Best Small Travel Trailers with Murphy Beds

Choosing a small travel trailer with a murphy bed is a tough process and requires much research on the part of the buyer. This article will make it easy for you and will help you in finding the right trailer for your camping needs.

By the end of this read, you will have gained a comprehensive insight into the features and specifications of some of the best small travel trailers with Murphy beds.

After listing the features of each entry in our elite list, a detailed analysis will follow which will critically assess the pros and cons of each small travel trailer with Murphy beds, thereby not only facilitating an informed choice but a guided choice for you.

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SONIC SN200VMLVenture Sonic SN200VML
Grand Design Imagine XLS 24MPRGrand Design Imagine XLS 24MPR
Forest River Salem FSX 280RTForest River Salem FSX 280RT Toy Hauler
Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 19MBSGulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23BHS

Best Small Travel Trailers with Murphy Beds

1. Venture Sonic SN200VML

SONIC SN200VML

The SONIC SN200VML provides a complete homely experience to the traveller, no matter how far from home they are, and why not? After all, it has got all the amenities one expects to have in a decent house.

After a tiring day on the road, the 60″ x 75″ Murphy bed provides you with the ideal opportunity to redeem yourself for the next day. As you wake up after a deep, relaxing sleep, you could be headed to the 34″ shower,

That helps you start your day just the right way without having to worry about running down on hot water, thanks to the 6-gallon water heater fueled by gas or run-on electricity, as you deem better.

Post-shower, you get to treat yourself by making yourself your favorite food on the state-of-the-art cooktop burner using your chosen food ingredients stored in the spacious double door refrigerator of size 7 cubic feet, complemented by a freezer.

Moreover, you would not have to fight over the choice of food with your partner; the SONIC SN200VML comes equipped with not one but two cooktop burners which allow you and your partner to have completely different tastes buds, yet live together in peace and harmony.

Later in the day, if a guest pays you a visit, you absolutely do not need to feel awkward. The 64″ Jiffy sofa will extend the warmest of welcomes to your guest.  Also, before your guest arrives, you will have a proper opportunity to clean up by placing any unnecessary or untidy stuff in the ample pass-through storage compartments.

Apart from this, in the highly unlikely scenario in which you become bored of the SONIC SN200VML, the SONIC SN200VML will still embrace you like a loyal friend. 14″ awning allows you to be seated outside in the open for a change, at the same time staying close to your travel trailer.

Sonic SN200VML Floorplan

Let’s explore some of the specifications and features of this trailer.

Specifications

  • Interior Height: 8 inches
  • Exterior Height (with A/C): 10 ft 4 inches
  • Exterior Width: 90 inches
  • Exterior Length: 23 ft 4 inches
  • Dry Hitch Weight: 300 pounds
  • Dry Axle Weight: 3,700 pounds
Pros
  • Bathroom at the rear is a positive and much-needed change from other trailers.
  • 1-year long warrant is available for both the roof and structure.
Cons
  • Satellite phone is not available.
  • Water tank capacities are a bit small as compared to other competitors.

2. Grand Design Imagine XLS 24MPR

Grand Design Imagine XLS 24MPR

The Grand Design Imagine XLS 24MPR is one of the most spacious, convenient to use, and durable travel trailers out there. The material used for making its exterior is fiberglass exterior that is gel coated. Laminated aluminum has been used to build the roof frames and walls. The use of these materials ensures that your trailer is lightweight and will pass the test of time because of its strong build.

It is a multipurpose toy hauler and is best suited to families or groups who want to travel whilst carrying their outdoor and adventure gear. The cargo area is ten feet long and has a carrying capacity of 1500LBS so you can carry along a bicycle, a 4-wheeler, and a kayak easily.

The cargo storage bay can also be used as a secondary sleeping space when it is empty. This trailer houses an alterable bed system that allows you to deploy two bunk beds in the hauler area.

The front area of the Grand Design Imagine XLS 24MPR contains a table that functions as your main dining area. When it’s time to say goodnight, you can easily remove the said table and pull out your comfy queen-sized murphy bed.

You can get the most out of your adventures and trips with this trailer because it has rooms that can be used for more than one purpose.

Grand Design Imagine XLS 24MPR Floorplan

Some key specifications are as follows,

Specifications

  • Dry Weight: 6,297lbs
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 9,295lbs
  • Hitch Weight: 892lbs
  • Cargo Bay Length: 10 ft
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4 people
  • Bed Type/Size: Murphy/Queen sized
  • Convertible Bunk Beds:  2
  • Fresh Water: 43 gallons
  • Gray Water: 82 gallons
  • Black Water: 37 gallons
  • Entry Areas: 2
Pros
  • Two separate sleeping spaces provide comfortable privacy and can accommodate more than one couple at once.
  • Huge water tank capacities allow you to travel more and make few to no stops on the way.
  • Expansive hauler area with a separate exit is a great facility.
  • Multi-purpose rooms.
  • Good air-conditioning.
Cons
  • The GVWR seems a little low when you look at the size of the hauler bay, so you may need to be cautious of the gear you carry while travelling.
  • The living space is not enough for full-timers.
  • No patio.

