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Unread 09-07-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Talking 7x14/16 Enclosed trailer vs small Toy Hauler

Looking for input from experienced teams before making a large purchase for next season. Team plans are to do a few more contests next year. 3 team members that sleep onsite. Currently using a 22.5" WSM and a drum. We will be adding another drum in the offseason.

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-7x14 or 7x16 enclosed cargo trailer and then up fitting for comp use. Adding sink, counter, a/c, finishing inside, etc.

-Used small toy hauler. I've seen quite a few in the 6-8k range. 16-18 ft. We realize that it will be cozy sleeping wise but water, a/c, finished insides, etc are already done.

Trying to stay with something that can fit in a standard 20x20 space.

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Unread 09-07-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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My goal is a toy hauler. Most teams I talk to say an RV is a game changer.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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I finally got a camper this year and it makes the sleeping and dealing with weather a lot better. Both my backwoods fit in the back of my truck so I didn't need a toy hauler, but am still looking for a toy hauler . I wanted something that was at most 30ft from back to tongue since all the spots here are 20x30.

7x16 might be tight to sleep 3 people so try to set expectations at to what is realistic. Having a fully functional competition trailer that also sleeps 3 people seems like a stretch to me, even if there were foldable bunk beds.
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If the end result with the cargo trailer is to build it our to include a head, sink, stove top, microwave, beds, etc. like the toy hauler you may end up spending as much or more, especially if you take your labor into account. Having the toy hauler has made competitions much easier for us, both on site (set up and tear down) and once we are home. We stick our dirty dishes in one of the cambros and bring them into the house to wash. On the day before the comp we restock the supplies, put the dishes back, load the coolers and we're ready to go.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 01:53 PM   #5
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Buy a toy hauler and the biggest one your truck will pull and you can afford. You will always want bigger.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 02:18 PM   #6
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If the end result with the cargo trailer is to build it our to include a head, sink, stove top, microwave, beds, etc. like the toy hauler you may end up spending as much or more, especially if you take your labor into account. Having the toy hauler has made competitions much easier for us, both on site (set up and tear down) and once we are home. We stick our dirty dishes in one of the cambros and bring them into the house to wash. On the day before the comp we restock the supplies, put the dishes back, load the coolers and we're ready to go.
What brand/model do you have? I'm hoping to get some ideas @ Arthur, IL comp on what I want...
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Unread 09-07-2013, 02:41 PM   #7
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With three of ya ... Toy hauler.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 02:49 PM   #8
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What brand/model do you have? I'm hoping to get some ideas @ Arthur, IL comp on what I want...
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We may be at Arthur. We have to decide this week.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #9
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Toy hauler all the way. With all the upgrades you will do you'll be close to the price. We've used ours camping a ton with the family as well so we get a lot of use out of it.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #10
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Work 'n Play Toy Hauler by Forest River 18LT. 23 end of tongue to back so can cheat into a 20X20. With awning, cooker come out and sit there. Plenty of room for 3 if two can share otherwise, talk will occur. Otherwise, bunk sharing on a tag team basis with one being the fire watch. The bath room beat the hell out of porta potties in Texas about 3 in the afternoon.
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Toy Hauler. No question.

We started off with a 7 x 14 cargo trailer - and while we could fit a lot of "stuff" in it, it was a lot of stuff we really didn't need. Which took forever to pack and unpack.

We took a hard look at what we really needed, streamlined it - and then only packed that and the cookers into the new toy hauler we got this year. So much easier to set-up and break down. Nice having running hot water and a bathroom, and a REAL BED!

While it was a big expense, we are so glad we did it. Like dhuffjr says above, we now use it for camping as well - so it's not a one-trick pony.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 07:11 PM   #12
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Toy hauler, toy hauler, toy hauler. Started out with Motor Home (already had it) and ez ups - not enough storage in the motor home. Moved to pulling a 16' enclosed trailer with the motor home - usually had to have off site parking for motor home. Went to 30' cargo trailer converted to cook trailer with living quarters - really nice, only room for two to sleep, lot of money to convert. Now - fifth wheel toy hauler, can sleep four, garage converted to kitchen, really sweet. Wish I started where I ended up, would have saved a lot of money. Only regret - probably should have gone with a little smaller unit.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 07:16 PM   #13
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This is a great thread. I've been having the same internal dialogue between an enclosed trailer or a toy hauler. It seems the overwhelming response is toy hauler. The only thing that I'm still being wishy washy about is the occasional vending we do.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 08:27 PM   #14
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Was oblivious to what a toy hauler was. Looked it up....YES GET a TOY HAULER!
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No question, Toy Hauler. You'll spend more outfitting the trailer and it still wont be near as comfortable.
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