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Old 07-19-2021, 11:05 PM   #1
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Newbie buyer, front bed questions.

Well, wannabe buyer. I see a few TH ads for some older rigs with the bed in the front that folds out on a fiberglass? tented setup. I'm shopping on the cheap, and only plan on using the TH for weekend getaways with my Harley trike. My questions are:

What the heck is that setup called? I've seen 'hybrid' tossed around, but nothing definitive.

Are they useful and space saving, too much trouble to bother with or just a leaking pain in the arse?

All input is welcome! (Well, keep it clean!)

Thanks, Bob
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Old 07-20-2021, 07:22 AM   #2
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The flip out tent bunks in a hard side trailer are normally referred to as hybrids. I have never seen a toy hauler like that though. As long as it’s in good shape it shouldn’t leak any more than a tent, and hitting it with a hose will tell you all you need to know. You can’t put it up wet and leave it or you will run into mold/mildew issues.
For other options…
There are several other small toy haulers that have a hard sided trailer or pop up out back with a platform in the front.
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Old 07-20-2021, 11:27 AM   #3
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I recently bought a TH for just that purpose. Been "camping" too long at race tracks, sleeping in a box trailer on a cot with no AC, water, amenities--at 70 yo, I'm too old for that s--t!!! Check out the Forest River 180RT (Salem CruiseLite FSX logo). Just over 3000#, a tongue weight of 430#, and a payload of nearly 1800# (factory specs, so....). It's very basic but has a queen bed, small kitchenette with stove/MW/sink, AC/heat, toilet/shower combo, fresh/grey/black water tanks, and a small bench seat/dining area. Seems like everyone is going big-BIGGER-HUMONGOUS when it comes to toy haulers. Too much hassle for me. The thing I like about the 180RT is that the bed is built-in so if you want to stop for a quick overnight, no need to unhook and set-up the pop-out. I bought my 2018 from the 2nd owner, very lightly used and super clean, for $13,500. https://www.rvusa.com/2018-forest-ri...hauler-3116588

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I recently bought a TH for just that purpose. Been "camping" too long at race tracks, sleeping in a box trailer on a cot with no AC, water, amenities--at 70 yo, I'm too old for that s--t!!! Check out the Forest River 180RT (Salem CruiseLite FSX logo). Just over 3000#, a tongue weight of 430#, and a payload of nearly 1800# (factory specs, so....). It's very basic but has a queen bed, small kitchenette with stove/MW/sink, AC/heat, toilet/shower combo, fresh/grey/black water tanks, and a small bench seat/dining area. Seems like everyone is going big-BIGGER-HUMONGOUS when it comes to toy haulers. Too much hassle for me. The thing I like about the 180RT is that the bed is built-in so if you want to stop for a quick overnight, no need to unhook and set-up the pop-out. I bought my 2018 from the 2nd owner, very lightly used and super clean, for $13,500. https://www.rvusa.com/2018-forest-ri...hauler-3116588

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I can relate. I'm 68. Roughing it is no fun anymore.

Sold my teardrop trailer and Harley Softail. I bought a trike, and the Warden and I want to do some sightseeing, Natl. parks, etc. in a more comfortable style.
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Basically looking for a 16' to 18', dual axle, 7' wide. Something to park, ride the bike for the day, then come back and 'crash'.

Done with late night partying!
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Basically looking for a 16' to 18', dual axle, 7' wide.
Why dual axle? Guessing your trike weighs 1200-1400#? Still leaves you with some wiggle room on payload in the trailer GVWR. On the 180RT, the ramp is rated at 2500# load.
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Why dual axle? Guessing your trike weighs 1200-1400#? Still leaves you with some wiggle room on payload in the trailer GVWR. On the 180RT, the ramp is rated at 2500# load.
Trike weighs +/- 1000 lbs.

Maybe overthinking it, but my luck has never been the best.

I once found myself with 3 co-workers, and I'm driving of course, on the Hollywood Fry. in rush hour, in the fast lane . . . when my right front tire, wheel and caliper decide to go their merry way at 70 mph. Spindle sheared off due to a bad bearing.

Plus I worked on the Space Shuttle in the early years, and redundancy there was gospel! (It has been a thorn in my side ever since. I wire parallel systems in almost everything . . . just in case!)

If I get a flat, or worse a blowout, I don't want to be careening all over the road with a 1000 pound projectile inside, while throwing sparks all around and freaking out the neighboring traffic.

IMO, 2 tires per side is a lot safer, but I don't know much. Had a 2 axle flatbed car hauler for a few years, with no problems, but that's about it.

If my thinking is wrong, I'm open for input.

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I think you're right...two axles is the way to go. Just trailers better IMHO.
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