Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
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I just pulled a BOB trailer behind a TourEasy recumbent for about 1500 miles. (I was on my way across the country until I got some serious food poisoning. I ended up taking an extended break, and I'll be back on the road in a couple weeks. Long story...)
Anyhow, I really like the BOB for a long haul. It tracks really well - I didn't really have to adjust my riding to the trailer, other than slowing down up the hills, but that would happen however you pulled the extra weight. It's very stable too. Before I started the trip, I tried panniers on my TourEasy and I could feel the entire frame flexing. On the other hand, my bike is rock steady with the trailer, even going 35 mph down steep, curvy hills in the Appalachians. I wouldn't want to make a sudden sharp turn on a fast downhill, but under normal circumstances it works great.
The trailer is also extremely easy to remove. I sometimes found that I would be camping just a little ways from a restaurant, and I could easily unhook at the campsite and ride into town for a meal.
A couple downsides: The BOB comes with a big waterproof duffel bag. It really is waterproof, but it's a pain to get things in and out of. The duffel's roll-top closure is awkward to open and close when the bag is in the trailer. I packed my stuff in separated smaller bags inside the duffel so that I wouldn't have to search around through that giant bag. Also, I used a rack trunk for various things I would need during the day. Panniers, especially with multiple compartments, are probably easier to access your junk.
Another problem (not major) is that the TourEasy/BOB combination is loooong. I don't notice it while riding, but when I pull up to a restaurant or convenience store, it's sometimes tricky to find a parking spot. I often need to hunt around to find enough outside wall space so that I don't block a door or crush a window.