At last! A toy-hauler with a “hidden garage” – but with hidden problems

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By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Heartland RV is offering a new concept in toy haulers – and for some of us out here in RVer land, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. With much fanfare, the Thor Industries stepchild company based in Elkhart, Indiana, is announcing its patent-pending Hidden Garage.

This all-new concept makes its debut in the 2020 Cyclone 4214 toy hauler. With 42 feet, you ought to be able to haul a lot of stuff, and just how they do it is where the hidden garage concept comes in. The Cyclone is a front living room fiver, leaving the rear-end available for the toy-hauling garage. “The unobstructed, 14-foot garage is unlike any other front living room toy hauler in the industry,” touts company spokesman Dustin Swindeman in a press release.

How do you stuff 14’ of “unobstructed” garage into a 42’ unit, that already puts a pretty large theater-seating style living room up front? By sticking the bedroom (with its king-size bed) in the rear. Wait a minute, we said that’s where that 14’ of unobstructed garage lives. Yep, it’s a garage; it’s a bedroom. It’s neither fish nor fowl, because when it’s time to roll your side-by-side (or even a small car) into the garage, you simply push a button and roll the bedroom – floor and all – up into the ceiling. Voila! Your hidden garage stands ready to receive!

We took the virtual tour of the Cyclone 4214 on the company website, trying to imagine how both garage and bedroom might be usable at the same time. In the “tour” we virtually walked down the steps into the garage. The bedroom floor, at that point, was about eye-level. That didn’t answer the question, so we looked around on YouTube and found a video tour of the Cyclone at an RV show. The properly attired hostess was apparently speechless, but in a style reminiscent of an overstuffed blue-jeans-clad Vanna White, smiled constantly and pointed to various features to jazzy music accompaniment. Vanna showed us the bedroom, but this time we walked up steps to look around the rather Spartan boudoir.

Still no answer, so we called the heartland of Heartland, right back to Indiana, and punched in the number for sales. Maybe it’s that dratted COVID-19, but nobody but the computer responded to our call. It wasn’t able to answer the question. Since the company website couldn’t provide us with a location for a dealer in Arizona, we finally broke down and Googled, getting the number for a Heartland dealer in Phoenix. The salesman at La Mesa RV told me they don’t have any of the units on their lot, and didn’t know when they’ll come in. But on looking through his information, his answer to our question was this: “When you want to use the bedroom, it looks like you’ll have to park your toys outside.”

If that’s true, all we can say is, “Great concept guys!” Choose between putting yourself in bed, or putting your junk in the garage.

##RVT941

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Steve F

Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Or in this case the smell of whatever was leaking during transport while trying to sleep.

Dry Creek

I’ve never really considered Vanna White’s jeans to be overstuffed.

Now, Rosie O’Donnell? Definitely.

Any of the Kardashians? Without a doubt.

Tom

As somebody that bought a well used toy hauler about a year ago and took it on a 3 month 9300 mile trip. My wife and I have one significant complaint about it, and all the others that we have looked at. While on our trip we would sometimes stay overnight someplace while on our way to our next destination. We did not want to unload the Harley for the evening and then load it back up in the morning. But without doing that there was simply no place to sit down to eat a meal or watch tv in the evening. The table and the seats were folded up against the wall to make room for the motorcycle. We will eventually buy a newer toy hauler and was wondering if anybody knows who might make one that actually has room to sit down in while the motorcycle is still inside?

PennyPA

Why can’t you use one of the sofa/beds in the living room that’s up front?

Rick

Kinda tough on the girl, weren’t you?

Scott R. Ellis

Oh, come on. Many people want exactly this: a way to get their ORV to an appropriate place to play with it a few hours or a day away from home, and then a comfortable place to sleep. It’s not going to bother them a bit to put the “toy” outside once they get there, and to leave it outside until Sunday afternoon when it’s time to head for home.

No, this isn’t the answer for someone who was hoping to travel with their toad hauled. But that’s not the market. I imagine they’ll sell some good number of these to people who understand what the point of them is.

Bob_B

Several videos online make it clear that the bedroom has to be raised in order to use the garage for taller items like a golf cart with a roof or the ATV shown in one of the videos. What really caught my eye, though was your snarky comment that, “… but in a style reminiscent of an overstuffed blue-jeans-clad Vanna White, [she] smiled constantly and pointed to various features to jazzy music accompaniment.”

I’d thought that you might be better than that. Obviously, I was wrong.

Connie VH

I don’t know about this …

Of course I dont HAVE one but … is it possible to sleep at night in the same place where fuel fumes gather during transport times? Oil leaks…? FUEL leaks??

No thanks.

Marty

Grand Designs has the Momentum 376THS which has a garage under the bedroom. Their implementation allows simultaneous use of both the garage and bedroom. The drawback is the size of the garage 117″ D x 63″ W …and 77″ H when the bedroom above is elevated for loading/unloading… 66″ H when lowered for normal use. This is a very nice design for a motorcycle…but not suitable for larger vehicles. There are a couple other manufacturers now copying this design. I haul my Harley, so this interests me…but it would not work for a larger ATV or car.

Donald N Wright

I have been impressed by many toy hauler designs. Most have a bedroom up front, and a few have a 1/2 bath room in the garage. Often the garage becomes a den and the toy is outside covered with a tarp.

Jonathan Miller

Every toyhauler ever built makes the same compromise… living space versus garage. If you want the living space you have to put your toys outside. I don’t think anyone makes a toy hauler with a legitimate full time garage.