Key points to help you decide between the Winnie Drop & the R-Pod by Forest River
In just a few years R-Pod trailer trailers have made an impact in the recreational industry’s ultra-lite towable sales market. Though considered an ultra-light trailer by many and not an official teardrop, Forest River considers it to fit both categories. When Forest River first introduced its R-Pod travel trailer in 2008 it became an immediate success. The R-Pod is now available in thirteen floor plans with lengths between 18’4″ and 22’2″. Eleven of the units feature a slide and many units offer an option called the R-Dome, a screened awning room. The chassis is a powdered coated steel frame holding a one-piece, seamless fiberglass roof unit. Features include a gas/electric DSI water heater, a 3.7 cu ft 3 way refrigerator (Gas, Electric, 12V), a 2-burner stove, a 20,000 BTU furnace, shower, and toilet.
The R-Pod travel trailers have a unique feature; a pop-out tent area (only a few have this feature) made of Aqualon™ which is a heavy-duty, yet breathable material that remains flexible in all climates and is resistant to mold and mildew. Some models also offer a rear garage option, much like a tailgate, which provides outside entertainment. Each garage R-Pod model comes with a 19″ flat screen TV, marine grade speakers, sink, sliding storage, and a gas grill.
To look at some of the other important differences, we’ve created a simple chart below:
|Black Water Tank||25 gal||30 gal|
|Fresh Water Tank||31 gal||36 gal|
|Grey Tank Capacity||25 gal||30 gal|
|Lightest Unloaded Vehicle Weight*||2630||2338|
|Max Awning Length||10′||11′ (or R-dome)|
The Minnie Drop is More Different from the R-Pod than it looks
First, your fresh water, grey, and black tank capacities are larger on the R-pod. For those that might be staying in places where access to water is limited, those extra gallons can make a big difference. Second, the large selection of floor plans available in the R-pod mean that it is much easier for campers to find a model that will meet their unique needs. For example, only the R-pod model 191 features twin beds with a center night stand in the sleeping area. Third, for those really tall folks, the extra inch of head space in the R-pod might be important.
In closing, shoppers that prefer to have a variety of floor plans and camping options that they can customize based on their needs and travel plans will want to be sure and look at the Forest River R-pod before making a final decision. Its roomy interior is surprising given its smaller size, and the attention to camper-friendly accessories and options have made it an RV customer favorite. And for those that are looking for a community, the r-pod nation forum is filled with happy R-pod owners that are active on-line to help those new to the R-pod experience make the most of their new RV.
*weights pulled from on-line brochures provided by manufacturers at time this article was written