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Unread 09-25-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Looking at toy haulers and I'm wondering. Do you have issues with a smoke smell? I currently use Eggs and they go into my van and at most a day or so of airing out gets rid of any smell that gets in the van on the way back from a contest. I wouldn't be storing cookers in the trailer just traveling. I'm wondering if a separate garage is a must have feature or not. I've been advised to go that route by a couple of folks. Looking to see what you guys think.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 04:28 PM   #2
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I picked up a toy hauler last month. You will get some smoke smell. But f you unload, it shouldn't be bad. Might also depend on how much fabric can absord the smell. Mine is faint storing a large egg and a medium Spicewine in it. And the Spicewine vents are left open.

I have a Hobbi toy hauler and it's a little more utilitarian than some of the larger more expensive ones.
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I keep a UDS, FEC and Louisiana TG in mine. I do leave the door open during hot weather, but I have covered storage,
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Mine has a separated garage. The living quarters smells like BBQ during the contest, but it airs out quickly. The garage has a faint hint of BBQ smell to it after 4 years with the trailer. I am considering selling my toy hauler, because I've been thinking about getting a 5th wheel toy hauler.

I'd say you'd definitely should get a toy hauler that separates the garage from the living quarters !
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Take into account your towing capacity with the hauler loaded. One of the reasons i went with a Hobbi. 1/2 ton friendly.
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I generally keep the roof vents open on our when it is sitting. If there is a smoke smell i can't detect it.
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Take into account your towing capacity with the hauler loaded. One of the reasons i went with a Hobbi. 1/2 ton friendly.
What he said. I bought an 18' (23' total) Work and Play. Built well and 7k pounds when full. I saw a 2006 on St. Louis Craigslist for $12k.
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Depends on the interior construction. Lots of fabric and plywood, smell will be asborbed. Tile floor, FRP walls and ceiling, no issue. As long as the fires are totally out, ashes dumped, etc, should not be an issue for a day or so.

Never had a problem with mine but it meets the hard wall/floor criteria.

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I have a couple of wsm's that haven't been used in 2 years and they still smell of smoke and bbq. You need to completly remove all grease and ash.
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I like the BBQ smell the trailer now has ... doesnt smell like an old musty trailer. :-)

We have a seperate garage (work N play) and still get orders up front. But when it gets real bad Fabreze covers it up nicley. We also use these odor eliminators.
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We have a 36 ft. Weekend Warrior and if we unload right away, the smell is gone immediately.
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We have a 31' toyhauler, 10' garage with a wall and separated living quarters. I dont think I would want a toyhauler WITHOUT the garage but it may just be the way we cook also. We lay the gate down, jack it up so its level with the garage and roll the cookers outside to cook. We do have a screen to close in the garage area from bugs etc. but smoke still gets in there if the wind is right. The door to the living area from the garage typically stays closed and we dont have any BBQ smell inside the living quarters at all. I like the separation the wall provides us from the garage and it helps us keep the living area clean and dry.

Once the cooking is over we shut down the cookers, an FE, a small Traeger, and a Stumps Stretch. Usually within an hour after the last turnin we are loading the cookers into the garage area. We put a towel in the exhaust of the FE and the Stumps has an exhaust cover. The Traeger is usually all out by then, no more smoke. As we travel we have vents built into the walls of the garage that are open and we unload immediately upon our return and there is never any issues with the cookers or smell etc lingering. Does the garage smell like BBQ, sure. Is it overpowering, not at all and usually within a week or so you cant smell anything in the garage area.

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