As we have been saying, smaller trailers are all the rage now. This week we wrap up our look at this small trailer category (for now), with a feature on the Forest River R-Pod. Jeff Johnston picked up a new R-Pod at George Sutton RV in Eugene, Oregon and headed out for a few days of real-life testing this nice looking trailer.
Like a lot of products, sometimes just clean, basic design is what makes people like an item, and that seams to be the case with the R-Pod. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the round, canned ham’ shape that has endured for years. Apparently, judging by sales, people still love that classic round look.
Of course being a small “ultra-lite” trailer you can tow the R-Pod behind virtually anything with a trailer hitch and, with the extra ground clearance, it will go just about anywhere your tow vehicle can take you.
Even though this trailer has a small footprint, you would never know it on the inside…especially when you open up that good-size slide out. By now, most of you are familiar with Jeff’s honest reviews and when he likes something…. You can bet it meets a lot of his quality and functionality standards. Check the R-Pod out for yourself and see if you agree with Jeff.
Sani-Con Turbo Unit
OK, RVing and camping are a lot of fun but….there’s one chore that no one likes doing on an RV and that is, emptying the holding tanks. Well, our friends at Thetford have made that job a whole lot cleaner and easier with their Sani-Con Turbo unit. This week Jeff shows us exactly how this unit works and how it makes this unpleasant chore a lot simpler.
Check out the story. Quick Note: The Sani-Con Turbo is now available on all new Jayco products as a dealer installed option. Check with Jayco or your dealer for all the information.
Avoiding Bad Campground Experience
I’ve heard some stories from RVers about bad campground experiences. Yes, some are definitely the campgrounds fault, but in many instances, if the RVer had taken a couple of precautionary steps, the bad experience may not have happened. This week, Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101 give us their tips for a happy campground experience. Check them out and see if you’re following these tips.
Jayco Jay Feather Hybrid and more
Small travel trailers have been around, in one form or another, since RVing came into existence. There are pop-up type models, soft-sided tent type models and the most familiar one, the hard-sided trailer.
But did you know there was a Hybrid model trailer that came into existence even before the Toyota Prius? And like its automotive counterparts, it offers a lot more in functional space than its hard-side competitors.
This week, Jeff Johnston heads out for a few days of camping in the Jayco Jay Feather hybrid trailer and quickly understands the sudden popularity with this model trailer. When you look at the actual ‘foot-print’ of this Jay Feather model, it’s rather compact and you would wonder just how this trailer would offer 2 queen size beds and still have any interior space left for living. This is where the word ‘hybrid’ comes into play. The front and rear walls of the trailer open up like a ‘tent type’ trailer which expands the sleeping area outside the original 4-walls of the trailer. And, these canvas pop-out sections offer a lot more to the camping experience as Jeff shows us in the story. Light, maneuverable and comfortable, the Jayco Jay Feather Hybrid may be just what you’ve been looking for.
Hawaii, RVing and more
Also on this week’s program, you don’t often associate vacationing in Hawaii and RVing, but, when you think about it, they go hand in hand. What better way to explore the Big Island and see all its beauty than in an RV. Another consideration of why an RV is a great option is.. cost. Just like RVing in the mainland, you don’t have to deal with hotels and expensive hotel meals, etc. You travel, stay and eat when you want, on your terms.
Of course seeing the island and experiencing what it has to offer is why you’re there and one local place you should have on your agenda is the Mahana Brewery. This award winning local craft brewery is the perfect place to stop, visit and enjoy some local beer. I think this was one of Jeff’s favorite stops.
Top 7 Consumable Items
Later in the show, there are certain items that we constantly use up every time we head out on an RV adventure. Can you guess any of them? This week we join Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101 and find out what are the Top 7 Consumable Items you should have in your RV.
These stories and more on this week’s episode of Rollin’ On TV.