Whether you’re an ATV enthusiast, insatiable cyclist, or whitewater kayaker, you need a safe and secure place to store your favorite toys and equipment. Thankfully, the RVing community came up with a solution: toy hauler travel trailers!
Before we dive into which toy hauler RVs have enough great features to make it on our “Best Of” list, let’s first cover a few important items. Namely, the things you should consider before buying your first (or next) toy hauler.
Key Considerations Before Buying a Toy Hauler Travel Trailer
Before you head to your nearest RV dealership, there are a few things to think about when you decide you want a toy hauler.
- What vehicles or equipment do you want to carry in your toy hauler?
- Do you have a tow vehicle?
- What are your tow vehicle ratings, including stopping power, towing capacity, and payload
- On what type of terrain do you expect to be be driving?
- Is there a certain length of trailer that best serves the places you visit frequently (consider winding roads of state and national parks, trailheads, RV length restrictions at parks, etc.)?
General Purchasing Considerations
I know I may be stating the obvious here, but the actual buying process – regardless of the particular model or model year – is worth a couple minutes consideration. As you put together your wish list of options and dream destinations, leave a side bar for costs and fees at the dealership.
In addition to finding the best prices, factor in the additional costs of buying:
- Sales tax
- Interest rates vary for qualified buyers
- Delivery fees
- License fees
- Registration tags
Of course your personal purchase decision will also take into account whether you buy a used or new RV.
Cargo Weight and Towing Capacity
In addition to the financing, it’s important to nail down exactly what your your toy hauler will carry. You want to avoid carrying more cargo than your trailer or towing vehicle is capable of.
There’s a big difference in weight if you’re going to haul dirt bikes versus a jet ski. Or a golf cart. Or, a race car! (Hey, I can dream, right?) Also, depending on your toys, the rig may need specific functionality, such as a ramp door or patio.
Tow Vehicle Limitations
If you don’t have a tow vehicle, and even if you do have one, it’s important to double-check which vehicles capable of towing a toy hauler. Also narrow down the list based on which options are within your price range.
Not only will you be carrying people and a trailer, but you’ll also be adding the weight of another vehicle (like an ATV) or other outdoor equipment.
Where Will You Take Your Toys?
Last but not least, you should think about where you want to take your toys. Will you be off in the backcountry unloading motorbikes or dropping your kayaks and paddleboards at the marina?
If, for example, you are heading off-grid to the backcountry you may want to ensure the trailer is setup for proper installation of solar panels.
You’ll want a toy hauler that brings out your true adventure, while also considering the size limitations of the places you visit.
State and national parks have limitations on the size of vehicles entering and camping inside their boundaries, so it’s important to know the length and size of your toy hauler to avoid any issues.
Our Favorite Top 5 Toy Hauler Travel Trailers
Now that you have a few questions in mind for when you head to the dealer, let’s take a look at our favorite best toy hauler travel trailers of the year to get you revved up and ready to take on the summer and fall months locked, loaded, and ready to roll.
Heartland Torque 281 Toy Hauler Travel Trailer
Meet the impressive Heartland Torque 281. At over 32 feet in length, it’s the largest of the toy haulers we will cover. Yes, there’s plenty of room for the family and all of your toys!
Heartland Torque 281 Toy Hauler Specs
Here are the important specs on this toy hauler:
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 8,255 lbs.
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 4,497 lbs.
- Length: 32 feet 8 inches
- Width: 8 feet 6 inches
- Fresh Water: 98 gallons
- Gray Water: 57 gallons
- Black Water: 30 gallons
- Garage Storage Space: 16 feet 4 inches
The Heartland Torque Toy Hauler is Designed for Comfort
This trailer has everything you need for a long weekend of road-tripping, off-roading, and definitely some relaxation.
With a 2-seat couch and also two additional armchairs in the living area, it is made for comfort.
In the garage, you’ll find the second bed, an electric queen-size bed, which is situated above a second sofa with a dinette. And just outside? A fueling station for your toys on the go!
Other Features of the Heartland Torque
There are several extra trailer features that make the Torque 281 a real winner.
These include a 10-gallon water heater, two 30-lb (7-gallon) propane tanks, a 3-burner stove in the kitchen as well as an 8 cu. ft. refrigerator that operates on 110V power or on propane.
All in all, you can’t go wrong taking a much closer look at this Torque option by Heartland RV.
Forest River No Boundaries 19.1 Toy Hauler
Here’s a Forest River rig for hauling gear and equipment: the No Boundaries 19.1.
The No Boundaries line is a more rugged, outdoorsy version of Forest River trailers. The goal of these trailers is to offer storage that’s adaptable for almost any sport or hobby from kayaking to bikes to fishing equipment.
Forest River No Boundaries Specs
Besides offering adaptive storage, here’s everything else you need to know about the No Boundaries 19.1:
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 4,941 lbs.
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,955 lbs.
- Length: 24 feet 11 inches
- Width: 7 feet 4 inches
- Fresh Water: 30 gallons
- Gray Water: 30 gallons
- Black Water: 30 gallons
- Garage Storage Space: 10 feet 6 inches
Relatively Lightweight with a Width of 65″
Forest River claims that “Your RZR 1000 has met its match,” and for good reason.
The No Boundaries 19.1 allows you to mix home and play. With 65 inches of width, you can easily fit most toys and equipment inside without having a separate storage compartment.
