Q Pods

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Know nothing about them other than what I have read on Google .. but if they can be towed (in the UK) they look like good fun and quite useful, a cheap run-around while on site.. fun at home ..

    would really appreciate information from anyone who has owned one or knows all about them..


    @Jaws .. just the man I'm thinking.. (y)
     
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    I might be interested in one of these
     
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    I thought that this was a great demonstration of one Jim. (Hope link works?)

    Didn't know what one was! Interesting though.

    Beware if you click on qpod.co.uk when you browse, my anti-viral software clocked it as a threat and removed the virus! There is a virus warning printed alongside the entry.

    This link is ok. (Shame about the geezer's shorts!!)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=U3ReqySokVw
     
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    Yup we had one for a year or so.. Really good fun and a true crowd pleaser !
    They are extremely light and very easy to hook up and two..
    Downsides
    Road tax is quite high from memory, and realistically 10 miles is as far as you want to go unless the roads are smooth ..
    Mine did 40mph comfortably
    Parts are readily available
     
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    Looks good fun I wonder ,do they do an attachment to cut grass as well :D
     
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    image.jpg I had a ride around the track at Goodwood Festival of Speed (admit I did not go that fast). Was good fun.

     
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    This is our old one..

    P1010124s.jpg P1010130s.jpg

    As you can see from the 2nd picture they are very easy to tow.
    That bar was supplied with the car and is locked in place with a couple of pins
    You then just pick the front up and drop it on the tow hook. I doubt it is more than about 20 kilos to lift ( due in no small part to the extra leverage that bar gives you )

    Before that we had a 'standard' QPod.. worked exactly the same but did not look as good LOL !!
     
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    I want one of those now.
     
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    And me !!!!
     
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    Still not legal to tow though.

    It has brakes.....and they dont work when towing.

    ANY trailer fitted with brakes, regardless of weight, must meet minimum braking performance specifications
     
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    We saw these for hire in Norway
    They were electric, which may be a cheaper option for tax etc
     
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    So you can drive one with your legs in plaster? :)
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    Quieter than the single cylinder dumper engine in wingmans clip then.

    God that is noisy.
     
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    image.jpg We had one, good fun , not too quick and used to tow it behind RV on a purpose made lightweight trailer .
    Try looking at www.cunninghamsauto.com agents at Hempnall in Norfolk
     
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    John Wickersham (journalist for MMM and other mags) used to have one but eventually got shot. I'm not sure if it was to do with the safety issues related to using it as a car as there is very little protection for the occupants in an accident.
     
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    No idea how or why but it is legal.. They weigh less than the maximum allowed for a trailer before it needs brakes, and back in the day when Noel Edmunds was involved with them there was an awful lot of back door goings on. I still have some of the paper work that came with the car and in it there is a very legal looking document on VOSA headed paper stating it is ok to be towed on the road ( This was a copy as supplied by the people I bought it from )

    Possibly, as the original idea was for them to become a popular town car**, someone somewhere in a high place rubber stamped something to bypass the requirement that if brakes are fitted they must operate.. I really have no idea at all though.

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    In many ways this would have been a ruddy good idea, except for the fact the makers use an engine that is not terribly efficient and failed completely in making them acceptable transport in pouring rain.. So the dream of seeing millions of them in city centres was flawed at the off .. but no doubt some dimwit politician could not see the issues and thought they would make a name for themselves !!
     
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    Would you like me to make you some more copies John.....
    or would you like a telegram from her maj well before your 100th birthday

    anyone with a printer and a little common sense can reproduce anything.
    look at the A frame manufacturer who issue a letter in various foreign languages claiming their A frame is legal when it has never been decided if they are legal or not....to me that is false representation.

    The construction and use regulations state, regardless of weight, if brakes are fitted then by law those brakes must work and meet trailer regulations when the vehicle is being towed.
    750kg is the limit if brakes ARE NOT fitted but even below that weight if it has em they must work while being towed.
    there cant be one law for trailers and another for Qpods.
     
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    When I quoted the document number to my local VOSA training school bod he looked it up..
    All he could confirm was that it was a genuine VOSA tech sheet number and the heading gave reference to the Qpod.. He was pretty sure it was genuine..

    Anyways.. matters not.. Towed the thing all over the place and never once got tugged.. Drew plenty of attention mind !
    While at a site near Yarmouth we was followed from the town back to said site by plod.. When I stopped at the van the lads got out their car and were really interested in it..
    Told me they had thought it was some sort of toy that had no right to be on the road, had PNC'd it, got the details and then wanted more cos the car looked so much fun ! But that is about the only interest in it the police ever showed :)
     
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    Love it! but I don't want to tow, and I fall off bikes, so .....
    ..... will it go on my Fiamma 3-bike rack ..... ??? ;):whistle::)
     
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