Saturday, September 30, 2023


Check out the all-new 2023 r-pod RP-203 travel trailer by Forest River

Join P.J. from Princess Craft RV for a tour of the 2023 r-pod RP-203 travel trailer.

This particular model is new for this trailer brand in 2023.

Upon walking into the rig, I was struck by the stylish décor. Personally, I love the black cabinets and accents with the light-colored walls and wood. However, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

If you need to sleep a lot of people, this trailer has full-sized double bunks, a queen-sized Murphy bed, and a dinette that also converts to sleep space.

The Murphy bed comes down from the front of the trailer and then easily packs away. The jackknife sofa lays flat, then the Murphy bed comes down on top of it. When the bed is down, a front openable window magically appears. Watch the video to see how it all functions.

In the daytime, a comfortable, modern-style, two-seater sofa occupies the space. Lots of storage under the sofa makes the space even more functional.

Heading toward the kitchen, a bar provides both additional seating and additional kitchen counter space. You’re going to need it, as the kitchen itself is extremely small with very little counter space, even with the two-burner cooktop being positioned vertically. At least the single 18-inch sink is large enough to tackle pots and pans and other kitchen chores.

The fridge is a large (for this size trailer) Furrion 8-cubic-foot, 12-volt powered model.

The slide room houses a comfortable dinette that also makes a great workspace.

The two back full-sized bunks hold 300 lbs. each and are designed to be comfortable for adults. Each bunk has its own window.

I love that you can optionally fold the bottom bunk up to use that space for storage, big enough to fit bikes or other small toys. The back access door makes things easy to pack.

The bathroom is well thought out, especially the curved magnetic shower curtain that provides more space while keeping the shower curtain away from the body.

I LOVE the built-in vacuum system—just sweep dirt into the floor vent and it gets taken away!

Other nice features of the 2023 r-pod RP-203 travel trailer

  • Microwave/convection oven
  • Lots of storage under the dinette
  • Off-road tires
  • CURT independent suspension
  • Optional solar and 1000w inverter
  • Optional outdoor kitchen
  • Optional 16’ power awning
  • Large outside pass-through storage
  • Sturdy MORryde steps

What’s not to like?

  • You cannot get into the kitchen and the bathroom with the slide in. This would be a deal-breaker for me.
  • Almost no counter space in the kitchen
  • Limited kitchen storage, although the large pantry closet helps make up for it

2023 r-pod RP-203 travel trailer specs

  • Length: 25’
  • Dry weight: 5,158 lbs.
  • Cargo carrying capacity: 2,556 lbs.
  • Fresh water: 30 gallons
  • Gray water: 30 gallons
  • Black water: 30 gallons
  • 20,000 BTU furnace
  • 13,500 BTU AC
  • Hot water: 6 gallons
  • 30-amp power
  • MRSP: $45,000

Learn more about Forest River’s 2023 r-pod RP-203 here.


Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard is the author 8 published books on topics as diverse as US Citizenship to Cannabis Cooking. Cheri grew up in a circus family and has been RVing on and off her entire life.


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Alan slater
1 month ago

Beware anybody buying an r-pod you well enjoy lots of headaches no warranty. As you will find out our pod does not stand behind s***. I have a 2022 that pulled apart driving down the interstate, not their fault Who the hell’s fault was it, they used too few of screws.

1 month ago

Buy the 2509s instead, it’s the same length. Murphy bed doesn’t fold in half so no joint, more interior storage and countertop and the bigger fresh water tank. Outside kitchen is standard. That fact the front window opens but doesn’t have a screen is ridiculous.

1 month ago

The R-pod line has lost it’s way. They use to be small and lightweight. Now getting bigger and bigger. The product manager of this line should be fired. Horrible product. Just like everything from Forest River.

Steve H
1 month ago

I won’t even look at an RV with a prison gray or dungeon black interior. I worked in Federal offices in the 1960s where all the WWII-surplus furniture was painted “battleship gray”–steel desks, chairs, file cabinets, bookcases, map cases, even drafting tables! I will never subject myself to that depressing color again. Let the millennial who have never experienced that color 8 hours a day every weekday of the year buy those RVs, because I won’t.

Ruth Stadnik
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve H

I so totally agree with you! Millenials never had to watch black and white TV, yet somehow they love these colors? Why don’t they like or crave color?
Don’t they realize that colorless life makes you feel depressed?
Celebrate Color!

1 month ago

Murphy bed is pretty cool

Bill H.
1 month ago

25′ long and no bathroom/kitchen access? Not for me, I’ll keep my 20 footer….

Bob P
1 month ago

The dark wood interior is a deal killer for me, I like the natural wood look, plus the bunks I have no use for.

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