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Triple Buggy - advice please

(39 Posts)
SouthernPolish Tue 23-Apr-13 19:30:11

Need advice about the best triple buggy to get.

I am a Childminder - it's for 3 babies (10m - 22m).

My front door is very narrow and can only accommodate a tandem style, not side by side (unless 72cm wide or less!).

Money is tight - max spend £250, happy to buy off eBay.

Have been eyeing up Joovy Big Caboose, but need info from those who have used one!

Advice please - Ta!

calmlychaotic Tue 23-Apr-13 19:57:17

Have heard the joovy is very heavy to push but never tried one. I have the abc mountain buggy and I love it. Very narrow for a triple fits through all doors I have tried so far, and on the bus . . .just! Expensive though, even second hand. Could you try a cheap side by side double and a buggy board to keep cost down.

SouthernPolish Tue 23-Apr-13 20:13:03

The trouble with side by side is I have to take babies out to get in the house, front door is straight onto pavement in a town, very annoying when babies fall asleep while we are out. I already have a double Mountain Buggy, but it's still too wide at 73cm.

SouthernPolish Tue 23-Apr-13 20:13:31

Also - oldest still too wobbly for a buggy board.

calmlychaotic Tue 23-Apr-13 20:24:29

Hmm tricky then. Sounds like Joovy or similar your only option. Have you tried preloved as well as ebay. Some good deals on there.

walkingonthemoon Wed 24-Apr-13 07:16:23

I have a joovy big caboose.... dont use it though as its so hard to steer.

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 17:02:22

That's what I was fearing :-( I can't find a triple that fits through the door and isn't too hard to push.
I have bought a buggypod to go on my Jane Powertwin, but have read worrying reviews about accidents - so too scared to use it.

Any other ideas?

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 17:03:56

So wish I could try out a Joovy Big Caboose, without committing cash.

Arriettyborrower Wed 24-Apr-13 17:11:01

Strolli rider and phil and ted with doubles seat - put the eldest on the strolli - sorted.

mindingalongtime Wed 24-Apr-13 17:12:17

I have invested in a super duper ABC everest , it can be a single, double or triple and take a buggy board too! Made by Phil and Ted, custom made to my order, it is fabulous and folds flat, wheels pop off easily etc.

I bargained hard, I know it is expensive, but it is the only buggy I need, so worth the investment. And it is tax deductible expense.

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Brownowlahi Wed 24-Apr-13 21:08:13

Minding a long time, I know it's really cheeky, but can I ask, how much have you paid for the buggy? It looks fab and I agree it's an investment for a childminder. Did you order it from New Zealand or is there a stockist in the uk?

goldie81 Wed 24-Apr-13 21:14:26

I did the same as mindingalongtime- I ordered buggy directly from phil and he is very good at sorting exactly what you need.
I ordered the single that can be a double or a triple too. Fab- I love it!! I've been using mine now for a few months and it's fab. It fits through my front door no prob and through other doors where I've seen people struggle to get their double through.
I had to take a while to consider it as it was expensive but the only buggy I'll ever need!

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 21:15:46

Arriety - youngest far too young for a Strolli Rider.

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 21:23:51

Mindingalongtime - yes that's the only one I have seen that looks like it might work for me. It's just the money :-( Far too much new, budget will not stretch.... Is it worth looking for a second hand single and cobbling together?

I am jealous... defo buggy envy!

Can you tell me:
What is width at widest point?
What age child can go in the main part of the single buggy? How does this work with extra one clamped in front?
How easy are seats to remove (no of children varies each day).
How is it with uneven terrain / cobbles?

Sorry - lots of questions....
Just wondering if its worth saving up for and selling stuff to fund...

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 21:42:24

Would be very very grateful if either of you could divulge cost.

I have a double Mountain Buggy Urban, a Jane Powertwin, both in really good condition, which I could sell after getting I new one. Might get circa £300 for both. Thinking in those terms, it might not be too bad to save up for.


SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 21:49:25

Eeek! Just looked up pricing on GoBubbaGo and, without shipping added, it was £825!
Am I right?

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 21:52:13

Arriety - ooops! meant oldest - very wobbly 22m old. I think you need a slightly older / sensible one for a Strolli to work. I had one and my son just arsed about and kept falling off so got rid of it.

goldie81 Wed 24-Apr-13 22:01:09

Well think it was approx £600 plus shipping & import charges!! Expensive but I couldn't live without mine. I did buy lots of babies triple but even that was 2wide 2fit in my front door. And wouldn't fold small enough.
If you look on abc website it's got all dimensions.
they come up on eBay but I've never seen the single triple come up!

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 22:08:06

I'm very tempted - especially as I could raise almost half the dosh by flogging my two other buggies. How much was shipping etc?
Thank you for advice :-)
I'm concerned I could keep on buying cheaper buggies and wasting money and maybe best to buy tried and tested quality from the outset. The Joovy is still £200 and it sounds like a bad idea tbh.

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 22:08:51

One last question...
How long did shipping take (Mindee no 3 hasn't started yet).

goldie81 Wed 24-Apr-13 22:10:38

By the way southern polish i have 1 2 or 3 children depending on days & times - seats easy enough to remove and I leave adaptor bars on.
I find great to push.
If reclining seat on top it's very tall but you manage

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 22:19:44

Do you have two different types of seat then? what ages do they work for? Can you switch them round and.... how high is the top one - I'm 5ft6 btw.
Questions, questions!!!!!!

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 22:22:40

I have 1, 2 or 3 at different points in any one day,
eg: am school run with 1, early afternoon walk with 3, pm school run with either 2 or 3.... It would be amazing to have one buggy that can cope with endless combos!

goldie81 Wed 24-Apr-13 22:24:13

All in all almost a month. They make them & then shipping over & then waiting to be contacted to pay import taxes.
You can pay extra shipping to get sent quicker.
I justified my spend by selling other buggies & then thinking a month of new baby for free to pay for buggy. But if I didn't have buggy then couldn't have had new baby.

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 22:31:53

Do the toddler seats with no canopy fit under a raincover? How does that work? I can see that the more expensive seats have canopies & covers, but not the others.

Yes - your logic with investing makes sense. I have circa £300 worth of buggies to sell. Newbie will be bringing in about £300 a month. So not far off paying for buggy within a month I suppose. I imagine future resale fairly good too.

goldie81 Wed 24-Apr-13 22:42:16

I brought single buggy, reclining Todd seat for on top and Todd upright seat for in front. Got raincover single buggy, for single reclining seat & then one that goes over for all 3.
If youbare anywhere near herts then you could come look at mine. Abc buggies sell very well still on eBay.
Lot of money to exchange but I wouldn't have extra Money every month if I hadnt of

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 23:08:23

Not near Herts sadly... thanks so much for advice. Really helpful!
Think I will start flogging stuff and saving up first.
Contract not signed for no 3 yet, but will part with extra funds when/if I get contract signed.

goldie81 Wed 24-Apr-13 23:18:27

If you do then well worth it! Any more questions just ask!!

SouthernPolish Wed 24-Apr-13 23:29:55

Have emailed Phil for quote!
Not sure what type of extra seats to go for - can you have two reclining ones? Trying to guess best combo... not easy and could change, so needs to be as versatile as poss. Have sold idea to hubby as less storage space ;-) Currently have far too many buggies in the house!!!

goldie81 Thu 25-Apr-13 06:50:15

I decided on one reclining seat and one toddler seat for that reason. I thought that toddler seat doesn't give option for sleep but then I put the oldest inthat seat.
Have to say when all 3 seats are being used the actual buggy seat has not a lot of room at all. But I always put the smallest in there & at end of day they are all safe and I can get us all to where we need to be.

mindingalongtime Thu 25-Apr-13 07:31:16

I had a lot of help from goldie (thank you) when working out what I needed. I decided I didn't need any raincovers, I have never used any yet in 20+ years! He threw in the baby sleepy bag and adaptor bar for buggy board instead.

