you guys are probably going to laugh at me but...

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by newbie, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. newbie

    newbie New Member

    im at the point where insurance, fuel and upkeep are becoming too much to handle, i love to go for rides, just to get out of the house.
    i have 2 dogs, a beagle shepherd mix 70lbs and a mastiff 140lbs.
    needless to say they love bye byes lol
    ive discovered motored bikes and im thinking of building a trailer so i can ride around my block.

    ive got a couple of blueprints and a couple of links to the main parts im going to buy.

    heres the trailer im planning on building
    and the kit to build it from

    and here is the hitch/coupling system ive devised.

    please let me know if you find anything unsafe in my design, or even if i just crazy lol
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  2. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    hi; i think it is people like you who are going to help us all get through this life. i am thinking of building a pusher. good luck and good bye bo diddley.
  3. ozzyu812

    ozzyu812 Member

    I think the biggest problem is its width. I think it would slow traffic. You would be pulling A LOT of weight that would slow down the best of the motor kits. Can you narrow it to 2 1/2' to 3'? Have you though of using 2 of these type of rigs in line?
    Your only crazy about you dogs. Have 70 lb. chow/rot.
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  4. eljefino

    eljefino Member

    I think your biggest problem is going to be bumps on those 4 fixed wheels. Should probably go with a 2 wheel system, and probably 2 20 inch bike wheels at that.

    Then you're going to have to worry about your "livestock" moving and changing the tongue weight all around.

    Not insurmountable. Look at horse trailer designs for inspiration.
  5. datz510

    datz510 Member

    LOL.. :D

    newbie, Its like you read my mind.

    I have 3 dogs: a 25lb beagle, a 40lb shepherd mix, and a 175lb english mastiff. I was also contemplating building a trailer for my dogs to join me on my rides. It'd definitely have to be a sturdy one for the mastiff, thats for sure.

    I laugh thinking about how funny it would look to see my mastiff sitting on the trailer enjoying a ride down the street.

    What about a tricycle design? two wheels in the back & a steerable one in the front to distribute the load & allow turning. Build it kinda like a low-boy style bicycle trike so that the pooch's weight will be down low. With the big wheels, it would have minimal drag. The frotn wheel would tie to your rear wheel and just follow wherever your bike goes.
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  6. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    I hope you have some heavy duty brakes in mind to stop safely.
  7. Accender

    Accender Member

    What he said!:grin:

  8. eljefino

    eljefino Member

    Sliding off topic but my aunt used to drive an s10 pickup with bench seat with two huge dogs always fighting to look out the driver's windows etc.

    She said she was safe b/c of her "dual hairbags". :D
  9. eljefino

    eljefino Member

  10. techboss

    techboss New Member

    I have a Golden Retriever and chickens out when hears loud sound. I wonder how it will be like to have her on this type of trailer.
  11. ozzyu812

    ozzyu812 Member

    I don't think a Mastiff would fit in that. LOL
  12. datz510

    datz510 Member

    LOL yeah.. My Kayla would need one 4 times that size.. and even then, she wouldnt be able to turn around in it.

    Need a small horse trailer, I think. Or mabye some rollerskates for the mastiff. :D
  13. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    Put the front wheel on a swivel, like an over-sized swivel castor, or use the front fork/wheel from a 10-12 inch child's bike. That way, you could keep the 'T' shaped wheel alignment, have weight bearing support on the front, but have a rigid tongue, which will track much better than a wagon at 20 MPH. It's also easier to back up. I would go no wider than 3 feet outside dimensions on the rear wheels (30 inches would be better,) and use 20 to 26 inch bike wheels for the two rear wheels. In addition, have the floor of the trailer below the axles of the rear wheels - maybe 6 inches ground clearance or so. This will make the trailer much more stable.

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  14. Another way!

    They would like the excersise I would think.

    Win Win!

    Dude! The Dog Whisperer! DogSCesarMilan.jpg
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  15. datz510

    datz510 Member

    You don't know mastiffs very well. ;) ;) ;)

    I know that if I hooked my English mastiff up to one of those, I wouldn't be going anywhere very quickly, as my dog would plop down on the ground and go to sleep. In a given day of mastiff-powered travel, I'd reckon to guess that I would spend mabye 15-20 minutes actually going anywhere.. and those few minutes would only be when a doorbell is heard or a cat passes in front of the path.

    Here is what mine looks like most of the time: - Doggie Pics/slides/PICT2338.JPG - Doggie Pics/slides/PICT2328.JPG
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    Those look like human fingernails!
  17. datz510

    datz510 Member

  18. DougC

    DougC Guest

    One thing I would warn about with trying to make bicycle wagons out of "utility" wagons--is that many times, the utility wagon wheels do not have very good bearings in them, and it may not be easy to put any better bearings in yourself. When the wheels are spun fast they tend to "rattle" on the loose bearings.
  19. ozzyu812

    ozzyu812 Member

    Ah Guys?

    Newbie has only posted once. :???:
    Are you still with us Newbie
  20. newbie

    newbie New Member

    yeah, im here, ive been reading everyones posts.
    ive decided to get a garden wagon ( easily available at harbor freight up the road) and make a canopy, to shield the sun