Today Mike from RVBlogger will take us on a tour of three couples campers. In other words, travel trailers perfect for a couple.
Well, that’s what Mike says. I actually do not agree with his assessment at all, as I outline below. I’m not sure what is up. Mike has produced good videos in the past, but in my opinion, he was WAY off his game with this one.
There is a whole lot NOT to like about these three trailers. And I will NEVER understand Mike’s consistent advice across all his videos of removing lightweight shower curtains in favor of heavy shower doors. Especially in trailers that do not have surround shower walls like these three.
I am not saying all this to bag on Mike. I share the video because I do think when shopping for RVs it’s important to highlight features you may not want. And in my opinion, there are a lot of them in this video. Mike shares some, but I saw more.
Knowing what features might not be great in RVs will help you be able to spot them again in other models. I think you might actually learn more from videos like this one.
Mike’s top three picks for couples small campers
Starcraft Autumn Ridge 172FB
I love the old-school functional and efficient layout of this little trailer. Small as it is, you still get a decent bathroom and a hanging wardrobe closet.
Again, for the small size of this couples camper, the kitchen is impressive and features a large fridge not normally seen in RVs this tiny. There’s a large amount of pantry space, too, and a microwave, a HUGE farm-style sink, and a reasonable amount of counter space. The front-to-back positioning of the two-burner stove allows for even more countertop space.
The comfortable dinette is perfect for a couple and has a nice big picture window next to it. There’s a ton of extra storage under the dinette seating. Of course, it also converts to a bed.
The bed takes up the front of the rig. The one downside is that it’s an east-to-west bed. That means if the person sleeping inside needs to get up in the middle the night, they have to crawl over the other person. I am not sure I would have personally rated this rig as best for couples for this reason alone. But then, it’s not my video.
There is more storage under the bed that can be accessed through the pass-through doors on the outside.
The headspace in the shower, when standing under the vent, is an impressive 6’6”.
That said, there’s quite a lot I personally do not like about this rig. It would not have made my best of picks. Why?
- I don’t like that the shower does not have waterproof walls, so you will have to be diligent about wiping down the walls after using it.
- There is a ton of storage space in this rig. However, with a cargo carrying capacity of only 675 lbs., I would be concerned with filling it all.
- The east-west bed is less than ideal for couples.
- They could have added a medicine cabinet in the bathroom where the mirror is.
- The TV position at the head of the bed simply makes no sense at all.
Starcraft Autumn Ridge 172FB Specs
- GVWR: 3,750 lbs.
- Cargo carrying capacity: 675 lbs.
- Length: 19’3”
- Sleeps: 4
- MSRP: $23,995
Forest River Viking 16SFB
This trailer has a similar floor plan to the Autumn Ridge, but even though it is shorter, it somehow seems bigger. However, with its east-west bed, I again question that this is a great pick for couples.
I do like some things here better than the Starcraft, though, starting with the large wardrobe closet inside the door, and the shoe storage cabinet right underneath it.
There’s space for a microwave or convection oven, but it’s not included. There is a nice amount of storage in the kitchen.
Generally speaking, the dinette and bed areas in these two trailers are comparable. The shower here is shorter, at 6’3”.
This trailer, too, has a lot not to like about:
- The sink in this RV is FAR too small to be practical. There is a TON of counter space, some of which they should have used for a bigger sink.
- The shower in this one lacks surrounding walls, too. This would be a deal breaker for me personally.
- The shower controls are in a very strange place—down by the feet!
- There is no bathroom sink at all. You will need to wash your hands in the kitchen sink.
- Again, the position of the TV makes no sense at all.
Forest River Viking 16SFB Specs
- GVWR: 3,863 lbs.
- Cargo carrying capacity: 1,120 lbs.
- Length: 16’6”
- Sleeps: 3
- MSRP: $26, 620
KZ Sportsmen Classic 170MB
Once again, there is a lot NOT to like about this couples camper trailer, starting with a cargo-carrying capacity of a mere 520 lbs.! Are they kidding? Unfortunately not.
On the plus side, the drop-down Murphy bed is a nice feature and the two-seater sofa looks mighty comfortable. At least this one is a north-south bed, and it appears to be a decent-quality mattress. The small hanging wardrobe closets on either side of the bed are another nice touch.
At least the TV placement makes sense in this one; however, it seems it comes at the expense of more potential cabinets. With such a low cargo weight, you wouldn’t be able to fill them anyway.
In the kitchen, the sink is big enough to be practical and there is a lot of counter space. I liked the removable kitchen storage bins and the fact that the kitchen comes equipped with a large refrigerator and freezer.
The dinette is small but functional, with lots of storage underneath. It converts to a single bed.
What else did I not like about this trailer?
- There’s a nice big window behind the bed but it does not open and close. HUH?
- Once again, there are no shower-surround walls in this RV.
- The big storage cabinet in the bathroom is nice, but not at the expense of a sink and vanity. There are none, so wash your hands in the kitchen.
- Again, the low cargo carrying capacity is absurd.
KZ Sportsmen Classic 170MB Specs
- GVWR: 3,500 lbs.
- Cargo carrying capacity: 520 lbs.
- Length: 22′
- Sleeps: 3
- MSRP: $26, 808