Forest River’s Lightweight Teardrop Trailer, The R-Pod
In just a couple of years R-Pod trailer trailers have made an impact in the recreational industry’s ultra-lite towable sales market. At an annual National RV and Camping Show, one dealer spoke of R-pods telling the crowd, “It’s the next generation of pop-up trailer, without the pop-up.” Forest River manufactures one R-Pod model, simply called The R-Pod, and it has proved to be very popular.
Though considered an ultra-light trailer by many and not an official teardrop, Forest River considers it to fit both categories. When Forest River first introduced its R-Pod travel trailer in 2008 it became an immediate success. The R-Pod is available in seven floor plans with lengths between 18’4″ and 20’4″. Two of the units feature a slide and all units offer an option called the R-Dome, a screened awning room. The chassis is a powdered coated steel frame holding a one-piece, seamless fiberglass roof unit. Features include a gas/electric DSI water heater, 4.2 cubic foot refrigerator, 2-burner stove, 20,000 BTU furnace, shower, and toilet. The
R-Pod travel trailers have a great feature; a pop-out tent for a sleeping area made of Aqualon™ which is a heavy-duty, yet breathable material that remains flexible in all climates and is resistant to mold and mildew. Models also offer arear garage, much like a tailgate, which provides outside entertainment. Each garage R-Pod model comes with a 19″ flat screen TV, marine grade speakers, sink, sliding storage, and a gas grill.
Forest River RV suggests contacting them or a dealer for specifics on a particular model’s GVWR (Gross vehicle Weight Rating). There are many good and informative discussions on what type of vehicle or engine can or cannot tow an R-Pod. Mini vans, SUVs, and some smaller vehicles are all noted as being capable of towing the R-Pod. However, we found conflicting information on what can safely tow this model, so be sure check with your vehicle’s manufacturer or a trusted mechanic, and do not rely on the dealer information alone. We found the 2013 units marked down in price by dealerships, ranging from $14,000 to $23,600.
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