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First of all, hello. I am terrible with online searches so please forgive me if this info is readily available somewhere that I'm not aware of.

I have been researching toy haulers for quite a while now and I think I have narrowed it down to two; The Forest River Stealth 2515 or the XLR Hyper Lite 24HFS. My number one concern is interior height in the "garage" area with the electric motorized bed raised. I will be hauling a Polaris RZR in the back. They sit about 5' 10" tall as they roll off the showroom floor. I'd love to have some wiggle room on the height for stuff like light bars, the roof, and possibly taller tires down the road. I have searched and searched for that information and haven't found anything.

I also really like the layout of the Fun Finder XT245 and the fact that it appears very light weight, but it appears to be shorter than either the Hyper Lite or the Stealth. The Jayco Octane T26Y appears to be very tall in the back, but I'm just not sold on the floor plan.

Is there any way to get that information? For what it's worth, I'm towing with a 2010 Toyota Tundra with every tow option and E load rated tires. I've even been tempted to look at the Stealth 2715, but it's heavier yet and I don't want to get to an uncomfortable point with towing it. I've been towing enclosed car trailers with various loads for a few years with this truck, and a couple hundred pounds of tongue weight can make a noticable difference.

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Many toy haulers are not suitable for 1/2t trucks because of the large weight bias on the hitch (many are over 1000 lbs HW). You may find the only way you will be able to stay under rear axle rating is by not hauling water even with a weight distribution hitch. The lower weight capacity of the semi floating axle is your limitation. Once you step up to the 3/4t or larger class of trucks, most of the axles are full floating and designed for 9k lbs (even though they be lower rated due to the suspension or wheels).


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That's why I'm staying with a smaller toy hauler. Both the Stealth and Hyper Lite I'm looking at are well within what I'll comfortably tow with my truck. I'm not one of those guys comfortable pulling a 33' trailer with a 1/2 ton. The one bit of information I can't seem to find anywhere for the time being is interior height under the rear bed. That bit of info may very well make my final decision for me.

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It is a common problem with height, so don't feel singled out. I often see guys deflate tires, remove roll cages, strap down suspension or remove the rear loft bed to clear their rigs.

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not really and answer to your question but........my son and i both have ww's

they both have just over 6 ft under the rear bed when up. he has a rzr also and works for him.

this seems to be a sort of generic measurement.

yu are right to ask and check to make sure though.

the 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton ratings have all become so blurred, so much in the last few years, its hard to keep up with what will pull what.

i think most of the ultra lights ect are built to be 1/2 towable. you very well might want to take a test tow before you buy. if at all possible. if not at least hook up and see how your pu looks. measure hitch sag and front fender hight be for and after.

that and the gvw of the trailer should be posted some where in the trailer. you can compare to what the rating on your tundra is.


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My Attitude has 72.5 inches of clearance under the two queen beds when raised. The new models have even more to accomadate the RZRs.


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Here is a link that states the new Attitudes have 79 inches of clearance.
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It's the guys running over sized wheels, long travel kits and light bars that have the most trouble. I know my WW was just over 6' under the the single loft bed, but they also offered a lower profile bed to give you more clearance. The double loft bed setup took 4-6" away from your height.

With the popularity of the 4-seaters, many are finding that the cages are taller than the 2-seater versions and are running into height issues even when stock.

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You could "chop" the cage on the RZR or swap it for an after market cage. Both of these options are a common practice. Jump over to rzrforums.net and search for the term "cage chop".


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I really want to avoid modifying my RZR to fit in a hauler. I posted this same question in the Forest River Foums and it sounds like it will fit in the back of the Hyper Lite 24HFS with about 8" to spare. If that's the case, I'm fairly certain that will be my choice. If I was willing to get a 3/4 ton truck, I'd go with a bigger Stealth, but the low tongue weight of the Hyper Lite has me leaning that way.

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