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.
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.
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.
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."
After owning my Go Pod for six months I would like to share my experience.
I have previously owned two Eriba models the 120gt and latterly a 320gt bought from new in 2012, and sold before buying the Go Pod in March 2017. Both Eriba models were good, but for my personal use the Go Pod is a more comfortable and usable option.
If we consider tow-ability, the Go Pod, is a dream compared to both the Eriba models, specially the 320gt, which is actually quite a heavy caravan for the space offered, for example towing the Go Pod I see no difference in my MPG, whereas with the Eriba 320gt it dropped by about 12%. The biggest difference is the stability when towing, even in windy conditions the Go Pod is rock solid. Also because the bed in the 320gt, is sideways it is just that bit wider and with most cars would require mirror extensions, whereas the Go Pod in my case does not require anything other than the normal mirrors.
Internal layouts next, the bed in the 320gt is comfortable, but making it up at night is a bit of a pest, specially stowing the rather large table, which can really only be stacked against the door this cuts down the usable space to no more than offered in the Go Pod. The bed make up on the Go Pod is so simple with the built in slats, it is comfortable and deceptively large.
The table in the Eriba is large and if you are planning a meal for four that would be fine, in my opinion it is a bit too bulky. The Go Pod offers a choice of table size my personal preference is for the smaller one, but both are very functional.
Seating, both the Eriba and the Go Pod have restricted depth on the seats, but with the new thinner backrests on the Go Pod this has been addressed. The big benefit is that in the Go Pod you can stretch out full length on the seat, which is impossible in the Eriba, this makes the Go Pod a clear winner for taking a break on a long journey.
The Eriba 320gt, does have a toilet which is nice but in reality it is very cramped and do you really need two sinks in a small tourer? In reality the toilet as I see it is for emergencies and the Fiamma unit in the Go Pod is perfectly adequate.
The cookers in both are very usable so not much to say there, but the top loader fridge in the Go Pod is the outright winner, I was sceptical when I first used it, but from a practical perspective it is fantastic, in both in capacity and function. I can pack all my provisions in it before leaving and they arrive as the departed, I never packed provisions the fridge in the Eriba when I was traveling as everything would rattle about so I had to use a cool box in the car when traveling.
Heating in the Eriba is restricted to gas or a stand alone supplementary heater, with the Go Pod Plus the Whale dual gas or electric heater has proved to be excellent, and quiet on the low setting so that it is almost inaudible through the night. The Go Pod definitely feels much more comfortable and warmer than either of the Eriba models.
Storage was a pleasant surprise, I had feared that the Go Pod may be lacking compared to the 320gt, but to my amazement, everything I had in the Eriba fitted in the Go Pod with space to spare, the under seat storage is much easier to access, and I still have unused space.
The LED lighting and fittings on the Go Pod is far superior to the Eriba, and give a wider selection of settings, both have two 13amp sockets. The built in TV arial amplifier and solar panel on the Go Pod are not available on the Eriba, the latter gives the Go Pod usable off-grid capability.
Overall for what I want from a small caravan, the Go Pod Plus has ticked every box.
Congratulations to Sharon & Steve Waudby who have just earned a free Go-Pod winter cover be accruing four Reward Credits.
Credits are gained by participating owners every time someone who views their caravan places an order.
"Hello Phill, That's good news! Its enjoyable showing like minded people around our pod! We now have four credits to use & would like a winter cover please. Looking forward to more viewings. Cheers, Steve and Sharon."