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post #1 of 6 Old Oct 21st, 2013, 3:00 pm Thread Starter
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Anyone here familiar with campers that also haul motorcycles? Not for an LT but one of my older airheads. Thinking about something for my retirement. Be able to travel with the camper and ride the bike on day trips. No hurry, still got to work awhile. Just dreaming maybe.
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They're sometimes called toy haulers.

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Anyone here familiar with campers that also haul motorcycles? Not for an LT but one of my older airheads. Thinking about something for my retirement. Be able to travel with the camper and ride the bike on day trips. No hurry, still got to work awhile. Just dreaming maybe.
We have a Outlaw RV that does exactly what you want unless you want a trailer type camper then you would indeed look for a Toy Hauler as mentioned above.

http://outlawrv.com/

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The solution you're looking for is called a Toy Hauler. Essentially it's either a tow behind or fifth wheel trailer with a large cargo space at the back (10 to 12 feet) with a drop down ramp for loading and unloading your motorcycle or ATV. Once it's empty the ramp can be raised up creating a wall and the space can be used as a sit in dining area (You provide the card table and chairs) or, an auxiliary bedroom. Some have fold down cots that hang from the wall. Others allow you to leave the ramp down and there's a nylon wall with screening and a privacy panel that snaps into place where the ramp was.

With that said a few comments. #1 it takes up 10 to 12 feet of living space. A 24 foot Toy hauler will only have about fourteen feet of nicely appointed living area. The rest is a ten foot bare bones garage. If you want more living space you are getting a much longer trailer - up to a 31 foot fifth wheel. A solid, full-sized SUV should be able to handle a tow behind, but you'll need a good 1/2 ton pick-up for a fifth wheel trailer. (New truck and new trailer=beau-coup bucks!)

On the plus side - your bike is protected while traveling and it can be sheltered while being serviced. Once you're parked, the tow vehicle and motorcycle become your means of getting around.

My wife and I gave the toy hauler some serious consideration, but realized that a long trailer was never going to make it back to our house. The driveway is narrow, unpaved 3/4 mile long lane with a few sharp curves thrown in for good measure.

Our solution was to buy a short Class "C" Winnebago (24') and a 12 foot utility trailer. The RT goes on the trailer and have all of the interior of the RV for living comfort. We've done several long distance trips (6000+ miles) in this manner and have no complaints.

What about mileage? The RV gets about 8-9 mpg. My best friend's Ford F150 towing a 28 foot trailer gets about 8-9 mpg.

I have no experience with the Outlaw RV that was mentioned, but I assume it's a cross between the full RV and the Toy hauler. I would guess that it has the same pros and cons as already mentioned.

If you opt for trailering the bike behind a small RV, consider the Winnebago Via. The Mercedes diesel engine delivers 18-22 mpg. However, on the Sprinter chassis, it is a bit confining.

With the Toy Hauler, should you travel, God forbid, without your bike, what will you do with the empty garage in the trailer? My wife and I have no issues packing up the RV and taking a long weekend at a nearby park w/o the bike, just to sit back and relax. (I just came back from five days at Assateague just sitting at the beach and chilling out.)

You didn't mention how many people will be traveling with you and that can be a major factor in what you end up doing. For my wife and I, we're pretty happy with what we've done.

Finally, pay a visit to a local dealer. See what they've got and take some serious time to think it through. It can be tempting to buy something that you'll only use once a year for it's exact purpose and all the other times consider what you should have bought. caveat emptor

Good luck.

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We have a Outlaw RV that does exactly what you want unless you want a trailer type camper then you would indeed look for a Toy Hauler as mentioned above.

http://outlawrv.com/
Ditto on the outlaw. I was looking into this myself for retirement. Thing rocks.

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Ditto on the outlaw. I was looking into this myself for retirement. Thing rocks.
We sure love ours, here we are heading to Death Valley:

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