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Any other Burley Travoy style trailers out there? Or homemade ideas?

Old 02-10-22, 10:08 AM
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This is my homemade "Burley Travoy style" made from an external frame backpack and a heavier duty one made from raw components.
This looks cool. What type of "hitch" do you use so that it can swivel?
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This looks cool. What type of "hitch" do you use so that it can swivel?
This is my earliest "design".



These are the current status:




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Originally Posted by zorkist View Post
This is my earliest "design".



These are the current status:



Cool. Thanks
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Originally Posted by zorkist View Post
This is my homemade "Burley Travoy style" made from an external frame backpack and a heavier duty one made from raw components.
That is a BIG jug of water! I assume you just had it on there for load/road testing? Or were you hauling water for camp on a trip?

In any event, most excellent work! Thank you for posting. I really appreciate these home made "contraptions". There are a few of us out here that have some outside-the-box thinking abilities and it is really intriguing to see that in others and what others come up with. I especially like the heim joint hitch plate sewn/lashed on to the pack/trailer frame with 550 cord. Just awesome!

I would be curious how the hitch on the rack works, stability/handling-wise. Was there a reason for using that location as opposed to the axle or seat post? How does the rack handle the loads/forces of the trailer back there?
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Originally Posted by KC8QVO View Post
That is a BIG jug of water! I assume you just had it on there for load/road testing? Or were you hauling water for camp on a trip?

In any event, most excellent work! Thank you for posting. I really appreciate these home made "contraptions". There are a few of us out here that have some outside-the-box thinking abilities and it is really intriguing to see that in others and what others come up with. I especially like the heim joint hitch plate sewn/lashed on to the pack/trailer frame with 550 cord. Just awesome!

I would be curious how the hitch on the rack works, stability/handling-wise. Was there a reason for using that location as opposed to the axle or seat post? How does the rack handle the loads/forces of the trailer back there?
Thank you for your reply!

In my place there are many "raw water fans". I joined them to harvest spring water from the mountain as a regular exercise, although I don't think the water itself make any special benefit. Recently I haul 30 liters once a week.



When I started this DIY project the first hitch solution came into my mind was a seatpost mount too. At that time I had only a "quick release seatpost rack" on hand to start with, but it doesn't fit with the 33.9mm seatposts of my small folders. So I changed to the rack mount idea which also proved to be practical. I didn't use an axle mount mainly because of the consideration of overall length since I live in a pretty crowded city. It would be especially awkward for me when I have to stop in the middle of a zebra crossing with a long trailer.


I will try to shoot a video to show how the hitch works and do a measure of static vertical pressing force towards the rack as you mentioned when next time I go to haul water.

Thank you again for your response!

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Originally Posted by zorkist View Post
Thank you for your reply!

In my place there are many "raw water fans". I joined them to harvest spring water from the mountain as a regular exercise, although I don't think the water itself make any special benefit. Recently I haul 30 liters once a week.
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I didn't use an axle mount mainly because of the consideration of overall length since I live in a pretty crowded city. It would be especially awkward for me when I have to stop in the middle of a zebra crossing with a long trailer.
Interesting info. That makes sense now.

Just to contrast - a lot of my riding is in the country here in the US so "space" isn't really an issue. We do have multi-use paths (MUP's) - the paved paths through towns (mostly walkers but they are bike routes also so there are a fair amount of bikes too). They can get congested at busy times. I don't generally ride them during busy times, and on my longer routes I don't go through the "populated" areas of them - I just pass through. Though, one route I shaved off about 3 miles of road riding by weaving through the MUP's and several parks once I found how to get the trails to all connect.

There is another thread in here on the details of my trailer ideas - but this is what I use right now. Sometimes I use 1 tub, sometimes 2, depending on what I'm up to. I am going to take the set up on my next tour. I haven't "toured" with the set up yet, just going to the next big town over where a friend lives for a couple days at a time.

As for water - I have a 7 gallon jug that I use when traveling (vehicle) and camping at times. I did use it for load testing the trailer when I did my first run to my friends. That was my "torture test" ride - I think I had over 200lbs of gear with that and the trailer just to stress everything hard to see what the limitations were. That is when I designed and built my metal 3 axis hitch - the OEM rubber rod/spring hitch stretched and flexed too much (the trailer would "surge" with the stretching and that made handling awkward - the metal hitch takes out about 75% of it - the rest of it is the weight when its heavy).

We have a store in the US called Dollar General. On tour I like to stop at those. It seems every small town in the US has one. They have gallon water jugs that I like. They are thicker plastic than the ones from the grocery store and have a handle on top. That makes them durable and able to be hung from the bike racks in weird places pretty easy. I think I have 3 of them right now. I don't like to get "off the trail" on my tours - mostly a gear safety thing - I don't like leaving my stuff unattended when I need to duck in to a store or what ever. So the less I can stop the better. If I can go 4-5 days without a store run that is good. Having food and water along makes that possible.




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I uploaded a video of hauling 30 liters of water down the mountain road.

And when hauling 30 liters of water with a hitch position of 70cm above the ground (in case of my Dahon 26" folder), the static vertical pressing force towards the rack is around 12.4 kgf as I tested.


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