Susan and I always say the RV lifestyle is for everyone. Yet there are some who find RVs don’t accommodate their needs. RVs and campers for tall people do exist, and we’re going to show you some great examples below (with video tours) in many of the RV categories.
In this article, we’ll feature the best RVs and campers for tall people, which are:
- Dynamax DX3 34KD
- Grand Design Solitude 346FLS
- Heartland Elkridge 32RK
- Highland Ridge 338BHS
- Opus Camper 4
- Tiffin Open Road Allegro 32SA
- Winnebago Voyage 2831RB
The inspiration for this article came from a phone conversation. I called a customer service call center for a personal matter and had a chance to chat with the representative while we waited for the computer system to process something. The woman told me that she and her husband rented a fifth wheel and had the owner set up the RV since they owned an SUV.
The couple loved the experience, but as they looked through the various other RV categories, every RV they looked at had an interior height that was too low for them. Her husband is 6’6’’ and she’s 6’3’’. I told her about the RVBlogger website, and we discussed her issue.
The average interior height of a travel trailer measures between 6.4-6.8 feet. Yet there are some that go taller. I gave her a few suggestions based on what I knew to be true and realized many of our other readers probably deal with the same issue.
I also told her to reach out to our Facebook friends on RV Camping For Newbies, to see if others in the group have recommendations for RVs with high ceilings or how they’ve solved their height issues in their RV. Our Facebook page is growing very well. Thank you everyone for keeping to the friendly and helpful spirit of the RV Community.
What is the Maximum Height of an RV
State laws have sizing requirements for RVs. Generally, they can’t exceed 45 feet in length and a width of 8.6 feet. The exterior maximum height of an RV is 13.6 feet. That means from the bottom of the tires to the top of the A/C unit, the coach must adhere to the RV height limits. Interstate overpasses have a minimum measurement of 14 feet, so it boils down to a clearance issue.
Other highways and roads may have underpasses below this limit. The best way to avoid them is to use an RV trip planner like the one provided by RV Trip Wizard. The planner’s design allows you to find the best route that’s RV-friendly. It will help you avoid city centers, low overpasses, gas stations that are easy to maneuver into, and campgrounds along the way. It also works well in those rural areas that city-centric map apps don’t give enough attention to.
You’ll find that full-profile fifth wheels, Class A motorhomes, and Class C RVs are the tallest RVs. We’ll discuss the fifth wheels below, but the Class A and C motorhomes that use super duty chassis need the height mostly for the automotive components under the motorcoach.
Contrary to popular belief, luxury Class A motorhomes built on the Prevost H3-45 chassis aren’t the tallest motorhomes. Prevosts usually give owners a floor-to-ceiling measurement of 6.9 feet. Later on, you’ll see a Class A RV that has a better measurement for taller people.
Do Tall People Have to Settle for Fifth Wheels?
When tall people walk into an RV dealership, they’re often walked straight to the fifth wheels. It can feel like profiling, but there are valid reasons RV sales representatives take this approach.
Many tall people drive pickup trucks because the vehicle has the most room for the drivers and passengers. Anyone that drives in with a pickup, sales reps are already thinking of fifth wheels as a possibility.
As we said above, travel trailers have ceiling heights that range from 6.4-6.8 feet. The average height of a fifth wheel’s interior measures between 8-10 feet. By maximizing the 13.6 roof height, and lowering the floor to travel trailer levels, full-profile fifth wheels cater to the tallest RVers. Some floorplans make bedrooms and bathrooms (including showers) more comfortable for people as tall as Basketball Hall of Fame Legend Grant Hill (inducted in 2018) who is 6.8 feet.
Mid-Profile or Full-Profile Fifth Wheels: Which One is Better Suited For Tall People?
If you’re interested in fifth wheels, and ceiling height is an issue, you need to know the difference between mid-profile fifth wheels and the full-profile versions. Mid-profiles are also known as half-tons. The mid-profiles are generally shorter in length, have less headroom, and have travel trailer-like features instead of residential level amenities. A significant portion can be towed by a half-ton pickup truck like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, or Dodge Ram 1500.
