All Standard, PLUS & Platinum model Go-Pods come with an on-board leisure battery within the price. The leisure battery can run the majority of your Go-Pods electrics when you're camping off of mains hook up.
You may be wondering how to charge the battery, to ensure it's ready for when you need it, so here's an overview of how this can be done.
The fastest way to charge is by plugging your Go-Pod in to mains electric. Either while away at a campsite on mains hook up or at home using a connector in conjunction with your mains cable, to charge from a standard 3-pin 240V socket. Simply plug the adaptor in your wall socket and home at run the other end to your caravan.
The red rocker switch on the control panel marked 'Charger Supply' should be set to the 'ON' position. Check the video for more info on the control panel.
Another way to charge the battery is while you're driving along. Having 13 pin Euro socket connection or twin electrics will enable this.
The final way is to opt for a solar panel from the accessories page and this will trickle charge your battery whenever there is daylight available. The whole operation is automatic and this offers the added benefit of keeping your battery in tip top condition, helping to extend it's lifespan.
The Dometic fridge is a great asset and when operating on 240V hook up, will actually freeze it's contents and make ice when on maximum. You can increase the level of coldness by adjusting the dial on the top. The higher the number selected, the colder the fridge.
The fridge will also stay cold while you're in transit, (flick the switch on the control panel to CAR), but as with all caravan fridges, it will not run off 12V alone as it would just drain the battery. The car supplies some power via your 13 pin tow plug while driving, to help to maintain the fridge's temperature. In other words, if the fridge is cold when you start it will help keep it that way during your journey.
It's also worth noting that the 12V socket inside the wardrobe is for this purpose only. It will not power the fridge, (or any other 12V device), when the Go-Pod is stationary.
If camping off hook-up for a while, it's recommended to plug your Go-Pod in to the mains prior to travel, freezing any suitable contents before you leave. Then while away, those frozen items will act as cold blocks, to help keep the fridge cool.
Your Dometic has excellent insulation properties that help to keep things cold when it's without power and another popular 'off hook-up tip' is to add a bag of ice from the supermarket, to lower the temperature further.
Although the fridge is 3-way and can be run off gas, we don't plumb it for this as there isn't sufficient room to fit a flue in your micro tourer. Doing so would also mean cutting a hole in to the side of the one piece shell and we try to avoid this too. However you can take the fridge outside and with adequate ventillation, run it from a gas bottle. The external gas socket is a useful addition for doing this.
Sometimes after sitting around unused for a while, the fridges can get a little sluggish and a quick fix for this is to unplug the unit and turn it upside down. Just sit it on it’s lid for a couple of hours & this usually tends to do the trick.
For unresolved problems with the unit please contact the manufacturer to assistance:
DOMETIC Dometic UK Ltd, Dometic House, The Brewery, Blandford St Mary, Dorset, DT11 9LS
We've been receiving a few questions regarding the towing electrics for Go-Pods and control panel settings, so here's a quick overview.
Go-Pods™ come with a 13 pin Euro socket and this is the type of electrics you should have fitted if you're adding a tow bar. The tow bar ball is a standard 50mm.
If you have an existing tow bar but with different electrics, (single 7 pin or twin electrics), you can purchase an adaptor.
If you only have a 7 pin socket on your car, you can still tow legally as it will operate the driving lights. But you need 13 pin or twin electrics if you want to charge the Go-Pods' on-board battery and run the fridge while in transit.
On the control panel inside your Go-Pod, select the CAR option on the rocker switch while towing. Once you stop, change the switch to VAN.
Please check out our Videos page for more information on hitching and the control panel.
The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test.
Licences issued from 19 January 2013
From 19 January 2013, drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test can tow:
small trailers weighing no more than 750kg (Go-Pods are just 480Kg!)
trailers weighing more than 750kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)
If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than3,500kg, you’ll have to pass a further test and get B+E entitlement on your licence.
You’ll then be able to tow trailers up to 3,500kg.
Licences held from 1 January 1997
If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B (car) licence, you can:
drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
tow a trailer over 750kg MAM with maximum combined weight of trailer & tow vehicle of no more than 3,500kg
Update: Since July 2017 the official Go-Pod Khyam awning is supplied complete with the awning bead ready attached. The following blog, although out of date, may be useful for people with older Go-Pods and Khyam Tailgate or XL awnings.
It is also possible to use the old style awning without having to sew on an awning bead. In this case, just tie the guy ropes from the tunnel section of the awning forward, to the grab handles. Certainly worth trying first.
The recommended awning is not made by Go-Pods but is generic design that suits the Go-Pod very well.
Khyam, (the manufacturer of the awning), do not include an awning bead for attaching it, so you’ll need to add this component yourself.
• Purchase 50" / 1.27m of 6mm awning bead. Try eBay or your local caravan shop.
• Sew the awning bead on to the awning, at the point where it will affix to the Go-Pods porch.
• The attached awning bead slots in to the awning rail that is located above the Go-Pods door.
NB: Go-Tarps are supplied with the awning bead already attached.
A lot of Go-Pod owners keep their caravans inside of their garage but unfortunately the dimensions of some owners garages fall just shy of them minimum headroom. But does this have to be a major problem or deciding factor?
If the height is minimally lower, some owners simply deflate the tyres a litte to gain the extra height advantage but another option worth considering is storage.
The cost of paying to store your Go-Pod isn't too expensive and should be under £300 / year. Like storing in your own garage, you have the security advantage that nobody knows if you are away or not. And with the Go-Pod's one piece GRP shell, there isn't any problem with keeping your caravan outside all year round - just as it is. The following link might be of interest to those considering the options. Click here. Also see this advice from GoCaravanning.com.
Of course, the other benefit with storing elsewhere is that your garage space is still free to use for other daily purposes.
Miro or MRO stands for 'Mass in Running Order' and is the unladen of your caravan with standard spec, as it leaves the factory. Go-Pods are just 480Kg.
MTPLM stands for the 'Maximum Technically Permitted Laden Mass', (750Kg on a Go-Pod), and this figure should not be exceeded. Although with the Go-Pod's generous 750Kg allowance, you'd be hard pushed to overload.
The MTPLM must not be greater than the towing car's Maximum Permissible Towing Mass (MPTW) which is defined by the car manufacturer and found in the cars manual.