A big family trip can mean a short trip for your big family or an extended trip for your small family. Either way finding the best fifth wheel for families – large or small – means taking all the needs of your family into consideration and finding the best fit. Do you need room for lots of friends and family or maybe just for all the kids? How about all the toys required to keep an active, outdoor-adventure clan entertained? Maybe you need quiet luxury for your camping getaways. No matter your family’s needs, there’s bound to be a fifth wheel option that can provide the perfect retreat wherever you go.

What Are the Benefits of Fifth Wheel RVs?

When choosing the best fifth wheel for families, the first question may be, “Why a fifth wheel?” The general comparison is between a standard travel trailer and a fifth wheel. The unique feature of a fifth wheel is the way it attaches to the tow vehicle. Instead of a standard hitch like travel trailers, fifth wheels must be towed by a truck because they connect to a specialized hitch centered in a truck bed. While this may not seem like a benefit if you don’t have (or want to have) a truck, the benefits over travel trailers include unique and spacious floor plans, easier maneuverability and “shorter” towing length because much of their length is hanging over the truck bed. There is virtually no sway when towing a fifth wheel vs. a travel trailer which in and of itself is a benefit that can be the sole reason that many choose a fifth wheel for their family.

Our Top Family Fifth Wheels

One feature that is a big selling point when finding the best fifth wheel for families is that the fifth wheel floor plans almost always feature a private master suite at the front of the RV. This can allow for a quiet mid-day retreat or even turning in early when the rest of the family is still up enjoying games, swapping stories or watching a movie.

Arctic Wolf 287BH

The Arctic Wolf 287 BH is one of Forest River’s most popular fifth wheels. This floor plan is ideal for large family trips! It features a private master bedroom with a residential queen bed, double stacked bunks in the rear of the RV. A stow-away dinette and an additional tri-fold sofa round out the sleeping quarters so this unit can sleep up to 8 people easily making it one of the best fifth wheels for families, and extended families!

With all those people it’s important to have plenty of space to cook and serve meals! The large, open, L-shaped interior kitchen provides plenty of prep space and the super U-dinette gives plenty of space inside for big family meals. When paired with the deluxe exterior kitchen, there’s more than ample space – even for those who want to social distance!

 Cedar Creek 377BH

Looking for a home-away-from-home experience? Look no further than the Cedar Creek 377BH, it’s hard to beat this RV when you’re looking for the best fifth wheel for families. Parents can enjoy a private suite with king-size bed while the hide-a-bed sofa comfortable sleeps two more.

Planning an extended trip? The huge 20 cubic foot stainless steel fridge with ice maker in this model provides plenty of room to pack enough food for everyone without worries about restocking trips to the grocery store.  The large kitchen features an island with sink and prep counter while the free-standing table is close by for extra prep space if necessary in addition to providing ample dining room and a comfortable place to play games. The luxury power theater seats provide the ultimate comfort when enjoying the cozy fireplace or watching TV.

Rogue Armored 371

No family or toy left behind with the Rogue Armored 371! This is the Trojan horse of RV’s and easily one of the best fifth wheels for families – especially big, active families!  It measures a whopping 42’ long and provides plenty of space for living as well as ample room to bring all the family toys along in the rear garage through the ramp door.

There’s also sleeping capacity for 8-10 people which means when you’re ready to call it a night, everyone can get a good night’s sleep and recharge for the next day’s adventures. Parents can relax in the king bed while others can catch their Z’s on the raised queen bed or flip up sofas.

With the living area, bathrooms, and kitchen all located in the center, everything is easy to get to no matter what you need with this spacious interior design.

And if you’re a fan of boondocking, the Rogue has an optional 5500 watt generator and 100+ gallon fresh water tank. This makes it ideal for being off the grid. That means quiet camping away from the crowds without worrying giving up the amenities that you love.

With any RV you choose, there are also upgrade options to personalize and customize to suit your needs. No matter the size of your family or the activities you plan on a big family trip, finding the best fifth wheel for families is what RV Wholesale Superstore is here for.

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Nothing says fall like the changing colors of the leaves, and the Midwest is one of the best places around to see the incredible colors of fall. Not only beautiful to behold, they make amazing backdrops for family photos. There are more cool photo ops in the Midwest than you may have been aware of. While this certainly isn’t a comprehensive list, we’ve picked some top sights that you won’t be able to resist capturing. Plan your fall color tour and include a few of these stops of some of our favorite cool photo ops.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Ohio

You don’t need to travel far to find cool photo ops. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park here in Ohio is almost like finding cool photo ops in your own backyard – which makes it a great trip even during the current pandemic!

