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2011 R-Pod Ultra Lite travel trailer
by Forest River

See reader's comments and experiences at bottom of page

"The r•pod is a perfect example of 'form follows function', with it's unique shape and construction giving way to a 78" interior height! - 11 floorplans including 3 expandable tent models"

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This is the 2011 Forest River R-Pod review
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Important dimensions:
11 floorplans are available  -  (New floorplan 174 see below)
(click for full table of dimensions etc.)
Exterior length between 16'4" and 18'8",  Exterior width 8'0"
Exterior height 8'7"/8'8" (with a/c 9'6"/9'7"), Interior height 6'6"
Ultra lightweight with GVWR between 3179 lbs and 3788 lbs
CCC 1060-15377 lbs,  Dry hitch weight 179-288 lbs
Tanks - fresh 36,  grey 30/35, black 30/35 - gallons 
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The above exterior is the RP-172T model (see floorplans below)  click for a bigger picture
 
Forest River says:  "The r•pod is the first of its kind to offer you affordable luxury at the lowest tow weight in it's class. All models are fully self-contained with holding tank capacities beyond comparison and a tank monitoring system at your fingertips. The r•pod is a perfect example of "form follows function", with it's unique shape and construction giving way to a 78" interior height! "
  
Roaming Times' reader quote:
"We've looked at lots of small travel trailers over the last few months and have finally concluded we want the r-pod. Just a matter of getting the right price and model. Thanks for all the comments" - Kathy N
Read more comments at bottom of page
 
  
R-Pod ultra lite travel trailer exterior
   
The Forest River r•pod really is a well thought out trailer with many innovative features.  We show pictures of the interior and all of the 2011 available floorplans below.
 
Some of the construction features:  Powder coated steel frame, 2" coupler, Electric brakes, LED taillights, Independent “Torsion” suspension system, Aluminum split spoke wheels, Stabilizer jacks (4), Custom tinted safety glass windows, Welded aluminum sidewalls and floor, Laminated sidewalls, floor
and roof, Seamless roof, Lamilux 1000 gel coated fiberglass

  
 
The above interior is the RP-172T model (see floorplans below)  click for a bigger picture
 

We show 2 pictures of the interior below.  Forest River says the r-pod comes with "residential cabinetry, hardwood drawers and expandable cargo netting for additional storage wherever possible".

r-pod Ultra Lite travel trailer interior
   
These 2 pictures show the RP-177 (see floorplans below) with cinnamon interior
  

R-Pod small travel trailer interior view

 
Forest River says: "Affordable luxury at the lowest tow weight in it’s class. All models are fully self-contained with holding tank capacities beyond comparison and a tank monitoring system at your fingertips. The r•pod is a perfect example of “form follows function”, with it’s unique shape and construction giving way to 78” interior height! The design team has provided you with residential cabinetry, hardwood drawers and expandable cargo netting for additional storage wherever possible. The r•pod comes equipped with a 4.2 Cubic Foot 3-way refrigerator that provides you with enough space for all those extended camping vacations. Enjoy your favorite movie on the optional 9” widescreen LCD drop-down TV that also features a AM/FM/CD stereo and DVD player with remote control. Other popular options include the convection microwave oven, r•dome awning with built-in screen room and the 11K BTU low profile A/C. R•pod ...where YOUR journey begins!"
   

r-pod travel trailer r-dome option

r-pod options available

r-pod travel trailer interior colors available

   Finally we show a picture from George M Sutton RV (OR), a 176T model (available 8/2010)

Forest River R-Pod small travel trailer 2011 176T model

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FLOORPLANS:
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2011 Forest River R-Pod travel trailer floorplans - 11 models - small picture, click for a bigger picture
  

