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Old 06-08-12, 07:57 AM   #1
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Kid Trailer for Multi-Purpose Use

I noticed that a lot of you guys like to take kid carrier trailers and convert them into flatbeds. I was thinking that leaving it as is might work well for me, most are waterproof material, correct? I would be able to pile in the groceries without having to bungee cord them down. Anyone have any experience with this?
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Most kiddie trailers aren't waterproof....more water resistent. I use mine for pulling the kids and lite grocery runs. If you have kids, I wouldn't dedicate a kiddie trailer to hauling unless you have the space.
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I do not have kids, but find a lot of kid trailers on craigslist. I thought it might be a good way to make a trailer work on a budget.
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Our first utility trailer was an old kids trailer - stripped it inside and put in a plywood base added the bottom of a dog crate - now it's our dog trailer and utility trailer as needed. Nothing wrong in what you are planning to do, it's the first step in utility trailers that many of us take!!
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Alright cool. Wasn't sure about it, seeing that I don't have much experience with something like this. I'm trying to get my hands on as many projects as possible to learn as much as possible

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Our first utility trailer was an old kids trailer - stripped it inside and put in a plywood base added the bottom of a dog crate - now it's our dog trailer and utility trailer as needed. Nothing wrong in what you are planning to do, it's the first step in utility trailers that many of us take!!
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Alright cool. Wasn't sure about it, seeing that I don't have much experience with something like this. I'm trying to get my hands on as many projects as possible to learn as much as possible
There is a nice tutorial on converting a kid trailer to cargo trailer on instructables.com i think they even chopped it, to make it more narrow
wish i could find the link, but heres a similar one: http://www.instructables.com/id/Conv...d-to-cargo-ca/
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There is a nice tutorial on converting a kid trailer to cargo trailer on instructables.com i think they even chopped it, to make it more narrow
wish i could find the link, but heres a similar one: http://www.instructables.com/id/Conv...d-to-cargo-ca/
Man, I love that site. It's a bit over my head for most things, but the collective creativity never ceases to amaze me. I am having a hard time gathering necessary tools and parts, however
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sewn nylon cannot be waterproof ,, all those needle holes.

but using plastic Tubs with lids,
or, welded or taped seams
Dry bags as stuff sacks in them solves that .

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I noticed that a lot of you guys like to take kid carrier trailers and convert them into flatbeds. I was thinking that leaving it as is might work well for me, most are waterproof material, correct? I would be able to pile in the groceries without having to bungee cord them down. Anyone have any experience with this?
I did this for a while with my 2nd trailer... after a while it became a pain - the cargo space isn't optimized for stuff, it's optimized for kids, things fall out, it's not securable, and it's not waterproof... Without much in the way of hardware, money or time I turned it into this:

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I did this for a while with my 2nd trailer... after a while it became a pain - the cargo space isn't optimized for stuff, it's optimized for kids, things fall out, it's not securable, and it's not waterproof... Without much in the way of hardware, money or time I turned it into this:

I'm curious--is that an old Burley? What did you do?
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We use our kid trailer for the kids, dog and groceries. Just not at the same time But seriously I can fit about six paper bags of groceries in ours. One or two behind the seat, three on the seat and one or two on the floor. And with the rain flap the stuff should stay fairly dry although I cant say for sure since I try to avoid bad weather when I go grocery shopping.
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We use our kid trailer for the kids, dog and groceries. Just not at the same time But seriously I can fit about six paper bags of groceries in ours. One or two behind the seat, three on the seat and one or two on the floor. And with the rain flap the stuff should stay fairly dry although I cant say for sure since I try to avoid bad weather when I go grocery shopping.
That was my thought...although apparently everyone wants the trailers right now, can't find any! I'm betting on one on ebay, hopefully it'll work...
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That was my thought...although apparently everyone wants the trailers right now, can't find any! I'm betting on one on ebay, hopefully it'll work...
Fear not! With these simple plans a multi-purpose trailer is a weekend away.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It...e-Trailer.aspx

http://www.motherearthnews.com/multi...id=67956&seq=1

I built this trailer using simple hand tools in 1981 and still use it today from time to time.

One change I did make was to build the frame outta white oak salvaged from a shipping skid.
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You, sir, deserve a medal. Thank you!

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Fear not! With these simple plans a multi-purpose trailer is a weekend away.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It...e-Trailer.aspx

http://www.motherearthnews.com/multi...id=67956&seq=1

I built this trailer using simple hand tools in 1981 and still use it today from time to time.

One change I did make was to build the frame outta white oak salvaged from a shipping skid.
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