There is always plenty to do at any National Park and Cuyahoga Valley is no exception. Activities from fishing to hiking to even golfing can be enjoyed at Cuyahoga Valley and you’ll find plenty of cool photo ops along the way. Whether you are looking for enough activities for a day, a weekend, or a full weeklong getaway, bring the family and enjoy all Cuyahoga Valley has to offer. Reopening September 30th, there’s even a scenic train ride that offers a wealth of cool photo ops. You and your family will be able to reminisce for decades as you enjoy looking at your photos time and again.

Just one of (hundreds of National Parks in the US), all the information you’ll need to plan your trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park can be found on the NPS website.

Sleeping Bear Dunes – Michigan

Travelers from all over the country are drawn to the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Leelanau County, Michigan. This breathtaking shoreline park also offers cool photo ops at every step through its 71,187 acres of hills, valleys, dunes and small lakes. With views like no others, this park has been named the “Most Beautiful Place in America,” so you’ll want to be sure to get your reservations in early. The Sleeping Bear Dunes RV-friendly campsites are limited and, as you can imagine, wildly popular!

Whether you are capturing photos of the sweeping lake views at the top of Dune Climb or looking out over a blanket of treetops along the vast shoreline of Lake Michigan from the top of a bluff on Pyramid Point Trail, you are sure to capture breathtaking pictures of the fall colors in northern Michigan.

City of Madison – Indiana

Not to worry, even though our beautiful state and national parks are popular, some cool photo ops will be found elsewhere! The city of Madison, Indiana, was named after President James Madison, and is located in the southeast corner of Indiana, along the Ohio River. This lovely city has everything from educational opportunities to recreational activities like festivals and more.

This bustling little Midwest city has 133 city blocks of historic district – one of the largest landmark districts in the country! You can tour the Lanier Mansion or simply admire the many 19th and early 20th century buildings and homes. You are sure to find plenty of cool photo ops here whether your idea of the perfect photo is along the river or next to an historic landmark! While you’re in Indiana, you may even want to stop and tour an RV factory!

360 Chicago Observation Deck – Illinois

While 875 North Michigan Avenue is far from a being a state or national park, the widely famous observatory of the former John Hancock Center is one destination not to miss if your RV trip brings you through Illinois. Amazingly cool photo ops of the captivating views of Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago can be seen from over 1,000 feet in the air here. You may even catch a glimpse of a small aircraft passing by – at eye level. (What a way to channel your inner King Kong!)

There may not be captivating views from the elevators, but at speeds of over 20 miles per hour, they are the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere. It may not be Cedar Point, but at those speeds the elevators do rival some amusement park rides! There is also a full bar where you can enjoy the local flavors, or simply relax after the speedy elevator ride.

It’s even a great place to start a cross-country tour on the famous Route 66! Travel from Chicago to Los Angeles for an extended trip that will be chock full of cool photo ops and a gateway to studying this important historic piece of America.

Fall Foliage – Across the Midwest

As summer winds to an end, Fall Foliage season is right around the corner. When the leaves begin to fall, unforgettable photo ops appear all around. From parks to roadsides, everywhere you look throughout the Midwest becomes a perfect photo backdrop of warm, bright colors. The best time to plan your fall foliage tour here in the Midwest is around October. There are some great individual places around Ohio, so check out our guide to planning your Ohio fall foliage tour!

You may have so much fun that you’ll want to plan a spring tour and revisit a few of these stops to take seasonal comparison photos with the budding trees and spring flowers as the backdrop in your favorite cool photo ops!

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No matter the size or type of your RV, the RV awning is a key component to your camping experience. An RV awning can expand your living space to provide an outdoor dining area. It can provide shade and help keep you cool when temperatures soar. An awning can protect your entryway from rain or even offer a great place to hang some lighting for a late evening gathering or game night.

The best way to keep your awning in tip top working condition is with proper care and cleaning. Your awning can last for many years and provide hours of outdoor comfort and enjoyment by following these RV awning maintenance & cleaning tips.

