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Thanks for the detailed write-up on your TH. I ordered a 24' TH from Dune Sport last year and took delivery about 2 weeks ago. You have a lot of interesting options I did not even know were available. A winch would have been nice. Mine is also very custom. I wanted the shortest trailer possible that would fit my baja bug or a 4 seat CanAm (dreaming). We picked it up after Christmas and only spent one night outside of Phoenix before heading home. I will post some pics later today. Some options I asked for were:

200ah lithium Amazon battery, located in the front storage area
Solar prewire in 3 places
I made a control panel and sent it to them to install
LED lights inside with a dimmer
LEDs outside, 1000 lumens on the sides, and 2700 lumens in the back
Double bunk happy jack
Inset the bathroom vanity into the nose
The large 12v fridge, which I really like also
We only asked for a stovetop, no oven. Instead I asked for the microwave to be placed under the stovetop. Located in the overhead cabinet was just too tall for my wife.


We wanted a TH that could suit all of our wants. We can use it as a camper, go to the desert with some toys, and I can pull it with my F150. I did not ask for a generator or fueling station. I plan to install 800w of solar on the roof, 200w on a ground mount, with a Victron invertor. I have a small suitcase generator that works well and can supplement the solar.

We have been adding a few details and are getting ready to boondock for a few days in the desert this weekend. We have never owned a travel trailer or you hauler before, so this has been a learning experience. So far, I really like it.


def post some pics of your toyhauler!

i hope your toyhauler works out exactly as you want it too. the solar pre wire was cheap for only missing the solar panels. i bought 2-100 watt renogy panels to complete it. also had the tv mount in the bedroom wired for a 12 volt tv because if i add on it will be a 12 volt like the ceiling mount.

we originally decided on a 24' with upper bunk and reversable couch on the lower. they told us they could still offer the side patio in the 24' dx or cds floor plan. in the dx they were willing to rotate the counter top to the front wall and add a flip up countertop extension as we did in our current modified 26' fb floor plan.

what is your dry weight and tongue weight? did you spend the extra for fiberglass or opt for the aluminum?

our floor plan........ [image]

stock fb floor plan..... [image]

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We ordered our CF model with a fiberglass front and corrugated sides for the same reasons (weight and cost). Trailer weight is around 5500, not sure on the tongue weight, but it is heavy. Still playing with the weight distribution hitch. My truck is leveled and squats too much, I might add some air bags.

We used the trailer this past weekend in the desert. Still trying to figure out how everything works. I have a punchlist of things I would like to add or change. One of the first items I plan to work on this week is to shorten the dinette table. With both the sofa and dinette folded out, there is only about a 1' gap, the dinette sticks out and reduces that space by about 4". Another issue is the furnace is very loud and impacts our sleep. It seems to kick on right when you just entering deep sleep and sounds like a hurricane. When hook-ups are available, we can use a small electric heater. Boondocking, we need the furnace. I need to find a better solution.

What I do not like about all trailers is the build quality. I worked in automotive product development early in my career and comparatively, trailers are primitive and built with off-the-shelf components. Certain details just seem low quality. This isn't a Dune Sport issue, it is an industry wide issue.

So far, I am happy with my Dune Sport trailer. They custom made it just the way I wanted. I would not have been happy with any other trailer.

Pics are still pending....

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Scott SD wrote:

We ordered our CF model with a fiberglass front and corrugated sides for the same reasons (weight and cost). Trailer weight is around 5500, not sure on the tongue weight, but it is heavy. Still playing with the weight distribution hitch. My truck is leveled and squats too much, I might add some air bags.

We used the trailer this past weekend in the desert. Still trying to figure out how everything works. I have a punchlist of things I would like to add or change. One of the first items I plan to work on this week is to shorten the dinette table. With both the sofa and dinette folded out, there is only about a 1' gap, the dinette sticks out and reduces that space by about 4". Another issue is the furnace is very loud and impacts our sleep. It seems to kick on right when you just entering deep sleep and sounds like a hurricane. When hook-ups are available, we can use a small electric heater. Boondocking, we need the furnace. I need to find a better solution.

What I do not like about all trailers is the build quality. I worked in automotive product development early in my career and comparatively, trailers are primitive and built with off-the-shelf components. Certain details just seem low quality. This isn't a Dune Sport issue, it is an industry wide issue.

So far, I am happy with my Dune Sport trailer. They custom made it just the way I wanted. I would not have been happy with any other trailer.

Pics are still pending....


if it helps i use https://postimages.org/ just select the the url link to post.

that is lighter then i thought it would be.
you are correct on camper builds lol
not only are they off the shelf but they will not modify them off the shelf at all.
have not tried the furnace yet in mine an probably should!

