Go-Tarps - back in stock!
Go-Tarps - back in stock!
With lots of our customers having being stuck inside due to the lockdown, it's been amazing to see so many posts about summer holidays and trips away in Go-Pods since the recent lift!
None in our mind have been better so far than the following amazing post, from one of our favourite Go-Pods - the Chilli Pod!
The owners of the Chilli Pod run a great page on Facebook - we suggest anyone enthusiastic about pods should give them a follow!
Here's the post below:
"After being confined to our home and garden for what seems like forever, it has been fabulous to get out and about again in the Pod. We've had two very relaxing trips away now. One whole week of peace and quiet at Overwater Marina and a few nights at The Shady Oak Caravan Park. Both are very small sites and that really does help the feeling of relaxation, space and being away from it all.
We have been largely self sufficient by taking our own facilities tent with loo and camping shower and only using facilities if absolutely necessary. We have done washing up at our Pod and have taken as many food supplies with us as possible. This does give you a feeling of safety whilst being away from home but outside in the fresh air.
I feel the Pod has helped us to get out and about and start living life again. Who knows how long this virus will be about for? The situation starts to make you feel pretty depressed so the Pod has been a lifesaver. I wasn't sure how I would feel getting out and about again but the Pod has allowed me to do things "carefully" little by little whilst enjoying the countryside and the feeling of freedom.
I have had social distancing conversations with people and so has Mr CP. As Mr CP has worked throughout all this, since March, it has been lovely for him to have a rest and recharge his batteries. We have been for walks as we would normally do when Podding away places. We have avoided anywhere crowded and have managed to get back to a bit of normality by collecting chips for our last meal at Overwater Marina and we were able to enjoy the beer garden at The Shady Oak too. We also got takeout coffee from the cafe at Overwater Marina and it is just small things like this that have helped us to feel a bit less insular.
We have ensured that we take antibacterial wipes with us and hand gel. We have washed and washed our hands whenever we have had to use any facilities and, so far so good.
The amount of caravanners in big caravans who tell us they use their own facilities but whom we saw every morning walking to the facilities with their washbags has been an eye opener. So many times, people have told us that they have a shower and loo in the van so they use them but, so far, we've not seen any evidence of this self containment. Therefore, having those facilities on board would seem to be a waste of time and money in my opinion. On the other hand, one caravanner told me that he wouldn't ever use his shower and loo because it was the best way to get damp in your caravan. Bizarre really.
We'll stick to our Pod. It works for us ".
You can find them on Facebook via @ChilliPod
As you can see; Go-Pods really are a great way to get about travelling - especially when needing to social distance! With its small size making it very easy to tow and park, even those who aren't confident in towing can be sure that they will find it a breeze.
If you have any questions, feel free to check our FAQ page or contact us and we'll be more than happy to help.
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Customer Cathie recently purchased the Fiamma Water Caddy set for her new Go-Pod, (a popular choice with Go-Pod owners), and sent us the following message:
“I bought the Fiamma fresh & waste water tanks for use on my Go-Pod. Thought it might help with being more independent. However, cannot find any videos explaining how to use. Can you help? Thank you, Cathie.”
Here’s our response:
Thanks for your message.
We don’t have a video on that particular accessory but I have suggested it to our guys at HO so we hope to have one soon.
The set suits the Go-Pod very well and consists of two wheeled water containers - one blue, the other grey, for indentification.
The BLUE container is intended for the water you use for the sink. You can fill it at home and take it with you or most people wheel it to the drinking water tap on the campsite and fill it there, so you don’t have to tow with the extra weight.
The blue tube that is supplied with your Go-Pod, (see ‘Water Supply’ video on the website’s video demo page), then drops in to the reservoir and is pumped through to the sink when you turn on the tap inside.
The pump should always be submerged, (so as not to run it dry), and the tap power switch on the control panel above the fridge, should be set to ‘ON’ too.
Outside, in the area beneath the sink, you’ll find a drain pipe. The waste water from the sink exits here and this should be collected in the GREY container. Once full, wheel this to the campsite’s ‘grey water point’ for emptying.
