You can find toy haulers in motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels, and they can be as plain or luxurious as any other RV.
Nearly all toy haulers have the same basic design: living quarters in front and a garage in the rear with a ramp to load the toys. Beds may fold out or descend from the ceiling in the cargo area to provide extra sleeping space when the toys are out of the way. Air compressors, pressure washers, fuel stations and exterior speakers are among many common options.
Here is a look at some of the new models on the market:
Desert Fox 28KS
Northwood Manufacturing’s Desert Fox line of toy haulers ranges from the compact 17VS to the luxurious 38-5U. One popular choice is the 28KS, which has a full private bedroom suite in the front and a big cargo bay that is 12 feet long and eight feet wide.
Unlike many manufacturers, Northwood builds its own chassis, using heavy-gauge structural steel for extra strength and loading capacity. Adding to the structural integrity is the use of solid wood and plywood cabinetry, with overhead cabinets mounted to the wall and ceiling. The Desert Fox 28KS has R-18 ceiling insulation and is available as a four-season coach for all-weather use.
Desert Fox offers a number of popular options on its toy haulers. You can add a 35-gallon fuel station, dual queen-size electric power bunks, air conditioning up to 15,000 BTU, a generator and solar panels. The refrigerator can be upgraded to eight cubic feet, and you can also choose other amenities like a satellite dish and flat panel TV.
The 28KS comes solar ready and with lots of standard features, including a carpet kit, heated and enclosed 96-gallon fresh water tank, a black tank flush system and much more for a suggested retail price of $27,894.
For information, contact Northwood Manufacturing, P. O. Box 3359, La Grande, OR 97850. Phone (800) 766-6274 or visit www.northwoodmfg.com.
Fun Finder Xtra XT-200
The Fun Finder Xtra XT-200 by Cruiser RV is a lightweight 22-foot trailer with a heavy-duty, full-size radius cargo door with spring assist. It has durable diamond plate flooring with high-capacity D-ring tiedowns bolted through the floor to keep motorcycles or other toys in place during transit.
The gel-coat fiberglass laminated sidewalls add to the sleek appearance, and an aluminum superstructure keeps the trailer light—less than 4,000 pounds dry weight.
A lift-up queen bed in the cargo area is powered by a Happi-Jac lift system. Dinette seats fold up and convert to beds. The bathroom includes a shower and a skylight. The kitchen has a pantry, double-door refrigerator, stainless steel three-burner range and brushed nickel hardware.
The water and holding tanks are large capacity, with the fresh and gray water tanks each holding 37 gallons. The entertainment system includes a TV and CD/AM/FM stereo with interior and exterior speakers, subwoofer and amplifier.
The suggested retail base price for the Fun Finder XT-200 is $17,825. Add options to create a fully equipped model and the price reaches $20,554.
For information, contact Cruiser RV, a DoubleTree RV company, P. O. Box 130, Howe, IN 46746. Phone (866) 277-5630 or visit www.cruiserrv.com.
Jayco Recon ZX
The Recon ZX is a fifth wheel that combines a cargo area big enough to hold large toys with a living area that has an upscale décor. The garage features a non-skid floor with ten flush-floor mounted D-rings anchored to the frame to hold 2,500 pounds each, ensuring that toys will stay in place during travel. The garage is big enough to hold two full-size ATVs.
The Recon ZX has a full-size kitchen, residential-style bathroom, and living and sleeping areas with trendy interiors. The front bedroom has a queen size pillow-top mattress with storage underneath. A hide-a-bed sofa and a foldaway dinette that converts to a bed add sleeping space, and there is also an option of two electric queen beds at the rear of the trailer.
Gel-coat sidewalls, Jayco’s J-Stone hard-surface countertops and a super-wide ramp are among the standard items this year.
A customer value package offers such options as a 15,000-BTU central air conditioning, Manchester oak raised paneled doors and drawers, a luggage rack, shock absorbers, and an AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo with iPod adapter/charger and four Kicker speakers. Also available is a power package that includes a power jump pack, power pressure washer and air compressor.
The 2007 Jayco Recon ZX model F36V carries a suggested base retail price of $49,857, and the model F37U is priced at $52,143.
For information, contact Jayco, 903 S. Main, Middlebury, IN 46540. Phone (800) RV-JAYCO or visit www.jayco.com.
The Adrenaline Lite from Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Company comes with conventional aluminum siding or with optional fiberglass sidewalls adorned with what are described as “aggressive tribal flame graphics.” Chrome wheels, a front diamond plate and checkerboard-style awning add to the flash.
