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Old 12-18-2016, 03:03 AM   #1
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Is RPod the ONE?

Been looking at RPods but have not taken the step. As a kid, we had tent trailers then when I graduated my folks moved on to travel trailers and eventually motor homes.
So, it's been quite a while since I did any camping. My wife is pretty much into bnb or a hotel camping with room service, but has warmed up to the possibility of a travel trailer.
Bearing that in mind, I have a Honda Ridgeline which is supposed to tow 5000 pounds. I have been looking at the 179 as I like the layout, but then I also like the slightly longer trailers with a slide out dinette, queen bed (not located near a main door unless it has a second door). I also like the love seats/recliners and a well furnished bath with separate toilet/shower - unlike the rpods....
I am open to recommendations and appreciate any advice. I think the weight restriction is my biggest hurdle and I don't want to pull a 30 footer even if I had a vehicle to do it.
I might even consider a fifth wheel??? it would mean a different truck probably.
Thanks to anyone in advance!! Happy Holidays!
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Old 12-18-2016, 03:35 AM   #2
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You're going to really be limited in TT choices.
Rpod would be perfect for the Ridgeline but anything bigger will be dicey.
Mainly because of the 500lbs tongue weight limit and the frontal area limit.
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Old 12-18-2016, 07:27 AM   #3
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A 5th wheel would absolutely mean a different truck, there's no way you are pulling a 5th with a Ridgeline. Although I am willing to bet there will be a salesman out there willing to tell you that you can. That being said you are wise to do your homework and inquire in places like this as to what you can and cannot tow. Do not let salespeople try to sell you on the idea that the sky is limit. Most of them are pretty clued out as to a tow vehicle's true capabilities.
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Old 12-18-2016, 07:42 AM   #4
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Sounds like ya better consult with DW. You may have to change your choice and go bigger with bigger truck. If it's just the two of you then the Rpod maybe the one to get first to really see if DW like the idea of camping. Later RJD
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:18 AM   #5
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We started with an Rpod pulled by a Honda Pilot, same frame/transmission/engine as the Ridgeline. Rpod is about as big as you can go without buying a new truck. Forget the technical 5000 lb towing. The transmission and drive train struggle even with the Rpod. Lots of gear searching on hills and even on flat highways at around 60-65 mph. Eventually just kept in tow gear constantly.

We do look fondly on our Rpod days and we're sad to see it go. Very comfortable, appreciated the hard sides in bad weather. We decided that camping was for us and learned what features and size suited us. They remain very popular. Sold the Rpod in 1 week on Craig's list after 5 years with only a 5000 loss over price paid. I would start with the Rpod if getting back to camping rather than buy a truck and a camper.
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:08 AM   #6
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I have gotten a few of my customers that own ridgeline's into camping with r-pods. Very happy campers.

I do suggest that you rent a class c a few times just to see if DW even likes the camping experience then move up to negotiations of buying a trailer.


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Old 12-18-2016, 01:39 PM   #7
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Not knocking the Rpod but your 'wants' do not fit inside. It sounds like you are going to be quickly disappointed and your wife also.
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:26 PM   #8
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Smile RPod ?

A girlfriend of ours bought the RPod w/o slide in 2015.....traded it in after a year for the 180 which has the slide and a real bathroom. Have to admit she has it tricked out nice after we helped her add shelves and bags hanging everywhere for all her stuff. Galley a bit tight but not too bad....dinette of course a 2 person.....the bed becomes the sofa for her and her dog. Yes, she is travelling alone.

If you want something a bit bigger, take a look at the Surveyor line, they even have one with an outdoor kitchen which would be great.....take a look at those and then figure out your truck needs......might have to upgrade tho.
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:58 PM   #9
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I've got a v6 Nissan Xterra and pull a Rockwood MiniLite 2306 which has a dry weight of 3808#. That's in the realm of towing with the Ridgeline, same as my X.

The 2306 is a nice unit for a couple, and you can rent it out to a family of 4 as it has the bunkhouse.

If you want all the creature comforts as you listed, you will be hard pressed to find all that in a unit under 5000#.
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My 2 cents:

You say, "My wife is pretty much into bnb or a hotel camping with room service,..."

I'm guessing she's not going to be a fan of a wet bath (I know I'm not). That would limit you to the RP-180 or the RP-183G.

If you have experience with tent trailers, you might want to look at the Rockwood Roo/Flagstaff Shamrock hybrids as a starter. Unless you keep it to the smaller ones, these will be pushing your Ridgeline, though.

If not into tent bunks, the smaller Rockwood Mini Lite/Flagstaff Micro Lites might be a better fit. Most of these are probably a bit big for your Ridgeline.
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