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rcannon100
06-17-2012, 08:15 PM
Has anyone had any experience with a dog trailer? I am highly considering one. I tried to retrofit a freecycle kid trailer, but it wasnt perfect and ultimately the hitch did not work on my bike.

What I have seen is positive reviews for the Solvit Houndabout Trailer. The hitch also looks a bit more intelligent.

Any recommendations? Any local LBS carry these?


http://youtu.be/KOyk2qoKVao

Certifried
12-03-2012, 03:12 PM
I was doing some searching, and found this thread. Rcannon, did you ever figure out what to do about a dog trailer? My son and I are going to be doing some bike-camping this next year, and he (of course) wants to take his dog along. I was figuring that any old trailer might do, but she's a "medium" sized dog. She's not terribly heavy, but probably bigger than some medium sized kids. I will probably pick up two trailers, one for the dog and one for extra camping equipment, food, etc.

I see quite a few trailers for sale on craigslist, and they're pretty reasonably priced (under $100 for many of them). Any thing I should look out for when buying a trailer? Certain types of hitches, wheels, etc? Thanks

ShawnoftheDread
12-03-2012, 05:26 PM
I see quite a few trailers for sale on craigslist, and they're pretty reasonably priced (under $100 for many of them). Any thing I should look out for when buying a trailer? Certain types of hitches, wheels, etc? Thanks

I have a cheap trailer with a hitch that just clamps onto the chain stay. I hate it because it slips and then hits the spokes. The kind with hitches that attach to the rear axle are better.

rcannon100
12-03-2012, 05:29 PM
Through the magic of Santa's pixie dust, a cannot see that in my living room sits a rather large box with a houndabout dog trailer in it - my Christmas present.

Talked with lots of people. @BicycleBug has a Houndabout medium I believe. Very pleased with it - he said he likes and and so does the dog. Dog buy in of course is big. Talked to a woman at one of the happy hours who had a Burley and she was very pleased with it. Also people who have trailers have said its not too difficult to haul.

In the end - looking at the videos and stuff - I liked the Houndabout better. It looks like a kennel on wheels. It looks like the right shape for a dog. Of the dog gets thrown about a bit, it looks like a safe space.

If you want, after I receive my gift (for which I know nothing about), you are welcome to take it for a test spin.

I am sincerely looking forward to taking it to some Potomac Pedaler D rides - or at least west on the WOD for some ice cream runs!!

Vicegrip
12-03-2012, 06:44 PM
What do you know, this comming weekend I was planning on digging out an almost 100% unused 2 kid wide trailer from the shop loft with the dog in mind. I was planning on tinkering with it to turn into a dog trailer and to make a good hitch that will work with my 50 pound craptastic "mountain" bike.

I would like to see what makes a dog trailer work well compareded to one designed for kids. I also need to think about the best way to train the dog too. I live in Falls church near west falls metro and the 90 pound Boxer "Otto" likes to play at the dog part that is next to WO&D. Also a good excuse for a short hard ride with an extra 120 pounds following me. More than willing to lend it out if it works.

I for one would be interested in your experience with "invisibleable " for now dog trailer. Anyone else have experiencnce with one?

rcannon100
12-03-2012, 06:48 PM
My concern with the kid design trailers is where the bars are. If the dog gets thrown, it might get throw into some nasty bars. My wife acquired a burley two kid trailer from freecycle. I took a hacksaw to it and cut out all the guts - and was planning on building a nice platform in it. But looking at it - I did not feed good about the internal frame and where the dog might get bounced. In the end, I thought it would be better to fork over the money for a trailer actually designed for the dog.

mstone
12-03-2012, 06:55 PM
They come in "tweed ride": http://www.hembrow.eu/dogtrailer.html