Best Trucks for Towing Toy Haulers (With August 2020 Deals)
They say that the person who dies with the most toys wins, and that implies you’ll need to own a vehicle that can help you haul those toys. Whether your passion is motorcycles, kayaks, surfboards, mountain bikes, or side-by-sides, having a trailer that makes it easy to transport them has spawned an interesting off-shoot of the travel trailer — the toy hauler.
Toy haulers are spacious RVs that feature a garage-like area with a rear-door ramp that enables their owners to easily load and transport off-road vehicles, motorcycles, and other sizable outdoor gear. Or, perhaps you’re simply hauling your toys on a flatbed trailer of some kind.
Either way, it is important to consider the weight of the gear you plan to take with you in addition to the weight of the trailer itself, but with a toy hauler that becomes doubly important. Why? Side-by-sides and motorcycles are heavy cargo, and with a toy hauler, it is very likely that the gear you tote will weigh almost as much as the toy hauler itself does. So, when you consider which toy hauler will be best for your needs, think of two things — how big a toy hauler you'll need to transport your stuff and what vehicle you will need to tow what could be a massive load.
If your favored outdoor pastimes involve relatively lightweight items like mountain bikes, kayaks, or standup paddleboards, you will probably be satisfied with a relatively compact toy hauler that could easily be towed by a properly equipped midsize SUV. On the other hand, if you're looking to bring several motorcycles or off-road vehicles, you will undoubtedly need both a big hauler and a bigger vehicle to tow it. Some examples of the types of toy haulers we are referring to are the Stryker 3116 from Cruiser RV and the Dutchmen Triton 3311, both 36-foot trailers purpose-built to carry a lot of stuff.
To help you choose the appropriate tow vehicle for your needs, we've put together a list of the best SUVs and trucks for towing toy haulers of various lengths and capacities. As we already mentioned, we've paid particular attention to the fact that if you buy a toy hauler you're planning to take a lot of stuff with you. Your tow vehicle has to be up to that.
At the same time, you will use your designated tow vehicle most often when your toy hauler is parked in your driveway, a storage yard, or behind your barn, and you want it to be well-suited to daily-driving situations, too. With that in mind, we have filled our list with vehicles that are great all-around in addition to being great at towing.
Experience has also told us that vehicle manufacturer tow ratings typically represent the maximum weight you can tow with a given vehicle equipped with the manufacturer's recommended towing equipment. When choosing a vehicle to tow your gear of choice we suggest you purchase an SUV or truck with a max tow rating well over the weight of the toys and toy hauler you plan to tow.