Lightest Toy Haulers

7 Lightest Toy Haulers On The Market in 2019

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Toy haulers – these rugged RVs with garages designed to carry increased loads – can be very heavy. In fact, toy haulers pretty much are the heaviest towable RVs that you could buy.

But what if you have limited towing capacity? Does this mean that you can’t find a toy hauler for your needs? Well, you can indeed find smaller and lighter toy haulers that can be easily towed by less powerful cars, but you will need to be ready to sacrifice some comfort.

With that being said, let’s have a look at 7 RVs which we think are the best lightest toy haulers on the market!

7 best lightest toy haulers on the market

Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro G16TH

Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro G16TH

Specs:

  • UVW – 2,842 pounds.
  • Carrying capacity – 1,688 pounds.
  • Length – 18 feet 4 inches.
  • Height – 9 feet 9 inches.
  • Width – 88 inches.

Features:

  • 20,000BTU furnace.
  • 100W roof-mount solar panel.
  • 1,000W inverter.
  • 3-way refrigerator.
  • Outdoor gas grill.

Up first on our list is the Rockwood Geo Pro G16TH toy hauler by Forest River, which is the only toy hauler floorplan in the Rockwood Geo Pro travel trailer line. But this isn’t a problem since this RV is perfect for our top.

With a UVW of just 2,842 pounds, this is one of the lightest toy haulers you can find out there, though we’ll have a look at even lighter models. In spite of its lightness, the G16TH toy hauler has a decent carrying capacity of 1,688 pounds, which should be more than enough for toys that can even fit in this floorplan.

Measuring 18 feet 4 inches in length, this toy hauler has ample room for hauling toys, as well as for just living. Forest River has designated a 104 by 60-inch area for the garage space in this RV, which is most of its interior space. When carrying toys, you won’t have too much free room left in the G16TH toy hauler.

However, when you don’t need the garage space, you may just flip the bed/sofas down for increased living area and comfort.

Speaking of comfort, the G16TH floorplan features quite a nice set of appliances and amenities, including a 100W roof-mount solar panel, a 1KW inverter, a 3-way refrigerator, an outdoor gas grill, a wet bath system with a shower and toilet, and a 20,000BTU furnace. 

Thanks to such abundance of features at this size, one could probably even use this thing for full-time living, given that its specs satisfy them. Though you’d probably need to first add an AC to the G16TH to make it more accommodating year-round.

Forest River No Boundaries NB10.6

Forest River No Boundaries NB10.6

Specs:

  • UVW – 1,606 pounds.
  • Carrying capacity – 1,992 pounds.
  • Length – 13 feet 9 inches.
  • Height – 7 feet 5 inches.
  • Width – 88 inches.

Features:

  • Extremely compact and lightweight.
  • Outdoor kitchen.

Forest River’s No Boundaries NB10.6 toy hauler pushes lightness even further. The G16TH toy hauler compromised lightness for some increased comfort, but this RV does no such thing.

If you don’t care about anything other than compactness and lightweight, then the NB10.6 toy hauler may be an excellent choice for you.

Weighing 1,606 pounds when unloaded, this is the lightest toy hauler on our list. Not only that, but it also is the most compact one, so if you have issues with garage storage, you may like how small the NB10.6 is.

The tradeoff of the compactness and lightness of the NB10.6 toy hauler is that it has very few amenities. To name a few things, this toy hauler lacks sleeping space and bathroom, features that the G16TH toy hauler did have. 

For a little increased convenience, Forest River still equips this RV with a kitchen, albeit an outdoor one. It has got some storage area, a 2-burner cooktop, and a cooler. Had it had a sink as well, it would be a full RV kitchen, but in a smaller package.

The carrying capacity of this toy hauler is 1,992 pounds, which is excellent given that it is actually higher than its UVW. With this capacity, it’s safe to say that you won’t be able to exceed what this toy hauler is capable of – it probably just won’t take in too heavy toys!

In the end, if you are willing to sacrifice comfort for lightness and space efficiency, then this may be the very best toy hauler that you can find out there.

