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Mr.RonGilbert
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PostSubject: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Sun 17 May 2009, 4:46 pm

A little over five years ago I bought a 30' toy hauler to haul motorcycles around.... it's paid for and has most of the comforts of home, including a generator, fridge, shower etc. We also use it when it is time to run from hurricanes. I bought the Jeep after I paid my truck off - and an F250 makes a nice tow rig. Anyway - no more motorcycles and now a new hobby that had me wondering how I was going to get the camper AND the jeep to the cool wheeling spots....




I measured it.... good to go height-wise with about 4 1/2" to spare in the lowest spot where a loft bed stows against the ceiling. Just right length-wise with just enough room to get the spare tire clear of the door. Had to remove a fold down couch/bed to make enough room for the width of the Jeep.

SO... I know it will fit and the trailer is rated for 4900# (triple axle) which is close but still won't overload it. Then the challenge was to get it in there... I know that the gate won't work and pulled the front tires onto it just to check and quickly took it off. I ordered a set of 5K# rated aluminum ramps, picked up a pair of 2x12x16 wooden planks so the weight of the Jeep is distributed across the trailer frame and not point loaded in one spot. I tested the setup today and it fit like a glove - engine centered over the three axles and still room to squeeze my big ass out the door and out the back.





Not much wiggle room but in there none-the-less. I will move the boards over on the passenger side to center up the tire. The parking brake will be set, I have a set of chocks and the rig will be tied down with ratchet straps to keep it from shifting while under way.

Can anyone think of potential problems that I may have? I have a few days to work them out before heading out to K-rocks on Friday.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Sun 17 May 2009, 4:50 pm

Sweet.

Biggest problem is I don't have one.

I could probably live in that
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Sun 17 May 2009, 4:56 pm

Guess the new 5" lift & 37's isn't happening for a while lol!

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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Sun 17 May 2009, 4:56 pm

That's BAD-ASS Ron, you da man! :youtheman:
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Sun 17 May 2009, 5:13 pm

CRUX wrote:
Guess the new 5" lift & 37's isn't happening for a while lol!

Ya... if the 37s only lift it an additional inch then I am good to go..... too much more than that and I will have to get a bigger hammer....

rohantmh wrote:
That's BAD-ASS Ron, you da man! :youtheman:

Thanks! It is a HUGE relief... I was torn on whether I should sell it and buy a cab over and a trailer or something.... I put a huge chunk of change down when I bought it and would get screwed for sure if I tried to sell or trade it so I am real happy that it worked out.

Hopefully it will pull ok... it sits nice and level when it is loaded and I have one of the gorilla hitch setups with the torsion bars and anti-sway hookup.

We shall see...
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Sun 17 May 2009, 8:03 pm

that looks sweet
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Sun 17 May 2009, 9:09 pm

Wow, that looks great!

I think the only thing I would be worried about is how to tie it down, I'm sure you got that figured out.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Sun 17 May 2009, 10:07 pm

Renee10 wrote:
Wow, that looks great!

I think the only thing I would be worried about is how to tie it down, I'm sure you got that figured out.

There are tie down points located in the floor, they are connected to the frame. I will most likely upgrade those in the future but never had a problem with them when I hauled motorcycles... will get a beefier set for the weight of the JK.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Mon 18 May 2009, 10:10 am

Wow, nice set up. I think you have it all covered.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Tue 19 May 2009, 4:55 am

my only thought would be the tie-downs...if they're connected to the frame, I guess you should be good with real good strapping to lock it all in place. You basically have a Jeep on "wood skis" in the back if those points fail...YIKES!

Aside from that...I'm green with envy - TOO COOL!!!
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Tue 19 May 2009, 3:35 pm

I would be very worried about your truck being able to tow it with full control of the trailer.
I don't know what your truck is rated at, towing wise. But that is a lot of trailer and heavy cargo to pull.

Take it easy on your drive to Katemcy, look forward to seeing you there.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Properly Stuff a Toy Hauler.   Tue 19 May 2009, 8:05 pm

akonius wrote:
my only thought would be the tie-downs...if they're
connected to the frame, I guess you should be good with real good
strapping to lock it all in place. You basically have a Jeep on "wood
skis" in the back if those points fail...YIKES!

Thanks for the terrifying visual..... I double checked the tie downs and where they were mounted and decided to get some new stainless bolts with better washers etc... going with a larger bolt and am going to drill out the holes, install the new hardware etc... on Thursday.

I also got four of those heavy duty rubber chocks and four 20000# ratchet straps to secure the load.


Dutchboy101 wrote:
I would be very worried about your truck being able to tow it with full control of the trailer.
I don't know what your truck is rated at, towing wise. But that is a lot of trailer and heavy cargo to pull.

Take it easy on your drive to Katemcy, look forward to seeing you there.

The tow rig is an F250 with the 6.4 Diesel rated at 17000# so the whole thing is still under the rated towing capabilities. Its chipped out and has the CAI and custom exhaust etc... so there is plenty of power. Gonna take it easy to save on fuel and enjoy the ride. Have a handful of DVDs to watch on the way up.
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