Best Small Travel Trailers With Slide Out

Best Small Travel Trailers With Slide Out

Rooms that appear as if from nowhere!

It’s a dream that has been the stuff of great fiction for hundreds of years. An ordinary, smallish room which, when you press a button or pull a level, expands, changes, gives you a new potential or a new vista.

It’s been a reality for quite some time now in the world of small travel trailers. Slide out technology can give you more space for specific purposes, or just for the sake of more space in an otherwise small, highly portable trailer.

But it’s been a reality for enough time that there are lots and lots of small travel trailers with slide outs to choose from. How do you know which ones work best, which ones give you the largest number of options, or give you crucial extra space solutions in your small travel trailer?

We’ve collected a handful of the best, to show you the sort of uses they’re being put to, as a way of expanding your mind and your thinking on small travel trailers with slide outs. To…open a slide out on your thinking, if you like.

It’s worth saying before we start, our collection here is by no means definitive – it can’t be when the market’s so huge and diverse. The small travel trailer with slide out that’s absolutely right for you will depend on a whole range of factors. 

And it’s also worth noting that the prices for small travel trailers with slide outs differs greatly depending on the manufacturer, the trim level, and other variables. Here we’re giving you just a handful of the best on the market. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.

Forest River R-Pod 190 Travel Trailer

forest river r-pod 190 travel trailer

Forest River is a long established brand with solid connections to a host of other businesses in the RV and travel trailer world. The R-Pod 190 is probably as close as you can get in this life to a Tardis – small on the outside, bigger on the inside, and packed with interesting things to make it worth more than a second look.

The design is basic and retro in that way that all the best retro is – half-deliberate, half-nonchalant, coming together in a way that just feels right.

From its hitch to its bumper, the R-Pod 190 is just 20.4 feet, so it’s the very model of a small travel trailer. But the way in which it makes use of its interior space is the stuff of which Nobel prizes in spatial geometry should be made.

The slide out operates on the push of a single button, but because of the universe we live in and the innate fallibility of human hopes and dreams, should the button inevitably fail, Forest River has done the sensible thing and made the slide operable by hand as well.

That’s just as well, because the whole kitchen kitchen’s contained in the slide out, and the last thing you want when you wake up in the morning in the middle of nowhere is to be stuck repeatedly pressing a non-functioning button when you could be drinking coffee and eating breakfast.

Oh, that kitchen? Not just your token affair. That’s the power of the slide out in the R-Pod 190. It gives you enough space for an under-mount sink, a two-burner recessed cooktop, a flush mounted glass cover, a 3-way gas/electric refrigerator and a convectional microwave.

In a travel trailer just over 20 feet from stem to stern.

And because the slide gives you a reasonable amount of space, once you’re in the kitchen area, you’re not wedged in there, trying not to move so you don’t knock things off counters or burners, either. There’s even space for storage in the slide out.

The impressive thing about the R-Pod 190 is it looks like it should be too small to do everything you’d want from a living space. It looks like it should be a travelling crash pad at best, but no – the U-shaped dinette is a decent size and there’s even a Queen-size bed. We’re not going to lie and tell you that’s exactly an easy fit in a unit this size, but it’s comfortable enough to feel like a living space, rather than just a crash-out space.

Bathroom? Yep, with a tub surround and shower curtain, giving you options. The sinks have hot and cold running water…y’know, as you’d expect from a real apartment. And probably the weirdest thing is quite how much storage space there is in this highly compact travel trailer.

It may not be stacked like a luxury RV, but the R-Pod 190 is able to deliver a genuinely homely experience in very little space – and the slide out adds an epic dimension to that feeling, with it’s fully functioning kitchen. If you’re looking to understand the value of a slide out, the R-Pod 190 is lessons 1, 2 and 3.

2017 Coachmen RV Catalina

2017 Coachmen RV Catalina

At a very different point on the slide out spectrum is the 2017 Coachmen RV Catalina. Sleeping from 4-10, and with a length of between 26-36 feet, this travel trailer has no fewer than 25 potential floorplans, three of which come with three potential slide outs, to give you the maximum space for your travel trailer dollar.

Basic space is not an issue in the Catalina, as those dimensions make plain. In fact, to be absolutely fair, in its largest configuration (36 feet it stretches the definition of a “small” travel trailer just a touch.

But by using any or all of the slide outs available in the Catalina, you get specific area space that you don’t need all the time, but which it’s handy to have when you need it.

If we think of the R-Pod 190 as having a slide for necessary full-on living spaces, the Catalina gives you convenient living spaces at the push of a slide.