VRV XTR 614

VRV XTR 614

Specs:

  • Dry weight – 2,800 pounds.
  • Carrying capacity – 4,900 pounds.
  • Length – 14.6 feet.
  • Height – 112 inches.
  • Width – 78 inches.

Features:

  • 19,000BTU furnace.
  • 9,200BTU AC with wall thermostat.
  • 50-amp electrical service.
  • Full bathroom with ceramic toilet.
  • Sleeps up to 4 persons.

The XTR 614 toy hauler by VRV is quite similar to the Forest River G16TH RV we overviewed at the very beginning. However, this one is a little more oriented at hauling capacity than at comfort.

Nearly 4 feet shorter than the G16TH toy hauler, the XTR 614 has a considerably higher hauling capacity. Namely, this thing has a cargo weight capacity of 4,900 pounds, which is over 3,000 pounds higher than what the G16TH toy hauler had. Not only that, but you have a larger 76 by 114-inch garage.

Another remarkable thing in the XTR 614 toy hauler is its very decently sized bathroom. It is, in fact, a full-size small camper bathroom with a 36×28-inch residential shower, a ceramic toilet, and a stainless steel sink. 

What further complements the comfort of this toy hauler is the 19,000BTU furnace and the 9,200BTU AC with a wall thermostat.

However, what lacks in this toy hauler is kitchen equipment. Not that the G16TH was great in that regard, but it at least came with a refrigerator and a gas grill. The XTR 614 seems to come with nothing by default, and you only have the option of adding a microwave oven to it.

The 50-amp service in this toy hauler allows you to easily add any kind of kitchen equipment you want, but this requires investment, as well as will limit the toy hauler capacity of this RV.

However, given the carrying capabilities and comforts of this RV, we think that it’s hands down one of the best light toy haulers out there.

VRV XTR 720

VRV XTR 720

Specs:

  • Dry weight – 4,400 pounds.
  • Carrying capacity – 3,300 pounds.
  • Length – 20.6 feet.
  • Height – 112 inches.
  • Width – 90 inches.

Features:

  • Excellent comfort.
  • Full bathroom with a ceramic toilet.
  • 19,000BTU furnace.
  • 15,000BTU AC with wall thermostat.
  • 50-amp electrical service.
  • Sleeps up to 5 persons.
  • 6.2 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • Two-burner cooktop.

The VRV XTR 720 toy hauler is far from being the lightest on our list, but it nonetheless is quite a light model given that the heaviest toy haulers out there can weight over 12-13,000 pounds.

This toy hauler is also quite large, so it isn’t the best choice if you have limited garage storage space. However, if you want a comfortable toy hauler, then the XTR 720 may be an excellent option.

The XTR 720 toy hauler has all the benefits of the XTR 614, but it improves on them quite significantly.

The garage area in this toy hauler is excellent – sized at 88 inches wide and 120 inches long, it’s largest toy hauler garage on our list. The carrying capacity of the XTR 720 isn’t as high as in the XTR 614 – only 3,300 pounds – but it should be quite enough for the size of this RV.

The XTR 720 toy hauler has the exact same bathroom as in the XTR 614 – it’s a full-size bathroom with residential-quality ceramic toilet, shower cabin, and a sink.

Here, the similarities pretty much end. Unlike the 614 toy hauler, the XTR 720 does have kitchen appliances, including a two-burner cooktop, a 6.2 cubic feet refrigerator, and a stainless steel sink. This is the kind of a kitchen you would find in a more comfortable RV, and paired with other amenities, this allows the XTR 720 toy hauler to be a great pick even for long-term living.

Livin’Lite Quicksilver 7x18FK

Livin’Lite Quicksilver 7x18FK

Specs:

  • UVW – 3,320 pounds.
  • Carrying capacity – 3,680 pounds.
  • Length – 22.3 feet.
  • Height w/ AC – 9 feet 11 inches.
  • Width – 80.5 inches.

Features:

  • Full bathroom with a porcelain toilet.
  • 50-amp electrical service.
  • 6 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • Two-burner cooktop.

The Quicksilver 7x18FK by Livin’Lite has a similar set of features to the XTR 720 toy hauler, but there are a few notable differences as well.

