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Old 04-10-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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New guy that needs some help!

Hello everyone. I have been lurking around here for a while and we are now within a week or so of pulling the trigger on a new trailer. A little history, my wife and I have no children and camp alone for the most part. We had a small evolution pop-up and sold it last year. We love the little pop up but I really grew tired of the setup and take down. Also, my wife wants a toilet!

So we have been really trying to make a decision as to what we want to purchase next. We want a small ultra light and with just the two of us, don't need a lot of room. Our tow vehicle is a F-150 Ecoboost so weight isn't an issue with either.

We have narrowed our decision down to a new 2011 Surveyor Sport 189 at a really good price and a 2012 R-Pod 181g. We really like both but there are some things about each we really don't like. For example, we love the character of the tear drop R-Pods and really like the "garage" feature but we don't like having no place to sit other than a couple of bar stools.

We like the surveyor but are not as crazy about the shape of it for some reason and really don't like the TV placement and lack of counter space in the 2011.

It seems that all of the units we have looked at get us 90% there. I know that pricing is not discussed here, but the surveyor is what I feel a lot of trailer for the money. The r-pod is a unique trailer however with a lot of character.

Sorry for the long drivel. If anyone has questions or points that may make the process easier, please let me know. Also, any recommendation of models that we may not have considered would be appreciated.


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Old 04-10-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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We have owned a few trailers including a pup, hybrids and one small TT. I have learned what works well is if my DW and I take 30 minutes to sit in each and visualize the experience.

The whole point is to ask yourself at the end - Can you live in it for a week or weekend? What if its a rainy weekend?

I personally like the Surveyor line and have only admired a few Rpods at trailer shows so take this for what its worth.

From looking at the two, I can tell you that the stools in the Rpod 181 wouldn't work for us. I like the couch for reading at night. Also, the bed is too short (I'm 6'3").

How light do you camp? The Rpod has 1,000lbs of CCC so be careful how you load. Cargo, mods, options, water, batteries and a WDH will quickly add up. How much you load is a factor of how you camp and is completely personal so what works for one may not for the other.

Good luck in your decision and

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Old 04-10-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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We just upgraded from a small Keystone 18' to a FR Cherokee Grey Wolf with a nice floor plan. Our Keystone had the stools and it just didn't cut it. Did our first weekend in the new one and the extra space was very noticeable. Good luck.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I am really leaning toward the surveyor. The savings between an 11 and a 12 is a good bit. I see cosmetic changes on the 12 and the TV issue is fixed with the drop down cabinet. I really can't see much else has changed to warrant paying so much more.

Thanks again!
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:14 PM   #5
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My first thought is to keep searching. When I first saw my unit (Cruise Lite 20RBXL) I thought it was nice but nothing special except for the price. As I looked at other trailers on the lot I was comparing them to the Cruise Lite and started picturing myself in the Cruise Lite. With my modest budget it was the best choice. Around the third trip it hit me that I did make the right choice! I tend to second guess myself so it was a good feeling to know that my trailer did fit my needs well.

With that said it sounds like you are going about it in a smart way. I do recommend spending a good period of time in any unit you are considering. While it can work for some people sitting on stools might not be so comfortable long term, day after day...
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 04-10-2012, 04:20 PM   #6
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Look at the minilite 1809s and you will buy it right away. It has everything you look for and a large sofa that can make a bed. You have a permanent double bed always ready that you dont have to set up. The perfect trailer at a similar price than the POD.

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