Your Top Questions About R-Pod Answered!

By: South Thompson Motors & RV   |   30 Sep 2023

It’s no secret that R-Pod travel trailers by Forest River are taking over the RV market this season. Known for their aerodynamic teardrop shape and compact design, this popular line of lightweight travel trailers is perfect for solo travellers and digital nomads who are happy to live modestly on the open road. If standard trailers and motorhomes aren’t meeting your needs, then an R-Pod might be for you. For folks in Kamloops, BC, thinking about whether or not the R-Pod is a worthy investment, the team here at South Thompson RV has put together an in-depth round-up of frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision!

  1. What is the Forest River R-Pod?

The Forest River R-Pod is a series of small, lightweight travel trailers designed for couples or small families who want to enjoy camping and RVing without the need for a large, heavy trailer.

  1. What are the different R-Pod models available?

Forest River offers several R-Pod models, each with its own unique floor plan and features. Common models include the R-Pod 171, R-Pod 178, R-Pod 180, R-Pod 190, and R-Pod 192, among others.

  1. What is the typical length and weight of an R-Pod?

R-Pods are typically around 20 feet in length and have a dry weight ranging from approximately 2,500 to 3,800 pounds, depending on the model and options.

  1. How many people can an R-Pod accommodate?

Most R-Pod models are designed to sleep 2 to 4 people comfortably, with varying sleeping arrangements such as queen beds, dinette conversions, and bunk beds.

  1. Do R-Pods come with bathrooms?

Yes, many R-Pod models come equipped with bathrooms. These bathrooms are typically compact but functional, offering the convenience of having toilet and shower facilities while you're camping. The specific layout and features of the bathroom may vary depending on the R-Pod model you choose.


  1. What other amenities are included in an R-Pod?

R-Pods are equipped with a kitchen area, bathroom, dinette, and sleeping quarters. They often come with features like a refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, toilet, shower, and entertainment options.

  1. Are R-Pods suitable for off-road or boondocking camping?

While R-Pods are not built for extreme off-roading, they are well-suited for campground camping and can handle light off-road conditions. Some models may come with off-road packages for added durability.

  1. What are the towing requirements for an R-Pod?

To tow an R-Pod, you'll need a vehicle with an appropriate towing capacity. Most mid-sized SUVs and trucks can tow R-Pods, but it's essential to check the specific weight requirements for your chosen model.

  1. How do I maintain and care for my R-Pod?

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your R-Pod in good condition. This includes checking and maintaining the tires, brakes, electrical systems, and plumbing. Proper winterization is also crucial if you plan to store it during the cold months.

  1. Can I customize or upgrade my R-Pod?

Yes, you can often customize and upgrade various aspects of your R-Pod, including adding solar panels, awnings, bike racks, and more. Be sure to consult with a dealer or manufacturer for available options.

  1. Where can I find R-Pod dealers and service centers?

Forest River has a network of dealerships and service centers across the United States and Canada. If you’re in the Southern BC area, here at South Thompson RV, we have plenty of R-Pod models for you to choose from!

South Thompson RV: BC’s Exclusive R-Pod Dealer

We’re proud to be one of only two RV dealers in BC to carry R-Pod travel trailers. We know the ins and outs of these unique RVs and can help you find the perfect model for your needs and lifestyle. Functional, beautiful, and affordable - come visit us at South Thompson RV in Kamloops to tour our selection of R-Pods today!



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