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ANOTHER NEW WAGON TRAILER FOR THE SCOOT!

 
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Chip Gelmini
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:28 pm    Post subject: ANOTHER NEW WAGON TRAILER FOR THE SCOOT! Reply with quote

OK. Here we go again.

After 22 (*) years, the Radio Flyer wagon trailers have been retired. And now, I present my newest version, custom built in my Dad’s woodshop.

The Radio Flyers were 17 x 42. For larger loads, a tandem was used. Of course this made backing up nearly impossible.

The new trailer is 24 x 48. The single trailer alone can hold the load of a tandem.

I also expanded the removable side rails. On the Radio Flyers the side rails have three strips of wood making up the side wall. On mine, there are two. I eliminated the third, and made the gap between them bigger. This allows for fitting my hand through when securing a bungee cord to hold the load.

The new side walls are 12 inches tall. They sit on top of the 2 x 4 stud framing. The top of the side rails are just below the lights on the scooter. The idea here is no cargo should be taller than the side rails. This keeps the cargo inside, and allows drivers from behind to see the scooter lights. Because at this point and time, I cannot figure out how to wire tail lights in to the electrical system that could power lights on the trailer.

A few years ago when this first started, I checked with the local police about pulling with the scooter. The officer said the trailers should have lights. But he also noted the large laminated sign I installed, that would reflect headlights (“share the road”). It is also noted that even with the time changing of the clocks (fall back / spring ahead) I do NOT make it a habit of riding at night.

Total cost for this trailer: $60.00 (not including 6 hours estimated labor + recycled hardware from the retired wagons)

Take that, Radio Flyer!

(*) The wagons have been pulled with standard bicycles for 20 years, and with the scooter for the last 2 years. In general, they showed their signs of age and had to be replaced.

CHIP GELMINI
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 2015
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:30 pm    Post subject: NEW WAGON FOR THE SCOOT CONTINUED Reply with quote

MORE PICTURES previous post continues
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, just FYI, I merged your two topics so it's all in one post.

The trailer is awesome, btw!

Can you share pics/info on the hitch?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's awesome! Great job. I assume the hitch allows for the scooter to lean into turns without uncoupling the trailer.
As far as lights on the trailer, it seems to me it would be a simple matter of tapping into the scooters tail light harness and adding a electrical connector so that you could plug the trailer lights into the harness when necessary. The electrical connectors and tail light assemblies can be bought at most auto parts stores such as Autozone.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 2:38 pm    Post subject: MORE INFO ON THIS PROJECT Reply with quote

Thank you for merging the posts and pictures. It was split due to more than 6 images uploaded. If there is a different way to continue other than starting another post, please tell me.

http://www.modernbuddy.com/forum/topic13478.html

Click the link for more information. You asked about the bike hitch. Find my post dated Dec 31st of last year (I think) and scroll down to see hitch photos in that related post.

I'll use the trailer again soon and make some more pictures, including the bottom of it as well.

Anybody near Daytona Beach wanting to start a group ride? I'm interested. Please contact me.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:39 am    Post subject: even more new trailer pictures Reply with quote

Loaded with some stuff, note the cargo does not go above the side rails.

This allows lights on the scooter can be seen by traffic.

Also as requested close up pictures of the hitch and tow bar. The sponges absorb the noise of vibration from the tow bar and hitch assembly. The sponges have been replaced by a rubber stopper with a hole drilled through then cut in half. Installed as you see the sponges.

The hitch was a quick design. It could look nicer but it does the job and I'm happy.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top speed?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Average 20 MPH

I could probably pick it up a bit but am more comfortable at 20. It just feels safer. I'm also retired, and can adjust my schedule to allow extra time to get where I am going.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you ride at 20 MPH, you need to get off the road and turn in your license. You're a menace. Oh wait, you're in Florida, it's OK.
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