Many people also like to take a supply of bottled drinking water for teeth cleaning, drinks, cooking etc and 2L bottles happen to store very nicely in the cupboard below the fridge. They usually stay quite cool there too!
With the recent news that the national lockdown will be lifted on July 4th, many people are welling with excitement - whether it be to travel, shop or simply go to the local pub for a pint, almost everyone is ready to get their lives back to normal again!
So, what does this mean for us camping / caravanning enthusiasts?
To start with you can be sure that everywhere is going to be very, very busy and business across the board will likely be booming. For this reason it's quite important to start securing your pitches now, before the prices increasing once the lockdown has been fully lifted. Even now, prices are going up day by day as more people realise this and rush to get booked in!
Secondly, it's probable that most people will be searching for campsites that are employing strict social distancing rules and systems - for the sake of hygiene safety and feeling protected to a good degree whilst holidaying. So get ahead while you can and find a campsite that's right for you, and suits your needs - not everyone will feel as confident being out and about for the first time in months as others may be, so it's important that we take this into consideration too.
It's quite likely you'll be seeing signs like the above a lot this year!
The great thing about Go Pods is that they are very self contained, and can be used with ease off-grid / hook up. That can be really beneficial for those who are still planning to socially distance this summer. There are many add-ons / upgrades that make the Go-Pod even better to use off-grid and we have a large number of customers who opt to not use campsites altogether, and prefer to go wild camping where the law permits it. You can find our add-ons shop here.
We actually have a whole range of pre-loved Go Pods that are spotless and ready to go this summer, so you don't even have to wait! You can find a list of the availabe ones here.
Finally, you will want to make sure you're properly prepared for both hygiene and the possible extreme heat that's been forecasted for this summer. Try to get stocked up on all hygiene products before going as it's likely that these could still be sold out in shops in any popular areas that you may be visiting. Take plenty of water, hats and high factor sun cream - don't get caught out by the sun!
We now offer Go-Pod portable shower bundles, which give you the option of having your own personal shower - so you can avoid using campsite facilities if you prefer this. You can get them ahead of time, from our shop here.
With that being said, all of us here at Go-Pods wish you happy, safe and cheap holidays this summer! We can imagine that the overall vibe should be really positive going ahead and it would be great see photos of any of your travels.
You can submit any photos the following email address: [email protected] - please use the subject title 'Go-Pods Summer Photos' followed by your name!
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We’re always excited when Go-Pods go overseas and here’s an interesting update from a new owner in New Zealand:
"Hi there, just a note to let you know I collected my Go Pod a few days ago. Surprisingly Covid-19 only delayed departure from Hull by a few weeks, so by the time it arrived in Lyttleton I was able to drive down and collect it.
My little Kia Picanto 1.2lt car managed to tow it over a couple of mountain ranges and all around the Kaikoura coastline that is still under repair from the earthquake damage a few years ago. The adventures begin! I love it.
Many thanks, Fiona Esplen from New Zealand."
'Featured Owners' is our new series of blog posts where we interview Go-Pod owners to find out what they've been up to and how they use their Pods, as well as their top tips for new podders.
Our first featured owners need no introduction really - they run a vibrant, helpful & active Go-Pods community on Facebook and are considered 'Pod Royalty' around these parts. It's Suzanne, Ian, Jorge & the Chilli Pod from the Greater Manchester area! Read on below for our interview with them.
Your name & Pod nickname (if you have one)
Mr & Mrs Chilli Pod (Suzanne & Ian) - The Chilli Pod
When did you purchase your Go-Pod, and which model?
We bought a Platinum model Go-Pod back in 2017.
Tell us a little bit about yourself - do you have any unique interests or hobbies?
Motorcycling, gardening, photography, walking, outdoors stuff - and of course, running the Go-Pod Information #Podlife group on Facebook!
Why did you choose a Go-Pod, and what else were you considering?
They’re small, so easy to tow and funky looking. We considered a trailer for our tent, a camper van, a trailer tent and a bigger caravan. We always used to camp and have owned a static caravan in the past.
