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David

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First one in 2005 from Moissac, France.
Hi all - this is for pilgrims in the UK really due to postage costs - I built my Mk4 trailer (the S-Cargo) but now won't be going to Camino with it this season so was wondering if anyone out there .. perhaps someone camping so with a heavy pack, or with difficulties in wearing a pack, etc ... would like to borrow it. Seems a shame that it will just stay stored away.

Very simple to put together and dismantle and packs flat. (will include instructions - swivel drawbars out and tighten down, bolt on wheels, sorted) just 4.5 kilos and I have tested it to 20 kilo load ....

no charge of course - is a loan, not a hire - but would like payment for courier delivery, probably about £10?

Note: It really isn't worth using a trailer if one has a light pack - why bother? but for a heavy pack, or age/disability is a real boon.

PM me if interested and let me know your dates ... a few months of summer ahead, we could pass it on to a few pilgrims!

Only alternative for me really is that I sell it for £175 plus delivery.

Buen Camino!

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Hi all - this is for UK pilgrims really due to postage costs - I built my Mk4 trailer (the S-Cargo) but now won't be going to Camino with it this season so was wondering if anyone out there .. perhaps someone camping so with a heavy pack, or with difficulties in wearing a pack, etc ... would like to borrow it. Seems a shame that it will just stay stored away.

Very simple to put together and dismantle and packs flat. (will include instructions - swivel drawbars out and tighten down, bolt on wheels, sorted) just 4.5 kilos and I have tested it to 20 kilo load ....

no charge of course - is a loan, not a hire - but would like payment for courier delivery, probably about £10?

Note: It really isn't worth using a trailer if one has a light pack - why bother? but for a heavy pack, or age/disability is a real boon.

PM me if interested and let me know your dates ... a few months of summer ahead, we could pass it on to a few pilgrims!

Only alternative for me really is that I sell it for £175 plus delivery.

Buen Camino!

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A true pilgrim; generous. Your 'stuff' does not own you. Bless you David especially as you bless someone else. A continued 'buen camino' to you Fondly sandi- Canada.
 

makingtrax

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If I hadnt wrecked my ankle in Porto I'd be keen to do the beginning of Francigena in France towing camping gear but!!!rest and ice is my near future. Very generous offer thou. Well done David
 
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JennyH94

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CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
It’s such a generous offer, David.

UK pilgrims - you won’t be sorry if you go on camino with a trailer. The difference between walking with a trailer and hauling a backpack is immense.

I’m currently walking the VDLP and Camino Sanabres with Spot, David’s MK2 trailer which he gifted to me five years ago. All Spot’s components pack down into the cart and I place the cart into a suitcase - and he (Spot’s a ‘he’) travels from Australia with me. At the starting point I send the suitcase to Ivar with all my non-camino gear and then Spot and I begin our camino.

If the path’s wide enough, Spot’s there. The components are all heavy duty but light - David put weeks and weeks of research and testing into the trailer and five years on Spot’s still going strong.

As well as the ease of walking with Spot, only last Saturday I carried another pilgrim’s pack in Spot as well as my own gear as the pilgrim was exhausted. The difference the extra weight made with Spot rolling along behind me was negligible.

Here’s Spot at the donativo albergue at Fuenterroble last week -

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Cheers from the VDLP -
Jenny
 

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lt56ny

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10/22 Aragones/Frances
Hi all - this is for UK pilgrims really due to postage costs - I built my Mk4 trailer (the S-Cargo) but now won't be going to Camino with it this season so was wondering if anyone out there .. perhaps someone camping so with a heavy pack, or with difficulties in wearing a pack, etc ... would like to borrow it. Seems a shame that it will just stay stored away.

Very simple to put together and dismantle and packs flat. (will include instructions - swivel drawbars out and tighten down, bolt on wheels, sorted) just 4.5 kilos and I have tested it to 20 kilo load ....

no charge of course - is a loan, not a hire - but would like payment for courier delivery, probably about £10?

Note: It really isn't worth using a trailer if one has a light pack - why bother? but for a heavy pack, or age/disability is a real boon.

PM me if interested and let me know your dates ... a few months of summer ahead, we could pass it on to a few pilgrims!

Only alternative for me really is that I sell it for £175 plus delivery.

Buen Camino!

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I have watched the documentary you are in on YouTube called Pilgrims. I thought it was excellent and have forwarded it to friends. Thanks for your generosity and thanks for being a part of a Camino Documentary that struck my heart.
 

