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    Tag-along trailer conversion.

    I found one of those tag-along kid trailers at a garage sale and figured I could make into something I could haul gear around in. Here is the first successful iteration.


    Stripped down - 8 pounds less..

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    Early testing version






    It has proven surprisingly strong and rigid. I've only done preliminary test riding with it and it has worked well. It will bear my (Clydesdale) weight. I'm refining it to improve the aesthetic though this is functional. I've not seen the need to reinforce it though I plan to add some aluminum angle.
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    That looks great! I saw one of those for sale cheap but couldn't imagine what I would do with it--guess I just don't have your imagination. Hopefully you won't get too many flats on that rear tire because it looks like removing that wheel could be troublesome.

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    Creative and perplexing.
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    Thanks MKIV987. In design and fitting I was able to rotate the axel mounts clear and then lift the deck and pull the wheel free. Not sure if that will work on the road fully loaded or not... Might have to research puncture resistant tires and tubes for that wheel to mitigate that issue while in use.

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    1- you could support some of the weight by putting a support into the seat tube.

    2- I've often thought Adams should make a utility converstion for their trail-a-bikes.

    3- a wider tire (ie, 1.75"+), a tire liner and thorn resistant tube should give plenty of puncture resistance.
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    this just ain't right- you have a dewalt palm sander and i do not. can't spare the $50 for something i'd only use occasionally. boohoo. i'm a tool junkie.

    oh, the trailer. pretty creative!
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    Great conversion! It has been done before, I remember one guy wanted to go touring with one.

    The woodwork is looking good but also I can not help wondering if you would have been better off (less weight less complicated) wit just adding a bike rack or two. If you could manage to put one where they normally are and one in front of that you would get a great long platform on the top and you could also hang four panniers. You could also keep (maybe detatchable) some sort of "footrests" or platform if you wanted, like on a longtail. I have done this on homemade longtails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badmother View Post
    Great conversion! It has been done before, I remember one guy wanted to go touring with one.

    The woodwork is looking good but also I can not help wondering if you would have been better off (less weight less complicated) wit just adding a bike rack or two. If you could manage to put one where they normally are and one in front of that you would get a great long platform on the top and you could also hang four panniers. You could also keep (maybe detatchable) some sort of "footrests" or platform if you wanted, like on a longtail. I have done this on homemade longtails.
    You are correct. It would weigh less and work better for items that can fit in panniers or lashed onto the rack.

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    still pretty damn cool... great work

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    While interesting if I were to build a trailer like this I would use thinner plywood to save weight.

    Other than that good job, good job indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
    Creative and perplexing.
    What he said.... what kinds of items are you intending to haul with it? Just wondering as it isn't practical for my use, but, too each his/her own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pick View Post
    What he said.... what kinds of items are you intending to haul with it? Just wondering as it isn't practical for my use, but, too each his/her own.
    Intentions are for a general purpose utility trailer when pannier won't suffice - like water from the springhouse to my cabin. I have two six gallon "Jerry Can" style containers that fit nicely on it and it bears the weight well. I can also forsee using it to haul gear to camping sites and hunting areas when the gates are closed to motorized traffic and hauling game out of those areas or at least having to make fewer trips. Most of the foot traffic stops in the first mile. This would get me farther in. A human powered alternative to Quads and Horses/Mules when a nearby trail or logging road is available. I can also see using it to haul tree seedling bags (about the size of a jumbo sack of dog food) in on the reforestation projects, though the logged sites typically have good vehicle access, the fire sites don't.

    Thanks to everyone for the feedback. This project is in its early stages and will hopefully evolve.

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    Sounds like it is the right tool for your spesific use!
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