From when I actually ordered and paid for it, it was about 4 weeks, I'd had lots of emails going back and forth, Phil is incredibly helpful too.

I had a piece that was slightly damaged, I emailed him on the friday and got the replacement part on Monday morning all the way from New Zealand!

I went direct to ABC not Gobubba go, they are expensive and have them on ebay for far more than I paid, and their shipping is expensive, they do have some good offers occasionally on their website. Phil charged a flat rate of around £100 shipping for all the parcels.

It is an amazing pushchair, so easy to take apart, all just pushbuttons to remove the extra seats, and the adaptor bars stay folded in place . If I take the front wheels off, it folds flatter than my P&T vibe!

The built in storage bag is amazing too!

mindingalongtime Thu 25-Apr-13 09:17:37

I did also look at 'cobbling' one together as there was a single on ebay with a top toddler seat, but by the time I had added the stability bar and extra seat, there wasn't much in the price difference to justify not buying a lovely brand new one!

badgerhead Thu 25-Apr-13 16:32:55

I have a Joovy, and yes it is heavy to push especially uphill when fully loaded. I think it does depend a lot on the weight distribution of the children as well. The third 'seat' at the back is just a bench with a lap belt and you really need a child who will sit still on it to be successful. I find that getting around corners is easiest if you can keep moving so you have the momentum to steer more easily, it is harder from standing still or going slowly. (School run's a pain at crowded crossing with other people not giving you room to move)

If you live anywhere near Sussex you are welcome to come & have a look & try out.

MummytoMog Thu 25-Apr-13 17:52:01

Could you carry one as a short term measure while you save up? ABC looks amazing and resale would be very good (I looked at these when expecting DS as DD will NOT walk). I have a Joovy Caboose for two, and it's good but a pain in the behind to push with a 2yr old and 3yr old on it. I dread to think what the single version would be like.

SouthernPolish Thu 25-Apr-13 22:12:17

Badgerhead - I'm in Lewes... But I don't think the Joovy will work. Too many hills and cobbly streets! I'm struggling to push a Jane Powertwin up one particular (unavoidable) cobbly hill on school run twice a day. Bit thank you for the offer!

I dragged my old Mountain Buggy Urban out of the shed today to transport 2 - had to fold and unfold through front door every time I went out. But Blimey! it was so much easier and better once out. I'm hoping an ABC will be on a par with a MB (Oldskool style). While I just have 2 I think I'll just put up with the folding palaver.

No 3 doesn't start for a while, so I have time to mull it over and decide on a combo which will work for me. I'm thinking ABC, but not sure which combo yet.

With such an outlay, I need to get it right!

goldie81 Thu 25-Apr-13 23:59:23

Oh yes def get it right.
Mindingalongtime what do you do with bar that connects front toddler seat when you are not using it?

mindingalongtime Fri 26-Apr-13 09:14:47

goldie, it just folds up into the seat unit, it is easy to remove, it goes onto the crews where the hood is.

I have removed my hood to make it easier, but may put it back in the summer, though I have a double sunscreen cover from my P&T that I may just throw over.

goldie81 Fri 26-Apr-13 21:24:44

Yes minding- i've put it on but just wondering if tucks away a bit better without the seat on as I think the bars feel like they stick out a bit. It's only as I'm frequently using as single, double or triple with not much time for removing the bar if you see what I mean

mindingalongtime Sun 28-Apr-13 10:26:35

southernpolish There is this on ebay

all you would need is the front static toddler seat, as it already has the stability bar making it 4 wheels. Worth watching for the price as I don't think the listing title does it any justice, so may not attract a lot of interest!

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