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  1. Go-Pod owner Christine shares her experiences on bad weather wehn Podding:

    I was in Dorset last September during the big storm that lasted several days.

    My Go-Pod felt very stable even though the winds were full on from the sea! I didn't think the awning would fare quite as well so I took it down taken down as a precaution.

    I didn't once feel buffeted by the storm and very strong winds although it was a bit noisier!

    I also learnt to adapt quite quickly to the much smaller living space. Amazing how little space you actually need. I left the bed down and used it as a sofa during the day. Everything was within reach without me even moving! Tea,wine,food, cooker and remote control!! 

     

  2. Can Go-Pods actually change your life? Here's what Go-Pod owner Elaine has to say...
     
    Elaine Riddell
     
    This photo was taken in the Pyrenees between France and Spain - up and down winding mountain roads so just goes to show how easy the pod is to tow!
     
    Happy to say we had no teething problems on our first big trip and love the freedom we get with the Go-Pod.
     
    We would check the weather each day & decide where to go next.
     
    Loving the pod life !
     
    Kind regards, Elaine 
  3. Well you can't beat this for both pure genius & determination!
     
    Chris Felton's garage lacked a little height but that wasn't enough to deter this guy from Go-Podding! Here's what he says:
     
    "Hi Phill,
     
    Thought I'd send you a couple of pics showing how I managed to fit it my Go-Pod in the garage.
     
    Stored nice and dry since early October and not due to be let out until April.
     
    A set of 8 inch wheels was the answer and with the aid of a hydraulic troley jack and an air powered wheel wrench I can have them changed in about 15 minutes.
     
    I'm going to try to get in the habit of putting it away each time as it's pretty easy to just roll in and I can keep it out of the weather.
     
    In fact I find myself in the garage polishing it from time to time!
     
    Hope you're well. Chris."
     
    CHRIS FELTON - SMALLER WHEELS 1
     
    CHRIS FELTON - SMALLER WHEELS 2
     
    CHRIS FELTON - SMALLER WHEELS 3
  4. 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
  5. 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

     

  6. 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!

     

     

     

     

  7. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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 take the awning's two front guy ropes and tie them forward to the Pods' front grab handles, as shown in the photo below. 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. That way the awning won't foul the pop top if you need to close it in bad weather. The ropes should lie along the top surface of the Go-Pod and not be diagonally crossed.

    Some people use simple 'S-hooks', (as shown below), to fix to the handles, so that it’s quicker and so the guy ropes are always the same length, every time. Others mark the guy ropes so ther is a visual indicator of where to tie them off.

    1. Errect the awning so that it's a free standing structure & ensure it looks aligned straight from the rear of the Pod.

    2. Affix the front ropes to the grab handles as explained above & shown below.

    3. Peg down only the open ends of the elasticated tunnel section, placing the pegs 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.

    4. Walk the whole awning structure backwards, away from the Go-Pod until the tunnel goes nice and tight. Ensure that the whole structure stays as straight and as squarely aligned as possible.

    5. Peg the whole thing down.

    TIP: Taking the two rear guy ropes from the very back of the awning, peg them down tightly in a backwards direction, away from the Go-Pod. So in other words, directly backwards in a straight line. This has the affect of further tightening the tunnel section.

    [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!] 

    We recommend that the doors and the inner divider of the awning be zipped shut before peg down the awning's legs. This will ensure you'll be able to unzip them easily after pegging. Stand back and check if it looks right before proceeding to peg it down further and adjust if necessary.

    Pegs are provided with the awning but it's a good idea to take some extra, metal hardstand pegs and a decent 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.