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    Posted: 29 Mar 2016 at 10:04am
I don't have a R pod yet but I am seriously considering one.  I wanted to learn more about it before I jumped in.  I have read through several threads on this forum and it has been very helpful.

I currently have a 32ft TT, pulling with my 2010 Ford Expedition.  I wanted to downsize because I feel like a smaller TT would allow me to travel further away from my home and my family really don't spend much time inside the camper (except for sleeping).  I don't feel comfortable pulling a 32ft TT for more than couple hours a trip, especially when it's windy outside.    

After some research on smaller & compact  TT, I came upon Rpod.  I am considering 176T because I have 2 adults and 2 children and felt that 176T was the most spacious model of them.  But I can't find any 176T on dealer lot to look at and dealer told me that it is not a good seller for them so they don't carry it.  
So I wanted to talk to a current 176T owners and ask few questions.  

Are there any 176T owners who would be willing to provide some feedback?   
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Not a T owner, but have camped with them.. LOL

It's a good layout for the right family. Your dealer is not joshing you, they are not a high volume floor plan. Hopefully one of the couple owners we have with a 176T, or even a 172T will chime in soon..
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Welcome to the group!

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We tow a '10 172T. Same as the 176T, but no slide out. You are spot on regarding more space. Maybe not for the obvious reason, however. A lot of the time, we use the popout bed space for storage - bags, towels, etc - and the dog sleeps up there. My wife and I will then sleep on the dinette. Our two girls are in their bunks and are in heaven. I'd like the slide out option if we were to do it again. It's a bit cramped without it. Tough with four people in the camper when you're washing dishes and someone's heading to the bathroom, etc. 

The biggest drawback on the popout IMO is setup (which really isn't that hard) and temperature control. We live in MN like to camp early and late in the season - "bug-free" camping. The popout tent does not hold heat well so the heater is on and off all night long like crazy. That's part of the reason the dog sleeps up there - the fan on the heater scares him!

If we had to do it again, I'd look long and hard at a 176T, a 179 or a 182G. Not sure the 179 would pass muster without the bunks though. I like the idea of the garage. Move inside work to the outside. 

Another thing to consider is the R-Dome. It's a great addition that adds a lot of private outdoor space for things. Really helps keep the inside from being cluttered after you get unpacked and settled in. Feel free to pm me if you have more specifics.

Good luck and welcome!
Dave - 2016 Silverado 2500HD LML - 2010 RP172T
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