Worth shelling out for?
A small caravan with a big presence – that’s the Go-Pod!
You can have it in any colour you want… almost. In truth, there are 20 exterior finishes – including Hot Pink, Chrome, Gold and Orange. But, to save you asking, it doesn’t extend to colour-matching to your car. Talking of which, though, you could tow one of these with something as delightful as a Fiat 500.
Note the Go-Pod’s shape means good aerodynamics, too. It’s also small enough and light enough to make it easy to manhandle – a particular boon when it comes to parking in tight spaces (shorter trailers are always harder to reverse than longer ones).
It certainly fits into the category marked “Trendy Tourers”, designed to make a statement on any campsite. The Go-Pod’s GRP body and traditional band-edged furniture are made in Portugal, with much of the final fitting out taking place here in the UK.
Under review here is the range-topping Platinum version which starts at £14,495 and also happens to be the most popular, although there are two other models – the £10,995 Standard and the £12,749 Plus. All share the same two-berth floorplan.
The caravan body is on Al-Ko running gear and features an elevating roof section and entrance at the back. The single front and rear windows are fixed, but side windows are more traditional top-hinged units, coming complete with blinds and flyscreens.
The floorplan is a U-shaped lounge towards the front and, at the back, a kitchen along the nearside, comprising a two-ring hob and separate sink in stainless steel.
There’s also a flip-up worktop extension, whilst overhead a small elevating roof section gives vital headroom (just over 6ft) and extra ventilation when you’re on-site.
Along the offside, there’s a coolbox next to a shelved locker, that could also be a wardrobe with hanging space.
A portable toilet with dedicated floor locker is also part of a surprisingly comprehensive specification.
The lounge seating is around a pedestal leg table. There’s a single-glazed, fixed front window, but there are wall vents and the side windows all open as, well as having curtains to supplement those blinds/flyscreens.
Pelmets for the former extend beyond the window apertures, offering upper-level shelves.
At night, that lounge seating converts to a more than decent 1.95m x 1.57m double bed. There are 12 soft furnishings alternatives to complement your choice of exterior finish.
Because it’s the Platinum flagship, you get fittings such as Whale blown air heating, operating from gas or mains electricity, with outlets in the lounge.
Also on the kit list are a 100W solar panel, microwave (although you can ask about an oven/grill alternative), USB upgrade, front gas locker, external mains socket, even a small TV/DVD player.
The Go-Pod Platinum kit even extends to a choice of Kampa or Khyam rear-mounted awning, so you really can extend your living space once you’re on-site.
Also, security fittings extend to the rather grand sounding Security Bundle – Al-Ko hitchlock and Milenco Stronghold wheel clamp.
You might just find your caravan insurance is a lot less with a tourer like this – especially as there’s the possibility you can store it out of sight in your locked garage at home!
In this video, Chris from Go-Pods shows us around this micro-tourer.
Verdict: Trendy tiny tourer that packs the punches
Plus: Clever use of space, surprisingly good specification, lightweight
Minus: You’ll want to add some security fittings
In-a-nutshell: Go-Pod, Go!
There’s more information on the Go-Pods range on their website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Adria Action, Barefoot, Swift Basecamp, Trip Buddy
Go-Pod Platinum factfile
|Dimensions||4.20m L, 1.85m W, 2.05m H|
|RRP||from £14,495 on the road|
|Safety & security||Al-Ko chassis with brakes, one-piece body, winter cover, rear corner steadies, Al-Ko hitchlock, Milenco Stronghold wheelclamp|
|Key options||Colour-coded body (£999), motor mover (£1,195), alarm system (£329).|