Mobile Mancaves

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by PA Slammer, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    You don't want to know. If you find out, your wallet becomes extremely light.

    Do a search for VRV toy haulers. They're made by Livin Lite.

    PA Slammer
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  2. tundra61

    tundra61 I wish I had a title

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    I had to look !!

    VRV looks cool but the sportsmobile still hits my needs better.

    I got to get one - life is to short.
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  3. Collarbone

    Collarbone Been here awhile

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    This is what I bought a couple years ago, actaully this exact one it was the first model they had in ,I have a mini fridge and micro in the v nose along with an aluminum shelf I built above them for storage. Works well I also have a set of cot bunk beds I can assemble for when the family or friends goes with me.I also bought a a rail set up a friend made to strap six but in reality 4 bikes.I have hauled 4-650 ds bikes at once in it. I would post my pics of it but I alway have a hard time getting pics on here. http://beckercustomtrailers.com/trailers/motorcycle-toyhaulers/7-x-16-pop-out-toyhauler
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  4. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    Pick up my mobile man cave in a cpl hours :clap Pics to follow
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  5. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Here's a few pics of mine...

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    2011 Mercedes Sprinter. I've put 35,000+ miles on it in the past year. I love this thing.
    If they took it away from me.. I'd buy exactly the same thing over again.

    The build isn't done but the queen sized bed, fridge, and espar D2 heater are all installed. I won't go into too much detail since there is a build thread in Shiny Things :freaky

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    I have it configured so I can carry a bike inside, a bike on the back bumper, or 3 bikes on the trailer.

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  6. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    I've been wanting to do this for awhile now. You can get one with the Cummins 4 or 6 cyl. diesel, some even have liftgates.:D

    Put a bathroom in the back corner and just go from there. By the time you add a few needed things you've got a toyhauler no one else has.

    If I do get to do it soon I'll do a build thread, I even have an artist that I know to paint it. I've seen some of his freehand stuff that's pretty cool?:evil

    If you convert it to 4WD it'd be unstoppable, a genset, aux. tank, black and gray water tanks, heater,a/c. That'd be SWEET!:evil
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  7. thisflatearth

    thisflatearth 2 wheel has been

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  8. thisflatearth

    thisflatearth 2 wheel has been

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  9. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    I'll add to this...

    Purchased last July, 09 XT245 FunFinder...

    Copied from

    http://www.cruiserrv.com/fun-finder-xtra.php

    ""The Fun Finder XTRA is a ½ ton towable toy hauler you can depend on. The Fun Finder XTRA is the only truly dedicated ½ ton towable toy hauler in the industry today. With a 5/8 tongue and groove plywood floor, removable carpet, rear screen door, exterior LED lights and power front jack you can be assured that the Fun Finder XTRA has all the features and options you would come expect on a toy hauler. Whether you are looking for a 20’ or 30’ trailer, the XTRA Toy Haulers meet all of your needs for your short to extended stay adventures with the cargo capacity to match.""


    all the comforts of home. cargo is 3000lbs which includes gear, holding tanks, beer etc. so really 2000 to 2500lbs
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    Pretty cool toy hauler
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  10. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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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 :deal 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

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    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
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  11. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    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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  12. RoyQ

    RoyQ Long timer

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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
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    Wildcat campground in Suches GA
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    Lightner Creek campground Durango CO
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    Kickstand lodge campground Stecoah NC
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    The business end of the hauler, the back room.
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    The living area looking inside from entry door. Front bed area is to the right.
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    As it sits today ready for winter hibernation
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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.
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  13. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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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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  14. Rhyno

    Rhyno PrsnalityAccentuator

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    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.....:D

    -Rhyno
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  15. kendall_smith

    kendall_smith Two Wheel Addict

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    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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  16. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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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'"

    :evil

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    C.
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  17. toro618

    toro618 Been here awhile

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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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  18. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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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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    (Photo courtesy of Thor Motor Coach)
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  19. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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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 :clap
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  20. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    Now that is what The_Filly would like to own one day. If it's feasible somewhere down the road we will :deal
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