The most important thing that sets the two RVs apart is that the 7x18FK is less capable as a toy hauler – while it has a higher cargo capacity of 3,680 pounds, it has a smaller 6 feet 7 inches by 8 feet garage area.

Furthermore, measuring 22.3 feet in length – nearly 2 feet longer than the XTR 720 toy hauler – this RV offers a bit more free room.

When it comes to appliances, the two toy haulers are quite similar – the 7x18FK also has a full bathroom, albeit a bit smaller one, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. However, what this toy hauler doesn’t have is an AC or a furnace. These are available as options, and since these are must-haves if you care about comfort, prepare to spend additional money on having this thing fully equipped.

By the way, we didn’t mention that this thing has a 1,000 pounds lower UVW than the XTR 720 RV, so it should be a good option if you have limited towing capacity.

In conclusion, if you want a fairly comfortable RV with decent toy hauler capability, then Livin’Lite 7x18FK seems like a great option.

Jayco Octane Super Lite 161

Jayco Octane Super Lite 161

Specs:

  • UVW – 4,700 pounds.
  • Carrying capacity – 2,800 pounds.
  • Length – 20 feet 8 inches.
  • Height – 128 inches.
  • Width – 102 inches.

Features:

  • 13,500BTU AC.
  • Auto-ignition furnace.
  • Bathroom with porcelain toilet.
  • 8 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • Two-burner cooktop.

The Jayco Octane Super Lite 161 toy hauler is quite a nice option if you want a comfortable RV with nothing excessive. 

This is mainly because this RV doesn’t come with 50-amp electrical service by default, only 30-amp service. If you won’t be using the full potential of a 50-amp service, then buying toy haulers like the Livin’Lite 7x18FK or the VRV XTR 720 is a little wasteful.

Aside from that, the Jayco toy hauler is a good option if you don’t need outstanding towing capacity – this RV has an 8 feet long garage area and 2,800 pounds of cargo capacity, which is less than what the previous two toy haulers had.

In terms of overall comfort, the Octane Super Lite 161 is fairly decent, but arguably not as great as Livin’Lite and VRV models. Namely, this toy hauler has a smaller toilet without a sink, so it’s a bit less convenient. 

On the other hand, the food storage capacity in this RV is excellent thanks to the included double-door 8 cubic feet refrigerator. Add to this the air conditioner and auto-ignition furnace, and you get a toy hauler which can be comfortably used during long journeys.

One thing to keep in mind is that this toy hauler is quite wide and tall. This, on one hand, implies increased interior room, but on the other means that you will need to allocate more garage space for its storage.

KZ Escape E180TH

KZ Escape E180TH

Specs:

  • UVW – 3,290 pounds.
  • Carrying capacity – 1,710 pounds.
  • Length – 21 feet 7 inches.
  • Height – 107 inches.
  • Width – 90 inches.

Features:

  • 8,000BTU AC.
  • 20,000BTU furnace.
  • Bathroom with porcelain toilet.
  • 4 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • Two-burner cooktop.

It’s certainly nice to have nearly 3,000 pounds of cargo capacity, but why overpay for it if you won’t use up even its fraction? If you find that the cargo capacity of other over 20 feet long toy haulers was too much for you, then maybe the KZ Escape E180TH will be a better option for you.

This toy hauler has a decently sized 9 feet long garage, but it’s carrying capacity is limited to just 1,710 pounds. Due to this, this toy hauler is a better option if you will be carrying lighter toys like kayaks or bikes, as well as if you won’t be hauling too much stuff on board.

The included appliances are also a bit more modest than in the other larger toy haulers on our list. While you are still getting a decent bathroom, a full kitchen, and some nice living space, you are getting a smaller refrigerator and weaker AC & furnace. For long trips, this RV may be not as good, unless you aren’t too demanding.

We also didn’t mention that the E180TH RV is quite a light toy hauler even when at its full capacity –  it has a GVWR of 5,000 pounds, which is excellent given what it offers. 

In the end, we think that this is a great toy hauler option if you want a good amount of comfort and not such a high hauling capacity.

