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  1. The Go-Pod Awning - Set Up Advice.

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    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

  2. Go-Pod Dimensions

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    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.

  3. Owners Tips - 25 April 2018. Grease nipples - Solar Panel Controller - The 2018 Awning.

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    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.

     

     

  4. Worried about towing? Check these owner reviews

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    Even without any prior towing experience, Go-Pods are easy and hassel free to tow.

    Here are some reassuring reviews from customers who have never towed anything before.

    Just wanted to share how easy the pod is to tow. My first time at towing anything. Come on ladies give it a go don't let the men have all the fun

    Posted by Angela Phillips on Sunday, 28 June 2015

     

    We were highly delighted with the service and care given to us. We were well looked after and for someone who was very...

    Posted by Caroline Wheatcroft on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

     

    Researched go pod for my early retiral and to use for overnight stays while walking Scottish Highlands. Visited caravan...

    Posted by Laurence Christie on Tuesday, 8 March 2016

     

    We have used the Pod for one night in early December and were warm and comfortable (even without the heater on...

    Posted by Christopher Betterton on Tuesday, 22 December 2015

     

    Collected my Pod yesterday and I cannot praise highly enough the service I received. The staff were all polite, friendly...

    Posted by Fiona Hayton on Wednesday, 28 January 2015

     

    Collected my Mouse House 13/12/2014. 300 mile trip home and you wouldn't know you were towing.

    Posted by Rosie Whittaker on Sunday, 14 December 2014

     

    So whether you're young, more senior, single, a couple or a family - you'll find Go-Pods to be very easy to hook up and tow. You don't need any special equipment, mirror extensions, stabilisers or towing courses and the Go-Pods own braking system ensures that everything stays nicely under control - even in an emergency stop situation.

    There will be no 'snaking' or wobbling even at motorway speeds, when going over high bridges or when a big lorry passes. Go-pods remain steady all the way.

    Worried about reversing? Don't be! Go-Pods are easy to reverse, just keep it slow or if you prefer, unhitch, move the car, spin the Go-Pod caravan around then just hook it back up & go. You're never really stuck like you could be with a larger caravan or motorhome.

    What about fueling up with a Go-Pod on? Well that's exactly the same as if it wasn't there. Just pull up to the pump refuel and you're on your way.

    And for a little extra help on arrival, the ultimate in convenience is a motor mover. Then just unhitch your Go-Pod, engage the motor mover and slowly position your compact caravan in to the exact spot, effortlessly - however rough the ground is.

    For more information on towing a Go-Pod please visit the following link or drop us a line.

    http://www.go-pods.co.uk/caravan-towing-with-small-cars.html