How do you use your Go-Pod? (Holidays, festivals, home office etc.) Also, do you travel alone or with somebody else?
Mr Chilli Pod and I enjoy weekends away, main holidays and festivals in our Pod. A bit of everything really!
How often do you get away in your Pod?
10 + times a year (whenever I get the chance!)
What is your favourite Pod accessory?
The solar panel has been a Godsend for keeping the battery topped up as our Pod is kept in storage. The best fun accessory has to be the new funky graphic side panels. To be honest, all the accessories we have bought (and we bought a lot) have been invaluable. The exterior gas socket is great and so is the dual fuel heating and and ..... all of them.
What sets Go-Pod owners apart from the rest?
No two Podders are the same. They all love things that are a bit different and they are all a bit different themselves. Everyone I've met with a Pod has a great sense of humour and enjoys life to the maximum.
Favourite Pod-related story (doesn't need to have happened inside the Pod, could be whilst you were away on holiday etc)
We were at a festival and the gas jet went out on the cooker. Nightmare! I tried to relight it but nothing. I figured that the gas bottle must have run out. We were at Uttoxeter racecourse and there is a caravan and motorhome club site next door, so I rang up to see if they had the same gas bottle to swap it out - and they did. Mr CP disconnected the gas bottle and took it to the site office. When he got there, they checked it and there was still gas in it, so he had to walk all the way back with it! He connected it up again and I turned the jet on and it lit straight away. It must have been an airlock. Doh! It was a hot day too. Poor Mr CP.
Top tips for new Podders - what do you wish someone had told you?
If you push the window right open and then pull it back towards you and stop, It will open to the amount you want. I had the Pod for two years before someone told me this. I thought you could only have the window open a little bit.
Want to find out more about the Go-Pod Information #Podlife group, or interested in the Chilli Pods adventures?
Go-Pod Information #Podlife group on Facebook
The Little Big Adventures of Chilli Pod Blog on Facebook
Here's a quick run down on some electric & hybrids that 'can' - and how the Go-Pod with it's frugal 750Kg MTPLM could be the perfect partner.
The rising popularity of electric and hybrid-electric cars, originally produced exclusively by Japanese & Korean manufacturers ahead of the curve, have resulted in a plethora of options available to the average person via some of the worlds most well known brands.
At the forefront of this push to change the landscape of the global automotive market is Tesla. The only electric car on sale today that's approved for towing is the Tesla Model X SUV. Not only can it tow, but its maximum towing limit is a substantial 2,270kg.
However, leading manufacturers such as the Volkswagen-Audi Group and General Motors are now pushing out more hybrid & electric models each year as they aim to grab a share of the EV market before Tesla cement their grip on the industry. This means that there are now a wealth of options to choose from when buying a 'greener' car - but there are also a few considerations to make before purchasing, in terms of practicality & reliablity. One such consideration is the vehicles ability to tow without significantly affecting the mileage per tank/charge.
The main issue with towing with an electric car is that the battery packs used to power the vehicles motor - replacing a fuel tank - are extremely heavy, and thus impact the cars towing capacity.
While a 1.2-litre petrol Renault Clio supermini weighs just 977kg, the all-electric Renault ZOE supermini weighs 1,468kg, with the battery pack alone coming in at 305kg. With that much extra weight, the added strain of towing a caravan or trailer would put too much stress on the cars critical safety components, such as suspension and braking. Car manufacturers also regularly market the vehicle with a focus on its driving range - which is significantly reduced when towing extra mass. For most manufacturers, the added complications of preparing the vehicle for UK certification is not worth the time and hassle.
So at present, the only Tesla model (and electric car in general) approved for towing is the Model X SUV - starting at an eye-watering £82,700 for the 2020 version, putting it firmly out of the price-range for the average person. However, with Tesla models surging in popularity, and the growing pressure for manufacturers to meet the demand for alternative-fuel vehicles, we are sure to see a number of innovations in this market in the near future.
