'Featured Owners' is our new series of blog posts where we interview Go-Pod owners to find out what they've been up to and how they use their Pods, as well as their top tips for new podders.
Our first featured owners need no introduction really - they run a vibrant, helpful & active Go-Pods community on Facebook and are considered 'Pod Royalty' around these parts. It's Suzanne, Ian, Jorge & the Chilli Pod from the Greater Manchester area! Read on below for our interview with them.
Your name & Pod nickname (if you have one)
Mr & Mrs Chilli Pod (Suzanne & Ian) - The Chilli Pod
When did you purchase your Go-Pod, and which model?
We bought a Platinum model Go-Pod back in 2017.
Tell us a little bit about yourself - do you have any unique interests or hobbies?
Motorcycling, gardening, photography, walking, outdoors stuff - and of course, running the Go-Pod Information #Podlife group on Facebook!
Why did you choose a Go-Pod, and what else were you considering?
They’re small, so easy to tow and funky looking. We considered a trailer for our tent, a camper van, a trailer tent and a bigger caravan. We always used to camp and have owned a static caravan in the past.
How do you use your Go-Pod? (Holidays, festivals, home office etc.) Also, do you travel alone or with somebody else?
Mr Chilli Pod and I enjoy weekends away, main holidays and festivals in our Pod. A bit of everything really!
How often do you get away in your Pod?
10 + times a year (whenever I get the chance!)
What is your favourite Pod accessory?
The solar panel has been a Godsend for keeping the battery topped up as our Pod is kept in storage. The best fun accessory has to be the new funky graphic side panels. To be honest, all the accessories we have bought (and we bought a lot) have been invaluable. The exterior gas socket is great and so is the dual fuel heating and and ..... all of them.
What sets Go-Pod owners apart from the rest?
No two Podders are the same. They all love things that are a bit different and they are all a bit different themselves. Everyone I've met with a Pod has a great sense of humour and enjoys life to the maximum.
Favourite Pod-related story (doesn't need to have happened inside the Pod, could be whilst you were away on holiday etc)
We were at a festival and the gas jet went out on the cooker. Nightmare! I tried to relight it but nothing. I figured that the gas bottle must have run out. We were at Uttoxeter racecourse and there is a caravan and motorhome club site next door, so I rang up to see if they had the same gas bottle to swap it out - and they did. Mr CP disconnected the gas bottle and took it to the site office. When he got there, they checked it and there was still gas in it, so he had to walk all the way back with it! He connected it up again and I turned the jet on and it lit straight away. It must have been an airlock. Doh! It was a hot day too. Poor Mr CP.
Top tips for new Podders - what do you wish someone had told you?
If you push the window right open and then pull it back towards you and stop, It will open to the amount you want. I had the Pod for two years before someone told me this. I thought you could only have the window open a little bit.
Want to find out more about the Go-Pod Information #Podlife group, or interested in the Chilli Pods adventures?
Go-Pod Information #Podlife group on Facebook
The Little Big Adventures of Chilli Pod Blog on Facebook