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?
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
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.
Originally Posted by Certifried
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!!
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?
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.