My homemade toyhauler - Polaris RZR Forum - RZR Forums.net

Projects and How-To For sharing your RZR projects with others. Pictures make it better!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 31 Old September 16th, 2011, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
nicholastheczar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 19
My homemade toyhauler

Howdy everyone. Been lurking on the site for a while reading threads here and there trying to get educated on RZRs. I do not own one yet, but am planning on buying one probably in about a month. I've been riding ATVs for years and have got the RZR bug and wanting to get my wife and my 4.5 year old girl out into camping.

So about 2 months ago I started looking at toy haulers and decided they were too much money. I enjoy fabricating stuff so I thought I'd just make my own. I like the idea of having a flatbed trailer in front and a popup camper in back. I wanted to make it big enough to carry a RZR and an ATV up front.

I found a 28' trailer frame off a travel trailer with dual brake axles and got it for $700. Steel, axles, and brakes would have been double this price if I would have built it myself.



Then I found a 2004 Viking popup camper, in excellent shape. Paid $4000 for this.



Got it home and did a spring over axle on the trailer which game me some ground clearance.



The next step was to get the popup on the trailer. I used a little redneck engineering here along w/ my other toy, a 1970 FJ40 that I restored, to winch it up onto the trailer. Worked like a champ!





I then removed the alxe off and the tongue of the popup and slowly lowered it down on the trailer.




Welded in a bunch of crossmembers and supports and the decked the front which measures about 102" wide by 120" long. I also left a small, recessed area in the back (about 3' deep) for extra stuff, coolers, propane, ect.




Wired it up and got it painted last weekend. Looks like a brand new trailer.






I also installed some e-tracks to have a good range of tie down positions.


I bought new wheels and tires for it last week and just need to get them mounted. I plan on buying a 4'x8' sheet of aluminum diamond plate and facing the sides of the camper which will delete the wheel well and balance the look out. Need to finish my wiring and get my brakes wired up as well as the battery wired up. Also need to plumb my propane bottles which will reside on the back of the trailer.

Now I just to finish this so I can go and buy a RZR. Trying to decide on either a 2011 or 2010 RZR S.

I really enjoy the site and look forward to making some camping and RZR trips!

Nick
nicholastheczar is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 31 Old September 16th, 2011, 08:23 PM
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
 
rzr(s)hroom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: colorado front range
Posts: 1,993
Re: My homemade toyhauler

really nice. once you unload the toys flat area will make a really great deck as long as you have enough room. that is the way our scorpion s1 is and we love having the deck. it is nice to be up off the ground while you are grilling/drinking beer

rzr(s)hroom is offline  
post #3 of 31 Old September 16th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Feedback Score: 26 reviews
 
MotoXXX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 6,014
Garage
Re: My homemade toyhauler

Interesting to see what a guy can do when he has the skills...good job!
MotoXXX is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 31 Old September 16th, 2011, 09:34 PM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mudxxed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Dothan, AL
Posts: 306
Re: My homemade toyhauler

I have the Scorpion S1 as well! I love that toyhauler!

2008 RZR 800
6in SATV LIFT, HL Springs
31 Laws
HIDS
LTE DUALS
Bazooka TUBBIES Speakers

mudxxed is offline  
post #5 of 31 Old September 16th, 2011, 10:30 PM
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Rzrluvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Anaheim,CA
Posts: 1,080
Garage
Re: My homemade toyhauler

Great job Nick You gonna use a weight distribution hitch? Gonna have some knarly tongue weight with an 1100lb RZR up front.

Rzrluvr is offline  
post #6 of 31 Old September 16th, 2011, 10:45 PM
SomeGuyFromOlympia
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SomeGuyFromOlympia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Olympia Wa
Posts: 1,783
Re: My homemade toyhauler

nice work!

If I can add something
for what its worth, the axels that you are using. They don't last long, just the components in general. As it was put to me "they are designed to deliver a house...once" thus the life span isn't what they could
....but I'm guessing that you know that!!!


as for your RZR, the 2010 has the better shocks

Good job, now get it loaded with fun stuff!!!

Rogue Fabrication
Cage
Nerf Bars
Bumpers
Seat Brackets
SomeGuyFromOlympia is offline  
post #7 of 31 Old September 16th, 2011, 11:55 PM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GIXXERGUY6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northwest, Ohio
Posts: 2,007
Re: My homemade toyhauler

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rzrluvr View Post
Great job Nick You gonna use a weight distribution hitch? Gonna have some knarly tongue weight with an 1100lb RZR up front.
I was going to say the same thing.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SomeGuyFromOlympia View Post
nice work!

