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LSFOG

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Toy Hauler Conversion
« on: July 01, 2007, 09:22:27 AM »
Folks I am a new comer to your forum with a puzzel.
I just bought a 10 year old Citation 23 foot 5th wheel.
It's in absoloute perfict condition dang near factory....
My only glitch is I would dearly love to bring my 660 Grizzley ATV along.
In Alberta here we can "B" train but darn few other places allow it.
My question is --- is it feasable / reasonable to open up a quad door in the
rear.
I would have to sacrifice the built in dinnet and a small portion of the counter
and the rear window would have to be infilled.
Recommendatios, suggestions, or laughter all graciousely accepted. AND thanks    Ken

Shayne

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2007, 10:05:55 AM »
JMO   Buy a unit capable of doing what you want to use it for.  Customizing  a unit can get very expensive and then not do the job, especially if it wasn't setup to do that job in the 1st place.  JMO but to each his or her own.
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Ron

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2007, 10:50:01 AM »
I am agreement with Shayne. I is a shame to tear up a good rig by attempting to modifying for something else for which it was not originally designed.
Ron & Sam-home is where we park it. Currently located   HERE

janpaul

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2007, 06:42:43 PM »
You could get a device that attaches to the rear of the camper that will carry a quad or a motorcycle, then you will not have to modify your 5er.
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Shayne

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2007, 06:50:29 PM »
That again would not be  a choice I would make.   The back end of a camper is not designed to handle a quad of any sort.  Besides it throws the balance of a unit completely out of kilter.  Personally I would never use the back of a camper for anything but a bike or step ladder attached to the camper ladder.  JMO  But others may do foolish things.
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Carl L

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2007, 06:57:01 PM »
More than a shame, such a conversion may not work.  Purpose-built toy haulers have beefed up frames and are balanced to take a load aft of the axles.   My guess is that when you finished your 'conversion', you would wind up with a weak framed toyhauler that would be unstable in towing.  The problems of weight behind the axles and frame strength will  also affect attempts to hang a motorcycle from the rear bumper of the trailer.

If you want a toy hauler, buy a toy hauler.
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janpaul

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2007, 07:21:18 PM »
The carrier I saw had a rear wheel under it, so I guess that would keep it from adding a lot of weight to the rear. I do not know if it was homemade or not, it was on the back of a Montana hauling a Harley yesterday going down I-95. We bought a toy hauler to have the extra room in the back and sometimes carry a 4 wheeler and other hunting gear, I think you would be much happier with that, after having that extra space, I could not imagine travelling without it. It would be like going back to a single cab pickup after having an extended cab.
2005 Chevy 2500 HD Ext Cab 4x4, Duramax/Allison
AFE Stage 2 Intake, MBRP Cool Duals, Pac Brake exhaust brake
B&W Turnover Ball, Curt X5 Rail adapter & Curt 16K E5 Hitch
2007 Keystone Raptor 299MP, Fifth Airborne Sidewinder Air Ride
Paul, Janice, Erica, Olivia

LSFOG

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2007, 08:04:33 PM »
Thanks for the sanity check folks.
I guess I will just have to start stuffing the penny bank '''' again''''.
Ken

Shayne

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2007, 08:23:02 PM »
Very wise decision.
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Ron

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Re: Toy Hauler Conversion
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2007, 08:38:19 PM »
Thanks for the sanity check folks.
I guess I will just have to start stuffing the penny bank '''' again''''.
Ken

Like Shayne mentioned very good choice.
Ron & Sam-home is where we park it. Currently located   HERE