While toy haulers are a great option for taking your motorcycles and ATVs with you when the weather is warm, don’t overlook toy haulers for snowmobiles in the winter.
The leaves are all off my trees and I’ve been scraping frost off the windshield every morning lately. Then today, the rain turned into this white, fluffy-looking stuff that seemed to collect in places. Winter is just around the corner and coming on fast. That means, at least for me, that the ATVs get less time and the snowmobile gets pressed into service on a near daily basis. That also means it’s time to do some traveling with the sleds. During the summer months, the toy hauler carried the ATVs, and now, just because it is winter, that doesn’t mean the toy hauler gets put away. Let’s talk about using a toy hauler to haul your snowmobiles.
Let’s assume you’re thinking of buying a toy hauler, but you’re not sure about using it for hauling the sleds too. No worries, my friends. There are a few things you should look at from the options list that will make your cold-weather trips just as enjoyable as your warm ones. Take, for example, the Forest River Vengeance. You’re going to want to opt for the additional insulation options. That is somewhat of a given, really. You also want to get the heated holding tank pads. And you should opt for the biggest furnace you can muster up. Forest River has one that is 35,000 BTU. You want to stay warm and toasty, and have nothing freeze up and cause problems.
A Matter of Space
If you’re like me, you don’t go snowmobiling by yourself. That usually means taking more than one sled with me when I travel. When picking a toy hauler for snowmobile adventures, you have to take the garage space into account. Take my new sled as an example. I have a 2018 Polaris Titan Adventure. This crossover sled comes in at 11 feet long and four feet wide. The toy hauler garage is 14-feet long, so I’m ok to fit two of them into the hauler. However, many toy haulers have a 12-foot garage area. If you’re into mountain riding, those sleds can exceed the available space.
Another issue is just being able to haul two sleds. Not a problem if it’s just two to four people, riding on two-up snowmobiles. But if you want to haul a third or fourth sled, you’re going to need to have a rack to haul extra ones. If you can find a commercially made one, go for it. Most of my friends have homemade ones. One of my buddies has been talking about his newly made hydraulic lift he is installing in his hauler. I’ll keep you posted as to how that turns out.
There are lots of good resources available to you when picking your toy hauler for year-round fun and adventure. Of course, check out the various units listed on RVGuide.com in the toy hauler section. It’s a good idea to check out your local dealerships and shop around, too. Remember, camper show season is just around the corner.
Snowmobiling is extremely fun and rewarding. You get to go places that are normally closed off during the summer months to ORV-type vehicles (Think Yellowstone, for example) and see completely untouched landscapes. Sometimes these places are so remote that there is no place to stay overnight. A toy hauler RV is the perfect way to find yourself on the trail, spending more of your valuable time doing what you love. Good camping and good riding!