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  1. We asked new Go-Pod owners Cherie & Ricky to send us an account of their winter Podding adventures and here's what they had to say...

    "This is Our Go-Pod Journey.

    I'm one of those people who often gets an idea in their head and I research, research and research. 99% of the time I will find a problem that puts me off. (My poor Husband Ricky really doesn't know if he's coming or going sometimes). 
     
    This is our Journey to owning our very first Go-Pod. 
     
    A good few years ago when our children were young, we were avid tent campers. Now I am in my mid 40's and Ricky in his early 50's we decided camping was getting too much for us. 
     
    We wanted a little luxury, something that ticked ALL the right boxes. Something that enabled us freedom to explore and to be in total comfort.
     
    I started looking at caravans and doing my usual througher "research" when I discovered the GO-POD!
     
    IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! I you-tubed it, googled it, read reviews and chatted about it with family and friends. Then I came across a fantastic site on Facebook called "Go Pod Information #Podlife" that is run by a very friendly and experienced Go-Pod owner called Suzanne Winterbottom-Jones. This gave us both a wealth of up to date information. The other 200 + members were there on hand to offer their advice too. 
     
    Ricky got in touch with a local couple who were very happy to show us around their Go-Pod. We knew it would be just perfect for us. 
     
    A few months later we went along to a caravan show and met Chris who specialises in the Going Go-Pod. This is where we put a deposit down on our Pod. It was so easy and straightforward. We booked our collection date and time and off we went, proud Pod owners. 
     
    Chris also kept in touch via email. A couple of months later in November 2018 Ricky and I drove up to collect our brand new Pod. We stayed the night as the journey was long but we hardly slept as we were so excited! 
     
    First thing Saturday morning we arrived and Chris greeted us and showed us all around our new Pod. Chris explained everything we needed to know. It was really nice having just the one person to deal with who remembered us. It gives the feeling of "a personal touch. 
    We exchanged payment and off we went. We drove all the way home (4 1/2 hours). 
     
    The drive back was rather unusual. Having not towed before it felt slightly "jerky". Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a problem, everything felt stable. It was just not what we expected. (on further research this is very common especially in unloaded caravans). 
     
    A few days later we naturally had forgotten a few things and Chris and his after sales care were 100% helpful in every way. 
     
    The First Weekend Away.
     
    All Packed up and off we set. Didn't go far from home, just visited a lovely little caravan site half an hour up the road. We had booked up 2 nights. (It was 3 weeks to Christmas but we were determined to try it out).
     
    Towing the Pod this time was even better now we had some weight inside it. 
     
    The weather that weekend was very cold with a northerly wind.
    That wasn't going to put us off having a great time... And we did. On arrival Ricky took about 15 minutes to wind down the stabilisers, plug in the electric hook up and fill the water caddy. I made a cuppa tea for us both and whacked up the heating. 
    We had an amazing 2 night mini holiday. 
    Check out our photos.... We spent nearly all our weekend relaxing in the pod. 
     
    Both of us would highly recommend the Go-Pod. Its easy to park, set up, has everything you need. We love the ease of cooking, the TV/DVD player, the extra wide bed. We love everything! 
     
    We are extremely pleased with our choice of purchase and the service we had. 
     
    Looking forward to more holiday adventures! :-)"
     
     
    More info on Go-Pods at Go-Pods.co.uk
  2. Relatively new to the Go-Pod set are Alison & Brian, although that doesn't mean they haven't spent a considerable number of nights away already.

    Glencoe ~ BRIAN GOLDIE 2

    Brian is also a dab-hand with the camera and sent in some beautiful photos of their Highland adventures. Here's what they say...

    "For us the Go-Pod is a wonderful step up from a tent, having camped for a number of years.

    The size makes it so easy to tow. It just glides along with the car. We picked up ours in June last year and so far, we've been away around 30 nights, Which is testament to how easy it is to get away with a Go-Pod!

    We’ve been to Mull, Fort William, Glencoe, Glenmore (near Aviemore) and also enjoyed an overnight at a wee place called Stronachlachar, staying on the pier itself. This is the sort of thing you can do with a micro-tourer Go-Pod. We went for 16 miles on a single track road and it was absolutely no problem towing it, even when meeting cars coming the other way. 

    We all sleep very comfortably on the bed, 2 adults and a Springer Spaniel.

    One of our best buys ever!"

    ~ Brian Goldie  ALISON AND BRIAN GOLDIE

     

  3. Although cleverly compact, Go-Pods are enjoyed by plenty of tallers Podders!

    With the pop-top providing standing room of over 6ft and the generous bed which measures 6ft 2in at it's longest point, the Go-Pod is larger inside than you might think. And with a growing number, (no pun intended), of customers, some up to 6ft 4in it's certainly worth a closer look.

