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Old 10-17-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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Any input before I consider buying an Rpod or Forest River Vibe would be so appreciated. Going from tent camping to one of these options! Thanks in advance.


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Old 10-17-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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Any input before I consider buying an Rpod or Forest River Vibe would be so appreciated. Going from tent camping to one of these options! Thanks in advance.


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I see no any relationship between Rpod or Forest River and molded fiberglass trailers. Seems like you wrote to a wrong forum.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:27 PM   #3
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I would look over what you are buying VERY carefully. These trailers are built to a price and it shows in many ways.

You're best bet to get feedback on Forest River and these models, check out the Forest River forum, or the other big general interest RV forums like RV.net and iRV2.com. You should get lots of responses to an inquiry, plus you may get some hits using their search tool.
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Here is a discussion on the RPod CLICK HERE
There are a number of other threads on this topic, just use the search function for RPod
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They are a conventional stick built trailer like most others. Even though they look rounded, expect to get little to no aerodynamic advantage over a more squarish trailer. Whereas a molded fiberglass trailer like Scamp, Casita, Lil Snoozy, Parkliner, Trillium, etc will have less potential leak points, be more aero, and will yield 2 to 4 mpg better fuel economy.
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Any input before I consider buying an Rpod or Forest River Vibe would be so appreciated. Going from tent camping to one of these options! Thanks in advance.
My advice is go molded fiberglass! Of course, you knew we'd say that, right?

Seriously, I can see getting a conventional trailer if you need more room than the molded trailers offer; but if you're looking for small, with sturdy build and aerodynamic design, good resale potential, plus the incredible cute factor, Go Molded!
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Hello Elizabeth and welcome to the forum. This forum is dedicated to molded fiberglass trailers so we are all a bit biased here. The main reason I chose a molded fiberglass trailer was longevity. If taken care of they last a long time, 30-40 years is common. Most stick built trailers, like the rpod, are long gone by then. The fiberglass trailer bodies are essentially one piece. The only places that can leak are the cut outs. There are no body seams to shift around as you bounce down the road. That said, the appliances, lights, running gear, etc. are mostly the same. Poke around here and maybe you'll get hooked. Good luck, whatever you buy, Raz
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:49 AM   #9
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One of the other big benefits of fiberglass trailers is the resale value they bring to the table like no other vehicle out there. My first fiberglass trailer was a Casita Freedom Deluxe 17'. After having it for a year, I sold it at NO loss and bought a new Escape 19 and continue my love affair with fiberglass.

It's hard to go wrong with fiberglass and the whole fiberglass community along with the RV community is the best group of people you'll find out there. Camping is a great experience and I'm sure you'll love it.

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R-pod? and where do you store anything? not to mention the quality compared with F/G trailers! We looked at ALL styles of TT before buying and ended up with a Escape 19! happy campers!

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We also looked at purchasing a new R Pod before buying a used Scamp .The R Pod prices vary greatly from dealer to dealer. An R Pod which listed for $21K sold for $19K in Minnesota but sold in Ohio for 12K "Too much of a price variation for my liking" As others have said go to the R Pod owners website and read the problems others have encountered with their R Pod . The R Pod owners convinced me to look elsewhere.
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I would like to discuss the quote below as the R-Pod is not considered a "conventional stick-build trailer". That's a big misconception that I noticed at our last FG rally as well. I have a Scamp so I'm not biased in this post...just want to issue some clarification.

A "Stick-n-tin" ala Stick-built is built up of wood framing then covered in the rippled aluminum siding- thus the "stick-n-tin" phrase. The R-pod is actually a "laminate". The walls of a laminate have inner frames generally fabricated from aluminum with styrofoam inserts for insulation. Then a fiberglass panel on the outside and some type of finish board on the inside are laminated to the inner alum. frame. This supposedly makes a lighter and stronger wall than the stick trailers.

NOW, one of the downsides to these trailers is delamination that can occur. THAT my friends I've heard is an extensive/expensive repair! And, we dont have to worry about that on fiberglass shells.

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They are a conventional stick built trailer like most others. Even though they look rounded, expect to get little to no aerodynamic advantage over a more squarish trailer. Whereas a molded fiberglass trailer like Scamp, Casita, Lil Snoozy, Parkliner, Trillium, etc will have less potential leak points, be more aero, and will yield 2 to 4 mpg better fuel economy.
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If the R-Pod has aluminum framing in the walls and roof, then perhaps the phrase 'stick built' may not be ideal. But the concept of framing with 'sticks' of wood or 'channels' of aluminum is distinctly different from molding the entire body in two pieces and then bonding the halves together permanently. As for laminated sidewalls, those walls usually incorporate a layer of plywood or luan or some other wood sheeting. When (not if) enough water gets into that wood, it will delaminate (separate from whatever it was bonded to). This is no better than a wood-framed trailer sheathed in aluminum. That's why many of us tend to use the terms 'stick built' and 'stickie' to include any non-moldedFG trailer. Technically it may be sometimes a bit inaccurate, but it conveys the concept nicely.
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