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Hey Guys we are in the process shopping for a toy hauler and we are trying to decide between the open floor plan or garage model. I realize the obvious benefits that both models provide but never owning one of these types I wanted to see if you guys had any additional input.

We will be hauling 3-4 quads so need the 12' garage space at the least.

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We have the open floor plan and the biggest draw back is when we have the 4 quads and a traveling to a destination that is more than one day. We have to load and unload to utilize the rear beds.


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Not sure if all your quads are "adult" ones. Four full size sport quads fills up the 12 feet fast, usually they're right at 6 feet long...the 4x4s are usually 6.5 feet and more. So measure. I do a little improv when I have to load my Wolverine 450s...have to raise them up 18 inches to make room. If I had to do again, i would look for one with a 14 foot garage.




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I have an open floor model and one huge disadvantage is you lose width. Most of your 12' storage area will not be wide enough to put quads side by side. The couch and dinette benches folded up against the wall takes away a lot of the space. I have a Yamaha 450 and it will fit sideways, but it is real tight and a pain to get turned sideways because of space. So plan very carefull and measure to make sure everything will fit.


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We have a garage model and four quads are indeed tight. If you throw in some utility models, you might be pushing it.

But we have a friend who races with us and they have an open floor TT model. They HATE it when its wet outside. Nothing like riding nasty, muddy quads into the living room area. Makes for a pain cleaning.

Measure your width and length of your quads and then decide how much room you need. I prefer the garage models but every now and then, I realize a 14' garage would have been nice.

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Badhabt wrote:

Not sure if all your quads are "adult" ones. Four full size sport quads fills up the 12 feet fast, usually they're right at 6 feet long...the 4x4s are usually 6.5 feet and more. So measure. I do a little improv when I have to load my Wolverine 450s...have to raise them up 18 inches to make room. If I had to do again, i would look for one with a 14 foot garage.



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After owning both I would never again be without a garage-
When not using the garage for toys we have extra storage or space we don't need to heat or cool...
Love being able to stay in the rig without unloading or in some cases loading and leaving early the next day- the garage is great!


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I like my open floor plan but I just haul dirt bikes.


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Even though I don't haul quads (I shoot CAS) we wish we had a garage. When you are not hauling anything its nice enough to have the garage.


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Another thing to think about is that we don't always take the toys with us. We like NASCAR racing and usually don't take the sidebysides or motorcycles with us when we're race camping. Used to have a garage 5er and just could not get over hauling an empty garage around. 12' of a 35'camper was relatively useless.


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