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Anyone ever convert an In-Step child trailer to cargo?

Old 03-02-11, 09:59 PM
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Anyone ever convert an In-Step child trailer to cargo?

So i have this In-Step 2-kid trailer. Aluminum tubing, nylon everywhere. The kids are a too big any more, and I don't want to shell out a bunch of $$ for a cargo trailer - thoughts on things I can do to the In-Step to make it useful to haul good sized loads like groceries, glass bottles to the recycling, picnic supplies, etc?

I was thinking I could strip off most/all of the nylon and either bolt or lash on some more aluminum tubing for a platform, but that's about as far as I got in my pondering - thought I'd hit the BF collective up and see what happens.

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Just do it. Then post pics.
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Old 03-03-11, 10:42 AM
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OK - nice work. Did you attach the poly tub to the frame, or is it floating?
Coincidentally, I have an '06 F80.
thanks for sharing!
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I just picked one of these up last night on CL for $20, though mine seems a lot more overbuilt. I'll post pics as I make my conversion, for sure.
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This is what I did to a Burley kid trailer.
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
This is what I did to a Burley kid trailer.
didn't you create a thread in the section about that trailer?

pretty much any trailer can be converted to haul what you want. i remember when i first got mine it had tons of nylon that i just cut off and i eventually built a deck for it that has worked fairly good for me. here is the most recent picture of it that i have.
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
This is what I did to a Burley kid trailer.
outstanding DIY Adam - thanks for sharing, and I'll be bookmarking this thread for sure.
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Originally Posted by ZManT View Post
So i have this In-Step 2-kid trailer. Aluminum tubing, nylon everywhere. The kids are a too big any more, and I don't want to shell out a bunch of $$ for a cargo trailer - thoughts on things I can do to the In-Step to make it useful to haul good sized loads like groceries, glass bottles to the recycling, picnic supplies, etc?I was thinking I could strip off most/all of the nylon and either bolt or lash on some more aluminum tubing for a platform, but that's about as far as I got in my pondering - thought I'd hit the BF collective up and see what happens.
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I got both the trailer and the tub at the curb waiting for a trash pick up.
The tub is loose. Pulled my grandson in the trailer for a while.
Then used it for a grocery run.
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Well I need to find out what's in the water where you guys find these trailers by the curb and on CL for $20 so I can add it to the water here. Everyone in my area wants nearly full ratail for trailers that are 7 and 8 years old. I don't fault people for wanting to get their monies worth, but there comes a point when you say the fabric is so faded you can barely see the colors, and those holes are big enough for small kids to crawl through.
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Originally Posted by crazzywolfie View Post
didn't you create a thread in the section about that trailer?
I don't remember if there was a dedicated thread or I just contributed to some other thread. I post too much

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outstanding DIY Adam - thanks for sharing, and I'll be bookmarking this thread for sure.
Thanks!

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Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
I don't remember if there was a dedicated thread or I just contributed to some other thread. I post too much
here you go
first trailer
second trailer
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here's what I do

I make cargo trailers out of recycled materials. In my case I'm making both the frame and the cargo box but i think the principle applies you already have a frame you just need to make a cargo box. Mine are made out of scrap wood with a good coat of exterior paint. I'll attach one picture you can find more at www.redbiketrailer.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Little...3794750?v=wall
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Originally Posted by vXhanz View Post
Well I need to find out what's in the water where you guys find these trailers by the curb and on CL for $20 so I can add it to the water here. Everyone in my area wants nearly full ratail for trailers that are 7 and 8 years old. I don't fault people for wanting to get their monies worth, but there comes a point when you say the fabric is so faded you can barely see the colors, and those holes are big enough for small kids to crawl through.
I was thinking the same thing, so I posted a Want To Buy on craigslist, honestly expecting nothing to come of it. I said "I want a kids bicycle trailer for a project, I'm willing to pay $25-65 depending on the condition." and the person who sold it to me said that she picked it up used an just needed to make space for a new bike for the kid who outgrew it. She asked for $20 since they didn't spend much on it to begin with. I was thinking "it can't hurt to try" and it didn't
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Originally Posted by tligman View Post
I was thinking the same thing, so I posted a Want To Buy on craigslist, honestly expecting nothing to come of it. I said "I want a kids bicycle trailer for a project, I'm willing to pay $25-65 depending on the condition." and the person who sold it to me said that she picked it up used an just needed to make space for a new bike for the kid who outgrew it. She asked for $20 since they didn't spend much on it to begin with. I was thinking "it can't hurt to try" and it didn't
Well it appears I'll have to change tactics then! Thanks for the tip!
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Originally Posted by vXhanz View Post
Well it appears I'll have to change tactics then! Thanks for the tip!
No problem, and like I said I had no expectation of success. Also, it was more than a month before I saw my reply, so maybe posting it new every 2 weeks until you get a bite?
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