There are many tutorials on how to convert a kid's trailer to a cargo trailer. Why to publish another one? Well, I read those tutorials before I converted my trailer. For one reason or another, they did not fit my needs. So, I came up with a different design. It is heavily influenced by one of the tutorials, but uses different materials. I could not reuse anything for this project except the trailer itself, but I spent only about $7 for the materials.
Here are some benefits of the design:
- it is very easy, easier than any other design that I found,
- fabric is not removed, so the trailer offers some weather protection to groceries,
- nothing is changed permanently, so the trailer can be changed back to the kid's version and then back to the cargo version with relatively little effort and expenses.
The trailer may not be as sturdy as others, but quite lightweight and definitely adequate for grocery hauling.
Step 1: Preparation
Remove the kid's seat and inspect the inside. Usually there are a soft fabric floor that is not able to support any weight and a front and rear support rods inside the fabric shell. All that is needed is a sturdier floor that fits inside the fabric shell and rests on the rods without damaging the fabric. We will use a wire linen shelf to make the floor.
Measure the interior. This particular trailer's inside was 20" wide and 30" long. So, I got a 12"x72" wire shelf.
Step 2: Cut the Shelf
Measure and cut the shelf according to the pictures. You should get two pieces that fit inside, resting on the rods. In my case, they had to overlap to fit, so I made them overlap 50% of their width for neatness. If the inside is wide enough and the parts do not overlap then the sturdier sides of the shelving should probably go in the middle.
The rest is probably optional, but I also filed the ends of the wires so that they would not tear the fabric and painted the ends with appliances' touch-up paint (which I had laying around) in hope that this could prevent corrosion.
Step 3: Assembly
Use zip ties to assemble. The pictures show some ideas how to tie the wires together. The main idea is to make sure that a tie does not get caught between two wires. I was able to use 8" cable ties everywhere except for two places where a little longer ties were needed.
That is it. The grocery trailer is ready!
Step 4: Materials and Tools Used
- 12"x72" linen wire shelf
- 14 cable ties (2 6" cable ties, 8 8" cable ties, and 4 10" cable ties should work in most cases)
- (optional) touch-up paint
- tape measure
- metal saw and/or wire cutter
- (optional) metal file