Half-tons mostly keep to the traditional fifth wheel floorplan with the master bedroom in the front cap area, living room in the rear, and kitchen mid-coach. It’s rare to see a mid-profile fifth wheel with a king-size bed. Average height people can have a difficult time maneuvering around in the bedroom of certain models due to the tight spacing. Here’s an example:
1. Heartland Elkridge 32RK – Perfect Mid-Profile 5th Wheel for Tall People
- Length: 36.6 Feet
- Exterior Height: 31.3 Feet
- Interior Height in Bedroom: 6.4 Feet
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): 12,000 Pounds
The Elkridge 32RK is a new floorplan for Heartland. Its weight and layout is very similar to the 32 RLS. This RV manufacturer is one of the few that install king-size beds as standard features in their mid-profile fifth wheels. While they do their best to maximize the coach for taller people, the interior bedroom and bathroom measures 6.4 feet.
To help with showering, there is a sunroof in the shower that adds extra head space. The freestanding table may become a knee-knocker for those with long legs, but the kitchen island does have seating on both sides.
As a full-feature fifth wheel with an outdoor kitchen, meal prep in the outdoor living space is possible. The roomy rear kitchen inside makes meal prep comfortable with plenty of counter space to work on. When it comes to mid-profile fifth wheels, the Elkridge is the best accommodating mid-profile fifth wheel for tall people.
2. Grand Design Solitude 346FLS – Best Full Profile 5th Wheel for Tall People
- Length: 37.11 Feet
- Exterior Height: 13.5 Feet
- Interior Height in Bedroom: 10 Feet
- GVWR: 16,800 Pounds
The Solitude 346FLS is a full-profile fifth wheel with a rear bedroom. Since it’s a popular option, many RV dealers order the coach with the optional king-size bed. Tall people will enjoy having the bedroom and bathroom on the main floor since it takes advantage of the entire interior height of the coach.
The fifth wheel’s front living room will be shorter, but once you’re resting comfortably in the powered reclining theatre seats with massage, the world will seem better. Talk to your RV dealer about upgrading the seats that have longer backs. Divano Roma, La-Z-Boy, RecPro, and Thomas Payne may have the measurements for the RV furniture you need.
One of the great features Grand Design is known for is their showers. Historically, the company takes consumer feedback seriously. One of the early features that came from their customers was developing the largest shower in the industry. The 346FLS not only gives you the full height of the main floor, they sunk the shower into the floor for added length.
The advantage of having a freestanding table instead of a dinette is the ability to replace the table. If you do bring in your own dining table, make sure you find a way to secure it to the floor or sidewall. Even heavy tables can slide around while you travel, damaging everything in its path.
Fivers Are Great for Tall People, But What If I Want a Camper or Motorhome?
Even though fifth wheels have the most head room, doesn’t mean every tall person is going to line up to purchase one. Fifth wheels have their drawbacks:
- Fifth wheels require pickup trucks. Many people have SUVs and aren’t ready to buy a new vehicle.
- The weight of a full-profile fifth wheel requires a ¾ or full ton pickup truck. 45-footers sometimes require a medium-duty semi-truck.
- Full-profile fivers are better suited for the full-time RV lifestyle. Part-timers might want something that better fits their camping needs.
- 5th wheels are the most expensive towable RV category. Used luxury fifth wheels can break the bank despite the depreciation factor.
If you’re looking for an alternative to a fifth wheel, but interior height is a factor, here are some great possibilities worth considering.
Great RVs and Campers For the Big and Tall That Aren’t Fifth Wheels
3. Opus Camper 4 – The Tallest Pop-Up Camper for Tall People
- Closed Length: 37.11 Feet
- Open Length: 31.5 Feet
- Interior Height: 8 Feet
- GVWR: 16,800 Pounds
Ever since this Australian-based company brought their campers to the U.S., Americans have fallen in love with this off-road pop-up. In less than two minutes, you can have the Air Opus 4 Camper set up and ready to go. The secret lies in the air chamber tubing that makes up the frame of the soft shell half of the RV.
When you activate the built-in air pump, in 90 seconds, it fully inflates giving you an 8-foot interior ceiling. Assuming you’ve already secured the stabilizer jacks, the only other step is to secure the fabric to the queen beds on both ends.
If you need to convert the main bed to a king, the large U-shaped dinette can assist. Simply fold the back rest cushions down to the seat and you have the extra space. Since the dinette can fully convert to a bed as well, you can bring down the table and add a second row of back rest cushions if needed. Hanging feet won’t be a problem in this camper.
