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Crawgator
08-07-2012, 11:43 AM
Hello all,

Question for the competitors with campers/RV's.

Is there a limit on the size of the campers allowed at most competitions? If you are given a 20x20 space or 30x30 do they allow you to park your rig at your cook site or what? Charge you extra? Not allow, ???

Wife and I are in the market for a toy hauler. One of the considerations will be the size as we would like to use it for competing out of as well.

early mornin' smokin'
08-07-2012, 11:53 AM
tough one, we have a trailer, 16x7 and that's tight to get into a 20x20 size spot. Most comps have larger spaces 20x30 or so. Some larger, it's all pretty dependent on the comp itself. Some are more lenient than others, if your rig is right at 30 feet, trailer tongue included, it'll fit.

Lake Dogs
08-07-2012, 11:55 AM
Do you take a camper to competitions?

If'n sheez purdy an has nice knockers an my wife dont find out, sure, I'll take her.

Every competition is different in this regard. There are no rules nor guidelines. You'll want to ask the organizer of each competition as to whether they allow your rig. Some, and most around here, allow your rig under 35' to stay right there with you. Others want you to haul it away at some point in time, regardless of size. Frankly, you'll have a higher liklihood of it being allowed to stay and to fit the shorter it is. Longer brings on added risk, but more functionality.

Goddahavit
08-07-2012, 12:59 PM
Our toyhauler fits in a 20x20, but you better be friendly with whoever your with, its cozy.....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/7577103192_65b9b4a166.jpg

Crawgator
08-07-2012, 02:03 PM
Our toyhauler fits in a 20x20, but you better be friendly with whoever your with, its cozy.....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/7577103192_65b9b4a166.jpg

for sure have to be friendly in there! Nice setup from what I can tell though.

BBQBeaver
08-07-2012, 02:38 PM
My "camper" is my haul trailer and a king size bed (with a few cupboards). Fits in my 20X20 space no problem...

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab229/chebaird/Listowel%20Fair%20BBQ/20120720_185819.jpg

New Pal Frank
08-07-2012, 02:49 PM
We fit in a 20X20 barely. 17' toy hauler.
We have done 5 contests this year and only had to unhitch one time for size.
We do need a little extra room to load and unload though.

Carnivorous Endeavors BBQ
08-07-2012, 03:19 PM
Wow, 17ft, that would feel like being in a mansion compared to my 14ft camper. Bought it because it could supposedly be pulled by a V6 Tacoma which was True except that they didn't mention that you couldn't go over 40mph without blowing up the engine. So now i have buyers remorse since i now have a new Tundra! It is tight even with just me and my wife but it is nice to take a shower, have a toilet, stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, AC, Heater, 22" tv, cd/dvd player,, etc... Sure beats sleeping in the EZ-Ups!!!

Goddahavit
08-07-2012, 03:33 PM
Wow i didnt know their were so many small toyhaulers, nice.

mine is 15 ft, just under 20 with the tongue sleeps 4 though with the queen that drops down.
it is like a big wind sail though, you know your pulling something, not the weight, but the wind resistance..

Carnivorous Endeavors BBQ
08-07-2012, 04:01 PM
Goddahavit,

You aren't lying there!! The wind resistance is ridiculous. It's like pulling a 8ft wide 10ft tall flat wall behind the truck. It's amazing how much more gas i burn doing 70mph than 65mph. Crazy! Also, mine has a lot of tongue weight at least 15% of total weight but it is designed to haul a 4 wheeler or small dune buggy in the back.

caseydog
08-07-2012, 04:17 PM
If all you want is a place to catch a little sleep while your food cooks, you might want to check out Teardrop Campers.

