What is an r-pod camper? The Whole Truth

What is an R-Pod Camper?

two different r-pod campers

In the ‘80s, a camper hit the market and had it’s way with everything from kids to bikers. But as the years went on, different RVing styles and different brands of RVs got released in the market, and soon enough the R-Pod camper entered the market.

The R-Pod is a camper that is made by the well-known company Forest River RV which was founded in 1996 by Peter Liegl. Liegl’s aim in starting his company was to create what he considered a better RV that would help people experience the joy of the outdoors.

Common Features Of An R-Pod

The R-Pod camper comes equipped with many features. This is a small camper, but it comes equipped enough amenities to make the average rver happy.

  • Flat Screen Tv
  • Outlets
  • Tinted Windows
  • Bike Racks
  • Toilets and Sinks
  • Hinged Entry Doors
  • Pleated Night Shades
  • Bluetooth Stereo
  • Fibreglass Roofs and Steel Frames
  • 30 Gallon Tanks
  • Roof-mounted solar prep
  • Expandable cargo netting
  • 13.5K BTU air conditioner
  • Refrigerator
  • 12V demand water pump
  • 55 amp converter w/ charger
  • 4 speed MaxxAir® Fan
  • Thetford™ toilet
  • USB Charging Ports
  • Cabinets
  • Hardwood drawers

Floor Plan Examples Of Some R pods

There are many different floor plans for you to choose from when you finally decide to purchase one.

  • RP-190 Floorplan

    This r-top has space to sleep 1-4 people as well as a washroom design with different shower & commode style that enables several individuals to take pleasure in the outdoors. There is also another option available where you can get a detachable outdoor kitchen area which allows you to prepare food.

    RP-190 Interior

How much does an R pod cost?

The price of an R-Pod will depend on many factors such as the floorplan, the options you choose, the dealer, and location you get your r-pod from. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $16,500 for bottom of the line new r-pod all the way up to $36,000 for the top of the line r-pod.

R-Pod Prices

There are different prices for different types of R pods. Here are some prices you should expect when purchasing an r pod.

R-Pod Price (MSRP)
2021 R-Pod 196 $$28,116
2021 R-Pod 202 $31,442
2021 R-Pod 192 $27,540
2021 R-Pod 171 $22,149
2021 R-Pod 190 $27,326
2021 R-Pod 193 $28,224
2022 R-Pod 189 $23,302
2021 R-Pod 180 $21,999
2022 R-Pod 195 $23,999
2022 R-Pod 201 $24,795
2020 R-Pod 178 $24,820

Most Popular R Pods

The R-Pod 178 seems to be the most popular r-pod on the market at this time. Here i will go over some of the features.

The R-Pod 178

r-pod 178 camper and floor plan

The R-Pod 178 is a 20' camper that can sleep 4 people. It comes equipped with a 30 gallon black water tanks, a 30 gallon fresh water tank, and a 30 gallon gray water tank.The weight of this r pod is 2893 lbs which makes it easy for regular vehicles to tow.

Length 20 ft Ext Width 8 ft
Sleeps 4 Slides 1
Ext Height 9 ft 7 in Int Height 6 ft 6 in
Cargo Weight 902 lbs Fresh Water Capacity 30 gals
Hitch Weight 295 lbs Dry Weight 2893 lbs
Grey Water Capacity 30 gals Black Water Capacity 30 gals
Tire Size 205/75/R15 Furnace BTU 20000 btu
Cooktop Burners 2 LP Tank Capacity 20 lbs
Available Beds RV Queen Refrigerator Type Three Way
Water Heater Capacity 6 gal Water Heater Type DSI Gas/Electric
Shower Type Wet/Bath Shower Number of LP Tanks 1
Axle Count 1

R-Pod 202

r-pod 202 camper and floor plan

Coming in at a close second is the r pod 202. This has been getting more and more popular the past couple years.

Hitch Weight:
485 lb.
4574 lb.
1911 lb.
Exterior Height:
10' 7"
Exterior Length:
25' 0"
Fresh Water:
30.00 gal.
Gray Water:
60.00 gal.
Black Water:
30.00 gal.
Exterior Width:
Awning Size:

How to choose an R-Pod Camper?

There is no doubt that R-Pod has brought in an entirely new age of car camping. R-Pod comes with everything you need to enjoy your car camping, which includes an R-Pod camper, a roof extension, all kinds of accessories so you have everything, from a roof box to a shower, tent, sleeping area, food storage.

Choosing an r-pod is a big deal and you want to know that the decision you make is the best one. Here are some factors you need to consider.

  1. Does size matter
  2. When choosing which r pod is best for you, you will not only want to decide on how good it looks, you will also want to decide on the size. This has to do with the interior and exterior size. You have to take into consideration the size vehicle you will be using to pull it and also how many people will be staying in it.

  3. Are there any damages (Aesthetically)
  4. On the inside of a r pod camper, take a stroll on the flooring and also the edges with your bare feet. It can be an excellent means to look for damages. See to it that you inspect the cupboards as well as various other storage space locations for damages too.

    Prior to purchasing, check out the breaks, tires, axels, back bumper. be sure to check the front towing capacity also. Likewise examine the seals and also locks on the doors along with the electrical connections and hookups.

  5. Are there any damages (Mechanically)
  6. Are all the systems working? Systems such as the water, electrical, mechanics, and sewer systems are essential.

  7. Draining System Type
  8. There are different types of draining systems in R pods that can lead to different types of problems. A drainage system that you have to turn and twist can sometimes lead to unwanted clogs, while a straight shoot system will have less issues.

  9. Tow Weight
  10. Before buying any r pod camper you should know the weight of said camper and also the towing capability of your tow vehicle.

  11. Repair Budget
  12. The best way to be prepared for anything you purchase in life is to think about having a budget for the repairs on the item you bought. When you buy a r pod camper, try to have a budget set aside for any repairs that may be needed. This is one of the reasons why checking for any damages before you purchase one comes in very handy. You do not want to buy an r-pod camper today then have to do repairs tomorrow.

  13. Rent Them
  14. One of the best things you can do when deciding whether or not to buy an r pod camper is to rent a few of them to see if they are a fit with your lifestyle. Remember, they are small so try to see if the size will be a problem later down the road.

Is an R-pod it?

An R-Pod is it if you want a small camper or travel trailer. However, if you need lots of space or have a large family then the R-pod is not for you.


An R-Pod is for those who like to travel light. This small camper allows you to camp in almost any type of location that would be difficult for other recreational vehicles such as Class A Motorhomes. Doing the proper research into the type ov r pod camper you want to purchase is key in getting what will make you happy for years to come.

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