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    children trailer vs touring trailer

    Hi, I was just on craigslist and saw a pretty decent deal on a burley d'lite trailer. I don't have kids, but I want to start getting in to touring and everything I've seen makes it sound like I want a trailer. Would it be a good idea to get a child trailer and just put stuff in it, or are they too tall and have a lot of wind resistance? Should I just hold out for a touring trailer? Can I adapt this trailer in any way to make it more suitable for touring? Sorry if this is a repeat thread, I am new to the forum and didn't see any other threads that related to this. Thanks for any answers.

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    Kids trailers are great for grocery runs and taking out the recycling, but for touring, I'm not so sure.

    Don't get me wrong, they work great for touring as they can carry all your stuff and come at a good price used. I used one for a weekend trip with some friends about a month ago, and although it worked fine, it was heavy as ****. I lagged behind my friends with panniers by half-mile/mile increments at points.

    I now use racks and panniers. However, I still like the idea of trailers, they definitely have their benefits.

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    d'Lites are excellent trailers, but you'd experience a lot of wind resistance in the stock set-up. If your handy, you might be able to modify it to cut the drag. But more importantly: The search feature at the top of the page is your best resource. There's a lot of other input about kid trailers. Here's sampling:

    Child trailer

    Schwinn Kid Trailer?

    touring with a kid trailer?

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    Is it a single seater or a double? Either could easily make you a great touring rig. IF not tweaked, Burly trailers pull very true & are barely noticeable (unless you load it down heavily). If it's too boxy or offers too much wind resistance, simply remove the top and/ or sides & the seats. Want to keep your gear dry/ clean? Go to your local x-mart & get a dry bag that's made for canoeing, they come in many sizes & can be found cheap.

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    I towed a tall 2-children trailer for a few years (with a kid in it) and now tow a Burley Nomad trailer. It still is a 2-wheel trailer, but slightly narrower and, most importantly, also lower.

    - For touring, although it's doable both ways, the cargo trailer is better because it doesn't feel like a sail, especially when working against headwinds.

    – For large items, the cargo trailer has a removable top, so it is much easier to carry a bike or heavy stuff (easier loading).
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    I just finished a week long tour on my folding bike with an Extrawheel trailer. I worked very well. You should check out their web site Extrawheel .com. Bike nashbar has a Bob style trailer at a very reasonable price, but I have no experience with it. I think that a single wheel has less rolling and /or wind resistance that the two wheeled.
    Herb

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