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authorcomments
MimWe are considering buying a 178 or 179. Any comments pro & con appreciated. Also if you are looking to sell a gently used one , please post. Thanks
Paula HarperHI everyone. My husband and I are looking at a 2015 R-Pod 179 model. I know Forest River makes a great product and want to hear from you R-Pod owners about the "Good, Bad and Ugly" of owning one. We plan to purchase a Kia V-6 Sorento to pull the trailer with. It's rated at 3,500 lbs.; enough to pull the loaded trailer. Please e-mail me with your raves, faves and rants! E-Mail: paulahilltop@gmail.com
LarryI have a 2010 R-174 R-Pod for sale in very good condition. Any bid over $8,000.00 takes it. Includes the total "Tent" option. I love this travel trailer and have towed it with my Lincoln MKX without a problem.
EDSelling our R-POD, 2010 175..antiqueani@gmail.com....southern Ill. 9,800 very clean...non smoke, no pets.....Illinois
posiesfinegardening@gmail.comI would recommend that you have all comments and responses dated. Looking for a small light weight camper trailer or van in Midcoast Maine or New England. Must be CLEAN and in great shape. Thanks
Joanlooking for an r-pod 172, in the SE psrt of the us..I have a saturn vue 6 cyl, will it pull it? if you have a used one for sale plz ctc me at jhop1225@gmail.com. Hsppy trails
JanickiMy R-Pod 172 is sold. Please do not send any more emails. Happy camping.
GregLooking for a used R-POD 175. Please contact me at my temporary email address of rpod175@yahoo.com
DEAN Interested in the RP 175 you saw in your neighorhood. If still available, would you send me the contact info?
Brenda Saw a RPod RP175 for $8500 obo down the street. I do not feel comfortable giving out their phone number, as I do not know them. But you can email me if you are interested. The email is all together, just separating for no spam "b gross nickle AT bell south . net". This is not a scam. I will just email you the phone number.
Bev$10,200 for 2010 RP-171, AC, r-dome, cover, axle risers, etc. located western NYS. rpodfairport@gmail.com
jeannithank you eddie i love it
EddieThe 175 is SOLD. Thanks to everyone for your interest and support!
EddieI have a perfect 2010 175 for sale. Not used for 2 years. Has the R=Dome/Factory ordered full carpeting/Dexter Concave Axle/Draw-Tight Anti-Sway & Weight Distribution System/Generator and all Camping Equipment. No Smoking or Pets/still smells new/Must Sell-Bad Hips/Camping is over for me. Unit is stored in Northwest IN. Serious only $13,000 Contact lincmkz@aol.com for photos
FionaI am looking to purchase a new or slightly used R-pod 176T. I live in Colorado but am willing to travel to collect. Please email fi.wilson@yahoo.com if you have one available.
jeannilooking to buy r-pod new or gently used. would like to find one within 100 miles of plymouth, in 466562 email njmclassychassy@yahoo.com
JanickiI have a great RP-172 for sale (2009 and hardly used). I love it, but the kids grew up too quickly and camping is over. Live on Vancouver Island, but willing to drive to Seattle area. janicki@live.ca
CindyI am looking for an used r-pod.. I live in Rochester Mn- but would travel. Please contact me! hughes4942@charter.net or 507-884-6752
sabralooking to buy small pod or t@b camper. am in texas, but that just means we can get there from here. west of the missippi, please. thx sabrajet2@yahoo.com
Chester GouldI am looking for a used good condition RP 171 trailer, in a reasonable distance to San Diego CA If you have one for sale, please email me at: csgould31@gmail.com
Ed_KI am considering a travel trailer. I would like user reports on the R-POD 171, 172 and 173. I am particularly interested in quality reports. Can anyone help?
DennisI am looking for an R POD 177 I'm in Colorado tho I often go to Illinois too dsovick@frii.com
DennisI am looking for an R POD 177 I'm in Colorado tho I often go to Illinois too dsovick@frii.com
Gypsy RoseI would like feedback on R-Pod window leaks, and what owners have done to resolve this nuisance? Thank you
genei'm looking for q 177 r-pod . i se the onweren one for sale on our site ,but there is on way listed to conntact how ownes it on your site plese put some way .ovist to conntact phone number or e-mail,address.
genei'm looking for q 177 r-pod . i se the onweren one for sale on our site ,but there is on way listed to conntact how ownes it on your site plese put some way .ovist to conntact phone number or e-mail,address.
genei'm looking for q 177 r-pod . i se the onweren one for sale on our site ,but there is on way listed to conntact how ownes it on your site plese put some way .ovist to conntact
Charles Rhodeskga5409@hotmail.com
Derek re ply to Dove I Own 2010 mod 172 and tow with 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander v6 finding that gas consumption doubles verses not towing also hunts gears-i heard it is advantageous to use Tiptronic and drive in 5th gear (if its a 6 gear trans)on Hwy and drop down accordingly if climbing. Also although smaller vehicles can tow but not efficiently as they suck gas. R Pod is a great trailer
Derek re ply to Dove I Own 2010 mod 172 and tow with 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander v6 finding that gas consumption doubles verses not towing also hunts gears-i heard it is advantageous to use Tiptronic and drive in 5th gear (if its a 6 gear trans)on Hwy and drop down accordingly if climbing. Also although smaller vehicles can tow but not efficiently as they suck gas. R Pod is a great trailer
