Tips for Choosing the Right Toy Hauler

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If your camping gear has expanded far beyond folding chairs and fishing rods to four-wheelers and motorbikes, it may be time to move up to a Toy Hauler to meet your action camping needs.

Even if the “action” on your camping agenda is touring around the campground in your golf cart, a Toy Hauler may be the right choice for your next RV.

Sports Utility RVs (SURVs), known as toy haulers, combine living space with a cargo area for your motorized toys. Toy haulers are an ideal solution for those who want to travel with their ATVs, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, golf carts and other motorized vehicles. In larger models, the rear compartment holds vehicles and gear with a gate that does double duty as a loading ramp. The front of the unit is outfitted as living quarters.

Toy haulers are also an excellent choice for people whose work takes them on the road; with the front providing comfortable accommodations while keeping tools of the trade, merchandise or show models safely stored in the cargo bay.

Since the early 2000s, toy haulers have become a major segment of the recreational vehicle market, with choices ranging from mini trailers to full-featured Fifth Wheel Toy Haulers. With more than 70 models of toy haulers on the market today, there’s an SURV out there to carry everything from a single dirt bike to a small passenger car.

Choosing the right toy hauler starts with knowing your own camping habits and destinations. Consider what toys and how many people are coming along for the ride when deciding which toy hauler is right for you.

Weight Matters

How much your camping toy weighs will be a major factor in choosing the right toy hauler. A full-loaded toy hauler is significantly heavier than a traditional Travel Trailer and comes with its own driving and braking challenges. Assess the towing capacity of your vehicle before making your toy hauler choice.

Structural design and capacity will play a big role in choosing the right toy hauler. Some top of the line, full-size toy haulers are big and stout enough to carry a small family vehicle, while some smaller towable trailers will not be up to the task. Ramp design, strength and angle will also play a critical role in choosing the right toy hauler.

Next, consider where your adventures take you to determine if you need a toy hauler with off-road capabilities. If snowmobiles are going in the cargo bay, add four-season weatherization to your toy hauler checklist, or face the possibility of broken water tanks and lines.

Fifth Wheel Toy Haulers

Perhaps the best mix of spacious accommodation, towing ease and cargo space is found in a fifth wheel toy hauler. Fifth wheel toy haulers are designed to be towed behind a truck equipped with a fifth wheel hitch in the bed. The over-the-bed tow design adds stability and ease of towing to weighty toy haulers that can range from 20 feet to more than 40 feet long.

The stability of a fifth wheel toy hauler also makes it a better choice than a motorized toy hauler if your action camping takes you off road.

If the family and multiple toys will be along for the ride, a fifth wheel may also be the right toy hauler choice. Many fifth wheel toy haulers will sleep up to six people with a hard wall separating the cargo area from the living quarters. Options in the cargo area can include fold-up sofas, workshop or storage areas and room for multiple toys or, even in some larger, stout models, room for an additional family vehicle.

Travel Trailer Toy Haulers

From the simplest mini toy hauler to a 36-foot luxury model, travel trailer toy haulers offer convenience, versatility and flexibility at a variety of price points.

Lower heights, lighter weights and some smaller sizes make travel trailer toy haulers a good choice when your action camping takes you far off road. Bumper hitch travel trailers require less specialized towing equipment than a fifth wheel and are available at a more modest cost than a motorized toy hauler, making them desirable for RVers looking for a simple road to family fun.

With a range of sizes and designs, tow-behind toy haulers offer RVers the most choices, from mini all-in-one trailers with fold-down beds in the cargo bay to a massive towable with all the comforts of a luxurious coach. The largest of the towable toy haulers will feature a living space with a cargo space separated by a solid wall, much like a fifth wheel or coach toy hauler.

There’s no better way to choose the toy hauler that’s right for you than looking in person. Crossroads Trailers, New Jersey’s No. 1 dealer in fifth wheels, has a full-selection of new and used toy haulers and the staff expertise to guide you to the right toy hauler.

Model Spotlight: Cedar Creek Luxury From the Inside Out

From the True Gelcoat Exterior to rich, durable interiors, Cedar Creek Travel and Destination trailers are your perfect choice for affordable luxury.

