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Old 10-15-2016, 10:30 PM   #11
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I love my R-Pod, and wouldn't trade it for any of the others.

I purchased my R-Pod 179 a year ago and love it!!!!

I even know some people that full time in R-Pods.

I love the ease of use, and versatility. The light weight allows for multiple suv's to tow with. You are the talk of the town where ever you stop. Come checkout Facebook close group for R-Pods, you will not believe the community support and comraderie of R-Pod owners and those considering to buy.

I've had every class of RV, and nothing beats my R-Pod.

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Old 10-16-2016, 08:44 AM   #12
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In that weight range I would go (and did) with the 25KS microlite. That layout provides the most convenience and comfort. I pulled mine with a 1500 with a 5.3 liter easily. You may be near the limits with your TV.

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Old 10-16-2016, 04:37 PM   #13
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I love our R-pod 179. Love the extra storage, the kitchen layout and the table design in the slide. Never did like the dinette booths, but love the sofa arrangements in the 179 as we can move the table out of the way when we are not dining and it feels more like sitting in your home. This is our 9th RV, having had everything form popups to motor homes. The R-pod is my fave of all.

It's too bad you live so far away as we are having to sell because of my husband's health problems. He is now on a walker, but if he could get in and out of the R-pod easily, we would definitely be keeping and using it. For anyone else who might be interested, it is listed in the classified section. It is a 2016 which we ordered direct from the factory in October, 2015. We used it frequently in the spring before he got sick and loved it.

It has all the extra options except for the dome. We listed it for $17000 but would sell for $16000 if anyone is interested.

Hope you find the right camper for your family. There's no better life than on the road. I have always wanted to do it fulltime. Have fun.
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:45 PM   #14
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We looked for a long time also.
We ended up going with a Salem Cruise Lite 201BHXL.
The big sell for us was the floor plan. We also needed something that we could tow with our half ton. Ours has a dry weight of 4,399.

We looked at the Rpods. We found them to be a little too cramped. And I don't like the toilet in the shower.

The model of Cruise lite we went with had everything we wanted. Murphy bed that can be left made. Just fold down and go to sleep. No slide out. Too many of our friends have problems with their slides, so we did not want one. Comfortable full bathroom. Dual axles. And pass through storage.
We bought a 2017 model. The lights are all led.
Trailer has performed flawlessly, not a single problem. And tows like a dream behind our half ton.

We bought from Awesome rv in Chehalis, WA.
Their pre delivery inspection was great. We were able to thoroughly make sure everything worked, and did not feel rushed.

Good luck with your search. You will know when you find YOUR trailer. We knew the second we walked in ours.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:12 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by BamaRVcouple View Post

It's too bad you live so far away as we are having to sell because of my husband's health problems. He is now on a walker, but if he could get in and out of the R-pod easily, we would definitely be keeping and using it.
I have seen some mods on the forum that are helpful for those who cannot maneuver the stairs. You might want to start a new thread asking for ideas. One fellow had made stairs out of PVC pipes that were essentially two steps for every one on the trailer. Another had made a ramp.

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Old 10-17-2016, 07:59 PM   #16
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Bad Weather

The question that I always ask myself is would I be comfortable in this trailer if I'm trapped in the rain for two or three days. It was for that reason that we went with the Rockwood mini light 2109S as opposed to the our pod. It was definitely the right decision for us. Good luck.
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:09 PM   #17
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X2 on the 2109S. Relatively light weight (approx. 3800 lbs. dry). We had three criteria that were met by the 2109S: 1) needed slide out for extended periods of bad weather, 2) usable (bed, bath, frig, stove) with slide retracted (as in a truck stop or while Walmarting), 3) towable by our SUV (4Runner). This serves as are mobile trailer (also spend a great deal of time during summers in a 40 ft. park model). Good luck with your decision.
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:15 AM   #18
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One of our primary goals is to be able to see, hear, and enjoy the nature we are camping in, even when we are inside the camper. Many of the campers we were inspecting in RV dealerships or at RV shows were impressive, but when we really sat down and imagined spending a great length of time in them, a less claustrophobic, open design with lots of windows, fresh air, and opportunities to enjoy the great views became a priority. Coming from decades of tent and pop-up camping, we selected a hybrid as we get the living space of a 31 foot plus unit (with full slide out and two fold-down queen beds) with the towing and storage convenience of a 21 foot camper.

When you do make your selection, I recommend you special order instead of buy off the dealer lot. You can specify exactly what you want (fabrics, wood trims, flooring, stainless steel appliance package, tank heaters, etc.,) ordered in November through January you generally can negotiate a great deal, the newly delivered unit has not been walked in by hundreds of people at the dealership or an RV show, and has not already spent a winter sitting outside at the dealer.
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:59 AM   #19
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Floorplan & storage are very important especially for longer trips. One of the first impressions of my trailer was that there seem to be a lot of storage. I found out otherwise when I was moving things in and I camp solo.

Corner beds are a common complaint among those sleeping next to the wall. Climbing over someone to get out of the bed can get old quickly especially when you are the one doing the climbing.

Spend a good amount of time in any unit you are considering. Play camping and see how things work or don't work. Slide out provides more space. Don't need a slide out? Some of us gets by without having one but truth be known - 6 years later I would love to have slide out now.
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 10-18-2016, 02:20 AM   #20
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Totally understand the concern about weight...

We started out looking at R-Pods. My wife was not keen on the wet bath nor the crawl over aspect of the sideways bed. I was concerned about the length of the bed being 6' tall (which is the exact width of the R-Pod).

So we stepped up. Dizzying number of brands and configurations so we stayed in the Forest River family. Found Rockwood/Flagstaff. My own next favorite was the 2109S which has been mentioned by a couple folks already. My view is this would be a great couple trailer with a walk around RV queen bed. The dining table which can be taken down or outside is an upside. Just seemed like a great one room kind of setup.

Unfortunately for me when we went to look at a larger dealer the 6 units the web site said they had turned into no units on the lot. Best they had was we could look at our 3rd choice but they had already sold it. But I have to give the sales guy credit for listening. He asked us to humor him and look at this one trailer he did have in stock. At a 7500 lbs gross weight it is right up, and probably just a bit over, what I can tow with my 2014 Ford F-150 Ecoboost. But with dual slides, one just for the closet in the front master bedroom, we wound up towing a Rockwood 2604WS home.

Yeah I blame it on my wife but truth is I really like sitting in the swivel easy chair in the back and watching TV on the 32" flat panel with surround sound. The extra space is especially good if/when we have anybody join us.

The murphy bed setups really did not impress us and I still think that 2109S Rockwood looks like a sweet travel trailer.

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