Brandon Sailor
Hi everyone,

    We found the Riverside Retro 181b a little over a year ago. We thought that it would fit our family perfectly, and were planning on buying one next year. Not being able to find it on their website a few weeks ago I sent a message and found that it had been discontinued, but there was a dealer with one in stock, long story short we ended up finding a used 2017 in the exact color my wife wanted and with the upgrades I wanted. I thought it was a little pricey for used, but was surprised with the response and discounted price after my inquiry. We loved it, so we spent 6 days that we had previously planned for a tent camping trip to the mountains and drove several states and over 2,000 miles away to pick it up. WE LOVE IT!! After 3 state parks over 4 days driving back we would definitely make the same decision. The 181b is perfect for a family of 4, and our 2008 Honda Pilot tows it well. This is our second camper, we owned a pop-up for a few years before going back to tent camping, what a difference, there is so much packed into our small trailer. I can't wait to share stories and learn more about our trailer.  IMG_7576.JPG 
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Alabama Jim
your rig is looking great.  I am glad you found exactly what you were looking for.  Welcome to the forum and thank you for sharing the picture.  We love pictures.  May God grant you many fun and safe trips.
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Brandon Sailor
Thank you. I had a few more but they were apparently to big, need to figure out how to make em a little smaller. 
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Robin
Looking good. Nice  color scheme. I know you will enjoy your Retro 
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Crazycuban
That's a pretty cool model! Congrats!
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Brandon Sailor
Thanks, it's perfect for family of 4 or 5. Hate they stopped making it. Love the bunk beds. Most models have a white door, the PO had them paint this one, really like it. 
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Dave
Looks like it was well cared for.  Very nice.  I like the painted door.
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fireblot
Love the color scheme! That's kinda sad news about the 181b being discontinued. Like you, the unique floor plan is exactly right for us. We especially like the BIG table for hosting guests and the big bed it converts into later. My daughter treats the lower bunk like a private retreat and we use the upper bunk as a giant, easy to access storage cabinet. The bath is big enough to offer privacy when changing and the galley has plenty of counter space for cooking real meals. I can't imagine more accomodation in a camper of this size! 
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Brandon Sailor
Yea, and we have all of the appliances of a larger unit. We really like the table too. Do you put anything down on the table when you sleep? We have two really nice blow up pads that we used with our tent, that we use. Thought about getting a mattress pad, but what we're doing seems to be working well. 
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fireblot
We use a thin foam topper and a heavy matress pad. It took some experimentation to get the jigsaw puzzle of cushions set to the optimum pattern, but now it's perfect. It makes for a firm, but very comfortable bed.... no backaches! I cut a short piece of 1"x3" white pine to support the middle of the table in the lowered position. While not strictly necessary, I was anticipating one of the Grandbrats using the bed for a trampoline! While a dedicated bed would be nice, the big U shaped dinette is such a great feature in this size camper. Among other things, we intend to use our Retro as a base camp for trail runs and races. The big work surface and extra seating is really a plus. We have become super proficient at switching from table to bed (and back). Just takes a couple minutes with topper/bedding rolled up and stored in the upper bunks. The 181b really was the best model for us. Maybe we need our own dedicated Category for "181b Owners"........ all three of us! Haha!
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timetravel
great looking unit, we also live in Charleston (Paradise Island) and have the 171se red/silver model.
mark & deb
mark & deb > Charleston, SC > 177se
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