If I can add something
for what its worth, the axels that you are using. They don't last long, just the components in general. As it was put to me "they are designed to deliver a house...once" thus the life span isn't what they could
....but I'm guessing that you know that!!!


as for your RZR, the 2010 has the better shocks

Good job, now get it loaded with fun stuff!!!
yeah those axles are once or twice and let them sit type of axles. He might get a year or 2 out of them if he travels light and services them.


Kick ass work though for sure. Only thing I would have done differently is put the "toy" over the axles instead of ahead of the axles.
GIXXERGUY6 is offline  
post #8 of 31 Old September 17th, 2011, 05:31 AM
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
bug-e-dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Carroll, Ohio
Posts: 613
Garage
Re: My homemade toyhauler

The trailer looks great !! Nice work... Here's my 2 cents worth... i have a 22' flat trailer. Currently I haul 2 RZR's and 2 quads on it.. The tonge is heavy, but not that bad. I don't have any special hitch... 2ndly.. I run 2 "house trailer axles.. I live in Ohio and have tacken it to Alabama twice, southern Kentucy three times, Silver lake sand dunes once, Buffalo New York,Myrtle Beach, Central Indiana 4 times etc.. as well several dozen local rides 1 to 3 hrs away..and I am running the same bearings that were in it when I built the trailer a few years ago.. keep 'em greased and run it... jmho...

Woods rider. RZR #1=Green Gen 1, ITP mudlites, 2" lift, FMF pipe, UMP air filter, Polaris Roof, rock sliders, front and rear bumpers, wink mirror, 3000 lb Warn winch, 10 million scratches, 9th place 2010 GNCC UTV Open/Limited class.:greenrzr: RZR#2 Green Gen 1, Stock, 2" lift, bent, bashed, scratched and TONs a fun !:greenrzr:
bug-e-dude is offline  
post #9 of 31 Old September 17th, 2011, 06:12 AM
I am still 16 in my head!
Feedback Score: 29 reviews
 
Kandgo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,939
Garage
Re: My homemade toyhauler

Quote:
Originally Posted by SomeGuyFromOlympia View Post
nice work!

If I can add something
for what its worth, the axels that you are using. They don't last long, just the components in general. As it was put to me "they are designed to deliver a house...once" thus the life span isn't what they could
....but I'm guessing that you know that!!!


as for your RZR, the 2010 has the better shocks

Good job, now get it loaded with fun stuff!!!
First off, Awesome Job you have did, I like it allot! Looks like you and yours will be having some good times with that Rig!!

His post qouted Travel Trailer Axles, might you be thinking Trailer House Axles? The Travel Trailer ones will last great, they were designed to go up and down the road.

I would have to agree, the Pop Up should go up front as far as you can get it and stack the Machines over the axels and on back.
Kandgo is offline  
post #10 of 31 Old September 17th, 2011, 08:46 AM
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
 
rzr(s)hroom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: colorado front range
Posts: 1,993
Re: My homemade toyhauler

my input on the tongue weight. tongue weight on my s1 is right at 1000lbs. i can reduce that just a tad if i put the rzr in facing forwards (but i usually haul it facing backwards). you will want a weight distro hitch with that kind of tongue weight and depending on your vehicle you may still get some sag. i also run air bags to reduce any porpoising.
rzr(s)hroom is offline  
post #11 of 31 Old September 17th, 2011, 09:12 AM
Premium Member
Feedback Score: 16 reviews
 
BLOODY BILL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: COLORADO ROCKIES 9,800 FEET
Posts: 14,164
Garage
Re: My homemade toyhauler

nice job by all,
i,ll leave the design flaws to others,
consider these examples proto type,
they can and i know will surly be improved,
the concept is really cool


WARNING!
GET YOUR RIDE INSURED / THEFT



BLOODY BILL is offline  
post #12 of 31 Old September 17th, 2011, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
nicholastheczar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 19
Re: My homemade toyhauler

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kandgo View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by SomeGuyFromOlympia View Post
nice work!

If I can add something
for what its worth, the axels that you are using. They don't last long, just the components in general. As it was put to me "they are designed to deliver a house...once" thus the life span isn't what they could
....but I'm guessing that you know that!!!


as for your RZR, the 2010 has the better shocks

Good job, now get it loaded with fun stuff!!!
First off, Awesome Job you have did, I like it allot! Looks like you and yours will be having some good times with that Rig!!

His post qouted Travel Trailer Axles, might you be thinking Trailer House Axles? The Travel Trailer ones will last great, they were designed to go up and down the road.

I would have to agree, the Pop Up should go up front as far as you can get it and stack the Machines over the axels and on back.
Yes, the are travel trailer axles not trailer house axles, these are made for running up and down the highway.

