GoPod Gathering Beats Storm Brian
Tiny tourer owners got together for a 'GoPod PowWow' in October at the Naburn Lock Caravan Park in York.
Thirty-two of the teeny GoPod caravans congregated in the park from all over the UK, including from as far away as Devon and Aberdeen.
After picking up their welcome pack of pod pendants and cupcakes, owners pitched up and went to the pub on the first evening. On the second night, the group met in a borrowed scout tent for a social gathering.
Undeterred by Storm Brian at the time, which threatened the micro-tourer get-together with gusts of wind up 78 mph, the owners pegged down their GoPods and awnings in anticipation.
GoPod owners are a mix of campers and caravanners who've opted for something simpler, lighter to tow and which still gives them a sense of free, according the event organiser, Laurence Christie, better known as 'Podfather'.
The tiny tourers don't have built-in showers or loos, so owners rely on site facilities to do their ablutions.
With their diminutive size, most owners keep them at home, which means there are no storage costs. In addition, having the micro tourer at home means owners can be more spontaneous with their trips.
It's common for GoPod owners to install solar panels to help them with going off grid around the country.
The micro-tourers grab people's attention on the road too. The small caravans are in stark contrast to the British Public's normal view of a home on wheels.
There is a growing online community of GoPod owners too at the 'Go PodPals' Facebook group. With nearly 200 members, the group shares tips and updates on their tours.
Storm Brian may have saturated the caravan park. But, it did not dampen the group's fun. Now, more GoPod Powwows are popping up around the UK and Ireland.