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2009 R-Pod Ultra Lite travel trailer
by Forest River
See reader's comments and experiences at bottom of page

"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."


 

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This is the 2009 Forest River R-Pod review
See also RoTi RV reviews
: 2011 R-Pod 2010 R-Pod

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Important dimensions:
7 floorplans are available
Exterior length between 16'2" and 18'3",  Exterior width 8'0"
Exterior height 8'8", with a/c 9'2", Interior height 6'6"
Ultra lightweight with unloaded weight between 1937 lbs and 2336 lbs
Load capacity 1050-`428 lbs,  Hitch weight 179-241 lbs
Tanks - fresh 36,  grey 35, black 35 - gallons 
MSRP (see forum below for prices people are paying)

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R-Pod ultra lite travel trailer exterior

Forest River says that "the r•pod is the first of it’s 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 comes in 7 floorplans with lengths between 16'2" and 18'2". Two of the models feature a slide. We show all of the floorplans below.

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 interior
   
These 2 pictures show the RP-151 (see floorplans below) with Stone Creek interior
  

R-Pod small travel trailer interior - dinette

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!"

Just some of the exterior features: Custom Tinted Safety Glass Windows, 20 lb. LP Tank with Cover, Aluminum Wheel Fenders, Patio Light with Amber Lens, Exterior 120 Volt Recept, Welded Aluminum Sidewalls and Floor, Laminated Sidewalls, Floor and Roof, Seamless Roof, Lamilux 1000 Gel Coated Fiberglass, Radius Entry and Baggage Doors, Folding Assist Grab Handle, Entry Door Step

Just some of the interior features: Wet Bath with Integrated Toilet, No-Wax Seamless Vinyl Flooring, Solid Lumber Core Cabinet Fronts Assembled with Screws, Raised Panel Cabinet Doors with Glazed Finish, Hardwood Drawer Fronts with Metal Guides, Decorative Window Treatments, Decorative Shower Curtain with Tieback, Mini Blinds Where Applicable, Bedroom Pocket Organizer, Bathroom Pocket Organizers

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Floorplans:
 

People have commented on RoTi forums that there is a similarity with the T@B small travel trailer (see RoTi review of T@B).  The TAB is 15'6" overall length compared to the r-pod's basic length of 16'2", but all r-pod models are fully self-contained with "holding tank capacities beyond comparison and a tank monitoring system at your fingertips."

We show the basic RP-151 floorplan below.  This has a length of 16'2" and an unloaded weight of 1937 lbs. Load capacity 1304 lbs:

r-pod floorplan 151 

The RP-152 increases the length just 4" to 16'6" (unloaded weight of 1972 lbs, load capacity 1185 lbs), downsizes the dinette arrangement an adds permanent bunks. The r-pod models all show a clever use of the space:

r-pod floorplan RP-152

The next we show is the RP-171 with a length of 18'2" and an unloaded weight of 2121 lbs.  Load capacity 1060 lbs  This has the advantage of a permanent queen bed.  (The RP 175 shown below also has a queen bed, but the 175 comes with a slide-out):

r-pod floorplan 171

Next we show the RP-172 with the same length as the 171 (18'2"), an unloaded weight of 2113 lbs and load capacity 1066 lbs, but with the big dinette and a bigger bunks arrangement:

r-pod floorplan RP-172

Next, the RP-173 - 18'2 and 2039 lbs.  Load capacity 1145 lbs  There is an option to replace the sofa with 2 chairs:

r-pod floorplan RP-173 

Next, the RP-174 - 18'2 and 2306 lbs.  Load capacity 1428lbs.  A heavier unloaded vehicle weight and a bigger load capacity.  The first of 2 models with a slide-out.  The slide makes a big difference to the space available of course:

r-pod floorplan RP-174

Finally we show the RP-175 with (18'2" and 2335 lbs, load capacity 1399 lbs) with a queen bed and slide out:

r-pod floorplan 175


Just a few of the features of the r-pod:
  • "The first of it’s kind to offer you affordable luxury at the lowest tow weight in it’s class"
  • Powder Coated Steel Frame
  • Gas / Elec. DSI Water Heater
  • Wet Bath with Integrated Toilet
  • Custom Tinted Safety Glass Windows
  • Wide range of standard and optional features   

   

This is the 2009 Forest River R-Pod review
See also RoTi RV reviews
: 2011 R-Pod 2010 R-Pod

All Forest River reviews   All small travel trailer reviews
    

"The r•pod is the first of it’s 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."

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This is the 2009 Forest River R-Pod review
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: 2011 R-Pod 2010 R-Pod

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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
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