While cleaning out the shed recently , we rediscovered the trailer and decided to refurbish it into something a bit more appropriate for my now-older children. Because we often ride our bikes to go shopping, the most logical solution was to transform it into a cargo trailer.
My eight year old son (Jacob) took all of the pictures to document our project.
Step 1: Remove Fabric
Unfortunately, after 4 years in the storage shed, the fabric was practically falling off of our frame, so no hacking for us. :-(
Step 2: Take Your Top Off
We were left with a relatively flat base upon which to build.
Step 3: Select Your Material
We then looked at mounting a large, plastic storage tote. This had the benefit of being weatherproof and closeable. This would have worked nicely but we decided against it because plastic will tend to deteriorate under the intense sunlight of Central California's summers. Periodic replacement of the tote would not have been a big deal and we would have gone this route had we not found something better.
After a bit of discussion, we realized that to be truly useful for a multi-stop shopping trip, the trailer needed to be enclosed and lockable. Plastic totes, though closeable, would have been difficult to lock securely.
Step 4: Eureka, We Have Found It!
The cage is 24 inches wide by 36 inches long, which just so happens to be the absolute perfect size to fit on our trailer.
Zip ties at each of the four corners hold the cage to the trailer frame. A more permanent mounting solution would be to use hose clamps.
A padlock on the door secures the contents during multi-stop shopping trips.
And there we have it, a weather resistant, enclosed, lockable, completely free cargo trailer!
Step 5: Making the Connection
The connection consists of a "springy thingy", a clamp, and a safety strap.