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Do you have an old "Burley" or similar child bicycle trailer? Have your kids moved on from being pulled behind your wheels to riding bikes of their own? Then maybe it's time to give your kid-toting trailer a new purpose in life - haul a cooler, picnic basket, folding chairs, guitar, blankets, beach towels, boogie boards... or anything else you might want for a trip to the park or beach near you.

*  NOTE:   About a month after posting this instructable, I updated it to include an additional step.  The end result is slightly different than pictured on the cover photo.
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Step 1: Confirm You Are Not Having More Children

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We bought our trailer when our first son was just 6 months old. Now he is starting college. Like it or not, our kids grow up very fast. When you see that worn-out kid trailer gathering dust in the corner of your garage, before you do anything, check with your spouse and confirm you aren't going to have any more kids. A hug or a high-five may be in order.

Step 2: Collect Items & Tools

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1. A Burley (or other brand) kid bicycle trailer.
2. 3/4" Plywood - 2' x 4' - I used a piece of scrap oak.
3. Sanding Sealer or Decoupage Glue (Mod Podge) if you want to add a logo.
4. Clear Varnish.
5. Outdoor Fabric - I bought 2 square yards of each.
6. 1 1/4" wide Nylon strap - I bought 2 yards in black.
7. Large 1/4" Metal fabric eyelets (you can get a kit with the tool to apply them at a fabric store).

1. Utility knife and scissors.
2. Screwdriver and wrenches.
3. Electric Jigsaw.
4. Sandpaper.
5. Computer and printer (for logo).
6. Drill and bits.
7. Varnish quality brush.

1. Sewing machine.
2.  Non-pregnant wife.
campbejo6 months ago

very well done!

Nettiemac1 year ago
This is a fabulous makeover, and I really must get more into using a bike around town rather than a car. Thanks for the 'ible. Now to look for the needed items.
jhawkins14 (author)  Nettiemac1 year ago
If you do decide to make one, there's another step I'll be adding that will prevent the fabric from rubbing the wheels if the load shifts. I need to finish that modification and I'll edit the instructable to include this additional step.
jhawkins14 (author)  jhawkins141 year ago
Hi Nettiemac. I've now updated the instructable to include the additional step I was mentioning.
Nice instructable. I've been a fan of the creative reuse/repurposing of bike trailers and jogging type strollers that have outlived their child carrying life. One observation, I've been using Velcro attachments for the floorboards and fabric portions. Then again I've been trying to make a fishing cart out of a jogging stroller, so it has thinner tubes and I'd like it easily washable.
If you change your mind about a top/front,bungie attachment rings and Velcro might be the way to go for maximum flexibility. So you could pack more oversized or odd shaped items.
I have a kid trailer cargo conversion with a wire mesh bottom, that works good for fishing gear. Just hose off when you're done for the day .
I found some inexpensive wire shelving at the local Lowe's and it should work great like your wire mesh. Looking at cans of spray on pickup truck bedliner instead of paint also. Yep just keeping it simple and being able to hose it off when your done are great qualities for many projects.
The bed liner stuff is expensive here. The paint is cheap as I have it leftover from other things, but it has stayed on well. The fence panel doesn't rust easily, either. I used one of these, spraypainted with Krylon to match the grass, as a traction device for my truck in one place that tended to rut. It prevented stuck cars, ruts, and the paint stayed on it over a year.
Thank you. Recycling strollers.... that gives me some ideas. Thanks for your comment. Velcro is awesome.
Hope to see them soon. It being summer it'll probably be easier to find some in the fall. Really like the look of your trailer and look forward to see what you'll do with a stroller.
Jenniar1 year ago
I am sure that you are a person who love life.
Honus1 year ago
Just got rid of our old trailer a few weeks ago! It did go to a good home though...
Same here. Kicking myself.
Jenniar1 year ago
Wow,it is so cool.
jhawkins14 (author)  Jenniar1 year ago
Hey thanks. It was a fun project.
Gelfling61 year ago
I did similar with a Garrity trailer (very similar to the Burley), but used it to haul amateur radio equipment to a remote site for a field day experiment. (all went fine, til the power supply for the laptop bounced out enroute, and, unbeknown, dragged several miles. (end was not pretty!)) these trailers are very sturdy, and well-lubricated wheels make for smooth movement. Very nicely done!
jhawkins14 (author)  Gelfling61 year ago
Thank you very much. My 14 year old son uses the trailer, without the sides attached, to haul our lawn mower around to his jobs. It worked great, but he learned the hard way that you have to bungee it down and double-check it. These trailers are fantastic, and it is interesting to see all of the different things people use them for.
spange1 year ago
the best part of this instructable: "Step 1: Confirm You Are Not Having More Children"

That made my day.
jhawkins14 (author)  spange1 year ago
Thanks! It made my day when I found out my wife wasn't pregnant, again. Haha. Kidding aside, although children are great, I feel like I'm done with having more.
Asamati981 year ago
AMAZING!!!!! How do you come up with these things, this better win, SO COOL!
clazman1 year ago
You counter bored holes not countersunk. There is a difference..C'bored holes have a flat bottom whereas a countersunk hole is a cone shaped surface for flathead screws.
jhawkins14 (author)  clazman1 year ago
Thanks clazman, I changed the word on that step.
RingoWild1 year ago
Bee-you-tiful! Those dern kids do grow up fast, don't they? I like your suggestion of the high-five... hahahaha.
Lost Moai1 year ago
I really like how you switched the side panels around. It makes it look more like a traditional teardrop style trailer.
jhawkins14 (author)  Lost Moai1 year ago
You noticed! I thought the same thing.

With a grey fabric on the outside, you could really have a throw-back to the teardrop style trailer. And with a pattern fabric on the inside, I think that would look awesome.
Eh Lie Us!1 year ago
Great work. I'm a big fan of reusing.
Your lawn is really green! You must not be in the Southwest. :)
ladybgood1 year ago
I would add a waterproof top, in case it rains.
great 'bile! and great up cycling!
jhawkins14 (author)  ladybgood1 year ago
I really appreciate your comment ladybgood! In my case, I knew that I would be carrying over-sized items and using it on clear days, so I left it topless. My larger gear can hang off of the back the trailer.
Wazzupdoc1 year ago
Bet you could attach a surfboard or kayak carrier to the side or top, or surf rod holders. I'm keeping my eye out for one of these! Great Job!
l8nite1 year ago
I really like that you used different fabrics, it gives the trailer a unique and fun look
jhawkins14 (author)  l8nite1 year ago
Thank you very much! I remember standing in front of the 50+ different patterns of outdoor fabric at the store, hoping to find stripes and a "Hawaiian shirt"-type pattern.