2016 Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel

2016 Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel

As we’ve discussed before, when you walk into a Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel, you’re walking into residential luxury on wheels, but it’s the quality appointments you don’t see that truly distinguish a Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel.

With unique construction and design, Cedar Creek has earned its place as one of the top fifth wheels in customer satisfaction as ranked by “RV Mechanics.”

Constructed in Cedar Creek’s purpose-built facility in Indiana, each unit is individually handcrafted from start to finish by a team of construction specialists over a period of three full days.

Suspension and Frame

Quality is built from the ground up starting with the suspension and axles, the soul of safety in RV construction. Cedar Creek uses the Dexter Advantage Safety and Performance Package, a manufacturer with a commitment to quality and safety since 1960. The package includes Nev-R Adjust Brakes, E-Z Flex Rubber Equalization System and E-Z Lube Bearing Lubrication System.

Sitting atop the suspension is Cedar Creek’s industry-leading Z-frame construction, which creates a flat design and more than 100 cubic-feet of storage space. Anchored into each frame is Cedar Creek’s one-of-a-kind impact resistant waterproof underbelly. The panels are inserted in the frame, anchored on wood backers, then covered with an R-38 thermal foil shield topped by two layers of residential glass wool insulation.

Finally, black, grey and freshwater tanks are installed with 12-volt large surface heating pads so campers can enjoy four-season camping in their Cedar Creek.

The Cedar Creek solid floor construction begins with a handmade aluminum superstructure of 2-inch by 3-inch aluminum substrate built on 16-inch centers. Heat ducts and waterlines are protected in the frame and insulation, safely away from exterior walls. Craftsmen bond and screw down 5/8inch tongue and groove plywood floors directly to every stud of the superstructure. The completed floor is hoisted on the steel frame and bolted in place with carriage bolts.

Sidewalls

“Just like home” is Cedar Creek’s approach to the walls of your travel trailer. While other manufacturers depend on pre-fabricated, welded aluminum walls with studding every 24-to-36 inches. Cedar Creek hand manufactures its walls with 2 inch-by-2 inch aluminum on 16-inch center – or less frames – just like residential construction.

Competitors’ walls are designed for structure, not strength as welded frames depend on lamination to create a one-piece wall. Cedar Creek’s walls are assembled with custom-made L-brackets and super adhesives to withstand road stress, heat and cold. R-7 residential-quality glass wool insulation is installed in the frame. Finally, Cedar Creek is an industry leader, using only Cedar formaldehyde-free paneling in it’s travel trailers.

Wrapping the residential quality construction of a Cedar Creek is a True High Gloss Noble Classic Gelcoat fiberclass shell. Savvy RV owners know this top-of-the-line fiberglass siding retains its color and beauty as it ages.

From the Top Down

Aluminum 5-inch truss rafters allows Cedar Creek to install an 8-inch wide race track duct system – a full-3-inches wider than most competitors – that helps keep campers in comfort no matter the season.

Next, a triple layer of roof insulation is covered by radiant thermal foil with an R-value of 38. A full-length 3/8-inch wood decking is screwed into place for a full walk-on roof. The roof is finished with a two-play rubber membrane with a built-in fire retardant and 12-year warranty.

A top-of-the-line Dometic climate-control air condition system combined with circular ducting insures uniform cooling in your Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel or Cottage Destination Trailer. The high-performance, whisper-quiet unit has a larger compressor and circulates 30 percent more air than standard units, cooling with quiet efficiency, just like a residential cooling system.

Quality Assurance

Before it comes to you, each Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel and Cottage is inspected at the factory in a variety of ways throughout the construction process.

Midway through the process, 100 pound-air pressure tests are conducted on all the gas and water lines to assure the utility lines are properly installed. Also, all slide rooms and hydraulic jacks are tested right on the production line. Sinks and showers are filled with water to test water pressure and air is pumped into the finished unit to check seals on windows and doors.

No Cedar Creek leaves the factory without a signature by the line inspector, who conducts extensive testing of the unit inside and out.

But Cedar Creek isn’t done yet. All units go through Forest River’s state-of-the art pre-delivery inspection facility for a final measure of quality assurance.

With top-notch attention to detail and materials that far exceed industry standards, it’s easy to see that Cedar Creek is the right choice for RV enthusiasts looking for luxury from the inside out.