The rear cargo area ranges from just under 14 feet to nearly 16 feet, depending on the floor plan. Two floor plans have kitchens in the front; two others are front sleepers.
For additional sleeping space, all floor plans come with a queen bed that lowers from the ceiling of the cargo area with the touch of a button. Adding a second queen bed in the cargo area is an option. The kitchen is equipped with a three-burner range and oven, microwave oven, double-door refrigerator and stainless steel sink.
The cargo door has a rating of 2,500 pounds, and the cargo area has multiple D-ring tie downs to keep the load secure during travel. When the ramp door is down, a soft screen wall covers the opening to keep out insects.
A home theater system has a CD/DVD player with surround sound and is patched into exterior speakers. Options include a stainless steel gas grill, fuel pump station and 4-kilowatt generator. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price ranges from $23,500 to $30,000.
For information, contact Coachmen, P. O. Box 30, Middlebury, IN 46540. Phone (574) 825-5821 or visit www.coachmenrv.com.
Four Winds Fun Mover
Four Winds Inter-national, which created the first toy hauler motorhome more than a decade ago, has expanded its line of toy haulers with the addition of Model 34D, which is designed to handle a heavy load. The 34D is built on the Chevrolet C5500 Kodiak chassis and can be powered by the standard 8.1-liter Vortec V-8 gas engine or the optional Duramax V-8 diesel engine.
Scott Jacobson, national sales manager for Four Winds International, said, “This model was designed for those interested in a toy hauler built on a larger chassis with added 10,000-pound towing capacity at a value-based price point.”
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $98,340. For that you get a living area with a lot of amenities and a 10-foot deep cargo area with a rubber shop floor, white laminate overhead cabinets and a Core-Trax tie down system. The cargo area is separated from the living area with a sealed door for added safety and comfort.
The living area includes a fully equipped galley with a convection microwave, gas range top and a double-door refrigerator. An optional queen-size electric drop-down bed is available in the cargo area for extra sleeping accommodations.
An outside entertainment center, a stereo in the cargo area, a home theater system and a rear cargo screen are among the popular options.
For information, contact Four Winds International, P. O. Box 1486, Elkhart, IN 46515. Phone (574) 266-1111 or visit www.fourwinds-rv.com.
Newmar All Star
Newmar is selling toy haulers in both its All Star motorhomes and X-Aire fifth wheels. The All Star motorhome is built on a Spartan chassis with the engine in the middle, permitting a variety of designs.
The All Star offers five toy hauler floor plans. One, the 4153, has a garage at the rear that is loaded from a side ramp. Another version, the 4253, is nearly identical, but with a garage designed specifically to haul two large motorcycles. The cycle hauler has two slideouts that extend outward from the cargo area for loading and unloading with individual ramps.
The All Star is powered by a 350-horsepower engine. Features of the 4153 and 4253 include a flip-down LCD television in the bedroom, a 24-inch TV in the front overhead cabinet, a captain’s chair in line behind the front passenger seat, and a 10-cubic foot refrigerator. Sleeping accommodations are for six. The base suggested retail price is $232,876.
Newmar offers two floor plans in its X-Aire fifth wheel toy haulers. Both offer a spacious rear garage with overhead cabinets and a flush-mounted, flip-down countertop. Interior features include a loft area with a queen-size bed, a 24-inch flat screen TV in the living room, and 14-inch flat screen TVs in the bedroom and garage.
For information, contact Newmar, 355 N. Delaware Street, Nappanee IN 46550. Phone (800) 860-0086 or visit www.newmarcorp.com.
The Damon Out-law is a gas-powered Class A motorhome that slopes up from front to a back and has a queen bed in a loft over the garage. The loft is sealed from the garage and is accessed by a staircase from the living area.
Buyers have a choice of a Ford F53 chassis with a 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or a 24,000-pound Workhorse W24 chassis.
The Outlaw includes a large slideout that extends the dinette and living area. The kitchen features a flush-mounted double-door refrigerator, three-burner stove and oven and a microwave oven. The bathroom has a shower and there is also an exterior shower. Other features include exterior and interior entertainment centers, patio awning and patio lights. There is extensive, full basement pass-through storage.
The Outlaw is just under 37 feet in length. The manufacturer’s suggested price ranges from $116,620 to $125,510.
For information, contact Damon, P. O. Box 2888, Elkhart, IN 46515. Phone (800) 860-5658 or visit www.outlawrv.com.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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