Get A Look At Forest River’s New XLR Toy Haulers


Forest River's new XLR. Photo via RV Trader

Get A Look At Forest River’s New XLR Toy Haulers

Forest River’s newest line of toy haulers, the XLR brand, promises to offer owners a slew of possible camping experiences, beyond hauling ATVs around and relying on campground hookups.

The company has broadened the spectrum of what it means to RV in the great outdoors with the addition of innovative products and different floor plans in the new XLR toy haulers.

Toy Hauler Interior
Interior of a Forest River XLR toy hauler

XLR RVs are among the best toy haulers for boondocking

XLR RVs represent exactly what they say.  XLR is an acronym for Extended Living Recreation. 

This line of travel trailer and fifth wheel toy haulers allow owners the capability of adventuring for an extended amount of time in the rugged outdoors without having to rely on electric, water, or sewer hook-ups.  This is due to modifications and additions that customers won’t see in other Forest River brands.

Products that extend dry camping time

  • Yamaha generator: The Yamaha generator is 30% more fuel-efficient compared to its competitor and includes a pull-start.  Both features create an energy source that is self-sustaining and long-lasting.
  • Large water capacities: Regardless of the model, all XLR travel trailers and fifth wheels come equipped with oversized tanks. The fresh water tank is a 100-gallon container.
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Comfortable kitchen inside the 2020 XLR Nitro. Photo via RV Trader

Products that accommodate rugged landscapes

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS): Preparation is the key to any type of RV travel. The TPMS allows drivers to not only avoid accidents from blown tires but also monitors heat produced by bearings that are in need of grease.
  • XTRA features: Since many toy hauler owners venture beyond the asphalt and concrete, Forest River created a set of special features (dubbed XTRA) on their RVs to accommodate this “off the beaten path” travel.  The XLT models have these features including a wide-frame stance for safer turns, radiant-reflective insulation, Nitrogen-filled tires, and weather-resistant flooring.

XLR models

Forest River is already a leader in the toy hauler industry, with its 35% market share from combined trailer and fifth wheel sales, according to a survey conducted by a Michigan-based data firm. This, however, has not halted their dedication to creating reliable, multi-functional, and even luxurious RVs to fit the bill of any kind of camper.

XLR toy haulers come in a variety of layouts that are meant to meet the needs and wants of any RVer. 

“From the entry-level customer who just wants to dip their toes into the toy hauler experience to seasoned veterans who live the lifestyle that toy haulers can afford, XLR has a trailer for them,”

Explains XLR management team member, Brent Stevens.

The following models of the XLR brand are categorized according to design and function.

Image of XLR Boost trailer model from Forest River.

Entry-level XLR models

Although suitable for RVers of all experience levels, the XLR Boost and Micro Boost models are created for a younger age group (under 40 years old) that are new to RVing, looking for a more affordable price range, or have a growing family. These RVers still want the best toy hauler, but at a price they can afford.

The Micro Boost and Boost models include basic features offered in all subsequent models including a variety of floorplan arrangements for a master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and an area to store outdoor toys (e.g., golf cart, ATV, kayaks, canoes, and bikes).  

The Micro Boost is a travel trailer and starts at a price of $16,000. The Boost is available as a trailer and fifth wheel and retails at $49,000.

Image of XLR Nitro fifth wheel model from Forest River.

Versatile XLR models

The mid-level Hyperlite and Nitro models make up the multi-functional category.  A step up from the Boost models, the Hyperlite and Nitro offer a few more bells and whistles including a central vacuum, front windshield, solar and 4G LTE/WiFi package options, and more overall square footage for spacious living and extra storage. 

They also offer garage enclosure and outdoor deck options. The Hyperlite models are travel trailers while Nitros are fifth wheels.  Hyperlites start at $33,000 and Nitros begin at $53,000

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Image of XLR Thunderbolt fifth wheel model from Forest River.

Luxury XLR model

The best toy hauler is also available at the top of the scale. The Thunderbolt is XLR’s high-end product.  With an MSRP starting at $88,000, the model is intended for the more affluent buyer looking for not only functionality but top of the line aesthetic design, innovative construction, and convenience through automation. 

The Thunderbolt includes crown molding throughout the interior, a hydraulic 6-point auto-leveling system, Zero Gravity ramp door, solar panel with inverter, optional one control automation system, and optional keyless entry.

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Natalie Henley

Natalie Flores-Henley and her husband, Levi Henley, workamp around the country in their 26-foot motorhome. Along with writing for RV magazines, they recently published their first book together, Seasonal Workamping for a Living: How We Did It. They share their experiences and RV-related tips on their own blog henleyshappytrails.com as well as videos on their YouTube Channel, also called Henley's Happy Trails.

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