WyGalI live in Rocky Mountain region of Wy. I have a subaru outback and wonder if a small r-pod could be pulled with our car? If so, I am sure in the market for a used and clean r-pod. Tacomaranch@homtail.com
IpodaboutWe have a almost never used 2010 R-Pod 172 for sale. We replaced it with a 2011 R-Pod 171. Unit is located in the Phoenix area. Call Bill @ 623-694-4905 or Jan 602-576-2007
RobertThere is a rand new rpod 175 for sale at Ruthrauff RV in Tucson,AZ for $12700. Beautiful unit. I just bought there rpod 173 for 11,374. Great buy.
JakeI am in Southern Ca. and am looking for a lite-weight trailer, prefer pre-owned. Serious buyer who does not want any games. Jake2pat@yahoo.com
Kat looking for one to buy.916 316-0635 - 6/20/2011
Sharon in ColoradoI need a small light-wt travel trailer; will consider any - 151, scamp, casita. sharonpikul at hotmail.com - 6/12/2011
SharonYou people who bought a 151 and now want bigger-- If you want to sell your 151, let me know. I am in Colorado: sharonpikul at hotmail.com - 6/12/2011
GiselaI live in COLO at 8500 ft. Bought the 171 to pull with a 2001 Tacoma. I wanted the 177 with the slide-out but it was 200 lbs. more and I wanted to down-size cars to a Subaru Outback in the near future. The rpod is well balanced and much nicer to pull than the bouncy pop-up we had before. However, the Tacoma at this altitude has a very hard time pulling the weight, well, unless first and second gear uphill is not a problem and the engine straining. The dealer left me in the belief that the Subaru could pull it as the pulling capacity is about 2200 lbs. I did not do enough research because i don't know much about cars and performance, the dealer did not educate me, but I felt just wanted to sell the product. I opted to upgrade the car to a V8 4 Runner which pulls it beautifully but uses more gas than I want. My choice for having fun. I ma now looking to trade in the 171 for the 177 rpod, because the difference inside is HUGE. My advice: Spend the extra money in the beginning for the extra space. I am still upset with the dealer. They stand by the Tacoma, well.... maybe the Subaru cannot pull it after all. We'd be happy to trade... Well, unfortunately that would be $ 5000.00 and only 4 uses later. Bottom line: A GREAT product you will be happy with.
melissalooking for used rpod in oregon/wa/idaho area...please contact me! yellowmom at bendbroadband.com - 6/6/2011
Kathy NWe've looked at lots of small travel trailers over the last few months and have finally concluded we want the r-pod. Done a lot of research. Just a matter of getting the right price and model. Thanks for all the comments.
T@BDavid in north Texas: Have you looked at the T@B. You wouldn't be able to stand up completely inside, but there's plenty of room in the add-a-room. Two models have larger than queen beds at 75x73. You can hang your feet over the edge. Big bed for small trailer. Just a suggestion
RMGJust wanted to let you know that I sold the RPOD, thanks for the great response. Good luck to all.
M. WillbanksI just purchased an R-Pod 171, and have taken it on 2 trips. It is a neat small trailer that I can pull with my Buick crossover. Just need to know where I can get an owner's manual?
David in North TexasMelissa, Ann in Seattle, et al: A 6' 3" person may well be able to stand up in this trailer but he(she?) will not be able lie down in the bed. I wish there were more of these small trailers that had true 80" Queen beds. I am 6' 1" and I can only sleep on the common-to-trailers 74" bed with my feet hanging off the end, which is not possible in trailers like this. I wish ROTI would provide search-ability on bed dimensions.
KLFHave any of you owned a Scamp before the R-pod? We have a Scamp 13 footer but it lacks storage in a big way. We use the bunk beds as shelves. I'd like to know how you think they compare. We tow with a Chev Silverado but have also towed with Honda Element and Subaru Outback, no problems.
MarkLooking for pre-owned R.Pod, any configuration, located in the mid-west (we're in NE Oklahoma) and what I should look for / ask when interviewing owner.
eddiejust got a 175 and I love it. really like the slide out couch. has everthing it wanted in a small TT. it has good cold air and since I like dry camping (no electric) I travel with a generator and when you close the windows and turn on the air and the tv is on you really cannot hear the generator so good night sleeping. r-dome is very hard to put up if you are by-yourself and no good in high wind. but all in all very comfortable and quiet trailer. good quality.
KaryI am looking for a small used trailer so that my disabled son can have a place to rest as needed when we travel. We live in Idaho but would be willing to travel to pick a trailer up. Don't have much to spend..sigh...
CheriWe just looked at both the TaDah and the R-Pod with the R-Pod the clear winner, but does anyone know if they make an R-pod where the bathroom floor is level with the main floor instead of a huge step up (which is difficult for a handicapped person). A stepstool won't work for us.
MaWe have had our rpod174 for 2 months now and love it. We pull it with Chevey Equinox crossover which is a 2.4cy.& it pulls with ease. Got it from Tristate trailers in Middlesboro Tn for $13,000.00 a savings from Knocksville of $4,000.00 with the dome room included.
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