The workspace flow makes them popular models for those who like to cook while traveling.
Let’s look at the benefits of a rear kitchen travel trailer and the best options on the market.
What Are the Benefits of a Rear Kitchen Travel Trailer?
The benefits of a rear kitchen travel trailer include saving space and functionality. Floor plans with the kitchen in the back often have more space in the living room. Instead of having a sink and countertop directly across from your couch, it opens up the area for an entertainment center or other seating.
Keeping the kitchen separate still provides an open living space while offering a highly functional kitchen. It prevents walking around those in the living room while you cook. The kitchens also typically span the entire width of the travel trailer, which can mean more storage and or counter space.
6 Best Rear Kitchen Travel Trailers
More manufacturers produce rear kitchen travel trailers as more consumers look for them. Let’s check out the six best options on the market.
Grand Design Imagine 2250RK
Grand Design’s Imagine 2250RK is a 27’ 11” long travel trailer with a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 7,495 lbs. The rear kitchen spreads across the entire width of the trailer. It has long residential countertops on the back wall with a sink, microwave, stovetop, oven, and overhead cupboards. The refrigerator and pantry are on the slide-out adjacent to the countertop. It also has an entry door into the kitchen.
The living room is in the center of this model. It has a couch with a fireplace and entertainment center across from it. The master bedroom sits in the front of the trailer with a full bathroom between it and the living room.
Coachmen Freedom Express 246RKS
Coachmen’s Freedom Express 246RKS has a compact and highly functional rear kitchen. It spans the entire back wall and includes a refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, and overhead storage. Though it has smaller countertops, the stovetop serves as an additional workspace.
The 28’ 2” long travel trailer has a dinette and sofa on opposing walls. Both of which convert into beds. And the master bedroom and the full bath sits in the front.
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Grand Design Transcend Xplor 231RK
Grand Design’s Transcend Xplor 231RK has the same rear kitchen as the Imagine model, just longer and with a couple of additional features. For example, when you enter through the kitchen door, you’ll see a small countertop and shoe rack to your right. It also features a booth dinette and theatre seating in the living room.
The Transcend Xplor 231RK is 29’ 3” long and has a GVWR of 7,495 lbs. Its large full bathroom has a walk-in shower the full width of the trailer. It sits in between the living area and the front master bedroom.
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The Lance 2285 is one of the shortest and lightest travel trailers with a rear kitchen on our list. It measures 22’ 6” long and has a dry weight of 4,930 lbs. Additionally, this four-season trailer comes with the high-quality construction you would expect from a Lance.
The rear kitchen spreads across the entire width of the back wall. It has a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and storage. And the countertop expands at one corner providing additional counter space behind the sink.
The living area has a u-shaped dinette on a slide-out and a couch on the opposing wall. The master bedroom in the front has a full bathroom and extra wardrobe. You’ll find adequate storage in this small travel trailer.
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Heartland Sundance 242RK
Heartland’s Sundance 242RK is 28’ 11” long and has a GVWR of 7,494 lbs. It has two entry doors, one in the front master bedroom and one in the rear kitchen. It also has a full bathroom and a living room with a couch and dinette.
The rear kitchen features a large walk-in pantry. It sits next to the entry door for storing shoes, food, and more. The kitchen counter spans the rest of the back wall and includes a stove, oven, and corner sink. The refrigerator sits on a slide-out with the couch.
Prime Time LaCrosse 3311RK
The Prime Time LaCrosse 3311RK has the biggest rear kitchen on our list. It’s also the biggest travel trailer at 37’ 7” long, and it has a GVWR of 11,235 lbs.
The rear kitchen has a u-shaped countertop with an attached island. It also has a large pantry and standard appliances.
The rest of the floor plan includes a large living room with a dinette, theatre seating, and a couch. This unit has a lot of storage, including in the front master bedroom’s walk-in closet. And it has a full bathroom with a wardrobe.
Disadvantages of a Rear Kitchen Travel Trailer
The main disadvantage of a rear kitchen travel trailer comes from weight distribution. Having too much weight in the rear of a trailer can cause sway.
For proper weight distribution, keep the majority of the weight forward of the wheel wells and less in the back.
A kitchen contains a lot of heavy appliances and cabinetry. So you’ll want to make sure not to put heavy equipment in rear kitchen cupboards.
Alternative Floor Plans in Travel Trailers
You can find many other floor plan configurations for travel trailers. Some of the most common include a rear bathroom, bunkhouse, or living room.
These options typically place the kitchen in the middle of the trailer over the wheel wells for weight distribution. And the master bedroom commonly sits in the front since it weighs less.
Is a Rear Kitchen Travel Trailer for You?
A rear kitchen travel trailer can be a great option for the right person. Is it for you? We recommend walking through one or more of the models we’ve listed to see what you think of a rear kitchen. It might surprise you how functional it is.
If you have a rear kitchen travel trailer, we would love to hear about your experience! Drop us a line in the comments below.
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