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post #1 of 11 Old Oct 26th, 2008, 5:07 pm Thread Starter
 
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Toy Hauler

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this.

I'm thinking about getting a toy hauler. My wife and I are looking to travel a lot farther and more often so I'm considering getting one of these things. It would be great to blast out 1500 or moire miles and share the driving for a non stop trek somewhere, unload the bike and get a full weeks worth of riding before having to pack up and blast home again.

I drive a Jetta and really don't want to have to drive a truck just to pull a trailer so I'm thinking that a hauler that you can drive would be a good place to start looking. A search for toy haulers brings up the tow behind trailer so I'm wondering if this type is called something else.

I know a few of you have these things so I'd like a little input as to what your thoughts are on them. Any replies would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 11 Old Oct 26th, 2008, 5:31 pm
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Sounds like you're looking for a "Funmover?" These are RV's with a built in garage area in the back with powered lifts. Weekend Warrior and a few others make some nice models, but none are inexpensive. They are all well apointed and I believe the biggest differences are between gas or diesel models.
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Probably looks like this: Four Winds.

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Before you buy, rent one and see if it is what you want. Don't make a $60K mistake.



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post #5 of 11 Old Oct 26th, 2008, 6:25 pm Thread Starter
 
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That was the plan. But thanks for the concern and heads up. That would be an expensive "Why the hell did I buy this thing?"

Also thanks for the info on the site and the "trade name". I've found all sorts of stuff thanks to you.
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That was the plan. But thanks for the concern and heads up. That would be an expensive "Why the hell did I buy this thing?"

Also thanks for the info on the site and the "trade name". I've found all sorts of stuff thanks to you.
I would think your timing on this purchase is ideal. RV prices have dropped through the floor. Negotiate hard.

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Renting the motorized toy haulers is a very expensive proposition. Before you buy one, go to one of the larger RV shows. Most of the bigger names are there with various models of toyhaulers.
Going to the Harrisburg RV show saved me a lot of hassel and money. I bought an '06 Funmover, with Duramax diesel and power lift gate. It is much easier to load touring bikes with the lift gate than it is with a ramp door.
You may also want to check out Toyhauler Magazine. It's a bi monthly magazine that covers towable and motorized toyhaulers.
Here's a plus to buying that big RV! If you itemize your federal income taxes, the interest that you pay on your RV loan is tax deductible if the RV has a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. This plus the long term financing I got made it affordable for me.

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I pulled the trigger on a like new 2005 Thor 31C with only 14,000 miles. I bought it more because of the previous owners and their meticulous attention to the maintenance of this RV more than anything else. This thing is in perfect condition.

Our first trip is already on the books. Savannah Georgia from Christmas to New Years with the RT following closely in the garage!

Thanks to all of you that chimed in to share your thoughts. I researched this decision more than marrying my second ex-wife!





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Suhwheet!

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Wow, hard to believe it's used. The thing looks like it just rolled out of the factory! Congrats.

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Get a small single axle trailer, pull it behind the Jetta, I have owned 3 motor homes, they are a PITA I even had a 42' Newell, have to work on the things all the time. Save money, buy a Trailer.....

Stay in a Motel.......
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