The available slides in the Catalina transform the living room and some bedrooms into full spaces (there’s already a slide-out sofa and U-shaped dinette in the living room). Where the slide in the R-Pod 190 gives you the step up into comfortable living space, the

Catalina’s slides add extra space, such as you might need if trying to fit ten people comfortably even into a travel trailer of 26 feet length. They add breathing space, privacy, and even, in the case of the living room slide, more communal space for meals, if for instance it’s torrential outside and the camp fire’s fizzled.

The Romotow

While the first two travel trailers on our list are functional and available now, there’s very little limit to what you can do with slides in travel trailers. As if to prove the point, we speak, in New Zealand, a team of experienced boat builders is working on the world’s first ‘Romotow.’ The design of the Romotow takes slides to a whole new, distinctly 21st century level.

At roughly 30 feet in length, again, the Romotow flirts with the upper reaches of what’s allowable in a “small” travel trailer, but still, compared to some on the market, it just about qualifies.

In a sleek white cabin, there’s everything you could possibly need to transport four people in relative comfort, including bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and dinette.

Panelled walls and floors use the synthetic teak you’ll find on luxury yachts (did we mention this was being built by boat-builders?), so it’s on the higher end of the travel trailer look and feel before it does its extra-special magic trick.

We’ve seen slides give you the kitchen space to avoid hanger on your road trip. We’ve seen slides give you extra living room space to eat, and extra bedroom space to sleep.

How about a slide that gives you an instant covered deck area?

You’re a little let down by that, aren’t you? You think “Oh…so a slide comes out and you sit on it? Big whoop.”

It’s much cooler than that. The design of the Romotow means that at the push of a button, the whole living space swings gently out within an overshell, like a hidden panel in a Whodunit novel. That reveals the covered deck area for when it’s too stuffy to sit inside, but maybe too soggy to be entirely comfortable in the full-on outside.

The covered deck (Yes, that’s teak too), gives you the instant best of both worlds – you’re not about to get rained on, but you’re also not taking up space inside the trailer.

While it’s not available for sale as yet, when it hits the travel trailer market, it’s being hotly tipped as the new big thing – revolving living spaces are almost the ultimate in that whole ‘rooms that appear as if from nowhere’ vibe that we all, secretly or otherwise, get a kick out of.

Quite apart from anything else, there’s an impressive level of cool in giving a jaunty “I’ll meet you out on the deck” and then seeing the whole of your trailer swing out like a slow-motion Transformer, to give you that extra special bonus space. Look out for it when it hits the market.

The Romotow

the romotow trailer concept

While the first two travel trailers on our list are functional and available now, there’s very little limit to what you can do with slides in travel trailers.

As if to prove the point, we speak, in New Zealand, a team of experienced boat builders is working on the world’s first ‘Romotow.’ The design of the Romotow takes slides to a whole new, distinctly 21st century level.

At roughly 30 feet in length, again, the Romotow flirts with the upper reaches of what’s allowable in a “small” travel trailer, but still, compared to some on the market, it just about qualifies.

In a sleek white cabin, there’s everything you could possibly need to transport four people in relative comfort, including bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and dinette.

Panelled walls and floors use the synthetic teak you’ll find on luxury yachts (did we mention this was being built by boat-builders?), so it’s on the higher end of the travel trailer look and feel before it does its extra-special magic trick.

We’ve seen slides give you the kitchen space to avoid hanger on your road trip. We’ve seen slides give you extra living room space to eat, and extra bedroom space to sleep.

How about a slide that gives you an instant covered deck area?

You’re a little let down by that, aren’t you? You think “Oh…so a slide comes out and you sit on it? Big whoop.”

It’s much cooler than that. The design of the Romotow means that at the push of a button, the whole living space swings gently out within an overshell, like a hidden panel in a Whodunit novel.

That reveals the covered deck area for when it’s too stuffy to sit inside, but maybe too soggy to be entirely comfortable in the full-on outside.

The covered deck (Yes, that’s teak too), gives you the instant best of both worlds – you’re not about to get rained on, but you’re also not taking up space inside the trailer.

While it’s not available for sale as yet, when it hits the travel trailer market, it’s being hotly tipped as the new big thing – revolving living spaces are almost the ultimate in that whole ‘rooms that appear as if from nowhere’ vibe that we all, secretly or otherwise, get a kick out of.

Quite apart from anything else, there’s an impressive level of cool in giving a jaunty “I’ll meet you out on the deck” and then seeing the whole of your trailer swing out like a slow-motion Transformer, to give you that extra special bonus space.

Look out for it when it hits the market.

KZ Escape Mini

KZ Escape Mini

The KZ Escape Mini gives you all the functionality you could need with a dash of comfort to boot. Yes, absolutely, it’s got a basic floor plan, but it has an efficiency that makes you wonder why you’d ever need anything fancy.

The slide out here contains your dinette – always one of the functions that has a feel of being useful when you need it, but wasted space all the while you don’t.