    A video link follows & here's what some of our exisiting owners have to say;

    Tall Go-Pod 1

    Tall Go-Pod 2

    Tall Go-Pod 3

    Tall Go-Pod 4

    For more height related reviews type or paste Go-Pod 6ft2 in to YouTube!

     

     

     

     

  4. It’s important to secure your jockey wheel properly while using your Go-Pod and here are a few tips on how to overcome some common issues.

    On this example shown, the bracket has been clamped up too low down on the jockey wheel. It should be clamped around the larger diameter top part.

    However, it is also possible to tighten the jockey wheel clamp on the larger diameter tube but still have it looking crooked like this.

    The arrow labelled '1' in the photo below shows where the clamp should be ideally.

    To correct any issues like this, we suggest supporting the front end of the Go-Pods hitch using something that is substantial enough to take its weight. A axle stand, block of wood or bricks maybe. Take suitable care with this and ensure the handbrake is applied.

    With the support in place wind the jockey wheel up, so that the whole weight of the Go-Pod now rests on the support you prepared, thus raising the jockey wheel up in to the air.

    If the smaller diameter tube is over extended, continue winding until most of it is inside of the larger diameter outer tubing.

    Once the jockey wheel is off the ground you can release the clamp lock, (number 4 on the photo), taking care not to drop it on to your toes! 

    You can then ensure the larger diameter tube is correctly positioned in the clamp. 

    TIP! Wiggle the jockey wheel as you re-tighten the clamp lock, to ensure it is straight & properly seated in the clamp. Clamping it up wonky is a common issue as is failing to tighten the clamp suffeciently - as they can begin to work loose unless if they're not properly tightened.

    With the jockey wheel adjusted and the clamp tight, wind the handle, (3), again so that the wheel touches the floor and jacks your Go-Pod up, off of the support. You can now remove the support.

    A jockey wheel that is clamped crooked, will often jump straight suddenly, (as you move around inside), and will result in the clamp becoming loose. This can cause the front of the Go-Pod to drop without warning and although alarming, this is not normally detrimental.

    If this does happen, just re-set your jockey wheel is the way described above. Jockey wheels are seldom faulty and the majority of issues are user related.

    Screen Shot 2018-10-11 at 14.41.16

    If in doubt, please contact the After Sales Department on 01704 889973.

  5. Chassis Plate Update - 2018 models only.

    Red Lion Caravans Ltd have released a chassis plate update. The plate reflects the higher 1000Kg MTPLM that was introduced for 2018 models.

    If you own a 2018 model and would like to receive an updated chassis plate, please contact Nicci Taylor on [email protected] with your chassis number and full postal address.

    NOTES:

    Only applicable to 2018 Go-Pods with chassis plates displaying 750Kg MTPLM - on models purchased pre-September 2018.

    The amended plate will display the MTPLM as 1000Kg.

    A new plate is only required if you intend carrying heavy loads that will push the total weight of your Go-Pod & contents to over 750Kg.

    We recommend Platinum model owners apply.

    The combined weight for your Go-Pod & contents should not exceed the tow vehicle's braked towing allowance.

    It is the the towers repsonibility to ensure they conform to towing regulations.

  6. We had this recent request for help with the awning and thought it might be useful to share it and the reply:

    Q:
    "I would like some advice on the best way to fit the awning to my Go-Pod please. Any tips would be gratefully received!"

    A:
    Most owners use the two front guy ropes on the awning and tie them forward to the Pods' front grab handles. Ensure both ropes are the same length and tie them off so that the fabric of the awning stays just shy of the Go-Pods pop top opening. The ropes should lie along the top surface of the Go-Pod and not be crossed.

    Some people use 'S-hooks' to fix to the handles so that it’s quicker and so the guy ropes are always the same length, every time.

    So, firstly erect the awning so that it's free standing & affix the front ropes to the grab handles. Then peg down just the open end of the elasticated tunnel section, well underneath the Go-Pod itself - near by the stabiliser legs - on both sides. This will secure the bottom part and keep the elastic sides nice and tight.

    Next walk the whole awning structure backwards away from the Go-Pod until the tunnel goes nice and tight.

    [Do not peg down the whole awning first and move the Go-Pod towards it! I have heard this suggested and it's a certain recipe for disaster!]

    Ensure that the whole structure stays as straight and as squarely aligned as possible. 

    With all the doors and the inner divider of the awning zipped down, peg down the awning's legs. Stand back and check if it looks right before proceeding to peg it down further. Adjust if necessary.

    Pegs are provided with the awning but it's a good idea to take some extra, metal hardstand pegs and a club hammer. Those are the pegs that are like 6” nails & work in every scenario.

    Watch that the webbing straps between the awning's legs aren't wrapped around the feet and that they are as taut as possible when you peg it.

    Its normal for it be a little different each time, due to the lay of the land and so on but with some care & practice, you'll find its a really great awning, even in pretty strong winds! 

