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Old 03-23-2019, 01:44 AM   #1
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Any Outdoors RV TRX/Trail Series owners?

For those of you who purchased a Trail Series/TRX model, how do you like it? Did you consider a travel trailer or any other brand of toy hauler (other than Desert Fox which I know is similar)? What options are must have vs. nice to have? I believe our must have options are the max air vents, the rear patio kit, rear awning, and the 12V heat pad for the freshwater tank (seems like this should be standard on Outdoors RV products, particularly the trail & back country series, given their "4 Season" intentions). The extra battery tray, more solar, and air compressor are nice to have, but not requirements.

Background on our purchase decision (and we plan to keep the trailer till the kids are off to college in ~10 years): It seems to be a bit different of a concept vs. other toy haulers with more & better cabinetry (which is nice for our family of 4), though the sink location limits toy storage lengths. We only really want a well/built insulated trailer so after looking at many brands on the internet and at an RV show, we're really down to Outdoors RV or Desert Fox (for both the heat in central CA of over 100 in the summer and exploring ID/OR/WA/WY/CO, potentially even in winter) and spending lengthier periods of time in other states in the summer (as we'd like to move out of CA at some point so this would be a good way to try places out). Plus my wife is sold on Outdoors RV and I think I read somewhere that the best trailer is the one your spouse likes

After finding Outdoors RV (more by chance initially through the Costco RV purchase program) and originally being interested in a 27BHS model for my wife, me, our 2 boys (ages 9 & 11), and our 3 dogs (two pointers and my wife's pug), we've now decided that a Toy Hauler would better suit our needs. It would be easier to bring our toys such as kayaks, 4 bikes [inside out of the rain], dog crates, and maybe get a side by side some day. Yes I realize a 4 seat RZR won't fit and we don't want to go up to the 29TRX length, but there are other brands of shorter 4 seaters, so we are looking at the 27 TRX as we do want the dedicated bedroom and the 22TRX toy storage length is too short. I also like the higher ceilings of toy haulers as in the BHS, at my 6'1" height, my head is up in the skylight in the shower. Not so in the TRX with the higher ceilings. The living space and kitchen are definitely nicer in the BHS though.

My tow vehicle is on order (2019 F350 crewcab SRW 6.7 diesel, my first new vehicle since 2007 as I tend to keep vehicles in good shape and own them forever), so towing the heavier 27TRX up the Sierra Nevadas won't be an issue other than the hassle of getting my non-commercial Class A license in CA as the 27TRX is a GVWR of 14K.
Thanks for your thoughts,
Chris
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:50 AM   #2
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I'm just not sure how easy it would be to keep a toy hauler warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The ones I've seen look like they could be draftier than a regular trailer. As even slide-outs can be drafty; the simplest, no-slide-out trailer might be the coziest in extreme weather. Just some thoughts ...
We keep our bikes in the truck bed and kayaks on top of the truck.
ORV's domed ceilings are fine for my 6'1"
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:13 AM   #3
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Congrats Calduke on your choice and welcome here. You are exactly the target market that he guys at ORV designed that adventure trailer for. The grand room design, lots of sleeping area, room for toys inside while you travel. When the weather is nice the ramp makes a nice patio and the screen door will keep bugs out with an awning for shade. For a test I suggest you put everyone in the trailer and now think of this all evening or even time to wait out a rain storm. Your truck will tow anything that ORV makes. A Ram Mega-cab might have even more room inside. Take your time and enjoy the new toys. Fill out your signature.
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Thanks for the input so far. We need the truck bed to haul our two larger dogs (with a camper shell/cap on it), which also rules out going the 5th wheel route for the time being till we either have less dogs or the kids are off to college...and my wife doesn't want the dogs riding in the trailer...
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I used to have racks on my canopy that I used for carrying ladders and scaffolding but would also carry kayaks pretty easily. They also make lumber racks that fit around the canopy but those are probably more than you need for kayaks. Just food for thought.
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Welcome to the ORV family! You can’t go wrong with whatever trailer you get. We just went through the exact same purchasing decision. We currently have a 23dbs that is now for sale. I really liked the 27trx but my wife just didn’t like the utilitarian feel, even though it was better than any other toy hauler we looked at. I ended up getting a rack to haul my quad on my truck and we got the 27bhs. We both really wanted the extra living space the slideout offers. I do a lot of hunting trips and spend considerable time indoors when the weather is cold and damp. In the summer it’s just a place to sleep but in October and November it becomes a home. I’m 6.2 so I also loved the bigger shower in the trx but I can live with the smaller shower for the five minutes I spend in it.
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:17 PM   #7
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I toured the Outdoors manufacturing Trail Series recently and fell in love. It would be perfect to carry my electric bicycles, canoe and three large dogs. With an onboard generator and optional fuel tank for filling Razors, etc. it is the perfect bumper pull trailer for me. Only a couple of issues that prevent me from diving right in. First, it is quite a bit more expensive than my 2017 Black Rock 20 RD. Secondly, the shortest Trail model at 21 feet plus the tongue length of 4.5 feet is a foot longer than my Black Rock. That may not seem like much, but when you're backing into a narrow slot between fir trees and maneuvering your pickup truck in tight little increments in order to clear the fir trees so that you can turn around and back up your driveway uphill, around a curve the rest of the way, I don't have an extra foot of clearance. I'd hate to have to cut down any of my beautiful trees. I'm still trying to figure out how to mount my heavy E-bike inside my trailer. As it turns out, the Thule bike rack I purchased states it is not to be mounted at the back of a travel trailer! Wish I'd known that before spending all that money on a bike rack! Also, I don't have a receiver hitch for my trailer. I carry my dogs in the back of my pick up truck. Has anybody set up a bike mount inside their travel trailers? Yup, I sure do need a toy hauler!
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I just got my 21TRX the other month and have not really used it, except for a 2 night stay on the way home at a casino that had full service hook ups. Currently working out a battery/converter issue that will be resolved with a new converter that is arriving tomorrow.

Did look at other toy haulers at several RV shows and the one model I seriously considered was the Grand Design Momentum 21G that just came out at about the same time the TRX models. Both have positive and negative attributes, I liked the TRX more because of the dual pane windows, slightly better insulation, and width of the trailer being a bit more narrow. I plan to carry my 12' Hobie kayak, Honda Monkey, a couple of mountain bikes, and fishing gear. And yes I got the same options you mentioned with exception of having a single 170 watt solar panel and no battery tray upgrade. Two observations so far: the Max Air Vents option included a total of 3 in just a 21 foot area and the steps for the ramp deck are heavy along with being large. I'm not complaining about either one but they are a bit over engineered which is fine by me versus the alternative. My only other initial opinion is that I wish they provided an option to change the 40 gallon gas tank into a 20 gallon diesel and a 20 gallon gas reservoir. My tow vehicle is a 2500 Silverado HD diesel, so your choice of tow vehicle is probably a good one, I'm kind of expecting the 12 foot plus height to be an issue in high wind.

The usual places I fish in Idaho, typically include many miles of dirt roads so the 21TRX length was a conscious consideration and I expect to use the off road capability, along with the extended dry camping capability. Hard for me to provide "must haves" due to my limited use so far but the important things for me were: quality, off road capability, 4 seasons, and size. I'm sure I'll have more opinions after the first season but hope this helps a bit, good luck.
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