Here, there’s no skimping on the slide-dinette – it has a useful tabletop and can double as extra sleeping space.

Speaking of sleep-space, there’s a comfortable queen size bed in the Escape Mini, which adds to that sense of getting a lot of travel trailer in not a lot of space.

Food-wise too, the kitchen’s pretty thoroughly equipped for a unit this size - two-burner stove, refrigerator, a convection microwave, a deep single sink, a pantry and overhead storage all fits into the Escape Mini.

With high-tech touches like an LED-lit awning and motion sensors which turn on lights whenever a curious animal or a nefarious night-time visitor comes near, the Escape Mini punches above both its weight and size, and its slide is well deployed to give you additional space and functionality for your travel trailer dollar.

Sportsmen Classic 151RB Travel Trailer

Sportsmen Classic 151RB Travel Trailer

Looking for a great 18-footer with a slide out?

You can spend a lot of time looking for worse options than the Sportsmen Classic 151RB.

What it gives you is a combination of real comfort with a budget-friendly price, so when you go to sleep, neither your wallet nor you bank balance is whispering regrets to you.

What’s the magic angle in the 151RB?

Step inside, take a load off. Oh, wait just one minute – the sofa’s in the slide. Boom, a minute, half a minute even, and you have a comfortable place to sit, talk, enjoy the company of your friends, while when you don’t need it anymore – hey presto, you can slide the sofa back out of the way.

It’s not all about the seating space, of course. The 151RB also gives you the comfort of a 54” x 80” bed, sleeps three (including the sofa space), and has a freshwater capacity of up to 20 gallons at a time, so you’re not having to stop all the time to refill your tanks.

There may be swankier 18-footers out there, but when you’re looking for comfort, convenience and a cunning slide out with extra seating space, but you don’t want to pay swanky prices, the 151RB is definitely worth a second look.

The Palomini 182Sk

The Palomini 182Sk

The Palmini 182Sk is not your standard small travel trailer.

It’s got all the things you demand of a standard small travel trailer, true, but it also adds to its offering with an impressive slide out. What’s the impressive part?

You’re looking at a roomy, fully-functioning kitchen area hidden in the slide. Sure, we’ve seen slide out kitchens before, but in the Palomini, there’s a very visible sense of having been designed by people who know how you really move around a mini travel trailer.

There’s a two-burner cooktop, a microwave, a sink and a combination refrigerator-freezer. Overhead storage cabinets? No problem, you’ve got them all day in the Palomini.

The layout is intelligent, so even though it’s a mini travel trailer, you’ll move around it and cook in it with all the freedom and creative flair you’d bring to your kitchen at home.

Unsurprisingly then, you also get a booth-style dinette that serves four (make your own diner for breakfasts and refills), but doesn’t have to, if you want to go American Classic for romantic boothing of an evening.

Oh, talking of romance, the floorplan of the Palmoni is a little different to what you might expect. The sleeping area is aligned north-south, rather than the usual east-west when trying to fit a queen-sized bed in a mini trailer.

That means – oh heavens and designers be praised – you can walk around the bed should you need to in the middle of the night, rather than mounting the usual stealth mission to get to the door without waking anyone else.

If you want a great mini travel trailer with a surprising slide and some extra thought worked in, the Palomini might well have your name on it.

2017 Jayco Hummingbird 17BH Camper

When they say someone or something needs no introduction, usually they’re blowing smoke. The 2017 Jayco Hummingbird 17BH camper…probably needs no introduction.

A big favorite just a handful of heartbeat ago, the 17BH is still a crowd-pleasing 19-feet travel trailer. Accommodating four people comfortably, it’s geared at the small family market, and it’s perfect for that purpose.

You want an uncluttered, uncramped family holiday on the move, you can do worse on every corner of every lot than the 17BH.  

The slide here is another slice of kitchen magic, here including the refrigerator, so the kitchen can be literally open when needed, and closed between meals.

It sees the Sportsmen’s water game and raises it too, with a capacity of 26 gallons between refills.

Geared, as we said, towards the small but growing family, the 17BH comes with bunk beds, along with a convertible sofa for those nights when the biggest adventure in the world is sleeping somewhere new. There are two bunk beds along with a comfortable convertible sofa.

With its magic slide-out kitchen and refrigerator, a comfortable queen for the grown-ups and the excitement of bunk beds and a sleeping sofa for the kid of kids, the 17BH is sturdy for its size, offering a lot of compact fun for the family on the road.

As we said, these are just some of the best, the coolest, the most impressive travel trailers with slide outs you can find either on the market or coming soon.

The point of slides on small travel trailers is to give you more than the space seemingly allows. Whether you need a slide out kitchen, sofa, bed or deck, it’s a mistake ever to underestimate the transformative power of a slide out on even the smallest of travel trailers.

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