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Old 03-13-2010, 07:45 PM   #15
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Phil, I would be interested in hearing how your fuel economy compares towing the R-Pod versus the Trillium.

R-Pod is made by Forest River, same as the Rockwood I used to own. I've gotten the impression that FR trailers are decent quality. I admire the Pods every time I drive by the local dealership. You won't catch me doing any bashing!

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Old 03-14-2010, 02:17 PM   #16
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I have to agree with Phil that the R-Pod is a well-designed trailer. Whoever set it up had obviously looked at a number of other trailers and taken the best features. It's got everything you need in a size that can be pulled by a smaller vehicle. I know this because I've been looking pretty seriously for the few months and I've seen a whole lot of units. Not to dump on other manufacturer's trailers but some seem like a big box with a sink and others are just plain laughable, like for instance the little fold-up A-Liner that's barely big enough for a cot but lists for $17k. The only thing going against the R-Pod is that it's sold through a dealer network so buying one is going to be a lot like buying a new car, with all the same hassles. Some people like that sort of thing but dealing with dealer costs, so-called list prices, and differing mark-ups has never been my thing. There's been a used one year old R-Pod listed in the local CraigsList for more than some dealers are asking for new units.

Fortunately, I've got a handshake deal on a used Casita Liberty so keep your fingers crossed for me. I'm pretty anxious to get out of my lurking phase and start traveling.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:10 PM   #17
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Hi Phil,

Can you give us some mileage reports when towing your Rpod? What are you using for your tow vehicle? We have been drooling over the FG Eggs for quite some time now but with a Hubby who is around 300 lbs we just cant do that tiny bed. We have a King bed at home and a queen in our popup and that's about as small as we can go and sleep comfortably. DH also has sleep apnea so we need room for the machine and hose. We also have 2 kids ages 7 and 14 so we definately want to sleep 4 and have the shower/toilet. Having just returned from a very hot and sticky miserable trip to the Florida Keys in our popup it's now for sale. The A/C couldnt keep up with the heat and humidity and the bath houses were not air conditioned so trying to take a shower or use the facilities when your dripping with sweat and your clothes are sticking to you was not our idea of fun. Plus it rained the last day we were there (of course) so had to come home and pop up to dry out. It continued to rain every day for a week and after 48 hrs we had to put the popup in the garage due to Home Owner's Assocation rules. So we put it down wet and prayed it didnt mold till the weather cleared and we could pull it out again to dry it out. A very miserable 40th bday trip for sure. We have decided on an Rpod for now and are in the process of upgrading our minivan to a bigger tow vehicle. Probably a Ford Explorer as we want plenty of oomph to travel from Florida to WY to visit family in the summers and want to camp at Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon, The Rockies etc. and still seat 7. The plan is to use the Rpod until the kids are off to college and then probably get an Egg. DH can have the rear bed and I'll take the side bed and we'll have the shower up front. We figure an Egg would survive an Alaska Trip much better as well due to it's superior construction. The Rpod we're looking at has the kitchen slide out (an extra 18 inches!), Queen bed in the rear and 31X74 bunks up front for the kids. And of course the wet bath. It's 17ft long and dry weight of around 2500 lbs. GVW around 3800lbs. Our dealer quoted us $13K with all the options (A/C, 19" LCD TV/DVD, Screen room, Convection Microwave). MSRP is $20K but nobody is selling them for that.
Anyway, we're looking for any info on the Rpod especially from previous Egg Owners for towing comparison etc. I've been on the Rpod forum and they aren't as active over there.

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Old 07-02-2010, 03:02 PM   #18
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Phil, I would be interested in hearing how your fuel economy compares towing the R-Pod versus the Trillium.

R-Pod is made by Forest River, same as the Rockwood I used to own. I've gotten the impression that FR trailers are decent quality. I admire the Pods every time I drive by the local dealership. You won't catch me doing any bashing!

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Hi Mike,

My fuel economy with the R-pod went down about 20-25% with our Ford Escape compared to towing the Trillium (20 mpg towing the Trillium to 15-16 towing the R-pod) but perhaps more importantly seemed to struggle to go over 55 mph. The extra height of the R-pod causes quite a bit of extra drag compared to Trilliums and Bolers. We recently attended a convention of R-pods in Kentucky and most people reported getting around 12 mpg whether towing it with a typical 6 cylinder SUV or pickup (Edge, Frontier, Traverse) or V8 pickup (Silverado or Avalanche). Naturally, the faster you go the worse your fuel consumption as wind drag increases exponentially. I actually changed to a larger tow vehicle recently as I didn't want to overstress the transmission in our Escape and I am anticipating towing larger things in our future as well. We averaged 12 mpg towing through a mixture of flat and mountainous territory but with a V8 powered Chev Avalanche and importantly were able to more comfortably keep up with traffic at 60-65 mph.

We've been very happy with the quality and features on our R-pod but you've managed to zero in on the one sore spot compared to our old Trillium - increased fuel consumption.

Thanks for not bashing!

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Old 07-02-2010, 03:13 PM   #19
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Hi Phil,

Can you give us some mileage reports when towing your Rpod? What are you using for your tow vehicle? We have been drooling over the FG Eggs for quite some time now but with a Hubby who is around 300 lbs we just cant do that tiny bed. We have a King bed at home and a queen in our popup and that's about as small as we can go and sleep comfortably. DH also has sleep apnea so we need room for the machine and hose. We also have 2 kids ages 7 and 14 so we definately want to sleep 4 and have the shower/toilet. Having just returned from a very hot and sticky miserable trip to the Florida Keys in our popup it's now for sale. The A/C couldnt keep up with the heat and humidity and the bath houses were not air conditioned so trying to take a shower or use the facilities when your dripping with sweat and your clothes are sticking to you was not our idea of fun. Plus it rained the last day we were there (of course) so had to come home and pop up to dry out. It continued to rain every day for a week and after 48 hrs we had to put the popup in the garage due to Home Owner's Assocation rules. So we put it down wet and prayed it didnt mold till the weather cleared and we could pull it out again to dry it out. A very miserable 40th bday trip for sure. We have decided on an Rpod for now and are in the process of upgrading our minivan to a bigger tow vehicle. Probably a Ford Explorer as we want plenty of oomph to travel from Florida to WY to visit family in the summers and want to camp at Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon, The Rockies etc. and still seat 7. The plan is to use the Rpod until the kids are off to college and then probably get an Egg. DH can have the rear bed and I'll take the side bed and we'll have the shower up front. We figure an Egg would survive an Alaska Trip much better as well due to it's superior construction. The Rpod we're looking at has the kitchen slide out (an extra 18 inches!), Queen bed in the rear and 31X74 bunks up front for the kids. And of course the wet bath. It's 17ft long and dry weight of around 2500 lbs. GVW around 3800lbs. Our dealer quoted us $13K with all the options (A/C, 19" LCD TV/DVD, Screen room, Convection Microwave). MSRP is $20K but nobody is selling them for that.
Anyway, we're looking for any info on the Rpod especially from previous Egg Owners for towing comparison etc. I've been on the Rpod forum and they aren't as active over there.

Thanks,
Melissa
Hi Melissa,

See my previous post about mileage. As for travelling with two kids, I think you might want to get something a little bigger than an R-pod. Don't forget that not only will you have four bodies in the trailer, you will need a place for all their stuff and you'll need to be able to move around a bit. If I were you, I'd be looking a a conventional white box type of trailer in the 19-23 range with a queen bed for Mom and Dad and bunk beds for the kids, seperate dinette and bathroom with a seperate shower stall and toilet. Good luck in your search.

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Old 07-02-2010, 03:51 PM   #20
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Thanks for chiming in, Phil.

Melissa, before you buy it's great to get all the family together in the prospective trailer and spend maybe an hour just moving around in there, talking, and considering what it will be like. If the 'Pod still feels cozy but not cramped and you're happy with it, great.

If you decide you need more space, you might look at the Rockwood 2306... queen bed plus 3 bunks, and a dinette to boot. It adds 6' and 800 lbs but will probably only subtract 1 or 2 mpg versus the R-Pod. Not as cute on the outside, I know. Best to get an anti-sway, load leveling hitch such as the Equal-i-zer if you do go that large. I used to tow a Rockwood 2304s with an Explorer, it did ok... sold the 2304s due to finances, not because we didn't like it.
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:11 PM   #21
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Yeah but.... This is MFROG.....Ribet..... A little bias should be expected, nothing to "croak" over! [lol]
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Old 07-03-2010, 07:49 AM   #22
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We have been drooling over the FG Eggs for quite some time now but with a Hubby who is around 300 lbs we just cant do that tiny bed. We have a King bed at home and a queen in our popup and that's about as small as we can go and sleep comfortably. DH also has sleep apnea so we need room for the machine and hose. We also have 2 kids ages 7 and 14 so we definately want to sleep 4 and have the shower/toilet.

Anyway, we're looking for any info on the Rpod especially from previous Egg Owners for towing comparison etc. I've been on the Rpod forum and they aren't as active over there.

Thanks,
Melissa
Hi Melissa! If you're bound and determined to go fiberglass with a king or queen bed, it sounds like you have four options, depending on how deep your pockets are, and how large a tow vehicle you're willing to go. If you can do a full-size half-ton tow vehicle (pickup, suburban, tahoe etc.) and you have fairly deep pockets, look at the Bigfoot 25 RQ. I have a full 80" queen in mine along with a fairly large shower (small entry tho) and adequate walk-around room.

If you demand to stay under 3500lb GVWR, then your options are the Casita 17 with the King bed, or the Burro 17' wide body (no longer in production, but they can be had reasonbly priced used), or the EggCamper 17' wide body. There aren't many EggCampers out there used, but occasionally you might find one. The Burro 17 and the EggCamper 17 both have larger-than-queen size beds.

That's about it in the fiberglass offerings. I've had a Burro 17 and I loved it. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up an EggCamper if one presented itself... and I absolutely drone on about how fabulous it is when anyone asks about our Bigfoot. :

Oh... and don't get too concerned about gas mileage towing... you'll get what you get... and that's another whole topic of discussion. Pick the trailer to suit your needs, and then tow it!

Happy Hunting!

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Old 07-06-2010, 07:07 PM   #23
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That Casita with the "king bed" is known as their "Liberty" floor plan, and, actually, you can get it in both the 16' or 17' models. There's a smidge more head room in the 17 footer than the 16, which really helps if you get the deluxe version (in Casita parlance that means it has a very small bathroom). I recommend you find one of these in your area that you can tour (call Casita Enterprises and they will put you in touch with an owner in their show-off-your-trailer program). Even the 17' may seem pretty claustrophobic compared to a tent-trailer... which is not to discourage you. It just takes some getting used to!
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:23 AM   #24
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Imagine, having to duck to get into or walk around a camping trailer and with A/C making it 2" lower, anyone remember the tent?????????
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Although the EggCamper sleeping area is plenty long for a king or queen size bed, it is only 54" wide - about the width of a full bed.
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:21 PM   #26
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Well after selling my Trillium4500 a couple of years ago I found I really hated tenting again so no luck searching for a good Egg I took the plunge and bought a 2010 R-Pod 173 at Campkins in Whitby. $13900.00 Cdn. on year end sale. It is easier to tow than my old 80 4500, has much more in it and well the appliances are just newer. Air, furnace, big fridge compared to the old Trill, Convection/grill/microwave oven, shower, toilet, fantastic fan, blinds/curtains, bigger bed, couch that flips down to a bed, water heater, water pump, tv antenna with booster, TV/DVD/CD/radio combo, R-Dome screen house, battery, 20 lb tank, cable or satelite connection. While the tv is only 9" you'd be surprised at how quick it seems just fine. It would be easy to mount a larger flat screen and run the conncections to it. Anyway I only stayed in it one night on my way home to North Bay, at Emily, I think we know where that is, and really liked it. The sound for CD's isn't that great but had my I-Pod stereo and the sound in this trailer is great when you have a good little system. As for ducking we are not a tall people. Now to name it......
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We are formally Scamp owners. We loved our Scamp, but we were getting tired of not being able to stand up in it, or have a bed already made. We purchased a 2009 R-Pod in May 2009. We have the #172 model. We love it. We have had a few problems, but were able to fix them ourselves. We just gotten home from an 8 day trip to Minn and Wis. We pull our R-pod with 2009 Ford f150. I had a Chev Trailblazer, but it was only a 6 cyl., which it just didn't want to pull. The Ford is a small v8. We average around 12 to 14 while pulling, and 20 when not pulling.
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