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Offline linkbeak

Child Carrier for Cargo
« on: November 19, 2006, 05:19:04 pm »
Has anyone used a child trailer for hauling their gear when touring?  I've never used a trailer for touring and am thinking of getting one.  Used kid trailers are a lot more available and cheaper than used BOBs.  Any thoughts?  Thanks. :quest:

Offline jimbeard

Child Carrier for Cargo
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2006, 08:39:12 pm »
    You might also check utility trailers from    rated to carry 100Lbs.
cheaper than child trailer .You can add a sturdy container . I have never used for touring but works great for hauling many large bulky loads .


Offline DaveB

Child Carrier for Cargo
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2006, 06:41:26 am »
I've not done it myself but I've seen several tourists using a child trailer as a cargo trailer.  I don't see why not.  The downside is that they are wider and have more wind resistance than a BOB but, otherwise, should be very suitable.  

You could probably improve the aerodynamics a bit by removing the overhead canopy and using a more compact waterproof covering since you won't have to protect a child from the rain or sun.  

Offline bkrbll

Child Carrier for Cargo
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2006, 02:01:12 am »
Have not used a child trailer, but don't see why it wouldn't work.  You can always remove the canopy part and build onto the frame your own custom cargo box.

I have a Burley cargo trailer that I use for store runs and hauling ice chest to picnics. Recently made a box for it to load up and keep things waterproof. I get honked at more but they also give me more room when passing than riding the bike alone.

Offline OmahaNeb

Child Carrier for Cargo
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2006, 01:37:15 pm »
I have gone on tours where my friend was using an older Burley Child carrier and I was using a BOB.

While descending hills on gravel roads, the Burley would hit bumps and fly up into the air and turn on its side.  On single track the Burley would have more issues.  On smooth roads, the Burley would have no issues.  On all surface types, the BOB had no issues.

Offline scott.laughlin

Child Carrier for Cargo
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2006, 06:07:15 pm »
Sure, the kid's triler will work nicely.  Use what you can lay your hands on.  

Go to the Bike Friday website and check out Ian's cargo-trailer.  The whole thing will disassemble and fit in an Action Packer for shipping home.  I've towed one several thousand miles with no events greater than a flat tire.