If you have been searching for the perfect RV rental, you’ve probably come across a wide variety of motorhomes and trailers. From campervans to fifth-wheels and beyond, there is truly something for every taste in the RV world. One lesser-known RV style is the toy hauler. Though this type of RV is more uncommon than most, toy haulers are actually quite useful in the right circumstances. Including when you have to haul 4 four-wheelers around, like YouTuber EpicCowlick down below.
If you think a toy hauler might be the RV type for you, listen up! We’re here to answer all of your toy hauler RV questions. Let’s dive in.
What is a toy hauler?
Have you ever wished you had a garage attached to your trailer? If so, the toy hauler is for you. These awesome rigs are set up exactly like a traditional fifth-wheel or bumper-pull in the front, but the back is open and ready to welcome your four-wheeler, motorcycle, or any other fun toys that you might want to carry with you. The back wall of the trailer opens up and folds down into a ramp for easy loading, and any furniture that might be attached to the walls in this part of the trailer folds up and out of the way. Like any other type of RV, toy haulers come in all shapes and sizes. Some have smaller living areas with a large cargo space, while others have a huge living area and room for one or two toys.
What are the advantages of a toy hauler?
Now that you know what a toy hauler is, you might be wondering if it’s the right choice for you. The following are some advantages to using a toy hauler RV.
- The extra space: One of the best benefits of toy haulers is the extra living space for larger families, room for pets to run around, and the ability to fold the back end out and create a makeshift porch during nice weather.
- The versatility: Toy haulers can be used for more than just carrying motorcycles. The large open space leaves room for the imagination.
- The heavy duty construction: Unlike other types of RVs, toy haulers are specifically made to haul cargo. Axles will have a higher weight rating and the garage floor and ramp are reinforced to hold toy weight.
But like any other purchase of this size, you should also weigh the disadvantages.
What are the cons of toy haulers?
There’s no doubt that toy haulers have some great features. However, they do come with a few drawbacks.
- Their size: Toy haulers are typically quite large. This means they can be limited in where they can go, and are not good for camping off the beaten path. However, as long as you will be sticking to well-marked roads and staying in campgrounds, you shouldn’t run into any problems.
- Need a heavy-duty truck: Because they are large, toy haulers also require that you have a larger truck to tow with. Additionally, their size does nothing good for gas mileage.
- Lack of insulation: The “garage” sections of these trailers do tend to lack the insulation you might find in other types of RVs. These areas can get quite hot or cold in extreme temperatures.
- The vapors: Keeping motorcycles and ATVs in toy haulers can cause some gas fumes to circulate to the living area. Some models are equipped with a “vapor wall” that separate the living quarters from the garage area.
- The price tag: Because their built to carry heavier cargo, toy haulers can be more expensive than similar RVs without the cargo capacity.
If a toy hauler doesn’t sound like quite the right fit, there are other options tow your toys. As an alternative, you can purchase a traditional motorhome and tow a flat trailer for your motorcycles, ATVs, etc.
Hit the Road
All in all, if you are looking for a larger RV that can carry your four-wheeler or sleep extra people, the toy hauler is a good choice. If you think a toy hauler fits your needs, try one out by renting one! This will give you the opportunity to try it out to see if it’s right for you. Remember, people of all ages and backgrounds use toy haulers. Their open floor plans are quite useful to a variety of people, not just those who has “toys” to haul around.