QuoteBased on what I saw out on the road, a BOB is the standard touring trailer [...] and some hate the way a trailer makes a bike handle
The BOB setup will be terrible for the way the bike handles, but it's kind of necessary to get the one-wheel arrangement that's especially needed if you go off road and do singletrack. OTOH, my wife and I rode with the neighbor who was pulling a 2-wheeled trailer with her little daughter and was very slow, so I offered to pull the trailer. Its pivot was right at the left side of the bike's rear axle, and I couldn't even tell the trailer was there. I kept looking back, wondering if it had come off and fallen back. Really.
I agree with the comment about looking back to see if the trailer had come off. I own a Burley 2-wheel trailer. At the beginning, you might feel a slight "tug" when you first take off, but after that, you forget its there.