If you look at the photo gallery on their website, you may be caught off-guard since there isn’t a kitchen inside the Opus camper. Before you “swipe left,” check out the pull-out drawer on the exterior. Opus put the kitchen outside to maximize sleeping space. The 40-gallon fresh water tank feeds the single-basin sink. You’ll find a chest-style refrigerator, two burner LP stove, and storage for your cooking gear.
Additional accessories include air-inflated annex awning tents that allow you to turn the outdoor space into another room. The portable shower pairs well with a fold-up shower stall, and a cassette toilet makes the camper a full-featured coach. Don’t forget to check out the cinema system that lets you watch your favorite movies on a projector and screen inside the RV. For your power needs, Opus offers a 140-watt solar panel system for those off-grid camping experiences.
4. Winnebago Voyage 2831RB: Best Travel Trailer for Tall People
- Length: 31.8 Feet
- Exterior Height: 11.6 Feet
- Interior Height: 7 Feet
- GVWR: 10,400 Pounds
The Winnebago Voyage Series begins with a seven foot interior ceiling. You’ll find that after 2008, Winnie started with a clean sheet of paper and rebranded themselves with cutting edge innovations the RV Industry had never seen. The company continues to lead the way by avoiding the status quo whenever possible.
The “RB” in the model code stands for Rear Bathroom. Winnebago did a great job on this new floorplan by angling the commode to maximize leg room. The shower is rectangular and has a matching sunroof so tall folks aren’t contained to one spot. If you need to dry off and put some clothes on, you’ll find ample room in the bathroom space to maneuver without turning your elbows purple.
Taller RVers will breathe a sigh of relief since the travel trailer comes with an optional king-size bed, but the feature that’s the real dazzler is the dream dinette. For decades, dinette tables have lowered to convert into sleeping space.
Winnebago’s dinette tables now adjust up as well. The primary purpose of this feature gives home workers a standing RV work space or meal preparers additional counter space. Yet for those that need the leg room, you’ll now have a table that doesn’t sit in your lap.
Another great feature that Winnebago offers is their interior design. Winnie was one of the first RV manufacturers that realized there are more design concepts than the classic farmhouse look. The Voyage uses a warm contemporary look with its wood patterns. The entertainment center has a dark grey wood tone that separates itself from the lighter wood throughout the rest of the coach. It gives you a defined section space and adds to the spaciousness of the RV.
5. Forest River Aurora 34BHTS: Best Camper for Tall People with 2 Queen Beds
- Length: 38 Feet
- Exterior Height: 11.3 Feet
- Interior Height: 6.8 Feet
- GVWR: 10,500 Pounds
Adults aren’t the only tall people that families have to worry about. Bio mothers and fathers can be under six feet, yet have growing teenagers that get their height from a grandparent or another genetic relative. While your family keeps putting pressure on your son or daughter to go after that sports scholarship, you just want them to be the best version of themselves and find happiness.
The Forest River Aurora 34BHTS is a bunkhouse travel trailer that comes in two versions. The first has an entertainment center on the door-side and a top twin bunk. The off-door-side places a convertible two-seater sofa and a flip down twin bed. The layout includes the travel trailer with an outdoor kitchen.
If your tall teen doesn’t fit well in a twin, the 34BHTS has a second version replacing the bunks with a second queen-size bed. The wardrobe and dresser take up the needed space for the outdoor kitchen, but your teenager will enjoy the surface space and hookups for a good-sized LED TV and game console. Both the master and second queen measure 60 x 74, known as a short queen, so finding linens online or at camping stores will be your best option.
Forest River online forums do talk about the interior height of the RV brand. One thread mentions a gentleman who’s 6.4 feet who never had a problem with his Forest River travel trailer’s interior height. He never had to crouch or duck to walk around his coach and finds it quite comfortable. The shower sunroof gives him plenty of room to maneuver in the shower.
If doubling up is a problem, the dinette does convert as a two-sleeper and the manual theatre seats can be optioned out for a sleeper sofa for your other children or guests. The 10 cubic foot refrigerator and multiple pantry space should quell your growing teen’s hunger and keep the rest of you fed to.
If your child is sport-oriented, and your travel trailer becomes the unofficial team mobile HQ, the exterior storage bay is massive enough for all of the needed equipment and various supplies. If you choose not to install a washer and dryer, the closet space may work out well for the team as the first aid supply space, snack storage, and team booster merchandise storage area. Don’t worry, custom graphic wraps for RVs are more affordable than you think.
