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.
r-pod Travel Trailers by Forest River
R-Pod 178 Floor Plan
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.