If you're looking for extreme adventure that includes using your dirt bikes, snowmobiles, or dune buggies, then you need a toy hauler to load them into for easy transport. Toy haulers do double duty as living and cargo amenities in one easy-to-tow package. But just like recreational toys, toy haulers come in different sizes too. So it's important that you do a little homework before purchasing a toy hauler to ensure that your beloved toys will fit safely and securely inside the cargo garage without exceeding a weight limit. So if you're wondering what size garage do I need for my toys?, keep reading!
Toy Hauler Weights and Measurements
Just because you can cram all your dirt bikes inside a toy hauler's garage doesn’t necessarily mean that its axles can handle all the weight. Refer to the toy hauler's specs for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW). The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum amount of weight the trailer can handle, but this includes its own weight as well. In order to see what it can handle with its weight subtracted out, just subtract the UVW from the GVWR. The UVW is sometimes called ship weight or dry weight and is how much the RV weighs on its own. Now that you’ve done this, you know how much weight you can add to the toy hauler, including passengers, cargo, and toys.
The standard width of toy hauler garages is between 7.5-8 feet and they can be as long as almost 20 feet. However the most common toy haulers have garages that are 10-14 feet in length.
Toys can vary greatly in size. The most popular toys we see being loaded into toy haulers are motorcycles, snowmobiles, dune buggies, ATVs, and side by sides. Below are some basic weights and measurements of these toys to help you determine if they can fit inside your RV's cargo garage.
Motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes. The smallest models designed for kids weigh around 160 lbs. and measure 31”W x 67”L x 39”H. The larger bikes with dual wheels in the back or a sidecar usually weigh around 900 lbs. and measure 99”W x 105”L x 61”H.
What better way to make use of your RV in the winter than getting out and snowmobiling! Youth snowmobiles weigh around 150 lbs. and measure 35”W x 72”L x 31”H. Larger adult models weigh around 500 lbs. and measure 50”W x 135”L x 51”H.
Dune buggies come in all shapes and sizes. Small, one-person buggies start out at around 175 lbs. and measure 31”W x 53”L x 37”H. The larger buggies weigh around 1,500 lbs. and measure 78”W x 165”L x 80”H.
ATVs equal fun! Kid-sized models weigh around 250 lbs. and measure around 31”W x 60”L x 35”H. Big utility ones weigh around 820 lbs. and measure 46”W x 94”L x 44”H.
Side by Sides
We see a lot of people loading these up to take to the campground. The smaller models meant for only a couple of people weigh around 1,290 lbs. and measure 59”W x 118”L x 72”H. The bigger ones that can accommodate multiple people can weigh as much as 1,560 lbs. and measure 59”W x 150”L x 76”H.
Since these are general measurements, make sure to measure your specific toys to ensure that they can securely fit inside your toy hauler's garage. Also, don’t forget to check that your tow vehicle can pull the GVWR of the toy hauler. Check out our post on Your RV Towing Capacity to determine if your truck can pull a specific trailer.