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  1. Go-Pods: Over 40 Viewing Locations Nationwide!

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    Many Go-Pod owners are happy to save you some travelling time by allowing viewings of their own Go-Pods.

    To apply, please select an owner from the following map & submit the Request Form below. We'll have them contact you direct to arrange a convenient time. Please remember that owner members are not obliged to offer viewings but are pleased to help if convenient.

     Click the map to find out more and to book your viewing request below!

    Request form to view an owners private Go-Pod - 

    Private Owner Viewing Request

    Please ensure that you provide a valid mobile phone numberas this will be used to confirm your appointment and to contact you should there be unforeseen issues on the day.

    For convenience, you may wish to review the model & accessory options prior to viewing - click here.

  2. 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

     

  3. Compare Go-Pods to motorhomes, camper vans, tents and full size caravans.

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    What advantages do Go-Pods offer over other options?

     

    Motorhomes - lovely but expensive! Costing around six or eight times more, even their first year's devaluation will exceed the price of a brand new Pod! And apart from the limitations of having to drive around in a lorry-size vehicle, they can be prohibitive once you're there too, as you'll be less inclined to want to break up camp to head out for a drive. Which is why many motorhome owners have to tow a small car behind - adding a further vehicle to the running costs. Go-Pods allow you the freedom to use your normal vehicle for excursions and for grabbing supplies. More than half of our customers are down-sizing from motorhomes in favour of the convenience of a Go-Pod.

    Camper Vans - very cool looking and some are even iconic. But these too suffer from many of the motorhome's limitations. They are pricey and of course you don't have a runaround vehicle at your disposal when on site. What's more, unless they become your everyday vehicle, (which isn't always very practical), then they bring the inevitable burden of extra vehicle running costs. Go-Pods however can usually be used with your existing vehicle & when they're not in use, they're not costing you anything! Making very good economic sense. Add to this that Go-Pods hold their value very well and it all adds up to a great deal.

    Caravans - roomy compared to a micro tourer but this feature can become offset by the drawbacks of owning a larger caravan. Storage, (the cost & convenience of it), is probably the first thing to consider as not everyone is lucky enough to have storage at home. If you don't have to pay storage fees you might likely store your caravan in the front garden which although convenient, isn't great for your security - as everyone knows when you are away from home. Go-Pods being small are far more inconspicuous, especially when stored under the custom made winter cover. Many people even store them in their garages and have them their, ready to go. And unlike a bigger caravan, you'll find there's less planning with a Go-Pod trip. They really are so easy to hitch, tow and set up that even an overnight getaway is a completely viable, welcome escape. And en-route, being stuck in an awkward situation with a Go-Pod is very unlikely. Even in a tight spot, you can just unhitch, spin it around, hitch back up and you're on your way again. Many consider Go-Pods to be more fun than conventional caravans, as although they still have all the comforts of full size caravans, their compact nature and quirkiness will really do make you smile. Go-Pods hold their value better than regular caravans and can be purchased new at a fraction of the cost.

    Trailer Tents - roomy and easier to store than a caravan but also with some inherent drawbacks. Setting up can take some time, (even longer in windy weather), especially compared to a Go-Pod. In it's simplest form, the Go-Pod only requires you to wind down two legs and start relaxing. Other trailer tent fun-busters include needing to ensure your tent is dry before packing away and if it rains on the day you're going home, this will mean opening it out to dry when you get home. With Go-Pods you just lower the clever pop-top and go! Of course tents are too cold for most people to use in the winter but Go-Pods are fully insulated with thermal retentive styrofoam within the walls, allowing all weather use of your micro tourer, so the fun continues all year.

    Tents - cheap to purchase for summer use and good value for sure but not the most comfortable at times, with airbeds that tend to deflate in the night! Plus when it rains, a tent is a pretty miserable place to be. Go-Pods allow you to sit inside a cosy environment, on your memory foam furnishings when the weather takes a turn. Just put your feet up, make a nice hot drink and watch your favourite film on the flatscreen TV/DVD. No need to worry about packing away in the wet or having to go home early just in case of rain either, as in your Go-Pod you can happily weather the storms!

    Hotels - Not as cheap as they were and of course, you never quite know what you're going to get. And the nightly room rate isn't the only thing you'll save in your Go-Pod as you also have the option of taking your own food, further saving on those holiday expenses. Hotel costs are 'lost money' and so it makes good sense to spend your money on something that has a lasting, intrinsic value instead. You have you're own personal space in a Go-Pod & private bedding. And by leaving your 'Pod packed on stand by, it becomes like a suitcase that's ready to pick up and go, increasing your spontaneity for getting away.

    • Summary - The Go-Pod no doubt ticks a lot of the boxes and offers many advantages over the alternatives listed above. It's excellent build quality, durability, styling & superb value, has made it the leading model in it's class. Even if you don't like towing, this ultra light trailer at 545Kg will not phase you in the slightest. It has its own braking system that improves control, is very aerodynamic & tows like a dream. Of course to retain true micro tourer dimensions and benefits, a separate bathroom area is sacrificed but then most campsites have great facilities and many of those with on-board facilities actually prefer the shower block over the risk of damp, using their water supply up and having to empty the grey water after. So if anything is to be compromised, the bathroom area is a very good trade off. The seamless, one piece monocoque design eliminates many of the water ingress problems that plague other camping options, making the Go-Pod very durable and giving an expected 25 year service life. Further considering the new price and re-sale values, you may agree that this is the least expensive option, best value option on the market today.

    More information - click here.

  4. Charging Your Go-Pods' Battery.

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    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.

     

    3 PIN TO MAINS HOOK UP ADAPTOR - www.Go-Pods.co.uk  25m Cable - www.Go-Pods.co.uk

    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.

    https://www.2berthcaravan.co.uk/accessories-go-pods/go-pod-accessories-solar-panel.html

    For more on the benefits of solar panels, check our earlier Go-Pod blogs.

     

     

     

     

  5. Fridge advice for Go-Pods

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    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.

    Fridge Freezer Chest - 240V/12V/Gas. Go-Pods Micro Tourer Caravan

    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.

    ACC-GAS-SOCKET - Go-Pods.co.uk

    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

    Telephone: 0844 626 0130.

    Email: technical@dometic.co.uk