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RV News Exclusive: The RV Factory Builds 18-Foot Garage For Toy Hauler

Fri Jul 22, 2016

146920376289193.jpgMany RV customers and enthusiasts had been asking for a larger garage in toy haulers for quite some time, asking for the space to haul everything they needed in one model.

The RV Factory was listening.

The factory direct manufacturer has unveiled its 18-foot garage on its new model of toy hauler fifth wheel. Appropriately nicknamed the GarageZilla, the new model increases the garage size of the previous models by more than 25 percent.

Ben Swathwood, The RV Factory’s National Sales Manager, says he saw a huge demand for a larger garage size on a toy hauler and the company decided to meet the customer demands for a size almost unheard of in the industry.

“Last year, we had taken a trip out to the sand dunes in Southern California and most families are having the large Razors (ATVs) and the kids have quads and dirt bikes and they needed something larger,” Swathwood says. “When in transit, you’re pulling everything into the kitchen and living room and when you park, you pull all those outside. We had good responses with the 14-foot garage but they said they wanted something bigger. We talked about it and decided it was something we wanted to experiment on. We’ve done that now.”

The company has floorplans for what the new model – the 4620W – will look like and it will go into production by August or September. Swathwood says the customer response already has been good according to the visits on the website. A newly finished model also is being planned to be on display at the company’s Mesa, Arizona showroom.

The RV Factory’s Senior Web Designer and Marketing Specialist Ed Kiefer says the new model is truly unique, giving the RV enthusiasts a place to store everything as well as ample room to fit a whole family for the night.

“It’s pretty unique because it allows us to have a lot more sleeping area,” Kiefer says. “Not only do we have one set of bunk beds in there that are approximately queen size. Now we can have two sets of bunk beds and also the option of a sleep-out sofa. It’s just a massive amount of sleeping area. It’s an amazing amount of space.”

The GarageZilla also has the same amenities as all of the other toy hauler fifth wheels the company has produced, including 3,200-pound hitch weight, tankless water heater, A/C and heat, microwave and refrigerator. The total length is at 46 feet, more than any of the other previous models, while the garage space is more than the previous 14 feet, 4 inches that the company put out before.

Swathwood says the factory direct manufacturer status allows the company to more fully connect with the customers’ needs and demand, because it allows the engineers and designers to cater to exactly what the customer is wanting.

“Since we don’t sell to dealers, we can now incorporate what the customer wants,” Swathwood says. “That’s a huge key to being factory direct. By eliminating the dealer, we can emphasize exactly what the customer wants. To customize, to a degree, we can now incorporate our build to exactly what they’re looking for and stay under the umbrella of a manufacturer. We can fine tune exactly what they want. That’s big for us and big for the customer. They have a bigger voice in how their unit is built. They can hand pick every option and every color.”

Swathwood also says the way the demand is looking, the new GarageZilla could increase the sales of their previous models by nearly 60 percent.

While some components of the RV industry are getting smaller and lighter, in the toy hauler division, many of the customers are under the philosophy that the bigger, the better.

And The RV Factory complied.

To contact The RV Factory about the new GarageZilla, call 574-862-3702 or visit

*While the floorplan on the company website and in the accompanying photo states the toy hauler's garage is 20 feet long, it is being developed at 18 feet, the company says.