Originally Posted by Char1
Thank you for allowing me on this forum. We are on the search for a lightweight hard side camper. Our now TV is a hyundai 2009 santa fee limited with factory tow package. Tow max 3500 lbs max hitch 350 6 cy 3.3 liter front wheel drive. We have looked at several rpod, t@b, retro, camp lite, aliner we have not looked at hardsided rockwood yet. We would really like something with at least a potty but know we are limited on what our now vehicle will tow safely and we really would not feel comfortable with something big anyway. We are coming from a popup with king bed and queen other side. Our now TV tows this with no issues it weight about 1900 lbs Gvwr. I would appreciate any input on what you all have that might possibly meet this criteria. We are older folks and definitely need an easier set up then what we have now. Thanks, looking forward to any comments
Welcome to the Forums from Huntsville AL!!
The Rpods have a almost fanatical following! The GVWR is right at your max tow weight. You can get a external screen-house/canopy that zips to the frame effectively doubling your covered living space. I have seen a fully decked out 'pod at the Forest River International Rally, and I can guarantee you it will blow *any* PUP out of the water (And they have a potty AND a shower
Speaking of the Rally, all the Rpod owners camp as a group (I think there were 50 of them last year!), elect their own Rpod "town" 'Mayor' and generally have a blast all week! Like I said...Rpod owners are pretty fanatical about their rigs!
Other options...If you are judicious with your cargo carrying capacity (CCC), you can probably tow a Evo Select. A Rockwood Roo is doable as well but you will have to seriously watch your CCC.
Given your TV (Tow Vehicle) I am inclined to suggest you take a hard
look at the Rpod. My biggest concern with the Roo is you can stuff a LOT of cargo in the Roo-17 and you could seriously be over your GVWR. Same with the Evo Select.
Oh...and when you decide that the Santa Fe is just not cutting it as a TV, don't make the mistake like a lot of us have done...just go ahead and buy that 1 ton--you KNOW you are gonna want that 42' Cardinal!