Towable toy haulers for 2019 run the gamut from open-box garage models to a fifth-wheel beast designed to carry a full-size 4WD rock crawler.
Cruiser General Manager Jay Mohamed said the 36-foot 3116 has a 16-foot garage, but it also has comfort features that include a king-size bed and a peninsula kitchen with real hardwood cabinetry and hidden hinges. The 3116 also features a slideout in the garage area for the couch and more kitchen countertop, which are rare in the open-concept toy-hauler market.
The 3116 has big tanks that hold more than 100 gallons of freshwater and 60 gallons each of black and gray. It also has shock absorbers on the axles. The axles are inverted, which Mohamed said allows the 3116 to eliminate the wheel wells so they don’t intrude on the interior. The 3116 has a dry weight of 8,100 pounds, and MSRP is in the mid $50,000s.
As part of its Voltage division, Dutchmen RV has added travel trailers to its Triton toy-hauler line. The laminated 36-foot, 6-inch triple-axle 3311 was created for price-conscious enthusiasts seeking larger garages. Sporting a single slide that widens the L-shaped kitchen and galley into a large living area, the feature-rich 3311 comes equipped with a generator, a fuel station, automatic leveling and a spring-assist ramp door that turns into a patio.
A peninsula counter with prep area houses the two-basin stainless-steel sink and subtly separates the kitchen and garage area. When in use for hauling motorized — or not — toys, users can slide the two freestanding reclining chairs where space allows in the 15½-foot-long garage. Additional seating and sleeping accommodations include a two-seater sofa and a lay-flat HappiJac power bunk with sofas, plus there’s a tabletop.
Sturdy flip-down MORryde entry steps store inside the 3311’s main entrance. The bedroom, with a queen walk-around bed and wardrobes on each side, has a separate entry. The bathroom can be accessed from the bedroom and galley.
The 3311’s gvwr is 12,940 pounds. Freshwater capacity is 92 gallons, and gray- and black-water tanks hold 88 and 44 gallons, respectively. Every Dutchmen RV comes off the assembly line receiving a secondary predelivery inspection with each function checked before leaving the facility. Base MSRP is $50,000.
While there’s a lot to the new Vengeance Touring Edition 385FK, easily the biggest advance is the Easy Approach hydraulic loading system, a game-changer developed by the Vengeance team in conjunction with Lippert Components that improves the approach angle at the rear of the garage by as much as 50 percent. Easy Approach is also claimed to improve road handling on the 44-foot fifth-wheel, which has a gvwr of 19,500 pounds.
Front kitchens have become a popular floorplan among fifth-wheel buyers, and Forest River is the first manufacturer to offer such a configuration in a toy hauler. The Vengeance not only places the well-equipped kitchen far forward, with the 22-cubic-foot residential refrigerator against the forward wall, but the upper cabin also includes a comfortable lounge with sofas in opposing slideouts and an entertainment center.
“The reason other manufacturers don’t put a refrigerator up front is because they don’t have the clearance height for it,” said Bradley Short, sales manager for Forest River’s Vengeance division. “By switching to a full-profile front cap, we were able to increase clearance height to a full 6 feet, 5 inches.”
With the kitchen and lounge upstairs, the ground level of the Vengeance is given over to a sizable bath, with a walk-in shower with a seat, and a rear bedroom just forward of the garage, with an expansive wardrobe wall in the curbside slideout. The garage also includes cabinetry along the inside wall, as well as a half-bath and a HappiJac electric bed and, below it, a sofa bed. Base MSRP is $120,000.
All five models, from the 25HFX to the 31HFX, have 6 feet, 2 inches of space from the streetside slideout to the opposite wall (measured with the slideout in for traveling) to accommodate the most popular side-by-side off-road toys. Garages range from 8 feet, 4 inches deep on the 25HFX to 12½ feet deep on the 31HFX, and have an 8-foot garage door, the tallest built for this purpose.
Flooring is oil- and gas-resistant, and 5,000-pound-rated tie-down rings keep the toys secure on the road. Weights range from 7,843 to 9,608 pounds (dry), while lengths run from 33 feet, 3 inches to 37 feet, 10 inches. MSRPs range from $42,000 to $49,000.
