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Old 12-08-2012, 05:00 PM   #31
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Here are some pics of the new mobile man cave. It's a Grey Wolf 25RR & we'll be making some mods to suit us better Camper has all the amenities, but is seriously lacking storage space. We are planning on building some cabinets and possibly removing one of the two sofas in the rear as we don't need it



I will take more pics once it warms up a wee bit as it's a chilly minus 16 here today not including wind chill

Nice rig, I agree they lack storage,
two awsome things about toy haulers, they have a great cross breeze when the ramp is open and they load lickadey split through the ramp.

I know what you mean about the sofa, I have one up all the time.

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:23 AM   #32
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It is 30' long, weighs right at 7500# loaded. Rear room for two bike storage and transport with a full queen electric loft over head. Front bed room has a short queen. Slide out dining area. Full bath with full kitchen. Electric awning also on it.

We logged 5k miles in it this past summer which was four weeks worth of travel.

At the Grand Canyon


Wildcat campground in Suches GA


Lightner Creek campground Durango CO


Kickstand lodge campground Stecoah NC


The business end of the hauler, the back room.


The living area looking inside from entry door. Front bed area is to the right.


As it sits today ready for winter hibernation


What a fun year it was. 2013 it will be used for trackdays and WERA racing. It's a very good toy hauler layout. I'm not very fond of the manufacturer, CruiserRV. They suck but most companies these day do so I get over it and move on.

The Toyota Tundra pulls it fine. Mpg is 9 on average but if you got deep pockets and like to drive fast the truck had no problem flying down the highway with it. I typically run 60-65 mph. Fast enough the ST tires on hauler are only rated to 65 mph anyway.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:22 PM   #33
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These rigs are awesome. I love the idea of a shop / home / whatever you need, on wheels. I just can't make up my mind as to what I want to get.

Right now, I have a Sprinter 3500 RV. It has "just enough" room for my wife and I, and our three boys; 9, 6, and 2 yrs old. It's definitely snug, but not bad. The two older boys ride dirt bikes and I hope the younger one will as well. So I think a toyhauler of some type is in our immediate future. I just need to sell my sports car. We haven't ridden nearly at all since the boys were born.

I really like the pop-up style, like in a couple of the previous posts, but they seem to lack storage when closed. I thought it was funny when the guys with the bigger toyhauler trailers said they lack storage... But I know they were talking cabinet area. That's a fairly easy fix though. You just have to watch the headroom I guess. But as for the pop-ups, I guess you could always go with a cargo box on top and / or a bicycle rack. So I guess there is a "fix" for everyone with enough thought put into it.

The next real concern would be efficiency. We're talking both fuel economy AND product cost. How much money to spend AND how much will you HAVE TO spend later. Right now I get about 18 mpg fully loaded and cruising highway speeds. I'm usually 5 - 10 mph over. So all in all, I don't think my mph is that bad. What would either actually lower my mpg to? They both seem to weigh the same. I wonder if the smaller pop-up be more or less aerodynamic. It may be less in that it is smaller, but may be more in that the toyhauler has the same shape of the Sprinter and perhaps the airflow would be less disturbed.

I know these question are dismissed by some (maybe most). However, I feel if you put a lot of miles and get a lot of use out of them, you should really consider as many of the variables as possible. Arrrrgggghhhh, too many decisions!

Someone please buy my sports car, so throwing money at this won't be as hard a decision! Anyway, thanks for sharing all the pics. Can't wait until one of those crazy million dollar rig owners see this thread and post some of their pics. Those mobile mancaves are CRAZY!
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:32 AM   #34
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It is 30' long, weighs right at 7500# loaded. Rear room for two bike storage and transport with a full queen electric loft over head. Front bed room has a short queen. Slide out dining area. Full bath with full kitchen. Electric awning also on it.

We logged 5k miles in it this past summer which was four weeks worth of travel.

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What a fun year it was. 2013 it will be used for trackdays and WERA racing. It's a very good toy hauler layout. I'm not very fond of the manufacturer, CruiserRV. They suck but most companies these day do so I get over it and move on.

The Toyota Tundra pulls it fine. Mpg is 9 on average but if you got deep pockets and like to drive fast the truck had no problem flying down the highway with it. I typically run 60-65 mph. Fast enough the ST tires on hauler are only rated to 65 mph anyway.

Nice setup and thanks for sharing the details. I have always wondered how a trailer of that size/weight/truck combo, worked out.

It's also good to see you using it and having fun.....

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:59 AM   #35
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These rigs are awesome. I love the idea of a shop / home / whatever you need, on wheels. I just can't make up my mind as to what I want to get.

Right now, I have a Sprinter 3500 RV. It has "just enough" room for my wife and I, and our three boys; 9, 6, and 2 yrs old. It's definitely snug, but not bad. The two older boys ride dirt bikes and I hope the younger one will as well. So I think a toyhauler of some type is in our immediate future. I just need to sell my sports car. We haven't ridden nearly at all since the boys were born.

I really like the pop-up style, like in a couple of the previous posts, but they seem to lack storage when closed. I thought it was funny when the guys with the bigger toyhauler trailers said they lack storage... But I know they were talking cabinet area. That's a fairly easy fix though. You just have to watch the headroom I guess. But as for the pop-ups, I guess you could always go with a cargo box on top and / or a bicycle rack. So I guess there is a "fix" for everyone with enough thought put into it.

The next real concern would be efficiency. We're talking both fuel economy AND product cost. How much money to spend AND how much will you HAVE TO spend later. Right now I get about 18 mpg fully loaded and cruising highway speeds. I'm usually 5 - 10 mph over. So all in all, I don't think my mph is that bad. What would either actually lower my mpg to? They both seem to weigh the same. I wonder if the smaller pop-up be more or less aerodynamic. It may be less in that it is smaller, but may be more in that the toyhauler has the same shape of the Sprinter and perhaps the airflow would be less disturbed.

