Child trailer conversions are no stranger to this blog. For three great examples, here are direct links:
Thanks to reader Bassfran from Chicago, we now have one more to add to the list. If you are looking to convert a child trailer to a utility trailer, cruising around on craigslist or keeping an eye on your local alley or trash bin are options for tracking one down.
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Store bought trailers can be expensive. Maybe you do get what you pay for but if you're like me, (*cough* broke), you're happy to find a better way. Here's my personal trailer hack-
I'd been dreaming of a bike trailer for some time and found dozens of excellent build ideas around the web. Though many were pretty clever in their designs and DIY execution I couldn't find one that quite met my needs. I'm also not a welder and have limited workshop space.
I knew that I wanted a cargo hauler that had decent capacity, was strong for heavier (up to 100 lbs.) loads, yet remained somewhat lightweight. Not that we have a lot of hills here in the Midwest or anything, I just wanted an easier in/out/up/down carry to and from my apartment.
I found a used kiddie trailer in decent condition with a steel frame and removed the nylon fabric, top framing, and extra hardware. For the deck I 're-purposed', (fancy way to say alley-picked), a section of modular plastic shelving like you might have in the garage or basement. I knew that I'd stress the plastic too much unless I had some sort of cross bar for support, so back to the alley I went. (Believe me- in a big city you find a lot of great stuff that folks throw away.) I found exactly what I needed when I noticed someone trashed an outdoor fold up tent- the leg was perfect for my plan.
Well, a couple sheet metal screws for the support, 7 hose clamps, (I'm a BIG hose clamp guy), two rubber feet to stand on end, and some reflectors screwed or glued for added nighttime visibility, and she was complete. I use a storage tub sometimes and secure all loads with 3 heavy duty bungee cords- the old hardware holes around the frame provide plenty of lash points for the bungees.