Launching the Momentum G-Class toy-hauler travel trailers has generated a lot of excitement among the Grand Design ranks. General Manager Nate Goldenberg summed it up: “It’s kind of a lighter-weight platform for us, [with] similar construction to our Imagine product, which is really popular.”
The 21G, which weighs 6,500 pounds (dry), has a 14-foot garage, and the designers focused on a more livable floorplan, something that can be an afterthought in toy-hauler models of this size. In the G-Class models, there are nice bedrooms with walk-around queen beds and workable galleys that ward off claustrophobia, emulating conventional travel trailers that don’t have to share space with a garage.
Goldenberg said the 25G is the most versatile model and felt it will likely be the leading seller in the line. Beyond the upgraded bedroom, the 25G features a double-entry bathroom with a large linen closet. The garage provides generous space for toys, while dual air conditioning, a 4-kilowatt generator and good TV placement make this 30-foot, 11-inch, 7,900-pound (dry) toy hauler highly livable. Base MSRP is $52,000.
Among its features are the inflatable Ramp Add-A-Room, developed in partnership with MORryde, for the ramp door when set in patio position, which employs inflatable trusses to create an easy to deploy added room on the ramp. Additionally, the Store-Mor storage system is included in the front-basement storage area in which the compartment housing the 5.5-kilowatt generator is dropped just enough to allow for a flat floor in the area above.
A half-bath in the rear features a bifold door that stows out of the way to allow for extra room in the 13-foot garage. Also, the loft area is accessed from the garage, allowing adults to enjoy late nights in the living area without disturbing the kids. A 55-inch 4K TV on a motorized lift in the living area, directly opposite the five-seat sofa, is tucked behind an upper cabinet, so it doesn’t intrude on valuable cabinet space.
Finally, the walk-around king bed up front is a side-shift platform-tilt system, meaning it will move to one side just enough to accommodate the bedroom’s wardrobe slide.
Jayco’s Seismic line of triple-axle luxury fifth-wheel toy haulers has added the 4013 model to its lineup. What sets the 4013 apart is its dual-entry bathroom with a walk-in shower off the master bedroom, along with a U-shaped kitchen that’s also on the same upper level, a patent-pending configuration also found on the Seismic 4113. The difference between the two is the 4113 has a side patio and tucks a half-bath behind the living area’s entertainment center, while the 4013 eliminates the patio and half-bath and reconfigures the living space to make room for a freestanding table and four chairs.
The showstopper, said Mike Aplin, Jayco’s national sales manager for fifth-wheels and toy haulers, is the 4013’s master bathroom and elevated kitchen. “The concept was a high-end hotel,” he said of the bathroom, pointing out the shower’s integrated flip-up 300-pound-capacity teak seat, tiled walls on three sides and glass panel on the partial fourth. In a unique twist, a second glass half panel slides out to help prevent water from splashing into the rest of the bathroom.
The upper-level kitchen overlooks the main living area, which features a small loft and its aforementioned table and chairs, as well as an entertainment center and 50-inch TV angled toward the four-person sofa. The rear features a 12-foot garage that includes another TV, and opposing sofas with a table in between that convert to a queen bed, plus another queen bed drops down from the ceiling. The 4013 has a $122,203 base MSRP, a dry weight of 15,845 and a gvwr of 20,695 pounds.
The Krawler Hauler 22-86KM features a twist on the traditional toy hauler, with a back end that is open and designed for larger off-road vehicles. Ron Ray, head of new-business development at Sundowner Trailers, noted that the commercial-looking aluminum fifth-wheel is 8½ feet wide, which is larger than many toy haulers, and the open design doesn’t restrict the height of vehicles that it can tow.
The 22-foot residential section features a loft sleeping area above the gooseneck, with a living room, kitchen and bath on the main floor. A fold-down sofa in the living room provides an extra bed, and a TV is mounted on cabinetry that ties into the kitchen.
The kitchen features a stove, sink, microwave and 6-cubic-foot refrigerator, with open counter space. The bathroom includes a corner shower and vanity, along with an entire wall of cabinetry for storage. Closets and storage areas are spread throughout.