I know these question are dismissed by some (maybe most). However, I feel if you put a lot of miles and get a lot of use out of them, you should really consider as many of the variables as possible. Arrrrgggghhhh, too many decisions!

Someone please buy my sports car, so throwing money at this won't be as hard a decision! Anyway, thanks for sharing all the pics. Can't wait until one of those crazy million dollar rig owners see this thread and post some of their pics. Those mobile mancaves are CRAZY!
My ultimate dream is to someday live full-time in an RV and just travel the country with my toys, stopping at different places along the way and seeing new things. Just sell the house and everything that won't fit in the RV and just go! That would be awesome!

As for your other questions, I can maybe help with some of the pop-up oriented ones. I think that with the 3 boys, you might be able to get away with a toyhauler pop-up while they are still small, but as soon as they get near their teen years you will be very cramped in all put the biggest pop-ups (I saw a huge pop-up the other day that actually had tandem axles, but no cargo deck- I didn't know they came that big). In my trailer, the bed that folds out over the cargo deck is between a queen and a king, so the 3 young kids could probably share that bed and you and mom could sleep in the other one which is between a full and a queen. When it comes to storage, they pop-up is definitely lacking, but if you pack smart it is possible to take most of what you need within reason. I think most people (myself included) tend to adapt their packing to what they are able to, so going to a smaller trailer with less storage might be a challenge, but if you're starting out with a small set up you'll make it work.

As for your efficiency question- I usually get 13-15 mpg when towing my Baja with my F-150 (3V 4.6, AT, 3.55 rear end) and it weighs around 2500 lbs. unloaded, so maybe 4000 lbs. max at any given time depending on what combination of toys and gear we might be hauling. I don't think the trailer is especially aerodynamic since you can see in my pictures that it sits up pretty high with the "off-road", high ground clearance set up. I hauled that particular set up to the Black Hills and back which included quite a bit of mountain climbs and descents and the truck did fine and I got around 13 mpg for the whole trip running 70-75 mph on the flat interstates.

Good luck with whatever decision you make! You won't regret it. Some of our favorite recent memories were all of the camping trips we went on last summer after getting our pop-up and now we can't wait until spring to get it back out and enjoy it some more!
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:29 AM   #36
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Here are some pics of the new mobile man cave. It's a Grey Wolf 25RR & we'll be making some mods to suit us better Camper has all the amenities, but is seriously lacking storage space. We are planning on building some cabinets and possibly removing one of the two sofas in the rear as we don't need it











I will take more pics once it warms up a wee bit as it's a chilly minus 16 here today not including wind chill
Nice rig, Craig! I'll have to get Mrs. Stain to make you and the Philly a bumper sticker...

"If the Toy Hauler is a 'rockin'"





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Old 12-13-2012, 09:59 AM   #37
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I bought this Featherlite 28' all aluminum trailer back in 2000, and it's been parked since 2005. So last week I decided to pull it into my garage and convert it into my dirt bike hauler. I bought a bunch of Versaties from Mac's to strap the bikes down in the back, and will most likey make the front section a full shop.

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:32 AM   #38
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WAAaaay out of my league but something worthy of anyone's aspiration... the Four Winds Outlaw RV.


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Nice rig, Craig! I'll have to get Mrs. Stain to make you and the Philly a bumper sticker...

"If the Toy Hauler is a 'rockin'"





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Hey does she really make stickers? We hope to get plenty of use from it next summer. Will be nice not to have to chose between riding or camping
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:12 AM   #41
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Hey does she really make stickers? We hope to get plenty of use from it next summer. Will be nice not to have to chose between riding or camping

Well, not as much stickers as custom vinyl decals. We can do 2 layered stuff with no problem, multiple colors get very difficult. I'll send you a PM.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:43 PM   #42
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We have a 32 foot Class C Funmover. It can fit 5 dirtbikes (sideways) or two full size bikes parked straight in. Other than 8-9 mpg, we love the convenience and comfort of a motorhome for races and events. We raced at Barber in October, hauled 7 bikes (pulled a trailer) , and 3 dudes for 4 days. No problems and quite comfy for a toy hauler. The Damon Outlaw is next on the list given more money and time. Did I say when I get more money, one of these days?





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Old 12-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #43
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So my truck is showing its age, 03f150 250k. My trailer is 7700lbs loaded. Do I update the truck, tires brakes ujoints , wheel brgs etc. The truck runs fine. or a 08-10 f150 or a similair f250. Buying brand new is out of the question. I won't be the one who drives it over the first curb.
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Just got back from the Pittsburgh RV show. They had about 90% trailers and a fair amount of toy haulers. Just not impressed though. I would think a "toy hauler" would be bullet proof and... well a bit more MANLY!

I know you have to keep them light and materials can get pretty crappy when you go light, so why not ALL aluminum frames? You would save a ton of weight. Then you would be able to be a bit more beefy with the cabinetry. Or all aluminum cabinets as well! Seriously, my boys would demolish some of those products.

Instead it seems that all the companies are concentrating on are TVs and speakers and curtains, and shiny crap. I want something I will be happy with 10 years from now. Not something I have to sell five years later for a tenth of the purchase price because everything broke and is rusted out.

I think when it comes down to it, I have to build my own...
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:23 PM   #45
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Aluminum can be just as stron as steel, but will cost more I believe, but worse than cost, al is prone to cracking when it is flexed repeatedly, more so than steel.
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