3. Forest River Salem FSX 280RT Toy Hauler

Forest River Salem FSX 280RT

The Forest River Salem FSX 280RT toy hauler travel trailer is easy to tow and weighs less. It is fuel-efficient and provides good value for your money. This trailer is filled with all the luxuries of home for an enjoyable camping adventure in a variety of old-style layouts.

The 280RT toy hauler features a down-folding front bed along with a U-dinette and garage flip-down sofas that can also function as a second sleeping space.

This floor design is perfect for families with young children as it allows you to improvise sitting settings and provides plenty of sleeping space.

Forest River Salem FSX 280RT Floorplan

Let’s take a look at the specs and features of this one,

Specifications

  • Hitch Weight: 760lbs
  • Dry Weight: 5,608lbs
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,152lbs
  • Exterior Length: 32 ft 4 in
  • Exterior Height: 10 ft 6 in
  • Exterior Width: 96 in
  • Fresh Water: 43 gallons
  • Gray Water: 30 gallons
  • Black Water: 30 gallons
  • Awning Size: 15 ft
  • Dining Area: U-Shaped Dinette
Pros
  • Sleeps 6 to 8 people.
  • Modern kitchen and bathroom.
  • Ramp door also functions as a patio.
  • Skylight
  • Huge storage space.
Cons
  • No privacy or separate sleeping space.
  • Living space may appear congested to some.

4. Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23BHS

Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser

Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23BHS is one of the best travel trailers with a Murphy Bed. With plenty of living space and sleeping space, the Vintage Cruiser ranks pretty high in the bumper-tow travel trailer category. Its old-school design and retro ambiance will take you back to the 1950s but the modern technology it features won’t let you get bored.

Being lightweight, it can be easily towed with a truck or a large/mid-size SUV. But don’t be skeptical about its durability when you look at its weight, this trailer has a solid construction and can be used in all weathers.

This trailer lets you enjoy a full dry bath that comes with complete and modern kitchen amenities and a U-shaped dinette for having meals. It also has plenty of storage spaces to keep you organized and clutter-free.

The front area of the Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23BHS travel trailer includes a queen-size Murphy bed. It doesn’t fold down but a Jack-Knife sofa converts to make a comfortable bed. At the back portion of the trailer, you will find bunk beds to make extra sleeping space for 2 people.

If you are an old-school type of person, this trailer is the right fit for you.

Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23BHS

Specifications

  • Length: 26 ft in
  • Width: 7 ft 6 in
  • Exterior Height: 10 ft 6 in
  • Interior Height: 83 in
  • Dry Weight: 4,253lbs
  • Hitch Weight: 480lbs
  • Net Carrying Capacity: 1,827lbs
  • Fresh Water: 27 gallons
  • Grey Tank: 33 gallons
  • Black Tank: 33 gallons
  • Furnace: 20,000 BTU
  • Water Heater: 6 gallons
  • LP Tank: 2 x 20
Pros
  • The hybrid of the vintage look and modern technology makes your trailer stand out from the crowd.
  • If you are old and love how things were done back in your day, this is just the thing you need to get the most out of your retirement days.
Cons
  • The 1950s vibe may put your young children off a bit.
  • It doesn’t come with a satellite phone which may prove to be a necessity especially if you love to go camping in remote areas and need some digital detox.

Conclusion

Owning a travel trailer is not comparable to owning any other goods, rather it is a subscription to a completely new mode of life which is in most ways not just different but exact opposite of the mainstream concept of life.

From a very early age, we are taught to pursue stability in our lives. In fact, the main or primary goal of our endeavors, academic or entrepreneurial, is to bring this coveted stability in our lives.

Travel trailers, on the contrary, are normally observed to not only be not interested in this narrow pursuit of stability but very much at odds with it. Believing sternly in the inevitably uncertain nature of human life, they take a pragmatic approach by giving in the risks of life and deriving utility from both the ups and downs of life instead of conditioning their happiness on the utopian eternal stability which is impossible to attain.

Building on this viewpoint, buying a travel trailer entails the unbiased realization of life’s vicissitudes based on the maxim that “change is the only constant”.

FAQ

What small travel trailers have murphy beds?

Most of the modern travel trailers have murphy beds nowadays. Murphy beds save space and function as a sitting or dining space in the day. This helps in reducing the size and weight of the trailer making it easy to tow and spacious inside. Some of the small travel trailers with murphy beds are Sonic SN200VML and Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23BHS.

Can you put a murphy bed in a camper?

Yes, you can. Murphy beds are the best solution if you have a small camper and want to save space. You can install a dinette or a work table beneath the murphy bed and use it for a multitude of purposes.

About Ted Mosby

My Name is Ted Mosby from Cleveland, Ohio. I am a freelance Architect. I live in New Jersey, USA right now and I take my RV every alternate weekend. As I am a Freelancer I can work anywhere so most of my work is done inside my camper remotely.