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Old 06-14-2014, 02:28 PM   #41
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Now on vacation with our Forest River R-Pod 178. Interior is about the size of a cruise ship cabin (bathroom too), plus the 'Pod has a kitchen.

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Our Tow Vehicle is a 2012 Honda Pilot 4WD. Engine is a 3.5L (250 hp) with 5-speed automatic. Rated 4,500 lbs GVWR.

The Pilot is an 8-passenger (2+3+3) SUV and has a huge amount of interior storage with 3rd row of seats folded down (makes up for the little storage inside the R-Pod 178).

The Pilot tows the 'Pod with adequate power and fuel economy. It gets 22-24 mpg all the time when not towing and is very comfortable to ride in. Got to be better than any pickup truck.

As you can see, it tows very level without any modifications or load leveler hitch:


It does need an anti-sway bar because the RP-178 seldom tries to waggle. A touch of the manual electric brake quickly brings the rig back into line.

We tow the RP-178 in cruise-control (Drive) mode at about 60 mph all the time. We average 12 mpg under those conditions.

When I see an uphill approaching, I hit the button that locks the xmsn into 3rd gear. That revs the engine to about 4,000 rpms (Honda motors love it) and allows the rig to easily maintain 60 without going thru the 5th to 4th to 3rd dance (losing 5 mph in the process) it would have had to do on its own anyway.

Very pleased with both Pod & Pilot.



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Old 06-14-2014, 08:20 PM   #42
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CORRECTION: It does not need an anti-sway bar because the RP-178 seldom tries to waggle.

Sorry for the typo
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:35 PM   #43
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Towing our 2015 182G with a 2006 Honda Ridgeline. Great tow vehicle for this size trailer.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:55 PM   #44
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Just Purchased 2015 R-POD 178

Pull it with our 2012 Toyota Sienna mini-van. That's one reason we bought the R-Pod, could do it with our current vehicle. Been searching for 5 years.

Took it on a trial run and in a month on a 10 day trip.

Appreciate the tips on this board.

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Old 08-30-2014, 12:55 PM   #45
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We have a 2015 r-pod 178. We pull it with either our Dodge Ram 1500 (V6) or our Dodge Durango (small V8; not the Hemi)… both vehicles pull it just fine. The V6 feels it a little in headwinds and going up long, steep hills on the interstate… but it gets the job done. The Durango… doesn’t feel it back there.

We use the trailer brakes for the extra stopping power (required & very nice). Also, we use a sway control bar, plus a weight distribution system. The r-pod pulls as straight as an arrow at 70 MPH.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:55 AM   #46
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I use my Super crew F150 Plus WD and Sway bar. I'd rather over kill than get killed.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:16 AM   #47
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We tow our RPod 179 with a 2011 Toyota Tundra v8 4wd
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:46 PM   #48
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We tow our 178 with a 03 Chevy Trailblazer (inline 6). There is a little strain with the larger inclines here in PA, but over all not bad. I do have a Reese Mini 350 that I took off my Coleman Mesa, it is weight distribution and anti sway all in one and it works great.
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We tow our 178 with a 03 Chevy Trailblazer (inline 6). There is a little strain with the larger inclines here in PA, but over all not bad. I do have a Reese Mini 350 that I took off my Coleman Mesa, it is weight distribution and anti sway all in one and it works great.
Wonderful photo! Glad to have you out there Podding with us Buxmont.
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We were debating on a Toyota Highlander or a Tacoma to tow a new RPod 179.... Highlander 5,000 Tacoma 6,400.... any thoughts? experiences? Recommendations? Suggestions just 2 adults and 2 dogs
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