We are so excited for our new home away from home. Meet our 2020 Forest River R-Pod 192 and learn why we thought it was the best travel trailer to match our needs.
So, as I said in my previous post, we watched thousands of hours of videos and scoured blogs, forums, and manufactures websites to find the best coach for us. Being in our 30’s and childless, we don’t a lot of the needs that I believe most manufactures cater to (just watch every video and they talk about where the grand kids will sleep and where to plug in your c-pap). Instead, our needs were more based on cleaning up after hikes, boondocking, and having separate spaces so we’re not on top of each other.
After doing our research, we narrowed it down to six models. But ultimately the R-Pod 192 won us over. Here’s why:
1. Murphy Bed & Residential Queen Bed
If you’re not familiar with RVs and travel trailers, you may not know about different bed sizes. In RVs, space needs to maximized and sometimes standard domestic/residential mattresses just do not fit. Many trailers have an RV queen (or short queen) which measures 60″x75″. The 192 has a standard (or residential) queen bed – which is the same dimensions you’d find in a bed in your home — 60″x80″. Now the 192 has a standard (or residential) queen bed – which is the same dimensions you’d find in a bed in your home, 60″x80″, but it has a folding bed.
The murphy bed allows us to have extra seating and just makes the coach feel wider. It also allows for a full walk around bed, so we don’t have to crawl over one another. The 192 is large enough to leave the bed in the down position, and the coach is fully accessible and functional.
Living on top of one another in a 200 sq ft space is hard enough – we’ll take any extra room we can get.
2. Campside Dinette & Panoramic Window
If you talk to 10 different RV’ers you’ll get 10 different opinions on diner dinette vs. u shaped dinette vs. sofa/chairs, etc. It’s really a personal preference. I plan to do a lot of work on the road and, for me, a dinette made the most sense. Also, it gives us a place to put little Frankie Sinatra‘s bed at night where he’s out of the way, and has a little cubby for sleeping.
Some dinettes are not on the campside and instead you look at your neighbor’s campsite, or just can’t actively see what’s going on at your camp. The window in the R-Pod 192 is huge, too. It provides awesome views and is also an emergency escape window.
3. Outdoor Shower & Sink
The R-Pod 192 comes with a very handy outdoor kitchen, with hose. We plan to wash most of our dishes outside when not on sewer hook ups, as well as cook outside when possible so our coach doesn’t smell like bacon all the time (not that that’s a bad thing…). The coach also has an outdoor hot/cold shower on the back. This is super important for when you have a dog so you can rinse him/her off before going in the coach. Just make sure to use camp friendly soap when you’re washing outside (I’m a big fan of CampSuds).
4. Large Refrigerator & Pantry
My husband and I both like to cook fancy camp meals, so in order to do that, we need a decently stocked fridge and pantry. We also like frozen pizza for when we’re feeling lazy. The R-Pod has a 6 cu ft gas/electric refrigerator with separate freezer – both have plenty of space for food for a good long boondocking trip. Also, it was important to use that the fridge isn’t just a 12v so it works on gas if we need it to.
The pantry has three shelves which are 24 inches deep and about 14 inches wide. This is a great storage space for all of our food needs, as well as pantry items like toilet paper, paper towel, dog food, etc.
5. Large Bathroom
For a 22 foot trailer, the R-Pod boasts a nice size bathroom. Rear baths always have a bit more room, but the R-Pod made great use of space. The shower is big enough to turn around in and because of the skylight, tall enough for my 6 foot tall husband (6’3″ with his hair) to easily shower. The bathroom also has a 4 way exhaust fan that can not only get shower moisture and smells out of the bathroom, but really cools the coach down, too. The one downside is the shower isn’t lined with tile-like material, so we do need to wipe it down after showers.
And most importantly, the bathroom has a lot of space around the potty. Hopefully we won’t be using the indoor potty often, but when we do — it’s good to have some space to do your thing.
6. Storage & Organization
The R-Pod 192 travel trailer has a TON of storage. For a little camper, they really laid it out well. There are two hanging closets, room behind each closet, and the end tables have 20″ of storage. The large pantry has three deep shelves, the storage under the dinette, the cabinets above the range and dinette, storage under the jackknife sofa, the large cabinet in the bathroom, and of course the passthrough storage under the trailer. There’s a lot of space to organize and make sure you have what you need, while keeping the coach nice and tidy.
7. Road Vac
So, I can’t say this was a make or break for us – but it’s a really cool bonus feature. A central vacuum in a travel trailer just makes sense. You have a few options, first just sweep it into the vac and you’re good. But you can also order attachment and hoses to vacuum your coach. I think this is especially important when you have a dog (not to mention two adults with a lot of head hair). I have a feeling this is going to come in handy and we’re going to be happy we have it.
