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 RV style that is a little less known but actually quite useful in the right circumstances, is the toy hauler. Maybe you’ve heard the name thrown around but were never quite sure what it meant. Perhaps you think you’re know what it means, but aren’t totally sure.
We’re here to answer all of your toy hauler RV questions. Let’s get started.
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—if a bit large—toy 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.
Some other great benefits of toy haulers include 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.
Who Uses Toy Haulers?
Now that you know what a toy hauler is, you might be wondering if it’s the right choice for you. Are toy haulers made only for the baddest of the bad—leaving you looking out of place with one—or can anyone with a “toy” pull one? The answer is, if you think a toy hauler fits your needs, rent one! People of all ages and backgrounds tow toy haulers, as their open floor plans are quite useful to a variety of people, and not everyone who owns a toy hauler even has “toys” to haul around.
What are the Cons of Toy Haulers?
Toy haulers are typically quite large. This means they are pretty limited as far as 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.
Because they are large, toy haulers also require that you have a strong truck to tow with. Additionally, their large size does nothing good for gas mileage. However, the mileage shouldn’t be any worse than if you were to tow another fifth-wheel or bumper pull.
Toy haulers offer a large amount of open space that is perfect for bringing along large items and making room for extra people. This is by far their biggest pro, and definitely one worth considering when making your decision. However, the “garage” sections of these trailers do tend to lack the insulation you might find in other types of RVs, meaning they can get quite hot or cold in extreme temperatures.
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 likely a good choice as long as you won’t be doing any off-roading on your adventure.