This trailer is particularly light for a toy hauler. It can easily be towed by a 4 or 6-cylinder towing vehicle and carry over 3,000 lbs in extra cargo, which is ideal for an ATV or several motorbikes.
Other Features of the Forest River No Boundaries
Inside, the trailer offers plenty of space for living, even if your ATVs or kayaks are inside. A full bathroom, queen size bed, fold-up sofa, and full kitchen make it easy to feel at home even on the road or in the backcountry.
Jayco Octane Super Lite Toy Hauler
The Jayco Octane Super Lite 222 is, indeed, super lightweight. It also offers everything you need for a weekend getaway, too. Though this trailer is smaller, it’s mighty, to say the least.
Jayco Octane Super Lite Specs
Here’s everything you need to know about it:
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 5,560 lbs.
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,440 lbs.
- Length: 26 feet 5 inches
- Width: 8 feet 6 inches
- Fresh Water: 53 gallons
- Gray Water: 45 gallons
- Black Water: 45 gallons
- Garage Storage Space: 8 feet 6 inches
The Jayco Octane is a Great Toy Hauler for Couples
This trailer is the perfect size for a couple or small family. It has everything you need from a microwave to a queen-size bed to make your tiny home on wheels feel just like home.
No matter where you are, there’s plenty of space to store and relax.
Other Features of the Jayco Octane Super Lite
The interior storage area, at over 11.5 feet, is also the bedroom and living area. The table is actually an indoor/outdoor table while the bed area converts to a couch for when you entertain friends or share a meal.
Coachmen Freedom Express Toy Hauler Travel Trailer
With the Freedom Express Select, you can stow away pretty hefty equipment or vehicles inside the garage.
Coachmen Freedom Express Toy Hauler Specs
Let’s take a deeper look at the specifications of the Freedom Express Select 28.7SE to see what makes it a great toy hauler.
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 6,286 lbs.
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,714 lbs.
- Length: 32 feet 10 inches
- Width: 8 feet
- Fresh Water: 50 gallons
- Gray Water: 70 gallons
- Black Water: 35 gallons
What Makes the Coachmen Freedom a Great Toy Hauler?
This trailer is great for hauling because it not only gives you space to store your vehicle or equipment, but it also has room to sprawl out and relax, too.
With two queen-sized beds, one being a convertible sofa bed in the garage (electric lift optional), there’s plenty of room for two couples or a small family to curl up when a long day of adventuring is done.
Full bath and kitchen areas make it easy to wash up and cook after spending a day on the lake or out on the trail. There are two pass-through storage bins at the front of the trailer, too, to stow away any extra equipment.
A summary of the specs across all 5 toy haulers is provided below.
Grand Design Momentum G-Class 25G Toy Hauler Travel Trailer
The Grand Design Momentum G-Class 25G is one of the bigger toy hauler travel trailers on our list at nearly 31 feet in length.
While it may look like many toy haulers on the outside, the inside of this trailer is one-of-a-kind with a more contemporary look.
Grand Design Momentum Specs
But before we talk about the inside of this trailer, let’s take a look at the specifications:
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 7,900 lbs.
- Cargo Carrying Capacity: 3,600 lbs.
- Length: 30 feet 11 inches
- Width: 8 feet 3 inches
- Fresh Water: 100 gallons
- Gray Water: 78 gallons
- Black Water: 39 gallons
- Garage Storage Space: 13 feet 6 inches
Why the Grand Design Momentum is a Great Toy Hauler
There’s plenty of room inside this toy hauler to carry any gear while still having the luxuries of home.
With two queen-sized beds, two Euro chairs, a full kitchen, and a separate bedroom, you can bring your friends and family without sacrificing privacy and comfort.
There are two sliders to extend the garage and bedroom for extra room as well.
Oh, and don’t ignore the 30-gallon fuel tank included with this toy hauler that allows you to easily refuel your toys while you’re out adventuring. The ultimate in convenience!
Other Features of the Grand Design Momentum
Inside the Momentum, you’ll find plenty of space to store clothes and other necessities as there are almost endless overhead cabinets. In the bedroom, you’ll get your own dresser and closet.
This trailer also comes with an exterior grill/kitchen area as well as a 1.6 cu. ft. refrigerator.
Which Toy Hauler Travel Trailer Will Best Fit Your Lifestyle?
At the end of the day, whatever toy hauler you choose should fit your needs and no one else’s. There are many different options when it comes to choosing the best toy hauler. Review the standard features, floor plans, and storage options.
Because we all have our own individual vision of what makes the best outdoor adventures, only a few toy hauler models will be a good fit for your lifestyle. Try to picture yourself on your first road trip and see if the trailer you’re considering is the one that pops into that vision.
Whether you want to haul ATVs out to the backcountry or paddle your way through the weekend at the lake, you can find a toy hauler to combine your living and storage spaces into one.
Don’t forget the essential RV Accessories to ensure worry-free travels
And to start the process of gathering the essential RV accessories you’ll need, you can take a look at our post about sewer, water and electric accessories we recommend and also look at our post about our favorite travel trailer accessory recommendations.
Erin is rooted in South Dakota, but wanders every chance she gets to see the beauty that nature holds. From hiking to climbing, there’s not an adventure she’ll turn down.
After renovating her 1976 Airstream Argosy, Erin knows the ins and outs of living life on the road and trailer maintenance.
Whether she’s on the road with her dog and partner or at home curled up with a good book, Erin is always planning her next adventure because life is meant to be lived outdoors.