RVs come in various shapes and sizes. There are unique advantages and disadvantages to purchasing a motorhome, travel trailer, camper van, fifth wheel, or toy hauler. Knowing which type fits your lifestyle is the first step in successful ownership.
If you’re looking for plenty of space, a toy hauler motorhome is the best way to go. The built-in garage provides room for an ATV, motorcycle, or golf cart. Some of the newest toy haulers come with upgraded residential features that bring new meaning to the term “glamping.”
But with so many options, it’s crucial to pinpoint what you want before heading to the sales lot.
What exactly is a toy hauler?
The primary purpose of a toy hauler is to carry big toys such as ATVs and other cargo. We’re not talking about Legos and Barbie dolls here. Recognizing the need to haul ATVs, motorcycles, motocross bikes, and the like, the RV industry developed toy haulers to meet the growing demand from outdoor enthusiasts.
RV Share defines a toy hauler as “any camper or RV that has a large ‘garage’ area in the back.”
Toy haulers have a higher-than-average load limit to accommodate the extra weight of motorized vehicles. A convenient built-in ramp makes loading a breeze. Tie-down bars and straps in the floor and the garage’s sidewalls keep everything secure in transit.
Types of toy haulers
Most toy haulers are travel trailers that require a tow vehicle, but you can also find a few toy hauler motorhomes on the market. The towable units are available in fifth-wheel, gooseneck, or ball-mount hitch configurations.
The smallest toy hauler is a travel trailer. The garage and living area typically share the same space, with no distinct division between the two. This style is ideal for four-wheel enthusiasts who will unload their big toys as soon as they reach their destination, opening up the living quarters. These units are traditionally less expensive than larger fifth-wheel trailers.
A motorhome toy hauler is rare in the industry, mainly because of the high price. Some units can exceed $200,000 because you’re paying not only for the added space but also the engine. These models are ideal for sporting enthusiasts who frequently drive to competitions and regularly bring their toys.
A fifth-wheel toy hauler can measure more than 40 feet long, with a garage ranging between 10 and 14 feet. A door separates the cargo area from the rest of the living space. The price fluctuates based on the number of residential features and luxury upgrades included. High-end units typically come with a full-size refrigerator, a fireplace, a washer and dryer, kitchen facilities, a second bathroom, and an onboard generator.
Garage size matters
Obviously, the larger the garage, the more space it will provide. Though a luxurious fifth-wheel toy hauler might be appealing, without the right truck to haul it, you could end up spending more in the long run.
Today, adventurers use their toy hauler garages for more than toys. Families, especially those who RV full-time, take advantage of the added space. They convert the garage into extra sleeping quarters or make more storage space.
Some people choose to create a work area to meet the needs of a mobile working lifestyle. Using the ramp as a deck and adding a room extension, like this one on Amazon, can create a bug-free outdoor zone perfect for enjoying any location.
The best toy haulers of 2021
RV News recently designated the top toy haulers of the year. The winners in the travel trailer category include the 2021 Cruiser RV Stryker 3313, Forest River XLR Hyperlite 2513, and Grand Design Momentum G 30G.
The best fifth-wheel toy haulers include the 2021 Alliance RV Valor 36V11 and Forest River Rogue Armored 351 G2.
The 2021 Newmar Canyon Star 3927, which carries a whopping price tag of $233,870, won for the best Class A diesel toy hauler.