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Old 09-19-05, 01:34 AM   #1
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Anyone have building plans for trailer?

My daughter has a paper route and I would like to build a trailer that would carry her papers with decent stability. She is only ten years old so I was thinking of incorporting some sort of small scooter motor or something as a little bit of assist into the trailer for conquering the inclines. I plan on spending the winter months in the planning/building of it, and hey if it works out well, maybe build one for to pull behind my Evox 140.
BTW, The Evox is a great bike, I have loaded her panniers down quite a bit and attached the daughters bundle buggy (loaded with newspapers) and pulled all that extra weight with hardly a problem! Once daughter is a little bigger, I will be giving her the Evox and getting a Burley.

Any thoughts or links etc to help me come up with a good trailer design would be appreciated...
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Old 09-19-05, 02:20 AM   #2
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For a recent discussion of trailers (both DIY and ready-made) see this thread in Living Car Free -forum:

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As for building a motor-assisted trailer, methinks it's a bad idea. There's a whole bunch of safety issues to deal with (how to prevent jack-knifing, for example). And would it be street legal where you live?

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Old 09-19-05, 09:47 AM   #3
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If you want to keep it light, consider using plastic PVC piping for the main frame, and tow arm. Also, don't forget to add reflectors on it for safety. Good luck with the build.
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Old 09-20-05, 11:48 AM   #4
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I would like to be able to use a simple CAD program to make the designs for the trailer, since don't have any drafting supplies, are there any simple to use programs out there or am I better off just going and getting some rulers and graph paper?
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I used to get the paper bags (don't know if they even have these anymore, they used to be two bags with a head hole in the middle that you would wear) and hang them from my handlebars as a kid, this way I could throw the papers without stopping.

Make sure the paper collects the money for your daughter though. Sending the kids out to collect the money is a seriously very bad, risky, stupid idea. I don't think papers do this anymore but I have to warn you if they do still make the kids collect the money for them you may want to accompany your child when they go to collect. Had a very bad experience when I was 10, wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Regarding a trailer, it might be easier to find a used burlery or something like that. I think Walmart or Costco sells trailers but I wouldn't expect them to last very long. I have heard good things about REI's trailers though. I contemplated making a trailer out of PVC pipe once, but didn't get to far past the concept stage.
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The paper that my daughter delivers is an "optional pay" paper, and yes she does go door to door. My son had the route before he gave it to her and moved up to another job more befitting a 14 y.o. So the people in that neighborhood know she is his little sister, and of course she is milking it to the max...lol. Either my wife or I always come along on delveries and collecting time, for yes I would not be sending out a young girl (or boy I guess) these days! The neighbors get a kick when I attach her bundle buggie to the back of my Evox, but unfortuantely this system is far too hard on the poor buggie with the plastic wheels. Thats where my idea for the trailer came into play actually, was first gonna redesign the bundle buggie. I would rather build my own trailer, for I find all those store model ones too pricey, besides it will be an enjoyable project I'm sure. The great thing about having bikes like Evox's and other bents is that since their style is already radical, you can customize them or add items like trailers and it don't appear as odd, thats my take anyways....will post pics and stuff when I get to that stage.
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You might try this site for plans for a BOB-like trailer -- http://www.biketrailers.20m.com/MAIN.htm

His is welded which is certainly neatest, but I'm guessing that some variations would allow a bolted contruction. I think his plan uses the BOB QR skewer for the hitch. You might also be able to just bolt the hitch to the seat and chainstays and leave it in place if you use it a lot.

You might also check out the Kool Mule trailer by Kool Stop. You could hang paper bags off of it in place of panniers for a very successful hauling method. I seriously considered building something like this myself using conduit and some flat steel for braces. Since you could ultimately create a triangular truss beam with a wheel at each end it should be very strong. I hope that helps.

Good luck with your project.

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http://www.re-cycle.org/trailer/
This one looked nice and easy.
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if she has low enough gears that should work for a trailer. I doubt you could do a motor safley on a trailer it owuld need to be on a bike.
it's dirt easy making a trailer on of good plywood. the trailer hitch is the only hard part. it may be cheaper and easier to buy a used kids trailer and convert it. that way ou get the bike hitch too. the wider the base the less change the traielr will flip. 24" is good. it's easier to build a trailer with through axle wheels but they are harder to find. you can buy them for about 100.00
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http://www.re-cycle.org/trailer/Trailer.pdf


you could look at this one made out of bike bits
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