Hybrid-electric vehicles are another case altogether. There are two main types of hybrid vehicles available - self-charging (meaning that they do not need to be connected to mains supply) and plug-in.
The minimum useful towing capacity for touring starts at 750kg - the MTPLM of a Go-Pod Micro Tourer Caravan.
Further along the scale, we have hybrid-electric iterations of timeless classics such as the Volkswagen Golf GTE, with an impressive towing capacity of 1,500kg and fuel economy of 141.7mpg. The hybrid version of the Mitsubishi Outlander boasts the same towing capacity as the Golf GTE, with a slightly lower mpg. Both models are competitively priced around the £30,000 mark, making them accessible to a much larger demographic than with previous models.
With both electric & hybrid-electric vehicles, the weight of the caravan/trailer being towed can have a significant effect on driving range/mpg. For this reason, smaller 2-berth 'Micro Tourer' caravans have become popular with owners for their low total weight & MTPLM, and also their innovative use of space. The Go-Pod in particular was designed to reduce drag when towing at high speeds, and its aerodynamic design also prevents snaking & wobbling.
A final note on the weight of the caravan being towed - as mentioned earlier, the heavier the caravan, the more stress will be put on your vehicles braking system and other key safety components. For electric vehicles in particular, overloading the engine can have serious repercussions as a number of manufacturers note that the powertrain can fail under heavy stress - and so it is important to ensure that your caravan meets your vehicles towing capacity. Choosing a caravan that is fully braked can have a significant effect on your towing experience, as less strain is put on your cars brakes when slowing down.
The Go-Pod runs on an AL-KO braking system which works by compressing a gator at the front of the Pod when your car begins to slow, applying the Pods brakes and bringing the caravan to a more gentle stop than would otherwise be the case without the braking system. This results in a much less stressful experience than with other alternatives - particularly if you are new to towing.
The Go-Pod Standard Model starts at just £10,995.00 including VAT, and comes with all of the essential features you could need. The middle-of-the-range PLUS Model begins at £12,495.00, and includes an airbeam awning, blown-air heating that runs off either mains 240V hookup or the on-board gas bottle, a TV/DVD player, 70w solar panels and all of the features of the Standard Model. The top-of-the-range Platinum Model comes in at just £14,495.00, includes everything from the Standard & PLUS models, as well as a number of significant quality-of-life upgrades and just about every comfort available. All 3 models can be towed by vehicles with an MTPLM of just 750kg - meaning that every car mentioned in this article is capable of towing the Go-Pod.
Do you own a Go-Pod and tow with an electric/hybrid vehicle? Please let us know in the comments - we'd love to hear from you! If you have any questions - please feel free to get in touch via the 'Contact Us' link in the menu bar.
"Photo via Magnuscmd.com"
It's been some years since the day of black, soot-spewing car exhausts or air-polluting steam trains churning out endless clouds of smoke - however there are still many ways that we all contribute to, which some consider far worse.
Whether it be choosing to drive to the local store, instead of walking or perhaps unnecessarily having the odd amazon package sent directly to your door - we are all responsible for putting out a bit too much carbon from time to time.
This might leave us to think exactly how much carbon are we putting out and where can we help to make a positive change?
"Graphic via carboncalculator.co.uk"
Well, first of all we need to look at the statistics and figure out roughly how much the average person in the UK is responsible for.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2017, it was estimated that the average person in the UK is responsible for producing 9 tonnes of carbon emissions every single year. Of that, roughly 4.6 tonnes are emitted by our cars.
You may be a little shocked at just how much carbon we actually produce and it is evident where we can make some cuts that will benefit the world - and likely our pockets too!
With the Coronavirus sweeping across the world this year, it's really unlikely that any international flights will return to a normal standard of operation anytime soon - which although means you amy not be able to go on your favourite trip this year, you may at least actually be doing the world a much needed favour!
"Taking a long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person in dozens of countries around the world produces in a whole year." a new Guardian newspaper report has found. The figures highlight the disproportionate carbon footprint of those who can afford to fly, with even a short-haul return flight from London to Edinburgh contributing more CO2 than the mean annual emissions of a person in Uganda or Somalia."
