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Old 07-02-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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We just purchased our first camper. An RPod 172. We are going on a cross country trip with it in two weeks. We have a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3 FWD. We took it for a test drive the other night with nothing but a plain hitch. It only settled 1" when hooked up and ran well going down the road at 60mph. Our mileage went to about 13, but that was expected. Am going to start doing a lot of posts as we learn to use the camper and asking for advice Tune in for more.

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Old 07-02-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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to the forum !!

Lookn' forward to hearing about your adventures in with the RPod !!
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thanks. We should be picking up the camper this week once they install the convection microwave in it.

I've been reading a lot about generators online and am wondering what is the smallest and quietest one that could run the ac in a no hookup situation.

I'm also curious if anyone has tried installing a exterior fold down table of any kind for putting a camping grill on, or if anyone has installed a side mount LP grill on their rpod.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:50 AM   #4
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I've been reading a lot about generators online and am wondering what is the smallest and quietest one that could run the ac in a no hookup situation.
My Yamaha EF2400is will run my 13,500 BTU AC at 3500'. There is a member on here that has run his at 7000' elevation.

According to members here, several have been able to run their ACs with Honda 2000s, and some have not had any luck. A Honda 3000 should do the trick without a problem.

The Yamahas and Hondas are all pretty quiet in the 2000 to 3000 model range.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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Packing our rpod for the first time. It's like buying a new home. Going for a night at a nearby rv park by georgetown to try it out before the big trip.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:08 PM   #6
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:19 PM   #7
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Here's our new rpod.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:10 PM   #8
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nice trailer MACMANLEX; You should have no problems towing it with your santa fe. I have a 2011 minilite 1809s that I pull behind our 2009 Uplander and it pulls like a charm. We only venture on mostly flat roads and I know that if you are nice with it it should be okay, We have a extra heavy duty transmission cooler and also one on the engine oil. Good luck. I use a reese 550 equalizer.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:18 PM   #9
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We are at a campground about 20 miles from home trying it out. We have 2 extra passengers with us which makes it a bit cramped but it's working fairly well. Doing this as a learning experience for our large trip this week. The Santa Fe pulled it ok, but with the AC on you could tell it struggled a bit more. I'm a bit scared about the Rockies. But I guess we will do it.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:22 AM   #10
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macmanles: We always pull our trailer with the ac turned off and I dont leave the gear in overdrive. I looked at ther brochure of your IR pod and your dry weight is aprx 2200 lbs. If you look on the yellow sticker beside the weight datas it will tell you your real weight. But I would not venture too much in hoilly countries because your santa fe will certainly struggle.
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