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    Posted: 01 Mar 2015 at 12:40am
Looked at several different trailers today, including the full line of Palomini. The only plus to this line I could see is they do have two models with dry bath's in them. Quality felt poor and ground clearance was not adequate, plumbing was only about 10" above the ground on a level lot. Still haven't getten in an Rpod yet but will be looming next week. Did look at flagstaff micro lites, jayco jay flight's, a coleman 19qrb, and flagstaff shamrock hybrid and found a lot we liked in several of them. On the short list of trailers to look at is the Evergreen Ascend, price is in line with the Rpod and features are equal or better with a dry bath in which the Misses tells me is almost a must. Any feedback on the Evergreen brand / reputation? How does the wet bath in the Rpod work for everyone? What are the pros / cons of hybrids?
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Hi
Concerning the wet bath. Missy and I have also just moved up from tent camping owning our 179 for a year now. Although we appreciate the convenience of a wet bath, it is very small. I am 5'11" , 230 (yes a bit fluffy) and its use can be a bit challenging.

We love our R Pod but if we had family members camping with us, I would want a larger camper trailer. It can just be a bit tight in there with more people. JMHO.

Here is a link to another brand Vista Cruiser: http://gulfstreamrvtrailers.com/visa/floorplans.php
I can't attest to the the quality but some of their floor-plans may be more suited for a larger family.

Another issue you may want to consider is your Freshwater, Black, and Gray tank size. It amazes me how some of the larger trailers built for 5-6 people (subtract one or two for true comfort) have tanks that are the same size or smaller than an R Pod. Believe me you can fill them black and Gray tanks up fast. I mentioned this because you said something about taking moderate trips on public lands. I assumed this was for longer than just a few days.

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Very true...watch tank size. The PODs are generally equipped with 30+30+36 fresh. 

As far as hybrids, the advantage is excellent expansion with minimal effort. 

Disadvantages, well you can do thing's to mitigate this but, it's a tent area, so...when it's really hot or really cold so is the tent area. Also, fold outs require a little more maintenance, but its kinda cool that you can take an 18 or 20 footer and turn it into a 24 or 28 footer! 
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I was concerned with the wet bath when we first got ours, but I mind it less every year.  It is small, and needs to be wiped down after a shower, but it has just become part of the fun of camping.

Not being able to walk around the bet to make it and having to climb over the outside person to get out of bed are not much fun. If anything drives us away from the Pod that will be it.
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My suggestion for a wet bath is to get a synthetic chamois "shammy" towel to mop up after.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Podster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2015 at 9:09pm
Originally posted by Keith-N-Dar

I was concerned with the wet bath when we first got ours, but I mind it less every year.  It is small, and needs to be wiped down after a shower, but it has just become part of the fun of camping.

Not being able to walk around the bet to make it and having to climb over the outside person to get out of bed are not much fun. If anything drives us away from the Pod that will be it.

...only accounts for 1 of 188th of the total experience. Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote calmdowneight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2015 at 10:01pm
Thanks again everyone. All info is very appreciated. Liked the size of the hybrids, but don't think they're for us, tend to like the totally enclosed campers better. Hopefully going to look at the R pods tomorrow or the day after. Then I will have a better idea if where we need to be looking. Still like the r pods based on photos, videos, exterior but do need to get in one. Have been checking out the Venture Sonic trailers and Camplite by Livin Lite and will go see these as well. I just keep coming back to the size (not weight) of the R pods to get into tight spaces ( not campsites) easier. Any additional info on the above brands and maneuverability of the R pods vs other trailers would be greatly appreciated. I have only towed open air trailers and small box trailers.
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I saw the Winnebago Micro Minnie and Minnie at a recent show.  Impressed with finish and inclusions (awning, jacks, water and tank capacities, 6-sided aluminum frame, etc).  Bathroom had a dry bath.  The smaller models vary in width.  Down side was it seemed a little low, but maybe axle risers would help.  Made me think, though...
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The Winnebago Micro Minnie does look very cool, ground clearance was my issue with them too. I've noticed a lot of the single axle smaller trailers seem to be very low, or the plumbing hangs low enough to be knocked off fairly easily. Most of the dual axles seem to have adequate ground clearance but then the length comes into play.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote calmdowneight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2015 at 10:56pm
Going to finally get to go look at R pods this weekend; hopefully anyhow. I will then have a better idea of what we need to be looking for. The Cruiser Funfinder 18ufd is another model I'd be interested in looking at as well. I've found out that there are so many choices out there that's its kind if confusing to know where to head. I'm looking for a quality product but don't want to break the bank in the process since we will likely use it one weekend a month for about 6 months out of the year and maybe a week long trip once a year. How's the build quality of the R pod vs some of the larger box type trailers in the same price point? Would like bunks and a slide and the rear garage on the pods would be nice and potentially add a littleore storage or carrying capacity. We're basically wanting something that we can leave partially stocked to make taking off on Fridays after work easier and quicker.
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