Bert45

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(2003) Francés, (2014) Francés, (2016) Portugués , (2016) Aragonés, (2018) del Norte to Primitivo,
I have used folding trolleys on several caminos. It weighs about 2.5 kg and I can get it into my rucksack or attach it to the rucksack with the bungee that comes with the trolley, so I have been able to take it as carry-on with Ryanair up to my last camino. It looks like this: https://www.aldi.co.uk/folding-trolley/p/070263027152200 and cost about £10. Each trolley usually lasts for one camino. The Aldi trolley packed up at Ponferrada, but I was able to get a refund! It does keep one hand busy, whereas a trailer leaves both hands free, but it is easy to pick up and put down. When the path is too rough for the trolley I put the rucksack on my back and fold the trolley and carry it. I have seen people with trailers attached to their waist and I wonder how comfortable that can be. I imagine that the constant bouncing up and down could be uncomfortable.
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Past OR future Camino
CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
I have used folding trolleys on several caminos. It weighs about 2.5 kg and I can get it into my rucksack or attach it to the rucksack with the bungee that comes with the trolley, so I have been able to take it as carry-on with Ryanair up to my last camino. It looks like this: https://www.aldi.co.uk/folding-trolley/p/070263027152200 and cost about £10. Each trolley usually lasts for one camino. The Aldi trolley packed up at Ponferrada, but I was able to get a refund! It does keep one hand busy, whereas a trailer leaves both hands free, but it is easy to pick up and put down. When the path is too rough for the trolley I put the rucksack on my back and fold the trolley and carry it. I have seen people with trailers attached to their waist and I wonder how comfortable that can be. I imagine that the constant bouncing up and down could be uncomfortable.
Hi @Bert45 - your Aldi trolley is a winner! Very resourceful.

I’m delighted to report that Spot, the trailer which David invented, (see my post #6) doesn’t bounce at all - there are times when I’m barely aware that he’s trundling along behind me. He’s been an absolute dream companion here on the VDLP as with previous caminos. David did a lot of R and D when coming up with the design to fix the bounce problem which is apparent with some of the trailers on the market.

Buen future Camino with your Aldi angel!

Cheers -
Jenny
 

Kiwi-family

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Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
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I hope you hold on to it and that I get to borrow (or buy) it to enable me to carry my gear and my father-in-law’s gear so we can do one last Camino together. He is 90 now and with pulmonary fibrosis struggles to walk 5km….but this might make it possible!
 
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Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18 VdlP
Hi David, we have been following all your technical advise and were so excited to see your new design of trailer. Your forum threads helped my husband design our 2 trailers and after carrying backpacks all those thousands of kilometres a trailer is AMAZING. No sore shoulders, feet feel so so much better after longer kilometres, and the freedom of air on your back when the temperature rises. The amount of thumbs up we get from locals and people asking our email address to get technical details is amazing. Thank you for your posts, your inspiration and your belief in the advantage of using trailers.
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David

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Past OR future Camino
First one in 2005 from Moissac, France.
Hi David, we have been following all your technical advise and were so excited to see your new design of trailer. Your forum threads helped my husband design our 2 trailers and after carrying backpacks all those thousands of kilometres a trailer is AMAZING. No sore shoulders, feet feel so so much better after longer kilometres, and the freedom of air on your back when the temperature rises. The amount of thumbs up we get from locals and people asking our email address to get technical details is amazing. Thank you for your posts, your inspiration and your belief in the advantage of using trailers.
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Hey! Thank you so much for posting - I really hoped that someone out there would take inspiration and make their own - and you did!! And what brilliant trailers they are too .... gold stars!

classic photo of pilgrims with trailers - no sweat and big smiles 🤣.

Trailers really are totally excellent, aren't they .... and there is that walking upright thing too, relaxed, upright, kissing your hand at sweating pilgrims as you pass them 😂

the only negative comments about trailers on the forum have been from people who have never tried one, or even seen one sometimes .... it makes life so easy, so easy that one can almost feel guilty when strolling past sweating laden pilgrims ... well, almost .. and yes, you do get a lot of interest don't you, and all positive.

So glad ... made me really smile .. on a slight downside ... I think the design may be better than mine - hahaha .. where on earth did you source those fab axle cross bars from?
 

DeansFamily

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Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18 VdlP
Hey! Thank you so much for posting - I really hoped that someone out there would take inspiration and make their own - and you did!! And what brilliant trailers they are too .... gold stars!

classic photo of pilgrims with trailers - no sweat and big smiles 🤣.

Trailers really are totally excellent, aren't they .... and there is that walking upright thing too, relaxed, upright, kissing your hand at sweating pilgrims as you pass them 😂

the only negative comments about trailers on the forum have been from people who have never tried one, or even seen one sometimes .... it makes life so easy, so easy that one can almost feel guilty when strolling past sweating laden pilgrims ... well, almost .. and yes, you do get a lot of interest don't you, and all positive.

So glad ... made me really smile .. on a slight downside ... I think the design may be better than mine - hahaha .. where on earth did you source those fab axle cross bars from?
Well, David... the main frame of the trailers is a A$39 collapsible lightweight hand trolley from Bunnings (gotta love that place) where we also sourced the wheels, 10mm bolts that created the axle cross bars with pvc piping cut as spacers and for the adjustable arms..... spiderweb brooms cut down and fitted into marine radio brackets from BFC! With some tinkering my husband built it so the wheels still fold in and the handle frame still telescopes down in an instant and the trailer arms unscrew to allow us to put the whole unit on our backs if necessary. So far that has only been 5 flights of stairs in a pensione in Coimbra and the mud hole filled bush track coming into Alburgaria a Nova. To transport them over he disconnected all the wheels and the collapsed trolleys easily fit into an old dive gear back. The one thing that is really important is to swap out the "toy" bearings for proper sealed machine bearings (2 in each wheel). We estimate the trolleys have cost us approx. A$90 each. My husband had a lower back operation back in early 2019 and managed the VdlP in late 2019, but wanted to protect his back and researched where he found all your comprehensive information. He built the first one and we tested it extensively where we live in Coffs Harbour (now thats where you get funny looks) and when I tried it I wanted one too as the benefits were immediately obvious. Your tips on weight distribution were spot on as well and we put everything you say into practice. We are so chuffed that you are impressed, as we did learn from the master!
 
