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Old 01-27-18, 02:11 PM
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Can a pull a trailer made for automobiles with a bicycle?

Can a bicycle pull a, let's 5' x 8' utility trailer?
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Old 01-27-18, 02:44 PM
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no, not by itself..you have to get on the bicycle and put out the effort to get it started, then figure out how you are going to stop it..


probably really a lot of work, more than you are willing to put out if you have to go up an even modest incline.

but you can be a poseur..
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Probably gonna be too heavy to actually make much progress. You'd need to come up with some kinda hitch solution first. I doubt anyone makes anything.
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Can a bicycle pull a, let's 5' x 8' utility trailer?
It’s the down hill speed and pusher weight of the trailer that would get tricky.
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I would expect a trailer made for automotive use to be a lot heavier than one made for bicycle use, seeing as how it has to be adequate for higher speeds and all.
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Or get a bike trailer made to haul car-loads of stuff: https://surlybikes.com/bikes/bill_trailer

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Two issues.

Hitch. I put a straight pull-behind hitch on my cargo bike, but still not using an automobile hitch. Most bike trailers attach near the axle which is a good place, but if hooking on one side, needs a bent tongue to allow turning of the rear wheel.

Weight. The Harbor Freight trailer is pretty light. I'm not seeing it on the website anymore, and saw an issue with a DOT review on HF tires a while ago.. perhaps related. I have an older "Haulin" brand 4x8 trailer. Much more substantial than the Harbor Freight trailers, but still light by car standards. Maybe a couple of hundred pounds... that will be a substantial amount of your bike cargo capacity.
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When I was a teenager I towed a heavy moped trailer made of steel and wood behind my bike to haul a lawnmower to my parents off site property. The bike was a 3 speed with coaster brake. No stopping it going downhill. lol... No I would not recommend a trailer for cars which would be even heavier.
A used kiddy trailer with the seats ripped out is light and cheap. For heavy loads the trailer needs to have brakes and maybe even electrical drive.
These look cool:
https://www.carlacargo.de/en/
International Cargo Bike Festival: Low Impact City Logistics; Introducing the 'Net-Neutral' e-Trailer

Or the "18 Wheeler" like recumbent:

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at my LBS they replaced a trailer's wheels for those with drum brakes.. the job was for a Hunter to haul an Elk Carcass out.
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Love the airstream photo. Lol
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Originally Posted by mamadragon View Post
Can a bicycle pull a, let's 5' x 8' utility trailer?
Hmm, big enough to fit a mattress. Are you pulling your own shaggin' wagon?
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I've posted my cargo trailer setup a couple of times.





It never really got 100% finished. The original design was to do a double layer deck that would be strong enough to load stuff above the wheels/fenders. But, I had a tough time with welding. I think I know what I was missing now, but need to practice a bit more.

I had also intended to connect the old coaster brakes to mechanical surge brakes controlled on the tongue, but really haven't found them to be that necessary as the heavier I get, the slower I go.

On occasion, I've simply put boxes or boards on the deck to get above the wheel height.

Anyway, if you are planning to occasionally carry something like a 4x8 piece of plywood flat, I'd build the trailer about 3 feet wide, and 5 or 6 feet long (which can get through most bollards), but add provisions to carry stuff overhanging a little bit with the load above the tires.

I did a straight pull-behind tongue specific to my cargo bike. I like the simplicity of that design, but might consider a regular side pull hitch. Still, I like the cargo bike for towing.

One of my next builds will be a heavy cargo trike, capable of very low gearing (and possibly pedal assist). Probably mainly for towing. 5th wheel?
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