When camping during the summer, one thing you don’t have to worry about is staying warm. Unfortunately, however, many camping trips are cut short due to cold weather as winter starts to set in. Some people are okay with taking a break from their camping trips, while others wish their travel trailers had specific amenities to help keep them warm.
Many travel trailers come with a furnace or two, which can get the job done. However, a furnace does not have the aesthetics that you can find in a fireplace. Sitting comfortably in your RV’s living room watching a movie at night with a fireplace keeping you warm feels more natural and is more appealing. But, can you find travel trailers with a fireplace?
Yes, many travel trailers come with a fireplace. However, it might not be what you are expecting. Having a wood-burning fireplace in an RV is not the safest way to keep your family warm. Instead, RV companies have decided to install electric or propane fireplaces in their RVs. These types of fireplaces are much safer, with the electric version being the safest.
While you can find plenty of travel trailers with a fireplace, they are most commonly found in luxury travel trailers. With that said, we have done the research and toured some fantastic travel trailers with fireplaces, and we have made a list of our favorites.
- Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite 302 UBH
- Keystone Sprinter Limited 330 KBS
- Jayco Eagle 334 RLOK
- Jayco White Hawk 29 RL
- Forest River Vibe 28 RL
- Forest River Alpha Wolf 26 RL-L
- Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 293 RLDS
- Coachmen Freedom Express Liberty 321 FEDSLE
As you continue to read this article, we will discuss what type of fireplace you will find in travel trailers. Furthermore, we will go over the pros and cons of owning a travel trailer fireplace. Finally, we will provide a brief description of each of the travel trailers on our list.
What is a Travel Trailer Fireplace?
There is a plethora of RVs that are built to help you withstand the cold. Most of these RVs will have better insulation standards and some additional amenities to help keep you warm. These RVs are called four-season RVs, which means you can use them throughout the year. In addition, most four-season RVs will come equipped with one or two furnaces to warm things up a bit. However, you can sometimes find RVs that have a fireplace instead.
Fireplaces in RVs and travel trailers are not what you expect. Even with a chimney, burning wood in a tight and enclosed space is very unsafe. Because of this, travel trailer manufacturers have decided to build and install electric or propane fireplaces in RVs instead. These types of fireplaces are much safer than a wood-burning fireplace, with the electric version being the safest. Due to this, most travel trailers with a fireplace will have an electric variation, usually located in the entertainment center below the TV.
Most people are satisfied with a furnace keeping their RVs warm, but some people prefer the aesthetics a fireplace provides. Electric fireplaces are essentially glorified space heaters, but the addition of simulated fire on their display helps make you feel warm. Furthermore, electric fireplaces will usually come with multiple settings that let you adjust the temperature, fan speed, and even the color of the fire.
What are the Pros and Cons of Travel Trailers with a Fireplace?
If you are interested in owning a travel trailer with a fireplace, there are a few things you should know about. Furthermore, if you are unsure whether you want an electric fireplace in your travel trailer or not, this pros and cons list will help you decide.
- Electric fireplaces work independently from your travel trailer’s heater, which can help improve the lifespan of your RV.
- Electric fireplaces provide a small light show when turned on and can make your travel trailer’s living room look and feel better.
- Having a fireplace in your travel trailer will often increase its resale value.
- Most electric fireplaces run silently, and those that don’t are still very quiet.
- If you are not careful, you can easily overwhelm your travel trailer’s electricity by running too many high voltage appliances like the fireplace.
- Electric fireplaces are a luxury amenity and can increase the price of the RV by several thousands, depending on the quality of the fireplace.
- Smaller electric fireplaces might not provide enough heat to warm up the entire RV.
Travel Trailers that Come with a Fireplace
If you are dead set on owning an electric fireplace in your travel trailer, there are two ways you can make this happen. The first way is to purchase the fireplace separately and pay to have it installed in your travel trailer. The second way is to look for travel trailers with a pre-installed permanent electric fireplace.
With that said, each of the travel trailers on this list comes with a pre-installed electric fireplace. So, without further adieu, here is the list of our favorite travel trailers with a fireplace.
Starting with Keystone’s Outback Ultra-Lite model, the 302 UBH floor plan boasts dark laminated wood furnishings and plush seating arrangements. The kitchen is small but well organized and has a large refrigerator for a trailer this size. The electric fireplace is located in the entertainment center and provides 30 amps of heat to warm most of the RV. As a backup, this RV comes with a 35,000 BTU furnace.
Furthermore, this floor plan comes with a bunkhouse in the rear of the RV, which provides three additional beds. The main bedroom comes with tons of storage space and a very comfy queen-sized bed to boot.
The next Keystone travel trailer on our list is the Splinter Limited and its 330 KBS floor plan. This trailer is larger than the previous entry on our list and comes with white laminated cabinets and an additional couch for extra seating. The couch can unfold into a large full-sized bed, and the theater seats are heated and extremely comfy. The electric fireplace provides 33 amps of heat, which is plenty for this 37-foot travel trailer. However, you can use the 30,000 BTU furnace if you need more heat.
The kitchen comes with a fancy three-burner stove, a large refrigerator, a microwave, and an island for the sink.
