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Old 12-14-2008, 10:13 AM   #1
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Off topic here, but thought it was a fun design to look at.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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Base model is 1,937 pounds unloaded, with a tongue weight of nearly 250 lbs! Not exactly a lightweight. It is interesting, however, how they seem to have copied the most inefficient aspects of the fiberglass eggs (rounded ceilings that limit cabinet storage) without picking up on any of the advantages! But, at least they made it colorful... (One of my best friends is currently laid off from Forest River, and the shenanigans going on within that company are pretty grim.)
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:55 PM   #3
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Hey but they got the bed size thing covered!
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:58 AM   #4
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Base model is 1,937 pounds unloaded, with a tongue weight of nearly 250 lbs! Not exactly a lightweight. It is interesting, however, how they seem to have copied the most inefficient aspects of the fiberglass eggs (rounded ceilings that limit cabinet storage) without picking up on any of the advantages! But, at least they made it colorful... (One of my best friends is currently laid off from Forest River, and the shenanigans going on within that company are pretty grim.)
It is 1/2 the weight of an Oliver!!! And they advertise the Oliver as a lightweight, so I guess this is a Super Lightweight.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:35 AM   #5
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Does anyone know the cost? Lloyd
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:56 PM   #6
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I think T[at]B beat them to the market. They do look a lot alike.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:30 PM   #7
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Does anyone know the cost? Lloyd
I have seen them for as little as $9K (basic) check this dealer, he has fully loaded ones for $12K
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Old 12-23-2008, 06:30 PM   #8
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The shape is pretty funky, but the specs are impressive for the 17' model; especially the tank capacities!

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Model RP-171
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 2,121 lbs.
Hitch Weight 181 lbs.
Load Capacity 1,060 lbs.
Exterior Length Without Spare Tire 18' 2"
Exterior Pod Width 6' 5"
Exterior Overall Width 8' 0"
Exterior Height 8' 8"
Exterior Height w AC 9' 2"
LP Capacity 20 lbs.
Fresh Water Capacity 36 Gal.
Grey Water Capacity 35 Gal.
Black Water Capacity 35 Gal.
Tire Size 205/75/R14
It's a practical floor plan as well, similar to the late '80s Burro 17s.

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Old 12-23-2008, 07:11 PM   #9
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It's a cute exterior, very similar to T[at]b. Love the bright graphics. and the tip of the hat to the cool retro look.
Thanks Rob M, for the link to the interior. There, the similarity to the T[at]b ends. Totally. The T[at]b is very European and slick... great blinds, cabinets, fun upholstery, etc. This one looks like any other low priced stickbuilt inside, clunky couch included. Other than decent tankage, and more plumbing, I don't see any advantages. And doesn't look any more suited to tall people than a T[at]b. Just my opinion....
I'd love to see one in person, though. Maybe at the Tampa RV show in January. You can be sure the stick-builts will be working harder to come up with something to compete with the eggs in the coming years, but I don't believe this is it.
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:16 PM   #10
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It's a cute exterior, very similar to T[at]b. Love the bright graphics. and the tip of the hat to the cool retro look.
Thanks Rob M, for the link to the interior. There, the similarity to the T[at]b ends. Totally. The T[at]b is very European and slick... great blinds, cabinets, fun upholstery, etc. This one looks like any other low priced stickbuilt inside, clunky couch included. Other than decent tankage, and more plumbing, I don't see any advantages. And doesn't look any more suited to tall people than a T[at]b. Just my opinion....
I'd love to see one in person, though. Maybe at the Tampa RV show in January. You can be sure the stick-builts will be working harder to come up with something to compete with the eggs in the coming years, but I don't believe this is it.
You like the Tab's upholstery?? My cat would try to cover it up!

But seriously... these R-Pods do have a privacy room with toilet and shower, it appears. The Tab lacks that. Also I don't think the Tab has any storage spaces with outside hatches, and this thing has pass through storage (which I found quite useful on my prior Rockwood trailer). Nor does the Tab have a slideout available. That can really open up the interior. This new R-Pod lacks some of the Tab's exterior cuteness IMO, but I find it an interesting concept.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:26 PM   #11
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Yes, I do like the interior design of the T[at]b better Fabric, window and wall treatments, etc. Its big brother, the Tada, loses some of that exterior appeal when lengthened to add the bathroom, however.
The R-pod is interesting as well. I'll be curious to see how a side slideout works on a lightweight 17 ft. trailer.... I'll look for it at the Tampa show.
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After being inside a t[at]b where you can’t stand up I don’t see any comparison to it. But maybe tab has a model that you can stand up in now. Google brings up photos of people standing inside this new trailer and the roof height is tall. Looks even taller than a conventional stick built. I assume this allows more room as you walk over to the slopped ends to sit down at the table. Looking at the sloped exterior makes me wonder if it gets good gas mileage. Others have said a squared off rear end trailer creates a suction that hampers gas mileage.
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:06 PM   #13
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After being inside a t[at]b where you canít stand up I donít see any comparison to it.
I really like the T[at]Bs, having come from a teardrop, but the interior height is what finally pushed us to the Scamp. That, and the fun-per-$ factor, which I think is higher for the eggs. I think their larger T[at]DA also has a low ceiling height.

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Hi new to the forum.
Just went to a dealer and was told the 151 and 152 series of this unit is discontinued. Can anyone confirm that?
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