RV Floor Plans – 2015

I’d come up with a process for choosing an RV. After first establishing a budget we decided a fifth wheel is best for our style of travel. Now we are looking for the right floor plan.  Figure floor plan will determine the RV size and eliminate those manufacturers that don’t build a similar plan. The earliest I could see us buying a rig is 2017. If we wait to make the purchase when we retire, hopefully in 2019, then the 2017 models could also become the ones we look at in a used unit.  So there is a chance floor plans could change by then.

Here is the process I’ve been using to select a rig for those interested:

  1. Decide on budget.
  2. Fifth wheel vs Motor Home?
  3. Then decide on floor plan.
  4. Then decide what manufacturers build the floor plan or close to it.
  5. Then decide which of several manufacturers appear to have best quality for price and the best after purchase service.
  6. Finally reduce selection to one manufacturer and buy new or used based on our budget.
  7. Select a truck capable of pulling the rig with a safety margin.
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Open Range (aka Highland Ridge) 3X Front Living Owned by Jayco

Early in the week I stopped at an Open Range dealership in Clinton Missouri. I wanted to check out the 3X fifth wheel. The trailer is called a 3X because of its 3″ sidewalls.

I began walking around the rig looking at the frame, slide mechanisms, tires, suspensions and pin types. Suddenly I was struck with the idea that I was over-complicating things by considering the construction methods at the same time when I should have been looking at floor plans.  I dropped back to the original plan which is to select a rig based on the above listed process.

I trust what veteran fulltimers have been saying which is “you will know the perfect floor plan when you walk into it.”  During this visit to a dealership, having decided to ignore construction methods and pay attention to floor plans only, I quickly moved through rigs.

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Rear Kitchen Floor Plan

Area in red where shoe was caught

Area in red where shoe was caught

While walking through a rear kitchen design my shoe caught on the floor of the kitchen slide – twice. As you are aware, the carpet or whatever on the floor of a slide is raised to allow the slide to travel.

Open Range Photo

Poor Line of Sight for Visiting

Then I sat in a rear living room floor plan. This is the one with the television directly across from chairs or a sofa rather than having the television along the rear cap.  In this example, the chairs were in a slide and the sofa was along the rear cap. It would be hard to visit with someone sitting on the sofa because one would have to look around the corner of the slide to see them as the chair is recessed in the slide.

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Narrow Seating Area

Yet another example where I learned what to watch for in a floor plan was in a front living room model. The sofa has a narrow seating area compared to if the sofa was in a rear living room floor plan. This may or may not be unique to the rig I was touring. A narrow sitting area might also be better for a shorter person.

I’ve been recording notes in a couple pages of this blog. Promising Floor Plans and Fifth Wheel Manufacturers. That way I can go back and study up.

(9/5/16 update) Here is an interesting front living room plan in an earlier model of the 3X. There is an open railing that separates the kitchen from the living room which gives it a more open feeling. I like the extra long bedroom slide for the washer/driver. Also this model has the extra steps up to the bedroom which adds outside storage compartments under the bedroom. Lee and Trace of  Camper Chronicles travels in this front living room. They took out one of the living room sofas and used the space for a desk. I noticed the floor plan also has a coat closet which is a must according to my wife.

Jayco 3X front living

We would appreciate any feedback regarding why you selected a particular floor plan.

5 thoughts on “RV Floor Plans – 2015

  1. Anybody that Makes a decision buying a RV based on floorplans instead of construction methods and materials used is a IDIOT form of animal and the headaches and misery they most likely will experience is self-imposed.
    Are you kidding me???
    The layout is beautifully but the walls might sag and fall of the structure in 2yrs.
    😞😕 whaaaat? ??


    • I agree construction is #1. Right now I’m spending a majority of my research time on serious construction methods. Thanks for stopping by. I’d also have to think the floor plan has to “work” or it could get old fast. My wife and I are hoping to come up with at least two floor plans we like, knowing one – or both – could be eliminated if the company that builds the floor plan has poor construction methods or a poor record of customer service. Thankfully, a lot of the floor plans are relatively common among trailers.

      Figure selecting a floor plan will help narrow down the size of rig we are interested in which will also help narrow the list of companies that build them. With all the rigs out there – seems a process of elimination might be a good route to take.

      I should add because of construction method research I’ve started to get a feel for which companies I might avoid. I’d appreciate any feedback you have on any of the pages regarding construction methods.


  2. Have you looked at any Grand Design models? We have a Momentum and we love it. They are coming out with new floor plans all the time and have a couple different lines of fifth wheels at different price points. Might be worth checking out. Also, their quality is the best we’ve found (maybe with the exception of a top of the line Mobile Suites), and they are a smaller, newer company, so customer service has been pretty good so far. Good luck! I’m curious to see what you decide on.


  3. Hello Rachel, We have looked at the Grand Design. There is a dealership about 30 minutes from us. I had heard some guys broke off from Keystone, that had been responsible for the Montana, and started Grand Design.

    We are still in the process of deciding upon floor plan and found a couple at Grand Design that were promising.

    Grand Design was the first time I realized not all the upscale fifth wheels have a full rear cap. I asked around about this. Many said the full rear (wrapped) cap is only for looks. Others said you can get more insulation in it. The salesman at Grand Design said they don’t put a full cap on the rear because it’s a waste of money. Sounds good that so far the customer service has been good for you guys.


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