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JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Past OR future Camino
CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
Well, David... the main frame of the trailers is a A$39 collapsible lightweight hand trolley from Bunnings (gotta love that place) where we also sourced the wheels, 10mm bolts that created the axle cross bars with pvc piping cut as spacers and for the adjustable arms..... spiderweb brooms cut down and fitted into marine radio brackets from BFC! With some tinkering my husband built it so the wheels still fold in and the handle frame still telescopes down in an instant and the trailer arms unscrew to allow us to put the whole unit on our backs if necessary. So far that has only been 5 flights of stairs in a pensione in Coimbra and the mud hole filled bush track coming into Alburgaria a Nova. To transport them over he disconnected all the wheels and the collapsed trolleys easily fit into an old dive gear back. The one thing that is really important is to swap out the "toy" bearings for proper sealed machine bearings (2 in each wheel). We estimate the trolleys have cost us approx. A$90 each. My husband had a lower back operation back in early 2019 and managed the VdlP in late 2019, but wanted to protect his back and researched where he found all your comprehensive information. He built the first one and we tested it extensively where we live in Coffs Harbour (now thats where you get funny looks) and when I tried it I wanted one too as the benefits were immediately obvious. Your tips on weight distribution were spot on as well and we put everything you say into practice. We are so chuffed that you are impressed, as we did learn from the master!
Genius, @DeansFamily - your trailers are fantastic. Aussie ingenuity and resourcefulness at its best.
The world of Camino trailers is a great place to be!
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Past OR future Camino
CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
@JennyH94, I didn't realize you were walking the VdLP. Are you still out and about or back home now? Do you have a blog I have missed seeing?
In Madrid tonight Chrissy - two weeks in the UK as from tomorrow.
I didn’t quite make it to Santiago under my own steam as I tripped on a small step just before Ourense. Had four rest days there and a day walking to test the injured foot but it was too painful to continue walking. I regrouped and trained it to Santiago and had a fantastic time there. Cea-Santiago is my plan for next year!
Hoping all’s going great with you -
Camino hugs -
Jenny
 
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Latest: Rota Vicentina '19; Portuguese '19.
In Madrid tonight Chrissy - two weeks in the UK as from tomorrow.
I didn’t quite make it to Santiago under my own steam as I tripped on a small step just before Ourense. Had four rest days there and a day walking to test the injured foot but it was too painful to continue walking. I regrouped and trained it to Santiago and had a fantastic time there. Cea-Santiago is my plan for next year!
Hoping all’s going great with you -
Camino hugs -
Jenny
Jenny, I am sorry to hear about your injury, but I'm sure you are thankful to have made it as far as you did prior to your fall.
Enjoy your time in the UK and hopefully you will have left the current heat wave behind you.
I am doing well and have a couple of trips in the semi-planning stages up my sleeve for now.
Take care!
 

David

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
First one in 2005 from Moissac, France.
Well, David... the main frame of the trailers is a A$39 collapsible lightweight hand trolley from Bunnings (gotta love that place) where we also sourced the wheels, 10mm bolts that created the axle cross bars with pvc piping cut as spacers and for the adjustable arms..... spiderweb brooms cut down and fitted into marine radio brackets from BFC! With some tinkering my husband built it so the wheels still fold in and the handle frame still telescopes down in an instant and the trailer arms unscrew to allow us to put the whole unit on our backs if necessary. So far that has only been 5 flights of stairs in a pensione in Coimbra and the mud hole filled bush track coming into Alburgaria a Nova. To transport them over he disconnected all the wheels and the collapsed trolleys easily fit into an old dive gear back. The one thing that is really important is to swap out the "toy" bearings for proper sealed machine bearings (2 in each wheel). We estimate the trolleys have cost us approx. A$90 each. My husband had a lower back operation back in early 2019 and managed the VdlP in late 2019, but wanted to protect his back and researched where he found all your comprehensive information. He built the first one and we tested it extensively where we live in Coffs Harbour (now thats where you get funny looks) and when I tried it I wanted one too as the benefits were immediately obvious. Your tips on weight distribution were spot on as well and we put everything you say into practice. We are so chuffed that you are impressed, as we did learn from the master!

Fantastic! I just love the repurposing of common items, so satisfying (well, common once you have found them).
Yes, real bearings definitely the way to go, mine are double bearings in each wheel too ... for the drawbars my Mk3 used window cleaning telescopic poles cut to size, with their angle brackets but with my Mk4 I used crutches - true, crutches! really strong and light and instant click to set length or separate them ... so pleased that you had a great Camino with none of that awful weight on the body ... way to go!!!
 
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