RVing is a great pastime but not everyone just wants to sit and look at the campfire or go on a hike every day especially if you are taking an extended trip for a week or two or longer.
Many RVers like to take along some kind of OHV or water craft to explore the surrounding areas or ply the waves.There are probably as many ways to transport these toys as there are toys to transport.
Truck Camper, Motor home
These two types of RVs are ideal for towing. So if you wish to take along an OHV or two, towing a trailer is definitely an option, although always check the towing capacity of your vehicle. Some older class C motor homes were not design to tow and overheating and transmission issues were common.
Not all vehicles are designed to tow. If you are going to tow anything other than a small utility trailer there are a few modifications that are required.
Accessories for towing
Of course a hitch is required, check the capacity of the hitch and the tongue weight capacity. Wiring plug is also required to power the lights on the trailer signal and brake lights.
Most vehicles that are designed for towing have an over-sized radiator to keep the engine cool under the extra load.
Also a transmission cooler is essential, transmission overheating is destructive.
Electric brakes or hydraulic brakes are also required on trailers weighing 2000 lbs and up (check your local DOT for requirements). Remember it’s the trailer weight plus the cargo. If you need electric brakes a controller in your vehicle is also a required part of the system. One final note on towing, always check the tire pressure before starting out.
Types of Trailers
The ideal toy hauler is a large 5th wheel with a garage. These trailers come in various sizes with garages as large as 12′. This RV works well with living quarters as well room for your toys, the main issue is the weight.The weight can approach 20,000 lbs, which would require a large fuel guzzling truck.
There are smaller versions of toy haulers, travel trailers with a rear garage and ramp.
The smaller version of course will not hold an many OHVs as its’ larger cousin and are basically designed for weekend excursions. The toys would need to be removed to use some of the furniture that may be folded up against the wall. Also the back beds are normally lifted to the ceiling using an electric motor and tracks.
There are many other towable trailers to bring your toys along from flat decks to cargo (enclosed) trailers.
One of the most innovative trailers is a double decker with an upper deck that is loaded and then elevated with a winching system so the lower deck can be loaded. This gives you twice the hauling capacity, although there could be a danger of the trailer becoming top heavy if not loaded properly.
ATV Tote Trailers
Something new on the market are these solid mounting ATV trailers. It mounts to the rear of your travel trailer or 5th wheel which adds a non swiveling back deck. This enables the hauling of 1 or 2 ATVs depending on the size and capacity. I found two websites that supply these kind of trailers, idahotote.com or toy-tote.com.
There are probably many other ways to haul your toys. I have tried to give you an insight into some of the types I have seen on my RV travels.
I hope this article is of some help to those of you who may be into OHV touring. If you have any other configurations I would be happy to publish them.
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