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Old 11-09-2014, 05:04 PM   #51
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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
We have owners in our groups using both vehicles pretty regularly. The 179 is one of our heavier models and I'd personally go with the bigger tow. I had a 5000lb tow vehicle in the past and towed the heaviest Rpod, the 181g. And after near 4 years using it I just wasn't happy. Got a new F150 this year and enjoy my drives to camp a lot more now!
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:07 PM   #52
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I agree. If your going to tow get the one with more capability. I tow with a 2011 Tundra small block v8. For The 10% of the time I am pulling my 179 up a mountain I wish I had the big block. But for the 90% of the time that I am not towing I love that small block. Good luck


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Old 11-15-2014, 08:49 AM   #53
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We're towing the pod with a Toyota Land Cruiser. Using load leveler and anti sway bar. Works fine. 12 - 14 mpg.
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Old 12-03-2014, 04:44 PM   #54
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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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How does the Toyota Minivan tow the R-pod? We have a Honda Odyssey and debating about what comes 1st... a new vehicle or a 176...
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:33 PM   #55
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:18 PM   #56
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Question Towing with the new GMC Canyon? Plus, cold-camping questions.

New to the FR Forum, but I've been reading posts for some time and like the friendly, helpful attitude here.

My wife and I are just getting back into camping as we "semi-retire". I'm thinking seriously about buying the new (not the previous) GMC Canyon, DDOHC direct-injected VVT V6, trailering package, 305 HP, 269 lb-ft, 128" WB, crew cab short bed (since I need it to fit into our garage) - I don't want a fullsize truck or a large SUV - this will also be my "car".

Will probably then buy an rPod 179, after renting one this Spring to see how it feels. Might instead buy the new 14' box T21 hardside. Either would be in the 3000-3600 lb range loaded, I expect. That's about half the Canyon's towing capacity so seems right, especially using the trailer brakes.

If anyone here is towing yet with the new Canyon (or the very similar Colorado), or just driving one until camping season gets rolling, it would be fun to learn about your experience, and what you think about the above combinations.

Also - I see Eastern/Western website selections for Forest River campers, with Colorado showing as Eastern(?), but haven't yet divined what's different about them that matters.

And, I'd like to learn more about winter camping (we live in Colorado) - will an rPod or hardside, water system on, survive a cold night (zero degrees F) without added freeze-protection heaters here and there, skirting, etc.? Just running the furnace on battery, standalone (no hose connection)?

Thanks in advance for your input on any or all of the above - it's nice to be here.

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And, I'd like to learn more about winter camping (we live in Colorado) - will an rPod or hardside, water system on, survive a cold night (zero degrees F) without added freeze-protection heaters here and there, skirting, etc.? Just running the furnace on battery, standalone (no hose connection)?

Thanks in advance for your input on any or all of the above - it's nice to be here.

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A Rpod is not suited to those kind of temps. Neither are most hardsides, unless you get a true 4 season trailer, like Arctic Fox.
if you really want to winter camp in Colorado, you'll need to rethink what to buy.
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Nice camper, but more $ than I can justify until we find out how much we'll actually be using it. Are there light, lower-priced TT's built for cold weather? Maybe a dealer or site that focuses on those?
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Nice camper, but more $ than I can justify until we find out how much we'll actually be using it. Are there light, lower-priced TT's built for cold weather? Maybe a dealer or site that focuses on those?
not that i know of. did find these trailers but i'm sure they aren't cheap:

http://olivertraveltrailers.com/

http://www.bigfootrv.com/bigfoot_rv_...00_series.html

http://www.northwoodmfg.com/index.ph...ndex&make=nash
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Nice camper, but more $ than I can justify until we find out how much we'll actually be using it. Are there light, lower-priced TT's built for cold weather? Maybe a dealer or site that focuses on those?
The preparations needed to make a TRUE 4 season camper are not cheap to implement, and the market size insures economy of scale is never going to bring the prices down. Unfortunately.

On topic.. LOL..

We were towing with a '04 Expedition EB, just bought a brand new 2014 model.

I have never heard anyone wish they had "less" tow vehicle.. but many who wish they had "more"..



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