One of the features that we liked the most was the walk-through bathroom to reach the master bedroom. This bathroom comes with his and her sinks, a sizable shower, a toilet, and plenty of dry storage. Finally, the master bedroom comes with a king-sized bed, tons of storage, and a 45-inch TV.
Next up is one of our favorite RV brands. The Eagle is Jayco’s top-selling travel trailer, and the 304 RLOK floor plan is our favorite model with a fireplace. The fireplace provides 34 amps of heat to warm up the entire RV and a 32,000 BTU furnace for extra heat. In addition, this floor plan comes with a mix of dark and white wood furnishings, a tri-fold sofa that hides an additional bed, and theater seats with individual USB charging stations.
The kitchen is small, but all of the appliances are residential, and the refrigerator is massive. Furthermore, the sink is on a beautiful island and comes with an additional filtered drinking water faucet. The bathroom is also small but houses a vast walk-in shower. Finally, the main bedroom comes with a queen-sized bed and room for a washer and dryer.
The next Jayco travel trailer on our list is the White Hawk and its 29 RL floor plan. The White Hawk is one of the shorter RVs on our list, is only 35 feet long, and can sleep up to 5 people. Because of this, everything is smaller and more compact than the other entries. For example, the kitchen is very compact, and you can reach nearly all of the appliances when standing in front of the sink.
The fireplace sits in the entertainment center and provides 34 amps of heat. If you need more heat for those extra cold nights, you can turn on the 32,000 BTU furnace. The theater seats are very comfortable and come with personal folding lap tables integrated into the seats. Furthermore, there is a tri-fold sofa which turns into a full-sized bed.
The bathroom is an adequate size and comes with a walk-in shower, a toilet, a sink, and a good amount of storage. The main bedroom houses a queen-sized bed and wardrobes for additional storage.
Forest River also makes our list with their Vibe model and its 28 RL floor plan, which is the first pet-friendly floor plan on this list. As such, the furniture is effortless to clean, and there is a pet kennel in the master bedroom.
The living room has a ton of walking space and lets in a lot of natural light thanks to the skylight and numerous windows. The sofa can unfold into an additional bed, and this floor plan features individual recliners instead of theater seats. The fireplace is located in the entertainment center and outputs 34 amps of heat. This model also sports a 20,000 BTU furnace for additional heat.
The kitchen is fantastic and comes with high-quality appliances like a three-burner stove, an oversized refrigerator, a microwave, and a sink on an island. The bathroom houses an impressively sizeable walk-in shower, a toilet, a sink, and a good amount of storage space. Finally, the main bedroom comes with a queen-sized bed, nightstands, wardrobes, and under-bed storage.
The Alpha Wolf is one of our favorite travel trailer models made by Forest River. The 26 RL-L floor plan allows for an impressive amount of walking space. The kitchen is beautiful and comes with a three-burner stove, a large single-basin sink, a walk-in pantry, and a huge residential refrigerator.
The living room boasts a good amount of storage space, theater seats with temperature-controlled cup holders, and a tri-fold sofa that turns into an additional bed. The fireplace is located in the entertainment center and outputs 35 amps of heat and this model comes with a 35,000 BTU furnace for extra heat during the coldest winter nights.
The bathroom is equipped with a large walk-in shower, a sink, a toilet, and adequate storage. The bathroom has two entrances, one of which connects to the master bedroom. Finally, the master bedroom comes with a queen-sized bed, a 45-inch TV, and tons of storage space.
Coachmen are the last brand on our list, and the first travel trailer we will be discussing is the Apex Ultra-Lite. This model is one of Coachmen’s most popular travel trailers and is one of their luxury options.
The living room comes with your choice of recliner or theater seats, both of which come with individual cup holders and USB charging stations. The sofa can unfold into an additional queen-sized bed, while the electric fireplace has a beautiful display and outputs 32 amps of heat, and is housed in the entertainment center.
The kitchen is a little cramped, but the counters have a gorgeous design. You will find a microwave, 3-burner stove, an oven, an 11 cubic foot refrigerator, and a residential sink on an island. This model comes with a typical bathroom equipped with a walk-in shower, a toilet, a sink, and a good amount of dry storage.
Finally, the main bedroom comes with a king-sized bed, personal nightstands, and wardrobes. Each nightstand has an outlet and USB charging port.
The last travel trailer on our list is possibly our top pick and is also built by Coachmen. The Freedom Express has a fantastic front living room layout which houses a 50-inch TV and a great sound system. The fireplace is the most powerful one on our list and outputs 40 amps of heat. The living room also comes with theater seating and a hide-a-bed sofa.
The kitchen has an incredible amount of storage and counter space and even has a bar with two bar stools. It also comes with residential appliances and a large 14 cubic foot refrigerator. The bathroom is just as impressive and has a huge walk-in shower and tons of storage space. Finally, the main bedroom houses a queen-sized bed, a massive wardrobe, a closet, and an additional countertop.
Travel trailers are the most popular type of RV by far. Some of them are outfitted with electric fireplaces that give off comfortable heat and a beautiful display. While most travel trailers will come with a furnace to help keep everyone warm, some of the luxury travel trailers come with an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces will cause travel trailers to be more expensive and are not for everybody. However, we think the simulated fire on the displays helps you feel warmer, the visuals can be fun to look at, and increases resale price in the future.