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A camper trailer with no dinette may seem like a revolutionary concept, but I promise after seeing what the best travel trailers without dinettes have to offer you’ll be rethinking what you want in a floorplan.
When I first heard of RVs without dinettes, I immediately wondered where people would eat? But then I thought about how my family uses our camper. I realized that 99% of the time we eat outside at the picnic table. Moreover, when we have tried to sit at the dinette all together we are always very squished.
I’m not going to lie, in reviewing these 5 best camper trailers with no dinette, I got a little bit of camper envy. I love how ditching the dinette frees up extra space for other amenities. Who knows, maybe a DIY dinette tear-out is in my future.
As I review the features of each of the 5 best travel trailers without dinettes I’m sure you will fall in love with the floorplans as much as I have.
The 5 Best Travel Trailers Without Dinettes
1. Rockwood Geo Pro 19FBS: Best Small Travel Trailer with No Dinette
2. Coachmen Catalina Expedition 192FQS: Best Adventure RV with No Dinette
3. Palomino SolAire Ultra Light 208SS: Best Glamping Trailer without Dinette
4. Rockwood Mini Lite 2514S: Best Trailer for Entertaining with No Dinette
5. Winnebago Voyage 2427RB: Most Flexible Trailer without a Dinette Floor Plan
1. Rockwood Geo Pro 19FBS – Best Small Travel Trailer with No Dinette
- Length: 20.7 ft.
- UVW: 3,375 lbs.
- CCC: 1,104 lbs.
- GVWR: 4,479 lbs.
- Tongue Weight: 479 lbs.
- Sleeps: 2-3
The Rockwood Geo Pro 19FBS is the first, and the smallest, on the list of the 5 best travel trailers without dinettes. Even though this travel trailer is under 5,000 lbs. and less than twenty-one feet long, it houses a lot of amenities. You’ll find a queen-size bed, pull-out sofa, full bathroom, and a complete kitchen all in this small travel trailer without a dinette.
The pull-out sofa serves dual purposes in this compact camper. It is both a comfortable place to sit and a third cozy sleeping area. The TV mount is conveniently located so that no matter how you’re using the sofa, you’ll always have an excellent view.
If you desire a snack while watching TV, or if the weather forces you inside for your regular meal, you can also sit on the sofa to eat. The Geo Pro comes standard with a freestanding folding table that can be placed in front of the sofa making it your dining space. The generous length of the table means that three adults can eat here comfortably.
The Geo Pro is the perfect small travel trailer without a dinette if you have a minimalistic plus camping style.
2. Coachmen Catalina Expedition 192FQS – Best Adventure RV with No Dinette
- Length: 21.7 ft.
- UVW: 4,008 lbs.
- CCC: 1,032 lbs.
- GVWR: 5,040 lbs.
- Tongue Weight: 540 lbs.
- Sleeps: 2-3
The Coachmen Catalina Expedition 192FQS is another small travel trailer without a dinette. At just under twenty-two feet long and just barely weighing over 5,000 lbs., this camper is small but mighty. The absence of a dinette means that the camper weighs a lot less than other coaches similar in size. This makes it very SUV-friendly.
Without the added weight of a dinette, the Catalina Expedition can offer a bicycle carrier and generator prep. There is even an optional kayak rack. This is the perfect small travel trailer without a dinette for boondocking adventure seekers.
Like most travel trailers without dinettes, the Catalina Expedition offers a jackknife sofa where a dinette would ordinarily be. There is a freestanding table that can be used to eat while sitting on the sofa. You will also love the many unexpected storage compartments in this RV. There is a wardrobe under the entertainment center and a hidden compartment at the foot of the queen-sized bed.
Adventure seekers and boondockers alike are sure to appreciate the Catalina Expedition.
3.Palomino SolAire Ultra Light 208SS – Best Glamping Trailer with No Dinette
- Length: 24.2 ft.
- UVW: 4,823 lbs.
- CCC: 1,492 lbs.
- GVWR: 6,315 lbs.
- Tongue Weight: 615 lbs.
