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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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.

    So, firstly erect the awning so that it's free standing, affix the front ropes to the grab handles, walk the whole awning backwards away from the Go-Pod until the tunnel goes tight.

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

    With all the doors and the divider on the awning zipped down, peg down the awning's legs.

    Pegs are provided 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 as you peg it. Then proceed to peg the rest down.

    Tuck the elasticated end well under the rear of the Go-Pod when pegging, to get a snug fit with the elasticated sides.

    It will normally 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

  3. 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.


  4. 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.

     

     

  5. New for 2018!

    The Go-Pod BASE is our new, streamlined base model that offers perfect functionality with minimalist styling.

    We've removed all non-essential features to create a lighter, leaner, cheaper Go-Pod model that makes an ideal base camp caravan, for those preferring a more realistic, true camping experience - but without losing those essential comforts.

    The major differences between the Go-Pod BASE and our Standard model include the removal of the front window, to reduce weight & provide a clean, sleek appearance. While inside sleeping facilities offer the same, comfortable king size bed or a two single beds option. 

    There's a seating and eating area with table, plenty of storage and both 240V hook up / 12V electrics. With LED lighting inside and the same level of insulation as our other models, just add heating for all year use.

    We've shed the cooker, fridge, sink, toilet and the gas plumbing to really simplify useability, although a good selection accessories such as a toilet, awning, fridge & camping stove etc., can be added to your spec' if required.

    Ideal for those preferring a more basic approach, for cars with lower towing capacities & for people working within a budget too.

    More info at www.2BerthCaravan.co.uk

    2018 BASE icon Base - inside 1 Base - inside 2  
    Base - inside 4 Base - outside 1 Base - outside 2  
    Base - outside 3 Base- outside 4 BASE logo 2018  

     

     

     

     

  6. We sometimes get asked how the Suzuki Jimny copes as a towing vehicle for Go-Pods, so we asked the owners who know!

    Simon's reply follows:

    "The previous Go-Pod pulling car I had was a Toyota Yaris, which towed really well. But the Yaris was old and due for replacement. So a Suzuki Jimny took its place. 
     
    Simons Jimny 1
     
    The Jimny tows just as well. I took the Pod and Jimny to Scotland weighed down with camping kit for 10 people from Sidmouth in Devon. And if you look at the map of the UK it is also uphill all the way.
     
    Sometimes on steep hills I had to change down a gear and bimble along with lorries in lane 1 for a while along with other caravans. But as soon as the road levelled out off I went at a steady 60 mph. Overtaking many caravans which had cars with huge mirrors clamped to them in order to see behind the mobile homes attached to the rear!
     
    This combination of Jimny and Pod has also been to Le Mans in France for the 24 hour race. There I found the only problem was not splashing fellow campers with mud as I passed by while they were stuck on grass trying to leave for home. Having popped the little car into 4 wheel drive, I have been up rather steep lanes on Dartmoor as well.
     
    Simons Jimny Go-Pod
     
    Personally I love the Jimny to use as a tow car. It is not fast but it means the pod can go anywhere. The power / pulling power of a big towing car with a standard caravan is no doubt the same out on the road as the Pod and Jimny as both are lightweight, even if I only have a 1.3 engine."
     
    Some other Go-Pod / Jimny combos:
     
    Go-Pod & Jimny combo  Go-Pod 2 berth small caravan with Suzuki Jimny