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  1. 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.

     

     

  2. 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.

  3. 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

     

  4. 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 run-around 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. And a Go-Pod will not devalue like a camper, making very good economic sense. Campervan beds are not always as comfortable as hoped and with the bed made up, many models leave no room for standing, dressing, using the loo etc. Go-Pods offer a wonderful bed and a convenient standing area even with the bed made up.

    Teardrop caravans - cute & easy to tow and store of course but the true teardrop was designed for warmer climates and has an external kitchen area that's not so good for this country. Being a bed on wheels, unless you add an awning, there's no indoor seating area so if it's bad weather, you're sent to bed early!

    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 the water ingress problems from seams that plague other camping options, making the Go-Pod very durable. Considering the price and storng re-sale values, the Go-Pod represents one of the least expensive options and a great value option.

    More information - click here.

  5. 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.