6. Dynamax DX3 34KD – Best Class C+ Motorhome for Tall People
- Chassis: Freightliner M2 106
- Engine: Detroit DD8 7.7L Inline 6-Cylinder Turbo Diesel- 375 hp @ 1,050 lb./ft.
- Length: 36.8 Feet
- Exterior Height: 12.9 Feet
- Interior Height: 7 Feet
- Fuel Capacity: 100 Gallons
Although it’s known as a Super C, the Dynamax DX3 Series has a B Plus layout. Tall drivers will enjoy the fact that they won’t hit their heads when they get up from the pilot section. The DX3 has a cabover bunk bed as an optional feature making it similar to its sister motor coach, the Force HD.
The split bathroom allows plenty of legroom for the commode and a nice size sunroof in the shower. The dream dinette also gives diners the ability to raise the table to the perfect height. No matter which sofa you choose, the dual living room slide outs make the front space wide enough for everyone to sit comfortably while you’re entertaining your guests.
The standard king-size bed may have small nightstands, but they’re the right size to plug in your mobile devices and the 32-inch TV remote. If you prefer the ultimate entertainment package over seating, you can choose the optional televator cabinet with a 50-inch LED TV and faux fireplace instead of the two-seater sofa on the door-side. The sofa behind the driver seat can be changed out for theatre seats too.
7. Tiffin Open Road Allegro 32SA – Best Class A RV for Tall People
- Chassis: Ford F-53
- Engine: Ford Godzilla 7.3L V8 Gas- 430 hp @ 475 lb./ft.
- Length: 34.3 Feet
- Exterior Height: 12.10 Feet
- Interior Height: 7 Feet
- Fuel Capacity: 80 Gallons
If you need a Class A motorhome with workstations for two but aren’t ready for the diesel Class A RV lifestyle, you may want to look into the Tiffin Open Road Allegro. The 32SA has everything taller folks could want: Seven-foot ceilings, a standard king-size bed, and a bathroom with plenty of legroom.
What makes this motorhome really stick out are the features beyond the minimum requirements tall people need to live comfortably. The four-person sofa on the driver’s side is long enough for anyone to stretch out. You and your favorite person can cozy up as you watch your favorite movie on a cold night while the 5,000 BTU fireplace keeps you warm.
During the day, one of you can work on the dinette with the computer center that Tiffin is known for, while the other uses the dashboard RV computer workstation. After a good day’s work, you’ll have plenty of counter space in the kitchen to prepare dinner. On nice nights, you can dine al fresco and still catch your favorite shows on the outside TV with a sound bar.
Your Open Road Allegro 32SA is a few feet beyond the average national park length limit of 30 feet. Once the parks finish the modernization project of their campgrounds due to the Great American Outdoors Act of 2020, you won’t have much of a problem enjoying the greatest landscapes America has to offer. Remember what you learned growing up, homework first, then you can go outside and play.
How to Choose the Right RV if You are Tall
Like I said at the beginning, we believe RVing is for everyone. There are two ways to find the right RV for you and your family. First, go to RVBlogger and learn all you can. Sign on to our YouTube channel to receive notifications when we upload new videos. Join our Facebook page and learn from new and veteran RVers to gain multiple perspectives.
Susan and I also encourage you to gain first hand knowledge by renting some RVs through Outdoorsy. When you rent through this peer-to-peer RV company, you’re using coaches owned by real people, not corporate fleets. Owners meet up with you for the drop-off and walk you through the operation of the RV.
Many of the motorhome and travel trailer owners offer additional features like setting up the RV for you if you don’t have the ability to tow the coach. For a small upgrade, they may have outdoor furniture, cookware, linens, and other additional services to make the experience better. After trying a few different floorplans, brands, and RV categories, you might find an average interior height travel trailer might do nicely.
Everyone has their own unique wants and needs for an RV. Veterans that have years of experience will rent RVs if they’re thinking of making a major change in categories. Making a decision on a big investment like an RV shouldn’t be made based on a 20-minute walk through. Take a few weekends by trying out some to get a real feel for that RV you’re thinking of purchasing. The RV experience should be an enjoyable experience, not filled with remorse.