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Old 12-28-2018, 12:55 AM   #1
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Is bigger better?

Decisions, decisions. In August, 2017 I purchased a 2018 rpod and used it 4 weekends. Decided I liked the campground, did the math, and decided to go seasonal in 2018. When I bought my pod, I was looking only at travel trailers under a certain weight that could be pulled with my Jeep Liberty and I'm single so I saw no need for anything bigger. Now my pod sits at a campground all year (free winter storage is included with seasonal). Here's my dilemma: my grandsons, ages 6 and 4 have come to love camping as much as I do. They join me every Friday night and Saturday as they love the activities the campground has. But the pod with me plus two kids is a bit cramped. Not a problem most of the time, but when it rains it's a pain because only 2 people can fit in the dinette to eat or play a board game, and the only place all three of us can watch a movie on the tv is from the bed. Speaking of the bed, the boys are getting taller so it's much more difficult for the three of us to fit on it for sleeping. So, I've been thinking that maybe, since I'm not towing, I should upgrade to something bigger. The floor plan I like is the 23MK. I like that it seems that you can watch tv from the sofa or the dinette, or we could play a rainy day game at the dinette since all three of us can fit there. I like the idea of putting my feet up on the sofa. But some of this only matters if it rains. If it's not raining, we're outside and only come in to use the bathroom and sleep. I'm so torn. I love my pod, and only had one manufacturing problem (a bad o-ring under the kitchen sink) fixed under warranty. The only other problem I have is making the bed because you have to climb onto it to reach the other side - if I get a bigger camper the bed is rotated so I can walk on either side. I would love to hear your opinions on this to help me make up my mind.
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If you can afford it, look for a gently used trailer in the size and floor plan you want for your seasonal site and keep the r-pod for towing with your Jeep for weekend trips to other venues. Then you will have the best of both worlds.
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Old 12-28-2018, 06:36 AM   #3
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Yes sometimes bigger is better for the extra space. We went with a bigger trailer so our 2 boys (both in their 30s), DIL, 2 grandkids and the 2 of us can stay together at the same time. .......and not to forget our dogs and the son's dogs .............

It works better for the DW.

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Yes, bigger is better especially if it's a seasonal and not being towed anywhere.
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:03 AM   #5
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Yes, bigger is better especially if it's a seasonal and not being towed anywhere.
My thoughts exactly
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Yes sometimes bigger is better for the extra space. We went with a bigger trailer so our 2 boys (both in their 30s), DIL, 2 grandkids and the 2 of us can stay together at the same time. .......and not to forget our dogs and the son's dogs .............

It works better for the DW.


WOW! If the wife and I had to accommodate 3 adults, 2 grandkids and extra pets, we would quit camping.
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Yes, bigger is better especially if it's a seasonal and not being towed anywhere.
X2. We went the other way selling our 37' 5th wheel on a seasonal site and bought a 20' TT for traveling. Loved all the space in the 5th wheel.
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:22 AM   #8
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We have a 23MK and have had 3 grandkids (10,8 and 4) plus the 2 of us for weekends with no problem. Kids will all sleep on the dinnette bed, and a queen bed for us gives plenty of room. We did take out the sofa sleeper and put in 2 smaller recliners, but if it's just you, a good sized comfortable recliner would fit the space perfectly.
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On rainy and cold days you need some space between you and your loved ones. Bigger is better!
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If you can afford it, look for a gently used trailer in the size and floor plan you want for your seasonal site and keep the r-pod for towing with your Jeep for weekend trips to other venues. Then you will have the best of both worlds.
We managed to get into this situation and it works very well. I could tow the bigger of the two if I had to, but the penalty on fuel economy makes it a no brainer to tow the little one.

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Decisions, decisions. In August, 2017 I purchased a 2018 rpod and used it 4 weekends. Decided I liked the campground, did the math, and decided to go seasonal in 2018. When I bought my pod, I was looking only at travel trailers under a certain weight that could be pulled with my Jeep Liberty and I'm single so I saw no need for anything bigger. Now my pod sits at a campground all year (free winter storage is included with seasonal). Here's my dilemma: my grandsons, ages 6 and 4 have come to love camping as much as I do. They join me every Friday night and Saturday as they love the activities the campground has. But the pod with me plus two kids is a bit cramped. Not a problem most of the time, but when it rains it's a pain because only 2 people can fit in the dinette to eat or play a board game, and the only place all three of us can watch a movie on the tv is from the bed. Speaking of the bed, the boys are getting taller so it's much more difficult for the three of us to fit on it for sleeping. So, I've been thinking that maybe, since I'm not towing, I should upgrade to something bigger. The floor plan I like is the 23MK. I like that it seems that you can watch tv from the sofa or the dinette, or we could play a rainy day game at the dinette since all three of us can fit there. I like the idea of putting my feet up on the sofa. But some of this only matters if it rains. If it's not raining, we're outside and only come in to use the bathroom and sleep. I'm so torn. I love my pod, and only had one manufacturing problem (a bad o-ring under the kitchen sink) fixed under warranty. The only other problem I have is making the bed because you have to climb onto it to reach the other side - if I get a bigger camper the bed is rotated so I can walk on either side. I would love to hear your opinions on this to help me make up my mind.
Your own post answered the question in the heading.

I cannot add more than you already have, besides, it ISN'T my opinion that counts, it is YOURS!
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If I were to do a seasonal I would get the biggest destination trailer that I could and treat it like a summer home. It wouldn't be as claustrophobic and there would be plenty of room for guest.

I would keep the small trailer long enough to see if I actually use it.
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WOW! If the wife and I had to accommodate 3 adults, 2 grandkids and extra pets, we would quit camping.


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If you get bigger , make sure it has a trifold sofa. The trifold is so much better than the smaller love seat fold out
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We always bought what fit our needs at the time. Smaller when it was just the two of us and we were younger and went into the backwoods. Then bigger as the family grew. Then a bunkhouse for grandkids. Now that we are retired, kids and grandkids are grown, we bought for comfort for just us two again
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