Mine is 4X8 (plus tongue), sleeps 2, has air-conditioning and a small galley. And, it weighs about 600 pounds. It cost me about $1,500 to build.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=494&pictureid=5339

CD

Perfect Rack BBQ
08-07-2012, 05:33 PM
We have a 30ft. Toy hauler. We've only done one competition, Merrimack,NH Rock n Ribfest, but we had no problem fitting it and our truck. We lucked out with a corner spot that was a bit oversized

Goddahavit
08-07-2012, 05:56 PM
Goddahavit,

You aren't lying there!! The wind resistance is ridiculous. It's like pulling a 8ft wide 10ft tall flat wall behind the truck. It's amazing how much more gas i burn doing 70mph than 65mph. Crazy! Also, mine has a lot of tongue weight at least 15% of total weight but it is designed to haul a 4 wheeler or small dune buggy in the back.


yea, my stretch and backwoods even out the tongue weight nicely...
that and the wd hitch.

jbrink01
08-07-2012, 06:32 PM
30' Total

Perfect Rack BBQ
08-07-2012, 06:37 PM
30' Total

Gorgeous rig....that's what I would love to have someday. What does it have for sleeping quarters, kitchen, bath?

CarolinaQ
08-07-2012, 08:59 PM
I cook out of a 35 foot toy hauler (45 with the ramp down). Every contest I've been to usually offers a standard 20 x 30 space, but you can pay to get extra space and 30/50 amp power, which is what I do. Never had an issue as long as you register in time to get a spot that big. Once they run out of space, getting a big rig in becomes more difficult. Smaller teams, they usually find a spot for.

That's my experience...YMMV!

PigTamer
08-07-2012, 10:41 PM
If all you want is a place to catch a little sleep while your food cooks, you might want to check out Teardrop Campers.

Mine is 4X8 (plus tongue), sleeps 2, has air-conditioning and a small galley. And, it weighs about 600 pounds. It cost me about $1,500 to build.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=494&pictureid=5339

CD

Did you build from plans?

That is very cool!

jbrink01
08-07-2012, 10:43 PM
Gorgeous rig....that's what I would love to have someday. What does it have for sleeping quarters, kitchen, bath?
It has a queen bed in front, a fridge, shower, toilet, large bath, 3 burner range, sink on the porch and in the trailer. I have 6' of counter space for turn in's.

New Pal Frank
08-08-2012, 05:39 AM
30' Total


Nice rig Jeff. After my wife walked thru, she said that is what she would like for us to get when it's time to trade.
Good seeing you again.

jbrink01
08-08-2012, 08:11 AM
Nice to see you again! Congrats on your calls.

Crawgator
08-08-2012, 09:31 AM
I cook out of a 35 foot toy hauler (45 with the ramp down). Every contest I've been to usually offers a standard 20 x 30 space, but you can pay to get extra space and 30/50 amp power, which is what I do. Never had an issue as long as you register in time to get a spot that big. Once they run out of space, getting a big rig in becomes more difficult. Smaller teams, they usually find a spot for.

That's my experience...YMMV!

Thanks for the info. Care to share what they charge for the extra amps/space?

We havent bought yet and I want to balance the needs for BBQ with using as a vacation camper as well. I've been looking at alot of used toy haulers but most ar over 32'. I looked at several work and play campers as well. Those are nice and less expensive and are usually smaller as well but no slide outs so they feel cramped.

Crawgator
08-08-2012, 09:35 AM
30' Total

Very nice rig!! What brand or who built it for you?

CBQ
08-08-2012, 09:44 AM
At ZBQ, we preferred to go small and understated, so we have a 40' Class A toyhauler RV. It's actually shorter than the RV/trailer combo we used to have.

If you ask the organizers in advance, they can normally accommodate you. Out of 16 contests we will do this year, only one couldn't handle it. Sometimes we will pay extra for a larger site though.

Every year it seems that more and more people are using toyhaulers, RVs, or custom BBQ trailers, and most organizers expect that and will offer 25 x 40 spaces that can handle almost anything.

sitnfat
08-08-2012, 11:02 AM
We started using e z ups, last year I built a enclosed trailer out of a 12ft dove tail trailer it's 18 feet from end to end so it fits into a 20x20 easy it's air conditioned and provides a basic spot out of the elements. Next year I hope to have a 30-34 ft RV most contests around here can easily accommodate that size outfit.

