My father purchased a 2011 model 171 after the 2012 came out. He loves it and has had very little problems with it so far. After spending a lot of time shopping with him it seems that price is in line with what he paid.
Thank you for the links. I had found the one for couch's rv nation. That have a pretty good price but 2950 to ship it to Seattle. There are a few places in Oregon that sell them, one if off I-5 in Salem. We are going to check it out in a couple of weeks.
We bought our RP 175 from Poulsbo. They are a large dealer with 2 or 3 local lots. They were even larger with a couple more outlets, but had to reorganize a couple years ago with the downturn in the economy. They will deal some, we paid a few bucks more than your $13000 price quote, but that was when Pods were pretty new and in high demand. Be prepared to dig your heels in with Poulsbo, as they are just like any large RV/auto dealer in their negotiations.
Also, don't forget that Pods are not real wide, and some can't sleep comfortably because of that. The beds are short queens, and anyone about 6' or above won't have much room to stretch out. Us? we're 5'5" and 4'10" runts, so no problem!
You Lucky dog! If it were a different time in my life, I would also be driving an ecoboost. My envy for you is just dripping off me!
We've had a 2010 Rpod 175 for the past year and a half, and are very satisfied with it. Had the 177 been available when we purchased ours, we would have looked hard at it. I think it looks to be a great floorplan.
Now, I've sung this song to several posters on different boards. Don't buy an RPod unless you have a capable tow rig. They do not tow easily for their size. I tow with a Toyota Tacoma (6500 lb. tow capacity), and I couldn't feature towing in the conditions that I tow with much less. I live in western Washington (Ocean Shores), and it's foothills, passes, foothills, passes all of the time. You're setting yourself up for major disappointments if you think you can consistently tow a Pod with many of the compact SUVs that Forest River says are fine for RPods. I can't tell you the number of people on the RPod boards that were so excited about their RPod purchase, and then either dumped the pod or had to buy a better tow rig. Me, too! If you own a Cummins, forget what I've just written.
Good luck. If an RPod fits your lifestyle, they're great!
P/S The Rpods sit rather low, so I really recommend the risers that the factory offers.
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We had an R-Pod 173. Glad you're looking at a slide model, as space is very tight. The bathroom is even tighter. The storage is minimal, so you'll need to be creative in that area. We got it, thinking it would tow easier/better gas mileage, but it didn't, b/c it still has a higher profile than your tow vehicle. We got the same gas mileage as we did with our previous bigger TT/tow vehicle. We towed it with a Ford Escape at first (don't do it), then a Toyota Tacoma/tow package (6500 lb. tow rating-good match). I recommend that your tow vehicle have at least a 5000 lb. tow rating to pull one of these, no matter what the dealer says - JMHO.
They do fit in just about any site, which was great, and we sure got a lot of attention from other campers wanting to see our little Pod, which was fun. We later traded it for a small Tracer, which had a lot more space and storage, AND we got the same gas mileage towing it with our Tacoma. Another good alternative would be one of the smaller Fun Finder X models. Just my $0.02!
BTW, we paid 14,900 for ours, so $13K would be a great deal, if you can swing it!
You guys are why I love this site lots of good info! I did not know about the risers.
I have a F150 ecoboost 3.73 gears so I will be good to go. It's so light I have lots of payload capacity left over so I think we will be on in terms of storage.
Are you guys in Washington familiar with Poulsbo RV? How are they in terms of negotiating? There are two dealers around Portland and Salem that sell the rpod as well we are going to check out on our way to Washington.