Monday, February 9, 2009

Towing a r-pod travel trailer

We get a lot of questions about what it takes to tow one of the new r-pod’s. As a refresher, the rp-151 and rp-152 models are 16” and weigh in around 1950 lbs, with a hitch weight of under 200 lbs. Most  smaller SUV’s or Van’s require a towing package similar to what is show here:

4-Cylinder Towing Prep Package -- includes 3500-lb. towing capacity, heavy-duty radiator, 160-watt fan coupling, transmission oil cooler with water and air cooler, 150-amp alternator and prewired harness.

Here is a short list of vehicles capable of towing the r-pod: (vehicles in ‘teal’ require towing package)

BWM X3 Grand Caravan Town & Country
Ford Edge & Escape Dodge Magnum Hyundai Odyssey
Hyundai Veracruz Honda Pilot Honda Ridgeline
Infiniti FX Isuzu I290 Jeep Liberty
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Kai Sorento Lexus RX 350 and RX 400
Mercury Mariner Mitsubishi Enclave Pontiac Torrent
Mazda B-400, CX-7, CX-9 and Tribute Mitsubishi Outlander Volvo S60, S80 & V70
Saab 9-3, 9-5 Saturn Outlook & Vue Suzuki XL7
Suzuki Grand Vitara Toyota Sienna Toyota Highlander
Chevy Blazer/Trailblazer Pontiac Envoy Pontiac Aztec


  1. Thanks for the info, I'm in Indianapolis and my wife and I are looking to upgrade a vehicle so we can get a teardrop, and so far the R Pods look like the best deal.

    Maybe we'll see you soon!

  2. I'm so glad I found this list of vehicles that will tow the 151. We've sold our 5th wheel trailer and are on our way today to buy our R-Pod. We have a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Rubicon) and felt pretty good about all the stats we've read about towing the R-Pod, but I'm glad to see the jeep listed here. Thank you!

  3. You are welcome... we had a guy from Az drive in with a Jeep and pick up an r-pod last month -... photos are here:

  4. I found the r-pod Owners web site online here ... thanks for the information and web site.

  5. Do you think I could tow this behind a Chevy Malibu? I will need to add a tow hitch to my car but really would like to get back into camping. Also, what size would you recommend?


  7. are you still making the 152? another post somewhere online says that you are not making the 151s and 152s.


  8. I see "Hyundai Odyssey" in your list. Is this "Honda Odyssey" or "Hyundai something"?


  9. our toyota forerunner 1999 pulled the r pod from texas to florida without problem. it just used a lot more gas.

  10. I currently have a Ford F-150 Crew Cab with the 4.6 V8 but I want to downsize to a Toyota Tacoma Double Cab with a V6 for the increased fuel economy. I am also considering purchasing a
    R-Pod and the question is will the Tacoma pull it without struggling. I live in Vermont and so the terrain is somewhat hilly but not like the Rockies.