Good thing I'm a Mr. fixit type, hahaha. I'd honestly prefer to build it myself, but my wife wants something complete, rather than waiting forever for me to complete a project.
Millennial stereotyping?Lol the only happy RV types are or become very handy Mr fix it types. I predict the RV business will collapse to near zero once those over 40yrs old right now age out of the RV life. The age group under 40 can hardly handle calling a tow truck for a flat tire let alone deal with trying to get some goofy RV part fixed or working.
Nonsense, first of all I'm an under 40.. secondly I hadda drive 20 miles down a rutted out muddy unmaintained forest road this weekend before I started finding available dispersed sites.. of the hundreds of people camping that I passed, most of em were younger than me.. I saw a bunch of RTT's, lots of truck campers and even a couple clearly homemade campers... Vast majority of the grey haired old farts I saw this weekend were at the Lutheran camp we drove through.Lol the only happy RV types are or become very handy Mr fix it types. I predict the RV business will collapse to near zero once those over 40yrs old right now age out of the RV life. The age group under 40 can hardly handle calling a tow truck for a flat tire let alone deal with trying to get some goofy RV part fixed or working.
We've had our R-Pod 172 (bunks in the front and sub-queen/dinette in the rear) for 3yrs. We bought it used and have enjoyed it a lot (about 70-90 days/yr) with the majority of camp time spent during ski season. MTB and CX season second and just fun camping off grid the rest of the time. As others have stated, the build quality is low although interior fit and finish is fine. The interior has held up very well. What's poor is the overall structure including skimping on side panels which are cut short and the L trim molding where the walls join the floor and roof struggle to keep the edges sealed. Ours (2013) also suffered from the dreaded wall separation (issue that seems to still be common on 2018 and 2019 models) from the floor along the front of the trailer. Essentially it's held together with short 1 1/4" sheet metal screws that go through the floor into the wall frame. Forest River's recommended fix was more screws. In the end the right repair was using angle irons to reinforce the structure bolting the walls to the irons welded to the frame. Our fix was permanent and has dramatically reinforced ours to the extent I couldn't see replacing it now to only go through something similar again with just about any other US made mainstream trailer (I've seen friend's trailers cost 2x as much have the same wall/trim/floor separation issue).Does anyone have any experience with a forest river R Pod. The layout works for us with bunk beds and indoor toilet. Looking to use on Forest Roads no heavy off road
I agree here too. Just had to do some work to our trailer. Not a big deal. Was only $40 in parts.I can definitely relate to an earlier comment about "only happy RVers are or become handy Mr. Fix its). It's definitely part of the ownership experience and can be a fun part as long as it doesn't become a catastrophic issue which the wall separation problem could have been and at one point I was close to chucking the whole thing until I was able to get it permanently resolved.
Right!My biggest concern with all of these trailers is the maxed out axles and the ccc of 500 lbs, so the mini vans can tow it (dangerously but legally) . Throw a couple sweaters and a cast iron pan in the camper and you end up with bent axles like Xcvagn is experiencing.