Cargo Trailer vs. Toy Hauler

So I’ve been considering a cargo trailer and outrigging it with a small kitchen, sleeping space (with bunks for the kids) and A/C for traveling to races; and maybe the occasional family trip.

But the more I add up the time vs. cost I find myself now thinking about a small toy hauler. Anyone been in this position before? And if you went with a toy hauler, and advice on what I should consider?

I have a half ton Chevy with a 6,000 lbs (ish) towing capacity, so I can’t get anything to large. All I plan to haul is my kart and maybe a Honda Rancher from time to time.

New, used? Pros v Cons?

Anything else I’m missing that I should consider?

I have had the exact same thought. By the time you build out a normal trailer to include a moderate living space you are in for as much or more than a toy hauler. Upside to a hauler is it will likely have a bathroom/shower.

I bought a Forest River Greywolf 19RR last season after karting out of the back of my pickup for years. It’s fantastic! My wife and the pup can come to the track with me now. We have heat, which came in ultra handy today at the track (48 degrees, windy, and rain!) AC, microwave, toilet, shower, and an actual bed! Makes for a much better overall weekend experience at the track!


After years of karting and using a 7x14 cargo trailer, I upgraded to a toy hauler. My wife and daughter wanted air conditioning, and I gave them options from race trailer with AC all the way to a toy hauler. I unfortunately had to get a new truck because they decided on the 5th wheel toy hauler. I agreed to go to what we did not because I was going to get a truck out of it (my existing truck wasn’t quite 2 years old), but because of the flexibility of the trailer. Now we are able to stay at the track, which is a plus from having to book a hotel, plus leaving the track to get to the hotel and back to the track, etc. Another upside is that my friend and I always talk about what happens if our daughters decide they are done racing tomorrow? Well, with a toy hauler, we just go camping and shift gears, or I can trade it in to the dealer, whereas a race trailer may be tougher to get out from under. They are not that different in costs either. Toy haulers also have the ability to cook meals easier than putting together a kitchen for a cargo/race trailer. Also, besides the shower mentioned earlier, you also have a restroom with you.

End of the day, it’s about what you really think is best for you.

This thread is unless without pictures, lol.

Here is one I’m considering, as it has the side entry which seems perfect size for a couple of karts. Bunk beds for the kids, separation fron the kids/ sleeping quarters. Plus it has the flat outside panels (no ribs) which is huge for Florida as moss loves to grow out here in crevices.

My only concern, I think its too heavy for a 1/2 ton truck? (1998 Chevy Tahoe)

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Any concerns with lingering fumes/odor from the karts? Specifically 2 strokes. I could bath in 110 but wife and kids not so much.

5400lbs empty. No way you can keep it under 6000 lbs when loaded (a tank of fresh water is 300+ lbs).

Unfortunately, you may need to upgrade trucks as it is very tough to keep toy haulers that light.

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Benefits of exlusively running 4 stroke I guess . . . good observation nevertheless.

That and your spinny umbrella thing and you probably hardly noticed the crappy weather! All I had was a team trailer full of hundreds of tires to rest in

Isn’t the Tahoe more like 5000 pounds than 1/2. Ton towing capacity?

I 100% recommend a toyhauler if you also camp or want to enjoy staying at the track on race weekends. It is very nice to wrap up the work and kick back with a beer around the fire.

Though I will say, I would stay away from any toyhauler with a side ramp. Pits can be tight. You will always have to buy 2 spots if your ramp is on the side. Just my .02

My Son is winding his racing down and heading to college. The toyhauler is now more camper than kart hauler. I’m not as happy as the Mrs is about this :slightly_frowning_face:


You may be right. My Tahoe is the 2 door version with the even shorter wheelbase, so towing capacity is probably less than a normal one? Never owned any form of a trailer before, so I’m pretty new to all of this.

A part of me wants to upgrade my truck, but I’be had this rig for 20 years and it runs like a top. So I’d hate to part ways with it if I can find a light enough toy hauler to make it work. It old, but its paid for, and I still enjoy driving it. Plus I dropped in a new GM crate motor into it in 2017, but the trans is orginal and never been touched. Its lived a pretty easy life, never towed much, never off roaded. Its more or less a concrete cowboy.

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That an excellent point I never considered. Makes alot of sense.

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