When I set the location of the pop, I had the tongue on a scale. My tongue weight will be somewhere around 900 lbs w/ a razor. I didn't want to put the camper on the front because I will not always be hauling a RZR or ATV w/ me and then the tonque weight would be too much. The popup by itself weighs around 2000 and is positioned over the axles, slightly to the rear. If when I get a rzr loaded and the TW is too much, I can move my axles relatively easily towards the front to increase the weight in the back, therefore reducing my tonque weight. I had been aiming at 15% of my total trailer weight, but I need to take it to the scales to see what my total weight is now.

Nick
nicholastheczar is offline  
post #13 of 31 Old September 17th, 2011, 01:47 PM
I am still 16 in my head!
Feedback Score: 29 reviews
 
Kandgo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,939
Garage
Re: My homemade toyhauler

Quote:
Originally Posted by nicholastheczar View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kandgo View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by SomeGuyFromOlympia View Post
nice work!

If I can add something
for what its worth, the axels that you are using. They don't last long, just the components in general. As it was put to me "they are designed to deliver a house...once" thus the life span isn't what they could
....but I'm guessing that you know that!!!


as for your RZR, the 2010 has the better shocks

Good job, now get it loaded with fun stuff!!!
First off, Awesome Job you have did, I like it allot! Looks like you and yours will be having some good times with that Rig!!

His post qouted Travel Trailer Axles, might you be thinking Trailer House Axles? The Travel Trailer ones will last great, they were designed to go up and down the road.

I would have to agree, the Pop Up should go up front as far as you can get it and stack the Machines over the axels and on back.
Yes, the are travel trailer axles not trailer house axles, these are made for running up and down the highway.

When I set the location of the pop, I had the tongue on a scale. My tongue weight will be somewhere around 900 lbs w/ a razor. I didn't want to put the camper on the front because I will not always be hauling a RZR or ATV w/ me and then the tonque weight would be too much. The popup by itself weighs around 2000 and is positioned over the axles, slightly to the rear. If when I get a rzr loaded and the TW is too much, I can move my axles relatively easily towards the front to increase the weight in the back, therefore reducing my tonque weight. I had been aiming at 15% of my total trailer weight, but I need to take it to the scales to see what my total weight is now.

Nick

Ahhhhhhhh Cool, I understand now. I did not know that them Pop Ups were as heavy, I can see why you did it that way. I built a similiar one years ago with a 8foot Overhead Camper, it was not nearly as heavy. I bet you will have yours leveled out perfect once loaded up with the Toys! We really enjoyed our set up for years, till we started having lots of kids! LOL!! Then we had to go to something bigger, now it is back to just Momma and I and in reality all we need is something like your doing. Best of luck and you sure did a good looking job with it!
Kandgo is offline  
post #14 of 31 Old September 17th, 2011, 02:02 PM
Professor
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Terse's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 535
Re: My homemade toyhauler

Looks great. I like how you positioned the pop up to rzr issue. That is what I would have done too.

Most people forget that you need tongue weight to keep trailer sway down. I can't tell you how many trailers I see wagging down the hwy because they lightened up the tongue weight to much with those weight distro hitches.

Add fenders to those tires.

Good job!

YFZ guru2010 RZR S, Racer Tech 2" lift, 20" and 4x 4" LED lights, Alba modified TS turbo kit, boost ref fuel pressure regulator, Alba exhaust, MCX adjustable clutch set up, Pro Armor seats, UTVInc Low Boy doors, Bruno Motorsports Lightbar Covers, 6" chopped cage, Tusk soft top, Tusk rear view mirror, Bad Dawg fold away side mirrors and grab handles, UTVInc V-brace Intrusion bar
Terse is offline  
post #15 of 31 Old September 17th, 2011, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
nicholastheczar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 19
Re: My homemade toyhauler

Quote:
Originally Posted by Terse View Post
Looks great. I like how you positioned the pop up to rzr issue. That is what I would have done too.

Most people forget that you need tongue weight to keep trailer sway down. I can't tell you how many trailers I see wagging down the hwy because they lightened up the tongue weight to much with those weight distro hitches.

Add fenders to those tires.

Good job!
Thanks. Good point on the fenders. I had bought some at Northern Tool but didnt like the looks of them on the trailer. I'd hate to have all the road grime thrown up on the trailer not to mention if I blew out a tire. I'd rather have the fender take a beating than my popup!

Nick
nicholastheczar is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Polaris RZR Forum - RZR Forums.net forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What Toyhauler to get?? chevybird72 Tow Rigs, Trailers and Camping 23 January 1st, 2013 07:44 AM
Toyhauler for 2 RZR's WOLF1 Tow Rigs, Trailers and Camping 16 September 20th, 2011 07:08 PM
new toyhauler bush Tow Rigs, Trailers and Camping 11 June 16th, 2011 11:49 AM
Rampage Toyhauler Nas88car Misc For Sale 2 September 1st, 2009 03:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome