Just my opinion - R-Pod - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-27-2010, 10:51 AM   #1
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Just my opinion - R-Pod

While in Fla. to escape the snow for a couple wks. We saw a lot of R-Pods in RV lots (I think 19'). One couple with an R-Pod stayed next to us for a couple days and we asked to see the inside. I know for sure that we made the right decision (for us) by getting an EggCamper. Although it will sleep 4, the inside was very dark and cramped, and I could just imagine how our 2 dogs would tear up that interior (with ours we can just wipe down the fiberglass and shake out the rug). With us I believe the R-Pod would show its age real fast. The EggCamper doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it is nice and bright inside, simple to maintain and clean and it feels SOOOOOO roomy. Just my personal observation.

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Old 02-27-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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The Egg is one of my favorites, has everthing I need, bed, shower, potty.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:47 AM   #3
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I stepped inside an R-pod at our local Camping World. There wasn't any spot where I could stand up straight in it. Give me my 6' 7" EggCamper.
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:15 PM   #4
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While in Fla. to escape the snow for a couple wks. We saw a lot of R-Pods in RV lots (I think 19'). One couple with an R-Pod stayed next to us for a couple days and we asked to see the inside. I know for sure that we made the right decision (for us) by getting an EggCamper. Although it will sleep 4, the inside was very dark and cramped, and I could just imagine how our 2 dogs would tear up that interior (with ours we can just wipe down the fiberglass and shake out the rug). With us I believe the R-Pod would show its age real fast. The EggCamper doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it is nice and bright inside, simple to maintain and clean and it feels SOOOOOO roomy. Just my personal observation.

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When I was looking for a trailer, I made it a point to look up the R-pod at an RV Show. To say the least, I was very disappointed. Still haven't seen an EggCamper. Hopefully, one of you will come to the west coast.

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Old 02-28-2010, 07:08 PM   #5
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We have a couple friends from Des Moines, Iowa who traded in their Scamp and got an R-Pod last summer. They love it and have no trouble with the issues mentioned above. Both guys are 6' or more, so there must be adequate headroom for them. Just my two cents worth...
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:38 PM   #6
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I stepped inside an R-pod at our local Camping World. There wasn't any spot where I could stand up straight in it. Give me my 6' 7" EggCamper.
I don't know which model of Rpod you were in... I've been in several, over the past two years, and the height does vary from end to end (it's a teardrop, afterall), but plenty of headroom at door entry (usual headbump spot) and main living area.
Could you possibly be confusing this with an ICamp?
I have not seen an EggCamper, so can't make a direct comparison.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:36 PM   #7
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We find ourselves checking out the R-pods at every RV show, and while cute; the inside feels a little closed in. But plenty of headroom for my six feet of height. That said, I love the large awning that follows the curve of the roof.

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Old 03-01-2010, 11:12 AM   #9
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Thinking back on it, I'm not sure if it was an R-pod or a TaDa, (I do remember it had a cutesy name). However, at 6' 4" I do find a lot of the little campers lacking in head room. I see that there are seven models of the R-pod and they only give one interior height - 6' 7". Being a teardrop, it seems that except for the very biggest model, someone of my height wouldn't be able to stand up straight except at the very center.
Probably a short little six-footer wouldn't find most of the models too confining, however - LOL.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:38 PM   #10
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Probably a short little six-footer wouldn't find most of the models too confining, however - LOL.
Now Now Ray. I think that is the first time I have been called short in a long time . By the way my wife had no issue standing in any of the R-Pod models (guess there are advantages to being 4'-11"). I'll have to let her know what an advantage she has.

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Old 03-02-2010, 10:33 AM   #11
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Now Now Ray. I think that is the first time I have been called short in a long time . By the way my wife had no issue standing in any of the R-Pod models (guess there are advantages to being 4'-11"). I'll have to let her know what an advantage she has.

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People don't realize what a disadvantage being tall can be. I can't buy shirts or most pants off the rack, some cars don't fit, and don't even think about going on many carnival rides - (that mistake hurt my back for years afterward). More relevant to this forum, I held off buying a molded fiberglass camper for many years because the Scamp and Casita were just too lacking in stand-up room. I only bought our camper this last year when I discovered the 6' 7" of head room in the EggCampers; we traveled over 1000 miles to buy one sight-unseen.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:59 AM   #12
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Ray, the trailer you visited might have been a T[at]B, they're 5'9" on the inside. They came out with a bigger model but it's also 5'9" interior height. They sell those things as "teardrops" so I guess they don't plan for most people to be able to stand up in them. I'm only 5'10" but I wouldn't want a T[at]B either because it would give me a permanent slouch.

Edit: The software edited my trailer name but I think you know what brand I mean.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:04 PM   #13
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When I first read this post, I resisted replying because of the tendency to bash anything that is not fibreglass (why can't we all just get along! )

...but as someone who has actually owned both a Trillium 4500 and an R-pod I feel I must put in my 2 cents.

We loved our Trill, but when it was totalled after being hit by a truck we thought it would be a good time to upgrade to something just a little bit bigger but still cute and unusual looking.

I looked at the Tada but at 6'2" tall, I couldn't stand up in it so that wouldn't work. I looked at a new Escape trailer but at $25,000 with all the tax and the cost to drive to BC, it was a bit much.

The R-pod offered, a queen bed, a seperate dinette, a larger fridge and freezer than the Trill, a convection microwave oven, a toilet and shower and large fresh, grey and black water tanks. It even has a small tv and air conditioning!

All this and it was only 3 feet longer and 500lbs more than the Trillium.

Yes it doesn't have as many windows as the Trillium, but it does have a large door with integral screen door which lets in a lot of light. It has 6'6" of interior height everywhere you walk inside (about 6'4" under the ac) so its very good for headroom. I was only able to stand up in one small spot in the Trillium (without shoes) without my head hitting the ceiling.

The construction is fibreglass, aluminum, foam and plywood sandwhich construction, so it won't be quite as bullet proof in several decades as a solid fibreglass trailer, but having owned various 20-30 year old trailers of various types over the years I think I have a pretty good idea on how to keep up the weather tightness.

So, each trailer has its plusses and minuses. I think the bottom line is that we all enjoy camping in our small, interesting trailers - hopefully we can appreciate what we have in common and not what makes our trailers different.

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I am 6'4", I learned that headroom is far less important than bed length. I don't walk around inside very much, but I do spend a lot of hours in the sack. A bigger trailer may have a smaller bed than a little trailer.
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