Crawgator
08-08-2012, 11:59 AM
We started using e z ups, last year I built a enclosed trailer out of a 12ft dove tail trailer it's 18 feet from end to end so it fits into a 20x20 easy it's air conditioned and provides a basic spot out of the elements. Next year I hope to have a 30-34 ft RV most contests around here can easily accommodate that size outfit.

I'd love to see a picture of your rig. I have several trailers here that could be a foundation for a BBQ trailer. May could do a small rig for BBQ and still get a camper.

Kit R
08-08-2012, 12:55 PM
Our toyhauler fits in a 20x20, but you better be friendly with whoever your with, its cozy.....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/7577103192_65b9b4a166.jpg

I really like that rig of yours. Every time I see it I think "that's nice and cozy".

Goddahavit
08-08-2012, 03:12 PM
I really like that rig of yours. Every time I see it I think "that's nice and cozy".


Yours is very nice as well, seems to have better mojo with it too!!!.

jbrink01
08-08-2012, 04:34 PM
Play-Mor in Westphalia Missouri built mine. Very nice to deal with them. Mine is the 8024 with a re-configured floor plan and 9' of porch.
http://goplaymor.com/Motorsfloorplan.html

Before you ask - $22,000.

jbrink01
08-08-2012, 04:46 PM
Maybe this will work

Contracted Cookers
08-08-2012, 05:06 PM
Here is a better picture....
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all i see is red x. jeff how long did it take them to build it. bought a trailer there for our 4 wheelers about 3 years ago nice people.

thanks curt

jbrink01
08-08-2012, 05:46 PM
Sorry, I'll try to post another picture. It took them 6 weeks. Paid 1/2 down and half when I picked it up. They build a bunch of movie star trailers. I had no idea until I saw one and he wouldn't tell me who it was for. He explained that they are crazy about privacy.

jbrink01
08-08-2012, 07:09 PM
all i see is red x. jeff how long did it take them to build it. bought a trailer there for our 4 wheelers about 3 years ago nice people.

thanks curt
I fixed it on page 2.

Perfect Rack BBQ
08-09-2012, 09:11 AM
Jeff..are the cookers included for that price?

djqualls
08-09-2012, 06:00 PM
At ZBQ, we preferred to go small and understated, so we have a 40' Class A toyhauler RV. It's actually shorter than the RV/trailer combo we used to have.

If you ask the organizers in advance, they can normally accommodate you. Out of 16 contests we will do this year, only one couldn't handle it. Sometimes we will pay extra for a larger site though.

Every year it seems that more and more people are using toyhaulers, RVs, or custom BBQ trailers, and most organizers expect that and will offer 25 x 40 spaces that can handle almost anything.

My issue i similar. I have a 40' RV with a 12 trailer which nets 55' At Sam's I will have to drop the trailer in a parking space after I unload the cooker but for the rest of the year, I've been able to call ahead and either pay or offer to pay extra and have been accomodated. Only once have I needed to pay extra and I had no problem. I can also drop my trailer and back in next to it in a 20 if I absolutely had to.

Key to it is be the first there onsite to make it easy for the organizer to get you out of the way and for you to be able to easily manuver around and be out of everyone's way.

jbrink01
08-09-2012, 06:26 PM
Jeff..are the cookers included for that price?

They are not. The FEC100 will be coming off in lieu of a larger Rebel. I will then cook on a Rebel 28 and a FE PG500. Cookers are roughly $4400. If you want to buy the Rebel 23 in 4 - 5 weeks, let me know. Cooks great, I just want a bit larger.

caseydog
08-09-2012, 06:30 PM
Did you build from plans?

That is very cool!

It is my own design, based on a 1950s era Benroy teardrop. No real plans, ust a loose sketch on the computer for the side wall profile.

CD