Originally Posted by HONDAMAN174
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.
2014 Stealth Evo 2850 "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra Rock Crawler TRD 5.7 "Clifford"
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.