Discussion in 'Camping, Hiking, Cooking' started by Mark Walker, Dec 4, 2013.
The REI flagship has a Cricket parked in the entrance lobby, checked it out a couple weeks ago and thought it was cool enough to investigate more online -- not cheap, you're looking at upwards of $20k with all the options. Did some more checking and came across the R Pod. Curious if anyone knows more about these and other ultra-light trailer options. Seems a lot more functional than the good old tent trailer, but definitely more spendy.
I am 43 now, hoping i make it to 83 before i need a trailer.
Mark, that Olympe looks like somebody's wet dream-an erector set on steroids. Too many pieces. The Cricket is cool but rather ungainly. It looks like it would match up well with a Toyota Tundra Crew Cab. They both look like their frames are bent. At a starting price of almost $17K everything in them is an added extra and by the time it is well equipped for actual use it looks like over $20K for a marginally comfortable unit.
The R-pod looks really cool and would probably tow like a dream. It doesn't need a Belchfire V-8 to drag it around and has enough amenities to be useful for a few days out. It appears to be a well thought out package with quite a bit of storage. Quite a step up from the popup metal teepees and seemingly not a hell of a lot more money. I could spend a lot of happy hours in one of those!
The R Pod is a winner, but almost 2500lbs dry weight and @ +15,000?
Nice features, but I dunno.
We had an R-Pod model 171 for a couple of years and sold it this fall.
It was a good little rig, but the curves fore and aft make for minimal usable interior space. And the windows were too small for us as well - a drag when the weather was bad. We dragged it all over the place fishing and camping - from California to Alberta and everywhere in-between.
At about the same weight but with a shorter length, we replaced it with one of these. It feels literally twice as big inside with the huge windows and the slideout - a lot more comfort (and better quality). It's a Lance 1575.
Peyton; it took us to our late 50's to get a trailer. Swore I never would, but boy is it nice to be comfy, dry and warm. And have a happy wife!
Mark; Used R-Pods go for $10K or less - not too bad.
That Lance is a very nice little rig. They are a bit pricey though.
This a clip of a Jayco fifth wheel identical to ours except ours is a 21.5 Super Lite (SL) The one in the clip is an SD. I do not know what SD denotes. I believe ours is considerably less weight than 4000GVW stated.
Lots of comfort/storage in ours.
As a kid my parents had a Sears tent trailer. Was a 50s/60s vintage. Folded out like top trailer, but not as big or complicated. Was duck cloth. Had plenty of storage, the trailer itself was a big bed with storage under neath. Wish i had it. I'd use it all the time.
For cost and amount of set up you may as well buy a wall tent and a cargo trailer. You'd still have a ton of money left over to buy gear. Or better yet buy a new drift boat, the wall tent, and gear and stow in drift boat on trips. You'd still have money left over. ;-)
This is similar. Just my parents folded out more (bigger tent). Since it was about twice as big the door was in the front not the side.