- Sleeps: 2-3
The Palomino SolAire Ultra Light 208SS is the most recent addition to the list of the top 5 travel trailers without dinettes. It replaces the previous pick of the SolAire Ultra Light 205SS. Both are great non-dinette travel trailers with sleeper sofas and portable tables. But it seems that Palomino has decided to forgo production of the 205SS in favor of the 208SS which has just a few more bells and whistles than its predecessor.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you step in the Ultra Light 208SS is that it has a high-end feel. Contributing to this is the striking herringbone floor design, which is something not often seen in coaches at this price point. It is not just the flooring that has been upgraded in the 208SS, the kitchen tile backsplash in this model also has a more elegant pattern than the subway tile of the 205SS.
More than just cosmetic improvements, the 208SS boasts some notable upgrades in functionality as well. The addition of a full entertainment center is the most striking improvement. It has a built-in fireplace that adds a touch of warmth and ambiance to the living space. Also, this RV without a dinette has a residential queen-sized bed instead of the Murphy-bed we saw in the 205SS.
The Palomino SolAire Ultra Light 208SS is a great choice for those who realize that a dinette just does not fit with their glamping aesthetic.
4. Rockwood Mini Lite 2514S – Best Trailer for Entertaining with No Dinette
- Length: 25.8 ft.
- UVW: 5,675 lbs.
- CCC: 1,971 lbs.
- GVWR: 7,646 lbs.
- Tongue Weight: 646 lbs.
- Sleeps: 2-3
The Rockwood Mini Lite 2514S is next on our list of the top 5 travel trailers with no dinette; it is also the top pick for entertaining. The murphy bed in the main sleeping area maximizes the limited square footage in this travel trailer under 30 ft. When folded up, the bed becomes a second sofa, complete with dual reclining seats meaning there is enough room for you and several friends to kick back and watch the game.
The kitchen area is also perfect for entertaining. The L-shaped countertop and extra-large sink provide ample space for preparing meals for a larger group. The high-top counter provides a perfect space for serving up that meal buffet-style. Immediately, a tailgate smorgasbord comes to mind when I see this unique high-top counter.
The high-top counter with its bar stools is also a great place to eat a meal or set up an RV office workspace. I love that this feature along with the folding table for use in front of the theater seating means there are two distinct spaces to eat or work in this small travel trailer with no dinette.
For couples searching for the best travel trailer with no dinette, the Rockwood Mini Lite 25145 is a serious contender.
5. Winnebago Voyage 2427RB – Most Flexible Trailer Without a Dinette Floor Plan
- Length: 27.8 ft.
- UVW: 6,762 lbs.
- CCC: 3,638 lbs.
- GVWR: 10,400 lbs.
- Tongue Weight: 674 lbs.
- Sleeps: 2-4
As the largest pick on the list of the top 5 best travel trailers with no dinettes, it should come as no surprise that the Winnebago Voyage 2427RB boasts many upgraded options. Like other RVs with no dinette, the Voyage 2427RB opts for a sofa with a portable folding table. But unlike many of its counterparts, this Voyage gives owners the option of how to use the freed-up square footage.
The first of many options in the Voyage is what type of sofa will replace the dinette. There are an unheard-of three choices:
- tri-fold sofa
- theatre seating
- sofa with an ottoman
This Voyage already boasts an open floor plan because of the rear placement of the bathroom and the L-shaped corner kitchen. This means that no matter what sofa selection you make, you’ll still have plenty of room to move around the inside of this coach.
The optional customizations in the Voyage 2427RB do not stop with just seating. You also have your choice of a queen or a king bed. The closet immediately off the back entrance affords you many options as well. It can serve as a pantry, a coat closet, or a hybrid of the two. Should you choose to use this space for food storage, you may decide that you don’t need a dedicated pantry beside the refrigerator. In that case, the Voyage has a larger, 12 cu. ft., french door refrigerator option for you.
If you are looking for a flexible floorplan, the Winnebago Voyage 2427RB is one of the most customizable travel trailers without a dinette on the market.
Are Camper Trailers Without Dinettes Worth It?
In short, yes, camper trailers without dinettes are definitely worth it. Understandably, there is some hesitation around ditching the dinette. In the spirit of providing a true cost-benefit analysis, we will first look at the benefits of a dinette.