If commercial air travel stays absent this year, it could actually reduce up to 6.2% of our entire yearly emissions - that's an extremely radical improvement for a single change. So with that in mind, the conscious thinking, eco-friendly person may well take the stance that they will go on holidays abroad less often, in name of the environmental benefits.
That's all very well of course but it would be a great shame to forgoe having any holidays at all! After all, going away on trips and holidaysare amongst our most pleasurable times of our year and giving them up would be giving up our quality of life. Thankfully something which we don't have to do.
There are many alternatives to holidaying abroad, and the great news is that there's plenty of beautiful places that you can visit within your own borders! Places like the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Devon, Ireland, Wales & Scotland hold some absolutely breath taking spots which may even make you forget that you're still fairly close to home. And there's no currency exchange to worry about or language barriers to overcome.
"A photo of the Lake District - via the Telegraph,co.uk'
Unfortunately with increased demand, hotel prices may increase as hoteliers understandably try to recoupe lost income. Camping will be the more cost effective option but tents are not everyones idea of luxury.
Many people are already seeking more comfortable options for that eco-friendly getaway.
However, they could really save themselves the hassle by checking out our awesome little 2 berth, mico-tourer caravans - Go Pods!
Go-Pods are probably the most eco-friendly carvans around, being made out of a one piece fibreglass shell - the Go-Pods are extremely lightweight, and economically efficient! Being lighter & aerodynamic (reducing drag) means they use far much less fuel than the average convential caravan or campervan - something which is ideal for anyone shopping consciously this year.
Looking at other alternatives; motorhomes have commercial van engines and so produce lots of emissions, and even campervans use larger engines than the average car towing a Go Pod! So they're definitely a no go in that regard.
One of the benefits of having a Go Pod, is that you will still have use of your car once set up at a camp site - meaning you wont have to take any public transport or taxis, and can safely socially distance whilst away holidaying. No constant unpacking & repacking!
Go-Pods can also be used off hook-up / off grid - with our solar panel upgrade running to a 12v battery, it keeps power going round the pod and even keeps your fridge / freezer cold while travelling! You can connect a gas bottle to your pod so that you can cook and heat up your pod while away, meaning you can be self efficient and use less energy as and when it's needed - it's really an eco friendly adventures dream!
"Photo provided by proud Go-Pod owner, Mike Beach"
Unlike other caravans, Go Pods can be towed by some hybrid cards and they have a MTPLM (Maximum Permissible Laden Mass) of up to 750kg. (That's almost 1 ton!).
Many people have realised lately the adverse affect that petrol and diesel cars can have on our environment, and our health directly in terms of pollution. With the recent lockdown in countries such as Italy, India and the United Kingdom, there has been a noticeable decrease in smog clouds and pollution levels in general. Due to the limited use of motor travel, many animals have returned to previously uninhabited areas and it has to be said that this is one of the few very positive changes to come out of this pandemic.
Going ahead, I'm sure there will be a great deal of people that will want to do their best to keep doing their part. Electric cars and hybrids have usually been labeled things of the future, however it seems that they now well be things of the present.
Caravan owners may be concerned that a hybrid or electric car would be incapable of towing, but this is actually a common misconception that is easily forgiven.
Electric vehicles are still general the most limited at towing, mostly hatchbacks or superminis, however hybrids have now developed to a point where many are capabale of towing up to 750kg or more! This is the same as most petrol & diesel cars,
"Photo source from Wikipedia - Jaguar I Pace"
I'm sure we can all agree that towing will be an essential feature to be included on cars going into the future, especially in the current climate where we can never be sure about international travel. With the above mentioned hybrid & electric cars, you'll be able to tow your caravan - having enviromentally conscious holidays & safe travels.
Go Pods are great for this, being 2 berth micro-tourer caravans they're super compact and light weight - meaning that almost any car can tow them, including hybrids & electrics.
Why not have a look at our gallery page to see some happy podders on adventures of their own?
If you're interested and have any questions at all, please feel free to contact Go Pods on the following page.
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