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Trailers for use with recumbents (two wheeled)

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by Time Waster, 13 Mar 2018 at 11:18.

  1. Time Waster

    Time Waster Active Member

    What's your experience of towing trailers? Single wheel, two wheel? What brands? What hitches? Changing hitches? Any advice really?

    Anyone heard of Vitelli touring trailers? Kevin at D-TEK-HPVS mentioned them as being highly rated. I've not seen much about them online. I think they're a Swiss brand since the sites are in German but I don't think they are German. I've not seen any reviews but I've not really looked far (usual first/second page on Google level of searching).

    Apparently they use 20" wheels (406) just like my front wheel. I'm thinking practically. My rear wheel is 26" like my partner's bike. If I get a trailer matching the wheel size to front wheel on my bike makes sense. Any advantage to a larger trailer wheel than the usual 16" ones?
  2. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    I use a 20" Carry Freedom Y-frame. The wheel size is good for trailers and for you would reduce your spares count. I use a 2 wheel trailer for utility because they carry heavy loads and longer ones such as planks and logs but for touring I think a single wheel is better; they track better, are less affected by ruts and are less tippy on rough ground.
  3. OP
    Time Waster

    Time Waster Active Member

    But for European, road touring I doubt the number of wheels is much of an issue. Our child trailer was pretty good.
  4. voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    two wheel trailers should be used with trikes as the forces of a single wheel will destroy the rear end of the trike .

    We have successfully towed a 42x 24x 12" trailer , this homebuilt trailer has been used for logs , camping and model flying , tows happily using a Mondeo drop link as a tow hitch .
    It uses qr wheelchair wheels with solid tyres so no problems with punctures. These 22" wheels ride over rough tracks when we go to the flying field.
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  5. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    Doesn't it depend on the mounting system? My Freedom carry polymer lollipop trailer mount can bend and flex on the bike-mounted pin.
  6. OP
    Time Waster

    Time Waster Active Member

    The Burley hitch is similarly flexible. I can lay my bike flat without tipping the trailer. It's towing arm is designed to allow the trailer to track evenly behind the bike. It's a good design.

    My single wheel trailer is OK but it does want to twist when it's loaded. That's on an upright. It took some getting used to as well. I am learning about recumbents being new to them. I'm not sure my single wheel trailer will be any good for recumbent touring. I think it'll just throw me off or I won't get going with it.