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2manybikes 06-18-08 07:53 AM

Child trailer converted to dog trailer
 
It all folds up to fit in the trunk of the (small) car.

Before

http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/7171/hpim8949wi4.jpg

After

http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/7669/hpim8995it9.jpg

Rob_E 06-18-08 08:41 AM

Nice. I'd love to hear what you used for that. I've been trying to do something similar, but I was hoping that if I simply removed the seats and put some padding in the bottom, the dog would be happy to sit in there and see the sights. I think he's somewhat happy, but he is not down with just seeing the sights. He frequently wants to get out, and since we're in motion, and since he's tethered to the trailer, the results are not good. I've been trying to figure out what I can do to close up the trailer so that hopping out is not an option. You look like you've found the solution. Did you simply set a crate in the trailer bed? I've been toying with the idea, but our dog's crate is pretty heavy.

neilfein 06-18-08 10:53 AM

Which one is the child trailer and which is the dog trailer? :innocent:

it looks good., Do you have a picture of it folded up? I'm curious to see that.

2manybikes 06-18-08 12:38 PM


Originally Posted by Rob_E (Post 6900843)
Nice. I'd love to hear what you used for that. I've been trying to do something similar, but I was hoping that if I simply removed the seats and put some padding in the bottom, the dog would be happy to sit in there and see the sights. I think he's somewhat happy, but he is not down with just seeing the sights. He frequently wants to get out, and since we're in motion, and since he's tethered to the trailer, the results are not good. I've been trying to figure out what I can do to close up the trailer so that hopping out is not an option. You look like you've found the solution. Did you simply set a crate in the trailer bed? I've been toying with the idea, but our dog's crate is pretty heavy.

I just added one more cross bar and added a standard dog crate. It's a steel crate, it's not very light but I did take off a few pounds of fabric and some other parts. I took off the fabric floor. The problem with the standard kid set up is that there is no ventilation on the side windows and the fabric stretches close to the wheels if he leans hard.
My dog rides in the trike with the open basket and held in with a harness (only in the trike) fastened under his belly. It's more comfortable and less restricting for the dog than using the collar. It keeps him centered better too. It also has a swivel so he won't get wound up. When he sees a human or dog friend he might jump out if he was not fastened in. They all need to be tethered somehow. A cat or a squirell might make any dog go after it. I can link you to photos of the harness set up. There are some on the forums.

As they ride more they get used to it. I also let him out often, I don't try to get anywhere fast with the dog. He's been riding in the trike for two years, now he likes it.


Originally Posted by neilfein
Which one is the child trailer and which is the dog trailer?

:lol:

You don't lock your kids in a cage too? ;) ;)


Do you have a picture of it folded up? I'm curious to see that
.

The crate comes off and folds flat like most dog crates. Then the trailer folds up like it did before ,only a little better, with some things taken off.

Next time I fold it I'll post a photo.

Rob_E 06-18-08 12:45 PM

My dogs use a harness, but I've been fixing the leash to the back of trailer and leaving enough slack that they could lay down, which, unfortunately, also leaves just enough slack to get a paw out the front of the trailer and to the ground. Some sort of tether attached to the floor of the trailer might fix that problem as I wouldn't have to leave as much slack. Thanks for the reply. I see a trip to Lowes in my future.

Juggler2 06-18-08 04:00 PM

Sweet! :) I've been looking for a child trailer to convert for quite awhile and haven't found one inexpensive enough (locally) to purchase. I had planned to convert it to a flatbed trailer, then add a rubbermaid container as needed. Now I can also use it to haul "Pee Wee" too! Great idea, thanks! :D

Pee Wee and Santy Paws...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...sClaus2006.jpg

(Of course there is that nagging problem, a lack of trailer! :o )

badmother 06-18-08 04:14 PM

I`we been thinking of buying a child trailer for this purpose. Here it is possible to buy a nylon / plastic mesh (a bit like the one in the pix to look at) in the garden centers. Can be used as a light fence or for plants like peas and beans to climb on. A stronger type is often used like a fence around a construction site, road work and so on. I would zip tie it to the sides as a permanent fix. Then the middle part must be solved in some way. Welcro?

I am thinking of using a "hard groundsheet" for a floor. Light and strong. Made for insulating around the house in areas where frost is a problem in the winter. You place it under the surface. Much same as "isopor" (sorry, do not know the english name, but I guess when you buy a new TV it is supported by this white stuff innside the box) but harder.

I`d like my dog to have plenty ventilation but not to be able to see to much (to keep him calm). That means moskito proof mesh maybe??:D

daredevil 06-18-08 06:47 PM


Originally Posted by Rob_E (Post 6902652)
My dogs use a harness, but I've been fixing the leash to the back of trailer and leaving enough slack that they could lay down, which, unfortunately, also leaves just enough slack to get a paw out the front of the trailer and to the ground

That's exactly what we've been doing. It gets us by but something like 2many's trailer would be neat. Nice job.

2manybikes 06-18-08 09:30 PM

From today.

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/2694/hpim8996ke3.jpg

While moving.

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/2247/hpim8998zx8.jpg

2manybikes 06-18-08 09:42 PM


Originally Posted by Rob_E (Post 6902652)
My dogs use a harness, but I've been fixing the leash to the back of trailer and leaving enough slack that they could lay down, which, unfortunately, also leaves just enough slack to get a paw out the front of the trailer and to the ground. Some sort of tether attached to the floor of the trailer might fix that problem as I wouldn't have to leave as much slack. Thanks for the reply. I see a trip to Lowes in my future.

With a car seat belt harness and a shackle attaced to it under the belly you can attach it to the floor and possibly do what you want. It's easier with a dog with short legs to let him move around,but not stick a leg out. Here's the fastener under him that connects to the swivel in the floor of the trike basket.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/61/hpim8469sf3.jpg

Here's the swivel on the bottom of the trike basket.

http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/8508/hpim8781vv6.jpg

Juggler2 06-18-08 10:08 PM


Originally Posted by 2manybikes (Post 6905816)
Here's the fastener under him that connects to the swivel in the floor of the trike basket.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/61/hpim8469sf3.jpg*snip*

Ummm, you did rub this tummy didn't ya? :)

2manybikes 06-19-08 12:21 PM


Originally Posted by Juggler2 (Post 6905970)
Ummm, you did rub this tummy didn't ya? :)

:lol:

I had no choice, it's required by law ! :)


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