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Old 09-23-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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Are r-pods considered fiberglass trailers? They say they are welded alum with fiberglass gel coats? The 20 ft model weighs in at 2400lb 245 tougue weight . I've been looking at scamp, casita ,lil snoozy,and now these . Interesting designs . I like having a full time bed and a dinette seperate . what are your thoughts ?
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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They are fibreglass, just not moulded fibreglass.
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No. Although they have fiberglass side walls, they have seams between them & the roof that are, like most stick built trailers, prone to developing leaks.

While the designs are interesting, including the addition of a slide out on some models, the ones I've looked at have very little storage space. Some models would be difficult for me at 6' - in one I would not be able to stand at the stove. I still much prefer my Escape 17B.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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If you check out R Pods on the internet you will find that they have been out long enough for quality issues to raise their ugly head . There are page after page of people with quality issues especially leak problems . The one I looked at listed for around $21,000 but you could buy one for under $12,000 which made me question their value
The ones we looked at appeared to be assembled by untrained ,unskilled 6th graders who were mad at their teacher
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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We owned and used a R-Pod with a slide for 6 months and sold it. We had a Casita 17 for a few years and many miles and now waiting for our second Escape (the new 21). The first Escape was a 19 and we now are moving to a 21 after 3 years. The R-pod needed work after every trip and Forest River just said to talk to our selling dealer about problems. The Casita was trouble free and we just moved on to something larger. Now we recommend the Escape or if the cost is a factor go for the casita, never the Forest River R-Pod.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:10 PM   #6
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When I looked at a new one in a dealers lot I had trouble with outgassing of glues used in the interior wood. Never had that problem when my Scamp was new. Besides the smell issue they just didn't do it for me.

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Old 09-23-2013, 01:56 PM   #7
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I don't like the goofy way the tires stick out either side of the trailer. Why pull a 9' wide axle through traffic with an 8' wide trailer on it?
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:03 PM   #8
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I looked at the Rpod at a RV show.
Sitting inside they looked really good.
But being an ex-cabinet/furniture maker, I saw right
off the materials were like the old trailer houses.
I knew that would not last long without having experience
with one of them.

Sitting in a convention hall and rolling down the road is two
completely different situations.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:18 PM   #9
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The fiberglass-reinforced plastic material and the "gelcoat" top layer of it are essentially the same on moulded fiberglass trailers and the many trailers (such as the R-Pod) which are fiberglass but not moulded. The difference is how the body is formed: the fiberglass of our "eggs" is created in a mould in the shape of the trailer; the others are built up out of parts cut from flat sheets of fiberglass... with various other materials behind the fiberglass.

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I don't like the goofy way the tires stick out either side of the trailer. Why pull a 9' wide axle through traffic with an 8' wide trailer on it?
You might ask the makers of the Lil Snoozy that question. There... I've tied this back to lightweight moulded fiberglass travel trailers.
Seriously, the outboard wheels approach:
  • leaves an interior clear of wheelhousings
  • simplifies body construction
  • allows design changes to the axle position with minimal consequence to body design

I don't like this design for a travel trailer, either. It is very common, and more sensible, in a cargo trailer.

By the way, the R-Pod does not have a 9-foot-wide axle, or even a 9-foot overall width - that would be over 102" and thus not legal to tow as an RV. The specified exterior width of 96" will be including the fenders; the unspecified body width should be about six and half feet, just like most eggs. The beds which occupy the entire width of the interior are 74" long, which would correspond to about a 78" outside body width, and about an 88" axle (hubface-to-hubface).

With an R-Pod (or Lil Snoozy) you're pulling an 8' wide pair of fenders through traffic with a 6.5' wide trailer between them.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #10
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I like having a full time bed and a dinette seperate . what are your thoughts ?
This is common in trailers (of any body construction type) from about 16 feet in overall length and up.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #11
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Many of those stick built trailers with fiberglass gelcoat have the fiberglass laminated to plain old wood. If moisture gets in, the walls can delaminate: the wood and fiberglass separate.

That can't happen with a molded FG egg.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:05 PM   #12
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The first time I went in an RPod at a dealer the bathroom door fell off in my hands!
The dealer said this is normal but they fix this kind of thing all the time before delivery?

The walls flexed all over and the floor was bouncy and overall the attention to detail was just silly.

What a piece of junk!
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:04 PM   #13
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Those who own moulded fiberglass trailers seem to REALLY like them! We have a Trillium that is in amazingly good condition for such an old gal. We looked at an R Pod and hubby was sure it wasn't what he wanted - too flimsy for our gravel roads - poorly built - too many places waiting to leak. Also didn't like the cost of brand new compared to used.
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:46 PM   #14
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There goes the Rpod, we still researching and thought this was a good choice. I want a Casita but my DH doesnt like it, he wants an Airstream but I think they are too expensive..... We are llooking for a quality trailer that can last a long time. Any thoughts?
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