Key things to look for in a toy hauler

While toy haulers share the vast majority of their features with other RV types, there are certain things that are specific to them. These things are obviously related to the hauling capacity of a toy hauler.

Below, we’d like to talk about the features that you’d want to consider in a toy hauler. We’ll have our focus on lighter toy haulers, but know that the tips below to some extent will apply to any other toy hauler as well.

Dimensions & weight

When your aim is to go as light as possible, you can’t really think that much about size. No matter how much comfort you need, if your towing capacity is limited, your toy hauler can only be so big.

Here’s where it is important to understand the difference between several weight ratings assigned to recreational vehicles – most importantly, dry/weight, UVW (unloaded vehicle weight), and GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating).

The former two are often used interchangeably, but their meaning isn’t always the same. You’ll need to check with the manufacturer to find out how they actually define the weight ratings they are using. But essentially, these ratings refer to the weight of an RV without any appliances, accessories, fluids, water, etc.

Due to this, if you say have a truck with 3,000 pounds of towing capacity, a toy hauler with a dry weight of 2,900 pounds won’t necessarily be light enough for it. On the contrary, with all the basic appliances and equipment included, an RV may weigh hundreds of pounds heavier than its dry weight.

As an alternative to dry weight or UVW, it may probably be safer to aim at the GVWR, which is the total permissible weight of the RV with equipment, appliances, fluids, passengers, and so on included.  If the towing capacity of your truck is over the GVWR of a toy hauler, then you can be sure that you will be able to tow it no matter how full it is.

If the GVWR of an RV isn’t realistic for your capabilities, then you may consult with the manufacturer to find out the approximate weight of an RV with its most basic package, as well as with any add-ons that you may need. Then, you only need to add the weight of passengers and cargo to determine whether your truck will be able to tow the RV.

Hauling capacity

The purpose of a toy hauler is to haul toys (duh), so it’s crucial that you consider the hauling capacity of your toy hauler. The hauling capacity refers to the garage space available inside the RV and the weight of the cargo that a toy hauler can take on board.

With garage space, things are relatively easy – knowing the dimensions of a toy hauler’s garage, it should be pretty easy for you to determine whether you will be able to take the desired toys with you. It’s just a matter of knowing the dimensions of your toys and the RV garage.

With cargo capacity, it’s a bit more complicated. Well, in reality, everything is really simple, but newbie RVers may have never thought about what we will discuss now.

Suppose that a toy hauler has a cargo capacity of 3,000 pounds. What does this number mean? Newbies may think that this refers to the weight of the cargo that can be carried in the garage. However, in reality, the cargo capacity in toy haulers has the same meaning as in other RV types – it refers to the weight of everything that can be in the RV, including your toys, passengers, fluids, appliances, or whatnot.

A simple thing, but this may confuse people who’ve never dealt with RVs or toy haulers before.

The above ties to what we said earlier about RV weight ratings – when choosing an RV, you need to make sure that your truck will be able to carry it, and that it has adequate weight capacity for your needs. Remember that you will be able to use only some of a toy hauler’s cargo capacity for your toys – the rest will go to passengers, appliances, cargo, etc.

Also, pay attention to the weight rating of the rear cargo door. These doors are usually strong enough to easily take the load of several bikes or kayaks. Nonetheless, you should pay attention to how much weight the cargo door of the RV can support so that you don’t run into unpleasant surprises.

The balance between comfort and hauling

Lastly, pay attention to how the balance between comfort and hauling capacity is in the RV.

Above, we’ve overviewed quite different toy haulers – at roughly the same length, some of them had very different hauling capabilities. Needless to say, you need to tie the balance between comfort and hauling capability to your own needs. 

Determine what you value more, and it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to pick the right toy hauler. If you don’t have any bulky or heavy toys, you could go for a toy hauler that allocates more of its space to the living room. Conversely, if you want to be able to carry more, be ready to sacrifice some comfort and free room inside.

If you’re considering something slightly larger, then you might want to consider a 5th wheel toy hauler or motorhome toy hauler, both of which offer a ton of room.

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