Fifth wheel with rear kitchen has attracted the attention of many campers. If you are considering such a vehicle for your travels, you are in luck. We have compiled a list of the top ten motorhomes with rear kitchen for 2024.
We break down the top models to make your search easier, and point out some important features to consider before making such a big purchase. Let’s hit the road!
What is a tailgating saddle wheel?
A rear kitchen fifth wheel is a fifth wheel trailer with a kitchen in the rear of the trailer, while the bedroom is usually in the front. This allows for a living area in between.
A fifth wheel is a motorhome with a trailer hitch (referred to as a fifth wheel) that attaches it to the back of a powerful truck.
Advantages of a rear kitchen fifth wheel
There are many advantages to a fifth wheel rear kitchen. One of the most common advantages is that the kitchen is located in the rear of the vehicle and therefore occupies a larger space.
This allows you to prepare meals without people running back and forth through the kitchen area, as would be the case if the kitchen was in the middle of the vehicle.
Not only is the kitchen more convenient, but it also creates additional living space in the middle of the trailer. The door is usually located in the center of the front area, which improves the flow of traffic in and out of the RV.
Rear kitchens can open up space to more or larger windows. A rear kitchen camper often has a wide window that provides a better view of the surrounding area.
Disadvantages of a rear kitchen Fifth Wheel
The most significant disadvantage cited by owners of a fifth wheel with a rear kitchen is how much the kitchen bounces back and forth while driving.
Fifth wheels tend to be quite long, which results in a rough ride in the rear. The shaking causes things like appliances, utensils, and food to be jolted.
All the movement in the back of a fifth wheel means you have to spend more time securing items in the kitchen area. It can take longer to set up and pack.
Many fifth wheels with rear kitchens have slide-outs that can be opened to create more space. This is a huge advantage when camping, but it can also make many areas of the vehicle, including the kitchen, inaccessible when the rails are retracted.
This can mean not having access to a quick lunch or snack on travel days.
The best Fifth Wheels with rear kitchens in 2024.
Fortunately, tailgating fifth wheels are on the rise again in 2024. Many will be on the larger end of the spectrum, but there are also smaller, easier-to-tow options to suit your needs.
We’d be surprised if any of these models aren’t a perfect fit for your style. Let’s dive in!
1. 2024 New Horizons Majestic M40RKS
MSRP: Starting at $276,062
GVWR: 26,500 lbs
Length: 40 feet
The New Horizons Majestic is one of the most luxurious five-door hatchbacks with a rear kitchen on the market. The kitchen offers plenty of counter space and an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator. Four slides open up the interior to an incredible amount of roominess.
It features a custom-built chassis, hydraulic leveling system, solid wood cabinets, massive storage tanks and hydraulic slides. With its two-year trailer hitch and bumper-to-bumper warranty, the Majestic can be as luxurious as any RV if it’s in your budget.
2. 2024 Forest River Riverstone 39RKFB
MSRP: Starting at $184,962
GVWR: 19,084 lbs
Length: 42 feet 7 inches
The Riverstone 39RKFB has a rear kitchen with an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator with hinged doors. It has a large microwave, stove and dishwasher.
Adjacent to the main living area is a convenient half bath with a stackable washer and dryer. In addition, there is a king size bed in the bedroom with a large private bath.
We personally love this floor plan, and if we ever returned to full-time RV living, this would be the vehicle we would do it with. You can check out our tour of this model below.
3. Keystone Alpine 3910RK
MSRP: Starting at $119,121
GVWR: 16,500 lbs
Length: 42 feet 11 inches
The Alpine series is Keystone’s line of luxury fifth wheel motorhomes with a rear kitchen. The 3910RK’s kitchen has everything you need, including a separate entrance. This makes bringing meals from the main entrance into the living area a breeze.
The kitchen has a four-burner stove, a double-sided sink, plenty of storage, and a residential refrigerator with ice maker.
It has features like on-demand hot water, smart RV controls, high ceilings and nearly 7-foot-high pullouts. There are two bathrooms, including a full bath with two sinks.
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4th Dutchmen Yukon 399ML
MSRP: Starting at $132,427
GVWR: 16,800 lbs
Length: 42 feet 5 inches
The Yukon 399ML is another incredible luxury option, featuring truly livable ceiling heights of 6 feet inside and 6 feet in the slide-out. The kitchen features a spacious 18 cubic foot refrigerator, pantry, ample counter space and cabinets.
Adjacent to the living area is a slideout with a large television and fireplace. The bedroom has a king size bed, a slideout and an entertainment system.
The bathroom is a pass-through from the living area to the bedroom, but has an enclosed toilet so you don’t block the path when you use it.
5. 2024 Forest River Arctic Wolf 23MLE
MSRP: Starting at $44,900
GVWR: 9,900 lbs
Length: 29′ 4″
The Arctic Wolf 23MLE is a brand new floorplan for 2024 models, and we’re excited to see how it performs. It may be on the smaller, more affordable end of the tailgating fifth wheel options, but for its size, it has a lot of power.
From the fully equipped kitchen with large pantry and dining area to the main living area with theater seating, TV and electric fireplace, it offers a practical layout. There is also a full bath that separates the living area from the double bed and bedroom.
