Demand for extreme sports surged during the pandemic. American’s, it seems, are craving outdoor adventures after being cooped up inside for so long.
If you’re into an extreme sport like ATV riding or dirt biking, you’re going to need something to help you transport your equipment. And if you live in the city, you’re also going to need somewhere to stay on those weekends away.
That’s where a toy haulier comes in! These RV-type plowable vehicles contain space to store your sports toys and somewhere to sleep, cook breakfast, and shower.
Read on to find out what to look for when investing in a new toy haulier.
Consider Your Style of Stay
Do you usually only stay overnight at a campsite near your home? Or do you prefer taking week-long trips to faraway locales? And how many people and how much equipment do you usually take with you?
Whether you’re trying to purchase a new or used toy haulier, the size and what’s inside it really matters. You need to make sure the storage area is large enough to fit your toys, your stuff, and you, your family, or your friends.
Consider, too, the size of the camping spaces available in the places you most often travel to. For example, a 5th wheel toy hauler with an additional awning won’t fit in a standard RV site or campsite.
How Big Should It Be?
When looking at toy hauler options, there are two types of weight you need to consider:
- Unloaded vehicle weight
- Gross vehicle weight
Use the unloaded vehicle weight to determine how big of a vehicle you need to tow the hauler. Use the gross vehicle weight to determine how many people and items you can carry inside your haulier.
Do You Have the Right Towing Vehicle?
There’s no point spending all that money on a toy haulier RV if you don’t have a large enough vehicle to tow it safely. In most cases, you’re going to need a big four-wheel-drive car or a truck. If you don’t have one already, you’ll need to account for the cost of that purchase in your overall budget.
Aside From a Ramp, What Else Does a Toy Hauler Need?
When choosing a toy hauler, consider your needs. Are you an all-seasons camper? Or do you only travel during the warmer months? Are you planning on living in your toy hauler all year round, or do you just need it for the holidays?
If you want to use your hauler during the winter months, look for a vehicle with insulation and heating. Summer-only trippers might want to consider a hauler with AC installed.
Why a Toy Hauler Is the Right Choice for You
If you’re thinking about investing in a toy hauler, consider both used and new vehicles to get the most out of your money.
Make sure the hauler you choose has enough space for you (and your family, if they’ll be coming with you) and a sturdy ramp to get your motorcycle or ATV out and into the wilderness quickly. Don’t make the mistake of buying a hauler that’s too small for your needs.
For more helpful insights into the world of extreme sports equipment, browse the other articles on our website.