You can experience the axle to rooftop luxury of Cedar Creek at Crossroads Trailer Sales, where brand experts will guide you through a full-line of new and used Cedar Creek Fifth Wheels and Cedar Creek Cottages.

Winter Camping Treks in New Jersey

Don’t let a mantle of snow give you a case of cabin fever; New Jersey’s great outdoors is still calling. With a clutch of year-around campsites available and a collection of activities and scenic vistas, enjoy the real New Jersey minus the summer crowds.

Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area

Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area

Go North

New Jersey’s Great Northwest is home to state parks and forests that welcome outdoor enthusiasts. Ten parks host the hardiest of campers in tent, pop up and group sites with no hook ups. For travelers with larger units – or those seeking more creature comforts – make your home base Harmony Ridge Campground in Branchville, N.J. The welcome mat is out year-round and tranquility is the order of the day. From Branchville the winter wonders of Stokes State Forest, Delaware Water Gap and the Kittatinny Mountain area are less than 30 miles away.

Just four miles from Branchville, Stokes State Forest is a 15,000 acres winter wonderland of beautiful vistas and adventures for all level of outdoor enthusiasts. There are scenic hikes as well as ice fishing, skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing.

Along the Kittatinny Ridge, a 9.3 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail cuts through the forest. The Appalachian Trail runs along the ridge of Sunrise Mountain, one of the most poplar sites in Stokes State Forest. From the crest at 1,653 feet above sea level, see a winter panorama of farmland and forest.

A little more than 20 miles south of Branchville in the Delaware Water Gap is the Appalachian Mountain Club Mohican Outdoor Center. The Mohican Center is situated on a beautiful glacial lake. The Center and Lodge is only ¼ mile from the Appalachian Trail, making it a great starting point for many outdoor activities.

Strap on your snowshoes for winter treks for all experience levels. Trails and treks range from family friendly four-mile loops to a more difficult trek of 5.8 miles. Winter hikes are also available from the center. If your snowshoe skills aren’t winter ready, the Mohican Center offers winter retreats with the emphasis on learning. Courses offered include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and mind and body renewal.

For the more adventuresome, the nearby Shawnee Mt. Ski Resort offers gentle slops for beginning to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. For family fun, the park also offers a snow-tubing park.

Head for the Shore

Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May Lighthouse

If braving unplowed roads for scenic, snowy vistas isn’t right for you, head to the shore, where a clear day can yield beautiful views of the ocean and breathtaking sunsets. With fewer tourists, there’s sure to be a table available for you even at the most popular of restaurants, and most wine-tasting venues remain open throughout the winter. From Sandy Hook on the North Shore to Cape May in the south, enjoy your favorite beaches, restaurants and shops, minus the tourists. A handful of top-notch RV campsites convenient to the ocean remain open year around for hardy winter campers.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Don’t think Atlantic City is just open for summer visitors. The Atlantic City boardwalk still delivers visitors to fabulous hotels and casinos in the coldest of months. Even on a chilly day, visitors can enjoy ocean views and the boardwalk’s famous attractions. Escape the cold in some of Atlantic City’s museums from Ripley’s Believe it or Not to Atlantic City’s Historical Museum. The Absecon Lighthouse, the third tallest lighthouse in the country is open in the winter on every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Escape even the winter hustle and bustle of Atlantic City in nearby year around campgrounds. Chips Folly Family Campground in New Gretna, N.J., and Arrowhead Campground in Egg Harbor, N.J., offers year around RV camping less than a half hour from Atlantic City.

The City Lights

Get the best of New York City from the comfort of your travel trailer or RV with a trip to Liberty Harbor Marina and RV Park on the New York Waterway in Jersey City. Year around camping is available in the closest RV park to New York City. While not a rural, tree-lined environment, this trip is all about location: catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty from Liberty Harbor, or just enjoy the view from your front porch. Take a bus tour into Manhattan from Liberty Harbor RV office front porch or catch the light rail into New York City at the station a block away.

Get ready for winter!

Before heading out on your winter trek in New Jersey, make sure your travel trailer or fifth wheel is winterized with a visit to the service department at Crossroads Trailers. For an extended winter stay, consider upgrading to a spacious new fifth wheel trailer.