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scott sd, maybe look into timbrens before air bags. i think the timbrens will have far less effect on an empty ride over air bags.

i still have not used my furnace but i was in the toyhauler looking at a couple things. my furnace is mounted underneath the kitchen sink. it dumps right out at the base of the cabinet for the main living area. there is what appears ( didn't measure it) to be a 4" flex tube that runs through the wall under the shower base. it reduces to what appears to be 2" ( using pvc fittings) under there and T's to feed the bathroom and bedroom. i am no hvac expert but that would seem to me to be choking the air flow down quite a bit. i don't know until i try it i guess. everywhere we go has electrical hook ups including st anthony sand dunes. hell half the site at idaho rv dunes park have sewer as well. the oklahoma dunes campgrounds have similar with all private campgrounds having full hook ups and the states just water and electricity. now water pressure may only be 25 psi sometimes but technically they have water hook ups lol other time it may be 65 psi so i have a regulator for that reason. many trips down there were it's best to fill the fresh and use the pump. now our water pump is a bit noisy imo and the check valve leaks. after 3 says hooked up to city water the check valve leaked enough it filled out 100 gal fresh tanks. i said something to dune sport and they said they would send me a new pump and i have yet to see it. i have a shut off valve inline with the winterization kit i installed after the last trip so it cannot happen again. i didn't know i was carrying apprx 100 gal's of water until i got home and pulled the valve while winterizing it.

did you toyhauler come with low point drains? mine has a sticker on the frame that says low point drains but none to be found. i will add them this summer.

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I can't upload pics for some reason. This website is ancient. I'll figure it out later.

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Yes, my trailer does have a fresh water dump valve. It is a 1” line that goes to both 50g tanks. It hangs lower than I like. I would have preferred a 1/2” line on the side. Our water pump is also noisy. I haven’t figured out if I need to prime it or do something different. The first time we used it we didn’t really notice any noise. Our furnace is also in the bottom cabinets, but we do not have any ducting. We do not have a front bedroom. I think the flexible line might be increasing noise level, I just need to spend some time to investigate.

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Scott SD wrote:

I can't upload pics for some reason. This website is ancient. I'll figure it out later.


Hey Scott,

You can go to http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1 to upload your pic, and then copy the code from that page and post it into your post here.


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2nd Try

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A few more, now that I figured it out

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I will take a pic of the fresh water tank dump valve tomorrow and post it

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Scott SD wrote:

Yes, my trailer does have a fresh water dump valve. It is a 1” line that goes to both 50g tanks. It hangs lower than I like. I would have preferred a 1/2” line on the side. Our water pump is also noisy. I haven’t figured out if I need to prime it or do something different. The first time we used it we didn’t really notice any noise. Our furnace is also in the bottom cabinets, but we do not have any ducting. We do not have a front bedroom. I think the flexible line might be increasing noise level, I just need to spend some time to investigate.


mine has the same fresh water dump valve. low point drains are the red and blue hot and cold water lines hanging below the floor with shut off valves on them. the purpose of those is so that you can drain the vast majority of the water from the water lines. i usually open a faucet at the highest point to help them drain. still have to drain the water heater separately.

did you opt for the full 3k lb 8' tall ramp gate? i did and it's still steep enough that i winch my sand rail in. that and it's easier/simpler with the winch remote to walk beside it up the ramp.

i was looking at our water pump and i think some dense foam rubber may help. there are quieter models out there as well and may just swap it. it's not the worse but i can hear it while i am in the shower rinsing the shampoo off my head. having said that.....i have not tried it since i installed the winterization kit with shut off valves. the fact that the check valve was allowing water to fill up our fresh water tanks my impact the pump to a point. def never built the psi it should've with that much water bypassing.

nice pictures and i bet that one tows very nice. plenty of room for family of 4 in there especially compared to the genesis supreme overnighter. how much solar do you pan on installing?

how do you like the pass through storage in the nose? we had to sacrifice that to have to bedroom moved forward that 16" so scoot the bathroom and kitchen forward for 14' or true cargo length.

i have been very impressed with 12 volt fridge in ours! night and day difference compared to a standard rv absorption fridge!!

i tried to talk my wife into a single burner 2 volt induction cook top but she refused. we opted for the 2 burner lp with glass lid, flush mount. she now wish's she would've chose the induction cook top.i would've had to purchase and ship them the cook top but they would've installed it. even a 120volt model would've taken up less space. in the 10 years we owned our fifthwheel toyhauler we maybe used the stove top 4 times and that was do to bad weather. https://youtu.be/v5hl5z875Vk

i like the looks of the white units. didnt think i would so i opted for the grey/dark silver metal flake. i do like the way it looks but it does absorb heat as one would think. on a 85* ambient day my ir temp gun showed 120* on the siding that had been in the sun all day. no big deal as we have 2-13500 roof ac units in a 26' box. the rolled insulation kept it from bleeding through as well.

i like the control plate you made.

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