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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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JDR-Pod's have too big of an air conditioner on them, "Very Loud" and runs every 5 Minutes. A window air conditioner is what I'm installing. The big unit "Dometic" is going away!!!
Tom2009 R-Pod 151 in excellent condition $8450.00. Please call 850-264-9343
TomI am selling a 2009 Forest River R-Pod 151 in excellent condition for $8450.00. Please call 850-264-9343
TomI am selling a 2009 Forest River R-Pod 151 in excellent condition for $8450.00. Please email @ thb3721@yahoo.com
kimvery clean 2010 rpod172 with rdome, ac, heat for sale. Located in Indianapolis area. pod4sale@gmail.com
kim2010 very clean rpod172 for sale. rdome, ac, heat, dvd player. Located in Indiana. contact pod4sale@gmail.com
kim2010 very clean rpod172 for sale. rdome, ac, heat, dvd player. Located in Indiana. contact pod4sale@gmail.com
TerryThanks for the help everyone! found a 2012 177 hood river in great shape. now i just need to find an R-dome. none for sale used now so any suggestions for best price from a dealer? no response from Forest river direct. Thanks! Tridemtnr@yahoo.ca
Coolbeans06I am interested in any reviews of utilizing the rpod as a travel home for an extend period such as 3-6 months vs a weekend warrior trip. Would love to hear to good and bad. Thanks so much!
Minnow312March 28,2015 Looking for Pre-owned RP-177 in good condition. Live in TX near Ft. Worth. Will travel up to 300 miles to get. Please email minnow312@gmail.com Thanks!
Minnow312March 28,2015 Looking for Pre-owned RP-177 in good condition. Live in TX near Ft. Worth. Will travel up to 300 miles to get. Please email minnow312@gmail.com Thanks!
Minnow312March 28,2015 Looking for Pre-owned RP-177 in good condition. Live in TX near Ft. Worth. Will travel up to 300 miles to get. Please email minnow312@gmail.com Thanks!
RebeccaSelling 2011 RP177 - excellent condition - $11,000 2011RP177sale@gmail.com
Dave BLooking to buy the RP177 or RP178. Live in CO but will travel for the right price Dave@DaveBrownTeam.com
Dave BLooking to buy the RP177 or RP178. Live in CO but will travel for the right price
TerryWanted used RPOD 172 in either MO, ID or Alberta. please send details and photos to Tridemtnr@yahoo.ca
TerryLooking for used RPOD 172 in either MO, ID or Alberta. please send details and photos to Tridemtnr@yahoo.ca
TerryLooking for used RPOD 172 in either MO, ID or Alberta. please send details and photos to Tridemtnr@yahoo.ca
TridemtnrLooking for used RPOD 172 in either MO, ID or Alberta. please send details and photos to Tridemtnr@yahoo.ca
JKSchmidtFOR SALE: 2011 RPod 172 loaded with all ammenities. Located in Butte, MT jkwoods2@yahoo.com
Rpodfun4usFor sale $10,000 for 2011 RP-176, AC,heater, r-dome, cover, axle risers, and more. located in Southern Ca. Very clean unit please email if interested rpod4fun@gmail.com
Rpodfun4usFor sale $10,000 for 2011 RP-176, AC,heater, r-dome, cover, axle risers, and more. located in Southern Ca. Very clean unit please email if interested rpod4fun@gmail.com
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
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