Took my trailer out for it's first grocery run this week, and in general, was extremely pleased. Couldn't possibly have got this lot into my panniers and backpack, so that's good news for me. On the downside, I've had some trouble with the ball hitch. This is a cheap trailer, and I'm not expecting perfection, but when I first put it on, it dropped the hitch every time I went over a bump. After some adjustment and the addition of electrical tape, it's much better, but unloaded it still dropped the hitch twice on the way there. Loaded front heavy with about 30 lbs of groceries for the trip home, it behaved itself.
Trouble is, if I go to the other supermarket I frequent, I have a large, fast roundabout, on which I cannot afford to *****foot around. If it drops the hitch and spills my groceries all over the roundabout, I'm screwed. Likewise, we plan to hook this up to our tandem for a camping trip in the summer, but it won't do my g/f's confidence any favours if we spill the camping gear all over the road. There is more adjustment I can do, but I wanted to solicit opinion on these cheaper trailers. Has anyone not managed to get their hitch working reliably enough? On this shopping trip, I was taking things VERY gently, crawling over even dropped kerbs etc. I don't want to ride that way!