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Triple Buggy - advice please

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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!

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!

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 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 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?

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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 Wed 24-Apr-13 23:18:27

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

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

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 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 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 22:24:13

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 22:22:40

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!

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!!!!!!

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 22:08:51

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

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.

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 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.

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 21:42:24

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.


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