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Old March 25th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #1
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So Mis and I are looking at Toy Haulers to get the quads around and camp in we are looking at something like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FORES...1%7C240%3A1308


or this


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/35-Pu...1%7C240%3A1308


we are doing a pro's and con's list for this purchase does anyone that has a Toy Hauler have anything to add

some thoughts


I am not to sure I want the shit that I run the quads throught in are living room


I like the thought of having one unit for trips and not having to set up a tent in the rain
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Old March 25th, 2009, 08:52 AM   #2
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i would definetly go with the second one. having the doorwall is sweet. think about the smells you will have if your quads are in the living room. the gas, oils, mud. and leaks.

I didnt have a toy hauler but i stayed in one when we competed. buggy always was outside at night because we had to lower the bed from the ceiling and drop the couches off the walls.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 09:21 AM   #3
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but I dont know if I want to haul half a house around either

and if we stay in a camp ground ( with friends ) with no trail access we will need to pack up camp to head to the trail head
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then i say get a nice smaller motorhome with a little enclosed trailer for the quads.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 10:20 AM   #5
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IMHO, go with a truck camper and an enclosed trailer.



You can fit in most campgrounds, heck, if you stay for awhile, you can set up the camper on the site and have your truck to run around.
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When I had my toy hauler we took the quads and the Jeep (40') and used the truck to haul the quads to the trail. One quad in the truck bed the other on a stout hitch haul.

The hitch haul also doubled as the ramp to get the quad in the bed out. Just a thought for you. If you do most of your camping and quad riding in MI there are several counties that now allow driving your ATV on the road shoulder making it easier to get from your camping spot to the trail.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 10:43 AM   #7
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thanks guys

the other thing I have been looking at is a small pull behind camper trailer (for us) and putting a 8' flat bed on my Ram to throw the quads on


something like this


http://www.midway-tires.com/photos/501551/501551-02.jpg

put on this








and add this



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/23-FU...1%7C240%3A1308


and we are all set


Maybe I dont know

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Old March 25th, 2009, 11:44 AM   #8
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I have been very happy with this setup
http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...highlight=poor

you could easily build a wal between the living quarters and "garage" if your bikes or quads leak. My buggy usually sleeps indoors with me and there aren't any noticeable odors.
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I work from and RV Dealership in Grand Rapids American RV, www.americanrv.com and do Internet Sales, if you come across something that you like and want to make sure that you are getting a good deal feel free to drop me an email @ matt@americanrv.com or give me a call at 877-863-9527

I have 3 used weekend warriors in stock and also carry new cargo trailer by cargo mate *(forest river company)

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I have a 5th wheel toy hauler (34' work and play made by forest river). Work and play's are haulers built as campers rather than the reverse. They make several smaller versions. I tried the truck camper + tag trailer. It sucks, too much prep-time. Load the camper, then hook to trailer, then load up the rig, then load gear. Kinda same thing with the flatbed, only maybe not as bad.

I've heard quads in the toy haulers kinda smell, personally I have no problems, wife may dissagree. You can put up a partition, I made one out of a semi truck load divider & some shipping blankets.

One thing to consider, the toy hauler can be temporary storage space for the quads. Then its just hitch & go, that is if you keep the camper stocked & ready.
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Be careful with a 5'er. If you get very far off the beaten trail you run into issues with bed clearance under the 5'er. On uneven ground, it isn't hard to put the bed of your truck into the trailer.
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Be careful with a 5'er. If you get very far off the beaten trail you run into issues with bed clearance under the 5'er. On uneven ground, it isn't hard to put the bed of your truck into the trailer.
is this there I would better off with a gooseneck hitch in my bed and ues one of those 5ht wheel to gooseneck adapters for the trailer
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Be careful with a 5'er. If you get very far off the beaten trail you run into issues with bed clearance under the 5'er. On uneven ground, it isn't hard to put the bed of your truck into the trailer.
We did this with Ironman's gooseneck in Tennessee. 5 miles off the e-way on all paved roads & we had to make a turn that wasn't good. IIRC, he caved in the top of his tailgate. On the way back out, we pulled the tailgate & took probably 20 minutes to make the one turn. It really sucked.

I've gone the motorhome/ enclosed trailer route. Same setup would work with a pickup camper. It gives the versatility of not having all that extra space out back when you are camping/traveling without the toys. It also gives the advantage of a good trailer for the toys on day trips or winter hotel trips where you want to hotel it rather than RV. Unless you have a second way to haul the toys, you end up having to take the whole works for a day at the mounds. Of course if the little woman is along.........
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is this there I would better off with a gooseneck hitch in my bed and ues one of those 5ht wheel to gooseneck adapters for the trailer
Even that won't really do you much good. It is the distance from the bed to the trailer that is the issue. The advantage of the gooseneck over the 5'er is that the hitch has more degrees that it can move. I remember reading somewhere that a typical 5'er hitch allows about 15 degrees of movement. A gooseneck has around 35 degrees roughly. But, again, when you are pulling a 5'er, the problem is the bed clearance, no matter what type hitch you have. I can get my gooseneck car hauler into a lot of off-camber, tight places. My 5'er comes close to hitting the bed even at some gas station entrances.
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Look around there are also flat deck open trailers with basicaly a tent camper built onto 1/2 of the deck .... The 2nd half is an open trailer ...
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