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    I've been using trailers since the 80's Burley- Wheelie- BOB-- The Wheelie worked great in the woods picking firewood; the Burley can carry a keg; BOB worked like a mule on the Western States Trail.

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    A picture is worth a thousand words
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    Quote Originally Posted by BossCat View Post
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    Ditto on that!!

    Re: the PM Bosscat - she got it - thanks for the weight/loading reminder to her!! Seriously, your 'fleet' of trailers is very impressive!!

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    Great idea with the rolling bed, but I`d be worryed about the weight!

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    Do you by chance have plans drawn up on your trailer? I'm planning an extended trip from Florida to North Carolina in late Spring and would like to build one for the trip. The U Joint coupling is AWESOME! Nice work!

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    I can - therefore, I do.. dzrthauler's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloompedal08 View Post
    Nicely done, really!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzrthauler View Post
    Nicely done, really!!
    Thanks! Here's a shot of the chassis before all the hardware is attached:

    '07 Cannondale Road Warrior 500

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloompedal08 View Post
    Thanks! Here's a shot of the chassis before all the hardware is attached

    Nice Job.
    I take it that this is a new build trailer? and not a cut down of your "BFT"...



    I like the rugged construction, and the wheel arches, I suppose with them being steel? you could carry a wider that trailer load. Not to heavy though.

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    Yes, the latest "grocery getter". entire chassis is aluminum, 24.75 x 36.75 and the fenders are stronger than necessary (.125" 6061 T6). also, the BAW towarm is a great investment. Overall width is 31"
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    Im moving to electric

    While resarching trailers I happened across a few that had motors put in them - ie Push Trailers. After seeing this I thought I'd try giving it a go myself.

    I got a motor 36V 500Watt, which came with a cog/sprocket that doesn't match up with a bike chain?
    I stripped down a bike wheel and seperated all the cogs. I got my mate to weld a plate onto one of the cogs then drill and file a hole so that the plate slips over the motor spindal. I then stripped the large cog/chainring of an old bike pedal and got my mate to weld that onto the freewheel cog on a bike wheel. I then hooked everything up to a trailer and tested it. It ran ok if a little off center.

    Motor and wheel setup.



    I dont think that the little towball I have on my tow arm would hold up to the stress put on it by any motor.

    Towball Hitch.



    So I took the towarm off my monowheel trailer and attached it to my motor trailer as I thought this would be a stronger setup. After a test ride (no motor on, need to get batts) I found the bike unsteady and pulled to one side? I think this maybe because my mate welded the towarm a bit squint?

    Trailer with monowheel tow arm.



    After a few test run I wasn't happy with the way the trailer felt while towing, the trailer pulls like im riding a trike, wheels come off the ground when cornering.

    Humm!! My trailer needed rotation. So I added another steering stem onto the angled plate to give the trailer rotation to see if it helps.

    Trailer Rotation.







    As you can see from the pictures the trailer now has rotation in all directions. The added purple stem allows the bike to tilt when cornering and the trailer stay put with both wheels on the ground.



    The trailer/motor (Push Trailer) setup is still in the design/build stage. I need to get a few things - speed controller/throttle and some new batteries -(the ones im using are passed there best).

    I'll keep you all updated on any progress I make - Keep yer fingers crossed

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    ************ My other trailers an Airstream ************
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    My new trailer arrived today. After two years as a basic commuter the bike has become utility as well. I can go grocery shopping now as opposed to running in and buying one or two things.

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    Who makes that one?
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    It's Nashbar's basic trailer. Currently on sale for about $80. I was able to apply an extra 15% off and got it for $85 inculding shipping.

    It's a lightweight model only rated for about 40lbs or so but I don't really need anything bigger right now.
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    Just a little trailer update.

    I got hold of a little kiddie electric scooter and stripped it down, fitted the motor/controller and a few other bits to my trailer, hooked up some batteries and gave it a test run.

    It worked fine if a little slow. The motor is only 24V 180Watt so it doesn't have enough ooumph to push me along at any great pace.



    The parts I need to install my bigger motor have arrived so its a move up from 24V 180Watt to 36V 500Watt motor. Zzzzoooooom

    I'll keep you updated as to any trailer progress or hospital visits

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    I picked up a couple of light strong frames the other day and made up a quick trailer. I'll strip one down and get my mate Peter to weld it up and make a good strong trailer out of both frames so the wheels are not cantilever.



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    I have a B.O.B. Yak. (After wrecking the stock hub) I rebuilt the wheel with the stock rim, custom cut DT spokes and a BMX hub that bolts on with 8mm allen bolts. The fork has been replaced too, because the original got bent somehow. I think someone backed into it while I was locked to a parking meter. I'm glad I have the new fork. They improved the design. Anyone having problems with the connection of an older BOB trailer to his or her bike should take a look at the new improved fork.
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    Trailer Update....

    Last weekend I got my mate to weld up the two frames, the trailer frame you see on the bike and the frame in the background.



    We started by welding a piece of angle iron across both ends of the frame to keep it square, then I ground off the mesh. Next we cut up the other frame and welded it in.

    Welding Angle Iron.



    Finished Frame.



    I still have a couple of cross member angle iron to bolt on to strengthen up the frame, these will act as a support for the motor/chain tensioner and mudguards.
    I rigged up a temp bar/wooden panel and box -(for batteries and controller).

    As you can see I still have the wiring loom from a little scotter to figure out. The horn and indicators work but the cable aint long enough to attach to the bike so I bundled it up inside the box for the time being.



    I did a little test with the motor, which is a 36V 500Watt. I had to use the controller of the little 24V kiddie scotter I got as the 36V controller I bought the other week doesn't work?



    So I have.....
    A 36Volt 500Watt motor running through a 24Volt Controller, with 2 12Volt 14AMP batteries, which nips along around 12-15mph?
    Once I get the 36Volt Controller working and add another battery to take it up to 36V I'll be whizzing along around 35-40mph? .........Weeeeeeeee



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    Looking good, Tom. Be careful on that thing.

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    Just scored a really cool Tanjor inline aerodynamic kids' trailer! It's in excellent condition, and seats two kids, an looks killer! Neat features, like the rollback windows, full rain cover, and fold down seats for cargo, and cambered wheels make this pretty interesting. Too bad the company is not around anymore.



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    Quote Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
    Just scored a really cool Tanjor inline aerodynamic kids' trailer! It's in excellent condition, and seats two kids, an looks killer! Neat features, like the rollback windows, full rain cover, and fold down seats for cargo, and cambered wheels make this pretty interesting. Too bad the company is not around anymore.



    That is really cool looking! If it was painted differently it would look like the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile.
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