    Awning tie 2

    Awning tie 1

    Additional info: 

    Some people add a strip of awning bead to the top of the tunnel end, instead of using the forward guy ropes method. Having tested both ways, we feel that neither has any major advantages and that this is a matter of personal preference. Stitching a bead in place is best done with an industrial sewing machine, while stretching the elasticated section out flat.

    We did work with Khyam one season to produce a special Go-Pod version of the awing which had awning bead attached and the Go-Pod logo. However, as the production quantities we were able to order were relatively low, this was dropped when the item became outpriced. The regular Khyam awning supplied now is offered at the same RRP as the manufacturers and is included within the PLUS and Platinum models.

     

  7. Measurements for your Go-Pod follow - please review the important footnotes.

    2018 Models with 1000Kg max load.

    External Dimensions:

    Length - 4.20m including 0.99m hitch & bar.
    Width - 1.85m
    Height - 2.05m roof down. Raising pop top adds 30cm.
    *Note regarding garage storage  Recommended minimum clearance - 210cm.
    MiRO - 490Kg (Actual Mass = 575Kg) Based on Standard model.
    Brakes - AL-KO Braking System.
    MTPLM - 1000Kg
    Nose Weight - 49Kg (54Kg with front box & gas bottle plumbed) 
    Ground Clearance. - 183mm NB: Lowest point is the removable spare wheel.
         

    Internal Dimensions:

    Standing height - 1.84m
    Floor - full length - 2.05m
    Floor - width - 0.62m
    Floor - bed end of aisle to door   - 1.00m
    Bed - length - 1.95m
    Bed - width as double - 1.57m
    Bed - width as single - 0.53m
    Door - width - 0.60m
    Door - height - 1.58m

     

     

    Dimensions: Pre-2018 Models with 750Kg max load.

    External Dimensions:

    Length - 4.20m including 0.99m hitch & bar.
    Width - 1.85m
    Height - 2.05m roof down. Raising pop top adds 30cm.
    *Note regarding garage storage  Recommended minimum clearance - 210cm.
    MiRO - Varies with model & each unit's spec.
    Brakes - AL-KO Braking System.
    MTPLM - 750Kg
    Nose Weight - 49Kg (54Kg with front box & gas bottle plumbed) 
    Ground Clearance. - 183mm NB: Lowest point is the removable spare wheel.
         

    Internal Dimensions:

    Standing height - 1.84m
    Floor - full length - 2.05m
    Floor - width - 0.62m
    Floor - bed end of aisle to door   - 1.00m
    Bed - length - 1.95m
    Bed - width as double - 1.57m
    Bed - width as single - 0.53m
    Door - width - 0.60m
    Door - height - 1.58m

    Notes:

    More information and specs on current models can be found on each model's page at: www.2berthcaravan.co.uk

    Measurements and weights shown are intended as a guide and may vary, be approximated or estimated where necessary.

    Due to the manufacturing process, each Go-Pod may have some variation in it's dimensions and therefore the sizes & weights shown are approximated. This is due to variation between moulds and the thickness of the GRP applied.

    We therefore recommend that adequate tolerance is allowed if your storage area is limited.

    These measurements superceed all previously published specs.


  8. We've received a couple queries regarding the hitch grease nipples, solar panels & awnings recently, (as they've been topics discussed on some forums), so thought we'd post a little info on these to put customer's minds at rest.

    1. Hitch Grease: the apparatus is made by AL-KO, (a top quality brand), and are supplied pre-greased. The nipples service the mechanism inside the metal tubing & beneath the rubber gator and this is not visible unless the gator is removed. No grease will be seen around nor inside the nipples, as that would not have been used. This is something that can be checked by removing the gator or at a service but it’s best not to over-grease. We have never had any issues with Go-Pods having problems with a lack or grease. Videos and images below to show how your hitch should be.

    2. Solar Panel Controller: Solar panels are totally automatic and need no attention. The controller, (that prevents over charging and stops the charge from trying to leave the battery when dark), just does it’s own thing. We have never encountered a faulty controller unit. The lights flash and illuminate in a variety of ways but we recommend that the battery be kept an eye on instead and the solar panel controller can be left alone.

    3. Awnings: The branded awning, (discontinued around end of 2017), was the same size and dimensions as the non-branded version which Khyam sell. It does however work out more cost effective not to provide the branded one, as we can’t buy them in as large a quantity / as cheaply as the regular ones that Khyam produce. So bottom line is that by reverting to the regular version saves the customer money. We did add an awning bead to the branded one but this too was discontinued, as we prefer that the tunnel fit can be better adjusted if the guy ropes are tied forward to the grab handles instead. 

    Hope this helps and if any owner has a question that they'd like answered - then drop us a post or contact our after sales.

    Grease nipples location

     The grease nipples location.

     

    With gator removed

    With gator removed. (We don't recommend removing the gator incase it becomes split & lets road dirt in).

    This is how the action of the hitch should be. If your's is like this, you can just leave it be.