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Old 03-16-2015, 09:22 AM   #81
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Wow. That is the largest Rpod I have ever seen. Most I see are not that tall or have a slide out. Very nice.

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Old 03-16-2015, 10:30 AM   #82
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Wow. That is the largest Rpod I have ever seen. Most I see are not that tall or have a slide out. Very nice.

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The model 17 isn't even their largest - it's just the one I'd like with the bunks for the kids.
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Hey Campermom,

We DO have owner in the R-Pod Community that tow with Honda Odysseys. We encourage them to stick with the smaller model R-Pods and to pack smartly and be comfortable with how their vehicle will tow, but they are out there.

I will advise though that we often have owners in your tow range who buy an R-Pod and love it but eventually down the road end up upgrading as they just feel like they want more power towing.

Others say though, that they aren't in any hurry while towing and are fine with slow and steady and enjoy their camping in smaller rated vehicles. Again the smaller R-Pods are better suited in this category.

Thank you! I will not be upgrading to another travel trailer, but down the road to an actual C class. So I want to make a smart purchase now because I will be using it for a long time. I will try to find some other Honda owners - I will be using it a lot in FL, but the purpose of having it is to go back and forth to Ohio, and I really don't want to get stuck in the TN mountains!
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:20 PM   #84
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I think the 172 would be a good choice due to weight reduction with lack of slide out and you have your bunks.

I also recommend a set of sumo springs coil spring helpers. It will help the back end sag with the tongue weight. Pretty easy to install also.


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Old 03-18-2015, 09:46 PM   #85
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I think the 172 would be a good choice due to weight reduction with lack of slide out and you have your bunks.

I also recommend a set of sumo springs coil spring helpers. It will help the back end sag with the tongue weight. Pretty easy to install also.


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I did a lot of research last night and came across two different people online that purchased the RPods with Odysseys. One had the 182, which is heavier than the 176. The other had a 176 and drove it cross country, but did say they would advise keeping it on flatter land for the most part. With that in mind, my long haul traveling I have in mind is for later in life when I'm alone and I have an RV. But, for now I have two small children (50lbs and 60 lbs), we're in flat FL, and the most we would probably ever be on the road at a time would be a few weeks. So I'm pretty confident our load will be lighter than most. I did get a quote for the 2015 from a dealer in Ohio that was $7K less than any down here (that's ridiculous such a difference in price!), so I may just pick one up while in Ohio this summer and drive it back. There has to be a better route coming through the Carolinas where I could avoid the TN mountains. I really appreciate all the advice, and I wrote down the suggestions (7 pin, etc) things you mentioned. But I think I'm going to give the 176 a shot. The 172 not only is a tighter squeeze, which I think I will regret after awhile, but there's no window above the sink - another feature I really like. If my van dies trying, then I'll deal with that later! But for now, I really love the 176 and I will keep the load light, and keep the pedal to the medal LIGHTLY and on flatter ground.
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The 176 is a great model, you'll have to keep us posted on your journey and travels. I'm excited to see you out there Podding!!
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:31 AM   #87
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The 176 is a great model, you'll have to keep us posted on your journey and travels. I'm excited to see you out there Podding!!
Thanks - hopefully, this summer!
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[QUOTE=Campermom;810334]Thanks - hopefully, this summer![/QUOTE


Be sure and let us know your schedule and agenda, we end up with several small pop up R-Pod campouts throughout the season that you might want to check out.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:39 PM   #89
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Be sure and let us know your schedule and agenda, we end up with several small pop up R-Pod campouts throughout the season that you might want to check out.
That sounds awesome! I might be in one by July!
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We have a recently purchased 2014 182G. We tow it with our 2013 Toyota Sienna Mini Van. Has the tow package on the van and the only upgrades at time of tailer purchase was to change out from a flat 4 to the 7 round electrical and electronic brake control.

We also added a fastway e2 weight distribution hitch. Really made a difference in ensuring that all four tires on the van are properly leveled.

The torture test was a trip to Leavenworth WA. Made it up snoqualmie and blewitt passes with little problem. The weight distribution hitch does fantastic for sway control as well. Even with the wind gusts in the passes no problems. 18 wheelers? Not even in the same class as those wind gusts .��

Most of the rest of our trips will primarily be along the coast, but Eastern Washington is open with no trouble with the passes.
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R-171 with a 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i. Take it slow and easy and it runs the speed limit just fine. Slower on the hills but it was what we had and ain't buying anything else soon.
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R-171 with a 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i. Take it slow and easy and it runs the speed limit just fine. Slower on the hills but it was what we had and ain't buying anything else soon.

Wow, I'm confused. I had a 2008 Subaru Forester that had a max tow of 2,000lb. The RP171 comes in around 3,700lbs, I didn't know that the Outback had such a high tow package.

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R-171 with a 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i. Take it slow and easy and it runs the speed limit just fine. Slower on the hills but it was what we had and ain't buying anything else soon.
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Wow, I'm confused. I had a 2008 Subaru Forester that had a max tow of 2,000lb. The RP171 comes in around 3,700lbs, I didn't know that the Outback had such a high tow package.

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The R-Pod 171 is 2205 dry. About 2600 by time we loaded it. Have yet to do a real weight on it but shouldn't be much off. The 2013 Outback is rated at 2700 lb towing in the U.S. And 3500 lb in Europe (Different liability laws). Will be getting an aftermarket tranny cooler installed this week.
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I'm new, but towed my 183 home with my BMW X5. Not even the slightest whimper. The X5 is rated at 6K US, 7.8K Euro spec.

Haven't had a full test, but on a flat freeway at 60 MPH I was getting 18MPG. That isn't bad.... Hope it stays that way....

What kind of towing MPG are you seeing???
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I'm new, but towed my 183 home with my BMW X5. Not even the slightest whimper. The X5 is rated at 6K US, 7.8K Euro spec.

Haven't had a full test, but on a flat freeway at 60 MPH I was getting 18MPG. That isn't bad.... Hope it stays that way....

What kind of towing MPG are you seeing???

Most all of us see a near or roundabouts of a 50% drop in MPG with our Pods. Despite their shape they are not in the least bit aerodynamic.
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CASA de Brandi. Towing at best is 11.8. Generally it is 10 mpg. With out trailer it is 16 to 17 mpg. Inside the Jeep there are two 2k Hondas and two 85w solar panels. You would think that as small as I am, I would get better mileage. I wish. :-(((




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I use a Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 H.O. Overland for towing, making our first outing next week for a test run. We love all the options the 2016 R-Pod 179 has inside, including the slide out. We own a 40ft Monaco Windsor but wanted something we can just hook and tow on a moments notice. We carry a 4K propane generator, 2x40gal propane tanks and the Zamp Solar 80watts charger in the back of the jeep.
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I tow my 2015 Rpod 171 with a 2013 Ford Escape FWD with 2.0 engine.
There have been a couple times I wished I had gotten the AWD but mostly in real wet ground or mud. Towing I get 10 to 14 mpg depending on terrain.
I tow at 60-65 mph which is speed limit for towing in most states. I can pull at a higher speed limit but I am not in a hurry since I am retired. I do have electric brakes and sway bar which helps with cross winds. The nice part is I can get 26-32 mpg when I am not towing. Sweet set up and very Happy with it.
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