I know what you are thinking - "Geez, another bicycle trailer?" There are a bunch of great bike trailers on Instructables, I know because I studied (here's the COLLECTION I created). I studied because I've been wanting to build one for years. As luck would have it, I just traded a bulky office partition for a Yakima CaddyYak. This is actually quite a nice kid transporter and, as I recently learned, Yakima does not build them any longer. This trailer folds up into a neat little package and will hold up to 100 pounds. I'm going to strip it down and rebuild it for my own purposes.

Reasons To Own A Bicycle Trailer:

  • Yard Sailing in the neighborhood.
  • Journeys at Burning Man - ice gathering and day/night trips.
  • Cruiser ride - KA-Boom Box and beer cooler transporter.
  • Groceries.
  • Grass clippings and yard waste - I don't own a wheelbarrow.
  • Beer runs.
  • Scavenging.
  • Picnic in the park.
  • Kids grew up.


  • Removing the nylon cover and keeping it intact for later use.
  • Removing the child seat - I had to cut it off.
  • Attaching to my bike - The CaddyYak requires that you use a special axle to clip onto your bike wheel. The axle was not included in my trade. I'll think of something.
  • Creating a floor bed - The vinyl was the floor bottom and I want light and sturdy metal for the base.
  • Servicing the wheels, tires and inner tubes.
  • Adding safety lights and reflective gear.
  • Making a new flag - Ms. Zoid has volunteered for this task.

I had trouble finding information on my new trailer so I called Yakima, the nice lady on the phone sent me a PDF of my model (which I have shared on this page).

Yakima CaddyYak Hack


  • I added LED lights to my trailer for a nighttime cruiser ride with my friends. You can view it HERE.

Step 1: Removing The Nylon Covering

This process was fairly easy and somewhat intuitive. I only had to cut several pieces to remove the whole covering. My goal was to save the outer covering and possibly reuse it if the need ever came up. The pieces that I cut were related to the seat and, not having children, I plan to never reuse.

Tools Needed:

  • A sharp cutting device

Refer to photos for additional information.

  1. Remove the wheels by pressing the rubber on the hub (photo #2) and pulling the wheel away from the cart.
  2. Unbuckle and undo all the straps and velcro. Be sure to save them as you will need them later.
  3. Unlock the roll bar and slide the seat back off of the bar.
  4. Push in the metal buttons and unlock the red stabilizers by pulling away from one another and then twisting up.
  5. Now pull up on the stabilizing handles as you press the cart together from the sides.
  6. You should now be able to pull the cover off of the frame. If you are having trouble, on of the many straps may still be attached to something.
  7. The only nylon remaining should be the seat assembly.
  8. Tip the cart onto one side and locate the seem shown (photo #9). Using a sharp knife, carefully cut along the stitching. Flip the cart over to the other side and repeat.
  9. Save all of the pieces from the seat assembly. We will cut and reuse the buckles and straps
  10. And now you have the naked frame (photo #12).
<p>I've been wanting to build a trailer for years also, also haven't found one for the right price to redo for my needs.</p>
<p>I looked for a while and scored one just by chance. I listed an item in my local facebook classified group page and it turned out that someone had a trailer to trade. It was pure luck, I guess. I've seen them at garage sales and on Craig's List but they were often out of my price range. Keep looking and I'm sure one will turn up. Good Luck.</p>

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