A dinette provides a traditional family-style table where people can sit and eat a meal. The bench seating has the added benefit of converting to an additional sleeping space. On paper, it is easy to see why dinettes have been staples in campers for decades. However, in reality, dinettes are often too cramped and impractical to serve either purpose well.
Dinettes are also underused because most campers prefer to eat outside. Since few campers want to be stuck inside rubbing elbows and knocking knees for every meal, modern-day dinettes have become virtually obsolete. Today, the vast majority of campers choose to enjoy the great outdoors and the extra legroom that a picnic table affords them.
Since most meals are eaten outdoors, the dinette is not often used for its intended purpose. Travel trailers without dinettes capitalize on this idea and run with it. By eliminating the dinette, RV manufacturers free up square footage for all kinds of things.
Forgoing the dinette very often means even the smallest travel trailers without dinettes have a sofa. If rain forces us inside, we’d probably all prefer to eat our dinner relaxing on the couch and watching a movie rather than crammed into a dinette anyway.
Ditching the dinette can also mean that a camper can be lighter or more compact than it would be otherwise. As a result, more lightweight travel trailer options are available for those campers who hope to tow with just their daily drivers.
If smaller isn’t your preference, many RV manufacturers choose to better balance the travel trailer with more freed-up square footage and additional amenities than similarly sized RVs with dinettes. These camper trailers without dinettes utilize the extra space for things like larger refrigerators, additional wardrobe or pantry space, and occasionally even a larger master bed.
Can You Remove a Dinette Yourself?
Are you sold on the advantages of forgoing a dinette? If so, you may be wondering if you can simply remove the dinette in your current camper yourself. The answer is yes! It may seem like a daunting task, but many DIYers have reported that removing the dinette is easy.
Before you commit to removing your dinette, you’ll want to consider a few things. First, what is the age and value of your camper? If you plan on owning your camper for many years, or if you have an older molder, you likely won’t hurt the resale value of your coach too much by upgrading the dinette space yourself. However, if your travel trailer is brand new, you may not want to embark on a DIY project because your could damage your resale value or even void the factory warranty.
Next, you’ll need to consider what you want to put in place of the dinette. Unlike travel trailers that come standard without a dinette, when you DIY you’re not pigeonholed into substituting a dinette with a sofa. Just be careful if your dinette is located in a slide-out. It is important that whatever you substitute isn’t too heavy for your slide to handle. Besides weight concerns, the sky is the limit as far as what you decide to put in the dinette’s space. Options to consider are:
- Recliners or bean bag chairs
- Desk and office workspace
- Table with chairs or farmhouse benches
- A gaming center
For DIY dinette removal, you’ll want to check for any hidden wires or ugly gaps in the flooring below your dinette. Once you know if you have to reroute wires or replace the flooring you’ll have a better idea of the scope of your project. Don’t worry, although some dinette renovations will be more complicated, in most RVs the task is as simple as grabbing a screw gun. Before you know it, you will have created your very own travel trailer without a dinette.
The Popularity of Camper Trailers With No Dinette
Travel trailers without dinettes may seem inconvenient, however for most campers, dinette space is wasted space.
Manufacturers are now coming out with many options for RVs without dinettes. Some floorplans forgo the dinette in favor of a more compact and lightweight rig. Other travel trailers with no dinette prefer to utilize the freed-up square footage for additional amenities like extra closet space or more luxurious entertainment centers.
Travel trailers without dinettes are increasing in popularity. With all the additional options deep-sixing the dinette affords you, it is no surprise RV owners are finding ways to DIY dinette demos. When you remodel to a no-dinette travel trailer, you can personalize your space and truly transform it into a home away from home.
Whether you purchase new or decide to renovate, we hope that one of these top 5 travel trailers without dinettes will help you decide on the perfect camper trailer with no dinette for you.
About the Author
Laura Tyrell – Author and Part Time RVer
Laura is a part-time RVer and a full-time mom of three. Long-time campers and RVers before children, Laura, and her husband have fallen even more in love with the RV lifestyle since becoming parents to a child with food allergies.
Having her own kitchen on wheels makes her RV trips amazing. Laura is passionate about finding ways to make traveling with young children fun, easy, and attainable.