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Like Going Motorcycle Camping But Hate Tents? Get A Motorcycle Camper Trailer And Enjoy The Best Of Both Worlds

You love to head out to nearest National Park on your motorcycle to do a bit of camping, but sleeping in a tent no longer appeals to you. You want a camper trailer, but then you’ll have to leave your motorcycle behind. Why not invest in an enclosed motorcycle trailer that doubles as a camper? Known as “toy haulers” in the RV trade, these camper/trailers provide a secure space for your motorcycle and all the comforts of home for you. The following is an overview of these enclosed motorcycle toy haulers and the basics of how they work.

Space for Your Bike

Toy haulers come in various sizes and with either one or two axles. All come with dedicated space for your bike. Here are some of the basics you’ll find in most of these rigs.

Steel Reinforced Floor

A steel reinforced floor easily holds the weight of your motorcycle. Most of the time the surface is non-slip diamond plating, sometimes with a rubber overlay. A ramp folds out from the rear or side of the trailer to make it easy to load your motorcycle.

Tie Down System

In order to accommodate the different types of motorcycles, toy haulers use both floor and wall mounted tie downs. The floor ties are usually D-rings, while the walls hold C-rings. This makes it easy to strap down your bike without fear of it toppling over. The toy bay is lighted and well ventilated.

Space for You

Depending on the size of your toy hauler, your sleeping area could be in the same space as your bike or it could be a separate compartment. If it’s the same space, then your bike may have to be unloaded before you can set up the living area. Below are some of the features you can look forward to.

A Bathroom

No more treks to the campground restroom in the middle of the night. Most toy haulers are self contained which means you enjoy a full bathroom. Features, again depending on the model and size, could include a marine toilet, sink, vanity, cabinet space, fan, lighting and a stall shower.

A Galley Kitchen

Toy hauler kitchens tend to be on the small side, but they can hold everything from a small microwave to a mini-fridge. You’ll find cabinets and in most cases a two-burner propane stove.  A fold-down dinette table is usually included, but you may have to add folding chairs. Larger models will usually have a complete dinette set.

Sleeping Space

Bunk beds are the norm in the all in one living space/motorcycle space toy haulers. These could be fold down units, one on either side of the trailer, or a stacked model that folds up when not in use. If your trailer is one of the larger rigs, you could have bunk beds, a full bed or even a queen.

Toy Hauler Operation Basics

How It’s Powered

Most toy haulers have plug-ins so you can pull into any RV park and hook up to water and power outlets. Adding a generator allow you to camp in more remote areas, called “boon docking.” A power converter charges your on-board batteries, so it is possible to just run off battery power for a short campout.

Sometimes items that take more amps, like microwaves, can’t run off battery power. You’ll know as soon as you plug it in because an on-board breaker will pop. Unplug the microwave, reset the breaker and switch to the propane stove. The power converter and the breakers, along with the fuses, are usually found in a box on the wall of the trailer.

The Water System

Self contained toy haulers carry water in tanks mounted under the rig. This provides water for the sink, or sinks, shower and for toilet flushing. An on-board pump pulls the water from the tank. When you are plugged into an RV park water system, this tank system is by-passed.

The used water from the sinks and shower flow into the grey tank, and the waste and water from the toilet into the black tank. The waste is held until you are able to discharge it at a dump station. You’ll find a connection on the bottom of the rig for a sewer hose. There is no need to unload your motorcycle before discharging your tanks.

Some enclosed motorcycle trailer sales have separate dump handles for the grey and black tanks, others just one. Be sure and wear gloves, disposable surgical ones work well, and follow the instructions on your owners’ manual before emptying the tanks for the first time. It’s not complicated, but it can be messy if done incorrectly.

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