Recreational & Family - Repairing Burley trailer and cover?
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06-27-08, 02:05 PM
Has anyone successfully repaired a torn Burley (or any other brand) nylon trailer or cover? Today I picked up a Burley D'Lite trailer that was in a crash or something so there is a 4" tear on the canvas side right on the rail - and the cover is torn including the screen in the same spot. I am thinking I will pick up some nylon and just try sandwiching the hole or building a patch and sew it up but I wonder if some sort of sticky or iron on patch would work instead. Any suggestions?
I also have a Burley D'Lite that is missing the cover so I thought about just trying to make one. Anyone have any good input on this?
I have bought and sold at least a dozen bike trailers over the past couple summers including several older Burleys, Insteps, etc. These 2 were both purchased very cheap and I plan to keep one and sell the other and come out ahead on the deal. Bargains can be had if you look hard enough! Anyway - thanks!
06-27-08, 06:33 PM
Burley used to support their products better and would sell replacement covers, screens, wheels, etc. I don't know if they do now that everything has been outsourced to China. The "Made in USA" sticker refers to the final assembly before shipping to retailer, not the origin of the parts.
06-28-08, 07:13 PM
I have repaired a tear in the fabric of a Chariot trailer. Fairly easy, unless you want to make it really invisible. The worst part is that you'll have to practise sewing with your arms in really awkward positions.
Since it is torn right on the rail, I suspect that you may get some loose fabric by partly folding the trailer. I would recommend getting some kind of patching fabric from a sports store: either a patch for panniers (MEC used to sell some), for old heavyweight tents, or, if you can't find anything, buy a set of really cheap panniers. Sew the patch inside the trailer and also sew around the tear.
For the screen, black upholstery tread does great repairs... unless it's torn all the way, in which case you might be better with a new screen.
As for the plastic cover, I don't have a truly satisfying solution. I have done a few makeshift repairs that didn't look too bad by applying self-stick transparent Mactac on both sides of the plastic cover. It worked fine, was rainproof, but wasn't perfectly transparent, so it works better if it is not a wide patch right into the main field of vision.
Someone also suggested a transparent glue by Locktite, but I never tried it.
06-28-08, 09:42 PM
On our first inexpensive trailer we replaced the fabric at least twice. It was actually fairly simple. I'm guessing Burley has replacement fabric, give them a call.
06-30-08, 08:57 AM
I just used some black upholstry thread I found in our sewing box and sewed it up to the best of my ability. I should have used Yellow thread in hindsite because it would have looked way better - but I think of it as a battle scar and you know what everyone says about chicks digging scars - right? ;-) I sold the trailer the next day with no cover for $75. (I paid $50 for it and kept the cover and stroller kit for the one I am keeping.)
The cover also needed sewing so I used the black upholstry thread for that as weel. I think it will hold up just fine but I did pick up some nylon that I could sew over the repait to make it look a little better I guess. I am just happy to have a realy Burley cover on the trailer rather than trying to use the Instep cover that I had been using!
In summary: I have been using an Instep Quick-N-Lite that I bought 2 years ago at a garage sale for $30. A few weeks ago I bought a Burley D'Lite from another sale for $40 with no cover. I was able to rig up the Instep cover but it wasn't quite right so I have been looking for a Burley one but not willing to pay the $100 it would cost to get it from Burley. Friday I stumbled across another D'Lite at a sale and bought it for $50. The trailer included the full stroller kit and cover - but the cover and trailer both had tears. I repaired the torn trailer and cover and sold the repaired trailer for $75, the Instep trailer for $50 and I now have a Burley D'Lite with cover and stroller kit that I have been paid $5 to own. Not to bad! ;-)
Burley does have most parts available for their products and they generally respond to emails within 24 hours so give them a try if you need anything. Their products are much higher quality than the knockoffs and last for a long, long time.
08-09-09, 05:16 PM
I'm in the same situation with a Burley D'Lite. Fabric entirely torn in bad need of replacement. Any ideas?
08-10-09, 10:52 AM
I am pretty sure Burley sells replacement canvas if you aren't crafty to fix yours up?
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