Cleaning Your RV Awning

For the best results, clean your RV awning several times per year. Depending on the camping environment and the tree coverage at your site it may be necessary to clean more often. You’ll want to pay special attention to any leaves or sap that can cause your RV awning to become exceptionally dirty. If you experience this type of dirt and debris, clean your awning before you close it up.

Just Use Water

A hose is all you’ll need to clean your RV awning in most cases. If you want to get a good angle for cleaning the top of your awning, using a ladder can help. You’ll be able to see debris and push it off more effectively with the added height from being on a ladder.

Some RV awnings have waterproof coatings. These coatings are generally found with vinyl and acrylic RV awnings. Most unwanted debris tends come right off when you have a waterproof coating. Be aware that they don’t last forever, though. Even waterproof coatings can be worn off!

Cleaning Tough Awning Stains

Occasionally you may get some spots or tough stains on your RV awning that plain water just won’t clean. When this happens a soft brush can be used along with mild soap to clean your awning.  Another option is to purchase special awning cleaners. These are cleaners that are awning-safe and can even help restore the look of your awning to “like new.” You can find specialized awning cleaners at most RV supply stores. Just remember that even if you’re using awning-specific cleaners that you don’t want to be overly aggressive with a brush. It’s better to have a slight stain that you simply can’t remove than to scrub so hard that you begin wearing down the special waterproof coating on your RV awning that keeps moisture from penetrating into it.

Let It Dry

As with any part of your RV, moisture can cause major problems including mold, rust, and warping issues. When caring for your RV awning, make sure that you let it dry after you clean it. An awning that is stored with even a small amount of moisture trapped inside can lead to mold, mildew, or worse. If it’s necessary to retract or stow away your awning when it’s wet, be sure to air it out and let it dry completely as soon as possible. Even a small amount of mildew can result in a stinky RV awning. If left too long, that mildew or mold can lead to rotting. Rot can compromise the structure of your awning and is another factor in the breakdown of the waterproof coating, which can lead to leaking.

Keep in mind that your RV awning also contains supports which can become damaged by rust if left stored in a moist environment. Over time, this could eventually result in your RV awning failing to work properly if at all.

So, whether your awning is extended because you are camping or because it’s being cleaned, always confirm it is completely dry prior to putting it away. You’ll save time and money by using that ounce of prevention.

RV Awning Maintenance

Watch for UV Damage

RV awnings aren’t just for keeping you dry. They also are a great way to block the sun. Whether it’s high noon or later in the afternoon, your awning can keep the sun’s damaging rays at bay. Those strong UV rays can break down the fabric of your RV awning over time. Awnings can protect you, your family, and your RV from the sun and harmful UV rays, but they aren’t immune.

To extend the life of your RV awning, keep it rolled up and protected whenever it isn’t in use. As with many things in life, if it is exposed to the sun for days on end month after month, it will begin to show signs of wear and tear much faster. So use it in short spurts to ensure the longevity of your RV awning.

Lubricate Your Awning

Your RV awning has many moving parts. A key factor in keeping these moving parts in good working condition is to make sure they are well lubricated. Both manual and power awnings have moving parts that will benefit from regular lubrication.  You can use silicone spray lubricants to keep all your rollers, hinges and support arm pistons in good shape. Be sure to wipe away any excess with a rag.

Keep Your Awning Slightly Unleveled

Water is heavy. If enough of it collects on your awning it could potentially cause damage. To prevent this, when using your RV awning to protect your entryway from rain, don’t let water pool up on the fabric. Keeping your awning slanted is an easy way to provide a natural run-off for rainwater.  However, sometimes water can gather in a small puddle even when your RV awning is slanted. In a heavy downpour it doesn’t take long for water to collect and in no time a small puddle can become a huge body of water that can bend the support system and ruin your awning.

While slanting the awning doesn’t always prevent pooling water it certainly helps. Additionally, you are also more able to control where the water will run off, so when you are slanting your awning, take the time to assess your surroundings and adjust your awning accordingly. You may be able to direct the run-off away from your campsite so you can keep yourself and your area fairly dry – even in heavier rains.

Include the RV Awning in Your Inspections

Regular inspections of your RV are important. It’s something that should be done a few times every year and especially prior to a major trip. Your inspection should be of both the inside and outside of your RV. Unfortunately, many times out of sight means out of mind. But don’t let the fact that your awning is rolled up and out of the way keep you from making it a part of your inspection process. When you inspect your RV awning on a regular basis, you can make sure they are in good shape as well as avoid small issues becoming larger ones.

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