We are pulling the R-Pod with a Jeep Gladiator Overland with tow package, which is rated to 6000lbs. We wanted a travel trailer at 4000ish or under to make sure we weren’t putting too much strain on the Jeep as well as saving a little bit more on gas. When the fresh tank is full, it’s about 250lbs plus we have our gear, food, etc. We figure if we’re under 5000lbs, we’ll be OK. While there are some lighter coaches (the Minnie Drop, the E-Pro), this extra weight on R-Pod 192 was worth it for the addition storage, larger bed, and larger fridge space.
Watch Our R-Pod Travel Trailer Video
With the exception of the camp kitchen, shower, and passthrough storage, my latest video shows you a better view of what I’ve listed above.
Let the adventure begin!
We’re really excited for our new R-Pod 192 travel trailer and we’re taking our first trip in a few days. I’ll probably learn more things I love, and some things I hate, and will share them with you as we journey along.
Have any questions about the R-Pod 192? Leave a comment with your question and I’m happy to answer it. Want to see more? You can follow along here on the blog, or on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.
We are on the way to pick up our 192. Interested to see what modifications you have made so far.
We’ve made a few, but plan to make “big” ones after the season. A lot of the mods have been out of need, and some for more storage. Can’t wait to redo the interior fabrics, but that’s probably a next spring project.
Hello, can you please tell me the depth of the bottom lip of the shower on the R-Pod 192? Any issues with water getting out while showering? Thank you in Advance for your answers
Hi there! It’s about 4.5 inches deep. We haven’t had any issue with water getting out of the shower while using it (and we both use it almost daily). We make sure we wrap our hair in a towel before exiting, and have a bathmat outside the shower so we don’t drip on the floor.
Have you received your mattress topper? How thick is it and does it work with the bed folded back up?
Yes, we have a three inch toppper on it (it’s the link in the question). I think we could do a full mattress and it would still fold. No issues with folding with the three inch topper. The folded bed makes a triangle behind it, lots of room.
Hi there. The great review. We have also purchased (put the down payment for now) on the 192. We love the floor plan and every5hing else. The only concern I’m having now is if the 4 Runner with its towing capacity of lbs 5000 can tow it no problem even in the mountains. We are planning on using the weigh distribution system. Any recommendations or suggestions?
I’m not sure about the 4 Runner, but I know others tow with it. We are at about 4700lbs when we have full tanks so, you’d cut it close – but I’m not really an expert when it comes to how much towing capacity you need, etc. We don’t use a weight distribution hitch (WDH), just an anti-sway bar. From all the research I’ve done, a WDH won’t help you much on a lightweight trailer (they are made for heavier and longer trailers) and an anti-sway should be all you need.
Have you had any repair issues? I have read that R-Pods are not very well built.
We haven’t had anything too serious. Just some cosmetic stuff. The pantry and bathroom closet shelves suck. They are luan (I think) and very thin. They are under warranty, but I’m trying to get Forest River to replace with something better. Also, our sink leaked (it wasn’t installed correctly) which made the counter get water damage. Again, covered under warranty and now that we know it’s a problem, we’ll make sure the sink is installed correctly. Other than that, everything else is good. But you get these same issues with almost any trailer, so…
Hello, and thanks for your fun & informative blog. My husband & I are planning to buy a 192 in a year or so & take off for an extended retirement trip. Thanks for tips on campground issues! How is traveling with a dog? I know many national parks don’t allow dogs on trails. Did you avoid those areas?
It depends on the park. Some parks like the Grand Canyon allow dogs on all trails above the rim. Carlsbad Caverns had a kennel. White Sands is dog friendly everywhere. If there was no risk of heat issues, we left Frankie in the RV for a few hours at a time (he’s not a barker). Other times, we got creative. For example, Glacier he can go on campground trails, etc. All in all, it wasn’t too much of an issue and the only thing we were not able to do was one trail in the Badlands that we had originally wanted to do.
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Hello! Love your informative posts! My husband and I are thinking of selling our house while the market is still hot and since we are now empty nesters and just the two of us, thought of purchasing this camper and living in it full time until the market settles and we buy another home…then we will use it for fun!! What are your thoughts on full time living in this thing? Doable? We are new to camping so have a lot to learn but want to take the leap and just do it for awhile. Open to any and all tips, suggestions, etc. good and bad. We have looked at all of the small trailers 3500 lb and under and this one def seems to have the most open floor plan and space. Seems to have great storage and we like the full bath with the sliding door rather than a hinged door so it feels more open. With just the two of us, we could leave open when not using. We will def put the mattress topper in since we are used to a cushy bed and the big front window is also a plus that we love. Very interested in anyone’s thoughts and comments.
We also have a 2021 Jeep Wrangler (4 door). Thoughts on pulling with this?
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