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What To Look for in an RV: Couples

Are you looking for an RV with your significant other? Check out these tips and tricks from Go RVing!

Looking for a camper made for two? “Couples campers” or “couples coaches” offer layouts with everything you need—and nothing you don’t (mainly bunk beds).

If you are looking for a couples camper, you’ll want to consider these questions, floor plan options, and amenities. Have you ever heard the term “couples camper” or “couples coach”? These RVs are designed specifically for camping with a significant other. Whether you are a Millennial duo who sees camping as a way to connect with nature or a pair of empty nesters looking to reconnect with each other, a couples camper can get you there. RVs made for two come in a variety of sizes, floor plans, and weights, and finding the right one is a matter of thinking carefully about your personal preferences.

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​​​​​​Consider these questions when shopping for the best rig for you and your traveling partner:

  • What type of RVs offer floor plans for couples? Couples campers can be found across every RV type. Class A, Class C, and Class B motorhomes are perfect for couples who want a drivable RV. In the non-motorized realm, couples campers are available as travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers. Pretty much anything that isn’t a bunkhouse and offers more than a twin-sized bed can be used as a couples camper.
  • Is a motorized or towable RV better for a couple? There is no right answer to this question. Consider which fits your travel style better. If you buy a towable RV, make sure your tow vehicle can handle the weight and length. When buying a motorized RV, consider whether or not you will want a car to tow behind the rig. These dynamics can affect your decision.
  • Is a smaller RV better for a couples RV? Not necessarily! While you can get small teardrops or A-frame trailers, spacious motorhomes and luxuriously outfitted fifth wheels offer many layouts built for two. Though many RVs advertised as couple campers are on the small side, there is no reason to go small if you desire more living space. Large RVs offer more storage, personal space, and amenities, while small RVs may be easier to tow.
  • What budget is required for a couples RV? As with floor plans, budgets for couples campers run the gamut from entry-level RVs to luxury rigs. Be sure to budget for extras like insurance, roadside assistance, warranties, and more. Don’t forget repair and maintenance.

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Many RVs for couples have convertible dinettes, Murphy beds, east/west beds, and open living spaces. Consider the pros and cons of each option:

  • Convertible dinette beds: Small RVs often have convertible dinettes as the main bed (or as a spare bed). While saving space by offering a dual function, some couples do not like the process of setting up the bed each night and storing it back the next day. Other couples don’t mind this process, as they appreciate the benefit of towing or driving a smaller rig.
  • Murphy bed: To save on floor space, couples travel trailers may feature murphy beds. Similar to convertible dinettes, murphy beds offer a dual purpose, offering a couch during the day and a flip-down bed for overnight. Some couples don’t like having an inaccessible bed during the day, while others appreciate the openness of the floor plan.
  • East/west versus north/south bed: Some couples travel trailers and motorhomes save space utilizing an east/west bed setup. These beds are usually nestled along the front or rear of the RV, with only one side open for climbing in and out of the bed. North/south beds generally use the front or rear of the RV as the headboard and extend into the living space. These take up more room but are more accessible.
  • Integrated bed versus private bedroom: Many couples coaches integrate the bed into the living space since the couple usually doesn’t share the space with others. If you plan to take along guests on occasion or prefer some separation in your living spaces, you may prefer a camper with a private bedroom.

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In addition to thinking through the various options, consider these floor plans and amenities found in couples travel trailers and motorhomes:

  • Rear kitchen: Without the need to dedicate space for bunk beds in an RV for couples, designers have more options for arranging the living space. One popular layout to consider is a rear kitchen. Rear kitchens run the length of the rear wall, often offering large windows and additional countertop space and storage. If you or your spouse love to cook, this is the floor plan for you!
  • Spare bed: Some couples enjoy the company of friends and family on occasion. If you plan to host guests, look for spare beds that don’t take away from your usual living space. These may be found in convertible dinettes, tri-fold sofas, and beds that lower from the ceiling–common in motorized RVs and toy haulers.
  • Special amenities: Today’s RVs come with tons of plush upgrades. You might find massaging recliners, electric fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and spa-style baths. Think about your dream lifestyle when considering the best RVs for couples.

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The most important part of shopping for a couples RV is conversation! Talk about your non-negotiables for the RV and how you plan to travel. Agree on a budget. Then have fun shopping at your local dealerships and RV shows, where you are sure to find a couples camper that checks off all your boxes.

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