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    Posted: 12 Oct 2020 at 8:55am
Originally posted by Dirt Sifter

...Also, at 70 mph on TT tires expect to be slowed by blow outs from time to time. 65 gets you there consistently quicker in my experience....

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So true.
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That said.. you couldn't give me another Airstream, regardless of how well it tows.
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Why is that??
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That said.. you couldn't give me another Airstream, regardless of how well it tows.

Why is that??
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Storage sucks, you know, all those square cookie, cracker, cereal, potato, etc etc boxes.. they won't go in the cabinets very well. you know, square box, round cabinet. You also LOSE tons of storage capability to the rounded profile. Since the main storage areas inside any RV are along the walls and periphery, when you round that, you give up 50% of possible space.

You worry about every possible scenario of what can scratch or dent it, constantly. I have personally leaned my bike against the Pod and the Lance, you can bet your bippy not the AS.

All the components are the same as what everybody else uses, and 95% of owner issues, regardless of brand, are components NOT manufactured by the builder.

AS continues to use a plywood floor, that is near impossible to repair when it gets wet, and it will.

EDIT: This was just sent to me in PM.. after 2 decades of owners asking, in the last couple weeks AS made this change. (thank you PilotPodder) So if you get a new build, you will probably have a composite floor.

They have a VERY narrow temperature comfort range. Between about 55F and 85F (maybe 90F if in full shade), the heat and a/c can keep up.. above or below.. not so much.

No slide means you have to go 6-12 feet longer to get the same floor space when set up..

Among many other issues I see with them.

I don't mean to tirade against them, or any other brand, but having owned one, like I said, won't ever again. For many people, all those are "not an issue" but they were to us. Our 18 foot RPod was way more "usable" or "functional" then our 31 foot AS. And the new camper, at 27 feet, beats them both in almost every category. That said, we anticipate a change in our camper needs in a few more years, and intended to go back to a Pod, but the out of production status of both the 177 and 178, means we probably won't.


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+1 to all of the above. I've never owned an Airstream trailer but I did have both an AS and a Revcon RV for awhile. same set of issues, plus no basement storage either. 

OTOH, I certainly would take one if someone gave it to me, Airstreams are now so ridiculously expensive I could sell it, buy two complete rpod rigs like what I have now, tow vehicles included, and have enough left over to buy gas for the life of both rigs. 
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 That said, we anticipate a change in our camper needs in a few more years, and intended to go back to a Pod, but the out of production status of both the 177 and 178, means we probably won't.
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Alas !  There is always the possibility of purchasing a used 177 or 178 as they haven't been out of production that long.  Of course if you are going to keep your Lance for another 5+ years before deciding to return to the R-Pod, it may be a bit more difficult to find one gently used and in mint condition.
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LOL, OG! I'd do the same!

We found we could average 14mpg with our 2017 Tacoma, but I drove at 62mph max. Rpm's were kept low and typically the last one up the hills (unless there was a hiker nearby). 

Personally, I don't believe there's a difference between manufacture's when it comes to towing mpg. More like your driving style/habit.
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Originally posted by jato


 That said, we anticipate a change in our camper needs in a few more years, and intended to go back to a Pod, but the out of production status of both the 177 and 178, means we probably won't.
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Alas !  There is always the possibility of purchasing a used 177 or 178 as they haven't been out of production that long.  Of course if you are going to keep your Lance for another 5+ years before deciding to return to the R-Pod, it may be a bit more difficult to find one gently used and in mint condition.
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It will probably be 6 years.. while I continue to enjoy, and lounge about in retirement, she still has a ways to get to 62.. or even worse, 65. LOL
Hard to believe it's been almost 25 years since I hung up my spurs..
(we are actually, seriously, considering a slide in truck camper. Lance 1172 on a F450 4x4 is the current dream rig)
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Wow, that is a serious truck camper. I assume you are never expecting to take it off the truck? How about a dedicated expedition rig like this as an alternative  Big smile?

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We camp with friends in the winter for a bit who have an Earthroamer.. Interestingly rig, but bigger than we want and you can't drop it like a slide in..
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Originally posted by furpod

We camp with friends in the winter for a bit who have an Earthroamer.. Interestingly rig, but bigger than we want and you can't drop it like a slide in..

Research Overlanders and check the lifting roof models. Sized much better, low drive profile. You can get either a slide in or frame up. I built a frame up due to better floor area. 
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