8 Small Toy Haulers That Prove Size Doesn’t Matter

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What is a toy hauler? Well, it’s usually a Class C, fifth wheel, or travel trailer with garage space for your favorite outdoor toys, such as ATVs, golf carts, kayaks, and more. While most toy haulers qualify as big rigs, with an average length between 30 and 40 feet, we’ll focus on small toy haulers under 30 feet long. 

Why 30 feet? Rigs over that length often have a harder time fitting into more rustic or national park campgrounds. If you’re bringing your outdoor equipment with you, chances are, these types of stays appeal to you. Plus, small toy haulers weigh less and, therefore, can be towed by a wider variety of half-ton and ¾-ton trucks.  

Let’s examine eight of the best small toy haulers from these leading manufacturers: Forest River, Jayco, East to West, and Grand Design.

Our Favorite Small Toy Haulers Under 30 Feet

As full-time RVers, we found these eight toy haulers to be unique due to their small size and lighter dry weight. While smaller, they still offer plenty of garage space and don’t cut back on the amenities you expect.

Forest River Nightfall Ultra 21N

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Specs

  • Length: 27’3″
  • Dry Weight: 7,098 pounds
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 4,427 pounds
  • Garage Length: 14’
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

We were impressed with the separation between the garage and the master bedroom in the Nightfall Ultra 21N. Even with a 14’ foot garage, there’s plenty of room in the bedroom, complete with a dresser, wardrobe, and private access to the full bathroom. The single slide-out in this travel trailer with a garage gives the bedroom a larger feel.

Jayco Jay Flight 236THW

Jayco Jay Flight SLX 236THW Floorplan-small-toy-haulers-06-2024
Photo by Jayco

Specs

  • Length: 28’4″
  • Dry Weight: 5,230 pounds
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,770 pounds
  • Garage Length: 11’10’’
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

One of the standout features of the Jay Flight 236THW is its efficient use of space. Despite a relatively modest cargo space length of 5’11’’, this toy hauler’s storage area can be extended to 11’10’’ into the kitchen, and it comfortably sleeps up to six people. 

Forest River Grey Wolf 18RR

Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 18RR Floorplan-small-toy-haulers-06-2024
Photo by Forest River

Specs

  • Length: 24’1″
  • Dry Weight: 4,463 pounds
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 3,087 pounds
  • Garage Length: 15’
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 3

Although this Grey Wolf is the shortest of the eight toy haulers, it still has 15’ of garage space! That’s pretty impressive when the entire RV is only 24’1’’ long. Plus, the drop-down garage door patio adds an extra 7’5’’ to your living space. 

My favorite feature, though, is the air fryer! Most rigs have ovens, but an air fryer is an upgrade that replaces the need for an oven and saves time.

East to West Alta 2400KTH

East to West Alta 2400KTH Floorplan
Photo by East to West

Specs

  • Length: 28’1″
  • Dry Weight: 7,428 pounds
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 4,137 pounds
  • Garage Length: 13’6’’
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

The East to West brand is a relative newcomer to the RV industry, but it’s quickly making a name for itself. The Alta 2400KTH is the only toy hauler on this list with a king-sized bed. It also features a high-output tankless water heater, so everyone can enjoy a hot shower after a day of adventuring in this travel trailer with a garage.

Forest River XLR Micro Boost 24LE

Forest River XLR Micro Boost 24LE Floorplan
Photo by Forest River

Specs

  • Length: 28’11”
  • Dry Weight: 5,998 pounds
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 2,822 pounds
  • Garage Length: 14’6’’
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

While the largest of the small toy haulers on the list, the XLR Micro Boost 24LE is still under 30 feet and weighs just 5,998 pounds. It includes a mandatory XPLORE package with amenities such as a manual “Sleep N Store” garage bed, power awning, ducted A/C, and industrial garage flooring that makes it easier to clean between trips.

Forest River Rogue 23SUT

Forest River Rogue 23SUT Floorplan-small-toy-haulers-06-2024
Photo by Forest River

Specs

  • Length: 27’2″
  • Dry Weight: 5,498 pounds
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 4,497 pounds
  • Garage Length: 20’
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

This Forest River toy hauler is one of the least expensive on the market and includes unique features like a flip-up main bed, an outdoor leash latch for your pets, and indoor and outdoor showers. Plus, the flip-up queen-sized bed increases the garage storage area to a total length of 20 feet.

Grand Design Momentum G-Class 21G

Grand Design Momentum G-Class 21G Floorplan-small-toy-haulers-06-2024
Photo by Grand Design

Specs

  • Length: 26’11”
  • Dry Weight: 6,400 pounds
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 3,595 pounds
  • Garage Length: 14’
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

Grand Design is known for quality RVs, and the Momentum G-Class 21G holds that standard. The unit boasts many high-end options like a Rockford Fosgate speaker system, LED lighting, and a power awning with integrated LED lights, providing entertainment and comfort whether you’re inside or out. This small toy hauler also includes a 30-gallon fuel tank for your outdoor toys and is pet-friendly with a flip-up pet dish between the two Euro chairs.

Forest River Nightfall 25N

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Specs

  • Length: 28’10”
  • Dry Weight: 6,268 pounds
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 5,007 pounds
  • Garage Length: 14’6’
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 6

The Nightfall 25N has the highest cargo carrying capacity in this list of small toy haulers, maxing out at 5,007 pounds. You’ll be able to haul the entire family’s toys while still having sleeping space for everyone. 

Can a Half-Ton Truck Pull a Toy Hauler?

Absolutely! All eight of these travel trailer toy haulers are under the maximum tow capacity for most half-ton trucks. However, you will want to consider the fully loaded weight, as the dry weight plus the maximum cargo capacity can bring it close to a half-ton truck’s limit. If you’re going to haul the heaviest loads, a ¾-ton truck offers a higher towing capacity. 

What is the Smallest Toy Hauler?

So, is 30 feet still too big or heavy for you? Don’t despair! Smaller toy haulers are still an option, offering storage capacity in lieu of some residential features. 

If your tow vehicle is an SUV rather than a truck, consider these three travel trailers with garages, which sleep two people.

The Forest River No Boundaries 10.6 weighs just 1,763 pounds and is small enough to park anywhere. 

The KZ RV Sportsmen Classic 140TH features an indoor kitchen and cargo space that converts into both a bed and a dining table.

The stylish ATC PLA 350 Series 1210 has a more homey feel, with accent decor and an air fryer in the kitchen.

Who Makes a Toy Hauler Motorhome?

Thor Motorcoach and Newmar both make toy hauler motorhomes. Thor offers both Class A and Class C toy haulers, while Newmar’s Canyon Star is a Class A. These toy haulers provide more amenities and living features than you may expect in an RV. The cargo capacities vary, but you can expect to spend substantially more than on the small toy haulers under 30 feet mentioned above. 


Do you still have toy hauler questions? Check out this article about best-in-class toy haulers!

Which unit would you choose? Are you already a toy hauler owner, or are you looking for inspiration? Comment below and let us know!

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