We love a little fifth wheel, and if you’re looking for a tiny but mighty wheel, this floor plan is for you.
6. 2024 Forest River Cardinal 23RK
MSRP: Starting at $65,461
GVWR: 9,275 lbs
Length: 29 feet 4 inches
The Cardinal Luxury 390FBX’s kitchen has a 17-cubic-foot refrigerator and is equipped with almost all residential-grade appliances and construction. It has multiple slides that open to a huge living area.
The rig has two three seater sofas with theater seating, a half bath with washer/dryer, a king size bed in the pull out bedroom and a full bath with shower and double sinks.
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7. 2024 Jayco North Point 380RKGS
MSRP: Starting at $145,718
GVWR: 16,955 lbs
Length: 42 feet 3 inches
Sleeps: Up to 8 people
Jayco maximizes space in its North Point 380RKGS with an incredible number of sliders to open up the rear kitchen, living area and bedroom.
The rear kitchen has an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator, stove, pantry and all the other amenities you could want. The bedroom is king-size, from the bed to the walk-in closet.
What sets the North Point 380RKGS apart, however, are the little things. It has thoughtful touches like a pull-out wooden spice rack and a 24-by-24-inch butcher block in the kitchen that doubles as a countertop extension. It also has 4K smart TVs and a pop-up charger with built-in wireless charging in the dining area.
8. 2024 DRV Mobile Suites 41RKDB
MSRP: Starting at $198,494
GVWR: 22,000 pounds
Length: 43 feet 1 inch
DRV’s price tag is at the top end of our list, but there are reasons for that. DRV promises the luxury of a home in the Mobile Suites 41RKDB.
The rear kitchen features a refrigerator with hinged doors, a dishwasher, a lighted pantry and plenty of highly polished countertops.
The living area also has two recliners, two sofas and a fireplace. The living room has a half bath. Your bedroom slides out to reveal a king-size bed, a full bath with two sinks, and a walk-in closet.
9. 2024 Alliance Paradigm 382RK
MSRP: Starting at $129,914
GVWR: 16,800 lbs
Length: 41 feet 6 inches
Alliance strikes a good balance between price and luxury with the Paradigm 382RK, its fifth wheel with rear kitchen. Three slides open the interior to a full kitchen that includes a 19-cubic-foot refrigerator, pantry and floating dining table.
The living area has two sleeper sofas, a sitting area, a fireplace, a half bath and a closet. The bedroom has a king-size bed, flip-top dresser, full bath and walk-in closet.
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10. 2024 Alliance Avenue 33RKS
MSRP: Starting at $88,122
GVWR: 13,995 lbs
Length: 34 feet 5 inches
The Alliance Paradigm’s counterpart, the Alliance Avenue, is a bit less expensive but offers a tremendous amount of luxury in a smaller space.
The rear kitchen of the Avenue 33RKS is smaller, but features a 16-cubic-foot refrigerator, three-burner cooktop and floating dining table.
The living area has two theater seats and a triple-folding sleeper sofa, and has access to a full bath across the hall from the bedroom. The bedroom houses a queen-size bed with a spacious closet.
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Bonus: Previous model for Fifth Wheels with rear kitchen
The following two options are still great rear kitchen floorplans, but are no longer being built for 2024. While they may be a little harder to find, you should be able to get a better deal on them.
Since they are only in stock at dealers, that means dealers will want to get rid of them and will most likely be willing to drop the price significantly!
11. 2023 Forest River Arctic Wolf 261RK
MSRP: Starting at $57,766
GVWR: 11,525 lbs
Length: 30 feet 7 inches
The Arctic Wolf 261RK is the smaller and less expensive model among the fifth wheels with rear kitchen, but for its size it has a lot to offer.
12. 2023 Forest River Cardinal Luxury 390FBX
MSRP: Starting at $143,117
GVWR: 15,500 lbs
Length: 43 feet, 3 inches
Sleeps: Up to 6 people
Forest River apparently no longer makes the Cardinal Luxury series, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good motorhome. Probably not enough units were sold, or they were too expensive to produce; therefore, the series was taken out of production completely.
The kitchen of the Cardinal Luxury 390FBX has a 17-cubic-foot refrigerator accompanied by almost all the construction and appliances suitable for residential use. It has several slides that open to a huge living area.
The vehicle has two three seater sofas with theater seating, a half bath with washer/dryer, a king size bed in the pull out bedroom and a full bath with shower and double sinks.
You can already find this model on RV Trader for around $30,000 less than MSPR. The 2022 and 2021 models can even be had for less than $90,000.
Travel in Style with Rear Kitchen Fifth Wheels
Want to travel without sacrificing the luxuries of home? With the options in today’s rear kitchen fifth wheels, there’s no need.
As you can see from our list of the wide selection of fifth wheels with rear kitchens, everyone should be able to find one that fits their lifestyle. All models have working kitchens, many with full living facilities. But this is only the beginning.
Most have multiple sliding doors that provide access to the kitchen, living and sleeping areas. Many have numerous bathrooms, appliances such as dishwashers and washer/dryer combinations, and walk-in closets.
Why sacrifice luxury when you can travel in style with a fifth wheel with a rear kitchen?