This year has seen an explosion in the toy hauler RV market with the introduction of numerous new models. These specialized combination RVs that marry living space with cargo capacity have come a long way from their roots.
Designed to haul motorcycles, four-wheelers, ATVs and other outdoor sports equipment, early toy haulers were little more than towed garages with fold-down bunks. The addition of luxury amenities, innovative floor plans and versatile multi-purpose cargo areas has made toy haulers the top choice of off-road enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.
By offering a convenient way to bring bicycles, canoes, jet skis and other outdoor toys on family vacations without sacrificing livability and luxury, new toy haulers are also making inroads into the family RV market.
The RV equivalent of a sports utility vehicle, toy haulers are typically available in travel trailer and fifth-wheel models. Thor’s Outlaw series adds luxury Class A motorhomes to toy hauler options. At the other end of the spectrum, Prime Time Manufacturing’s Spartan toy hauler offers a smaller, lightweight option designed for half-ton tow vehicles.
Manufacturers have taken two approaches to toy hauler design. Some are making a greater distinction between the residential living area and the cargo-hauling area by walling off the garage. Other RV manufacturers make dual use of the garage, allowing its conversion to living space — bunk room, dining area or extended patio — once you reach your destination and unload your toys.
Whatever their configuration, new toy haulers come equipped with the full range of luxury amenities found in conventional RVs, including residential furniture, comfortable beds, home theater systems, air conditioning and winterization packages, awnings, outdoor grills and even electric fireplaces.