Creativity in a DIY Pack Trailer
The coolest thing I saw last week was this guy with a very creative DIY approach to a pack trailer — and, of course, his tow vehicle! Let’s hear it for thinking outside the box. Yes, it’s definitely cobbled together with many would call junk. However, it’s worth some appreciation even if it goes against the grain.
Not sure if he was homeless or just out scrounging, but I saw him while I was bicycling on one of Colorado Springs main city trails. He was off to the side of the trail and was re-configuring the load in his pack trailer. At first glance it didn’t register. However, on a quick second look I took it in and realized just what he has done. So, I turned around, stopped, and introduced myself. Super nice guy.
His two-seater go-kart carries him and his bag, as well as being the truck to pull the trailer. It has a nice little 6 HP motor, solid axle, and swing-arm style rear suspension. As an off-road go-kart, it’s not too shabby. As you can see in the photos, the front suspension is A arms with coilovers and a rack-and-pinion steering.
The trailer, an older bicycle cargo or pack trailer, has 80’s vintage molded plastic BMX style wheels and aluminum rails. Three pieces of old wrought-iron railing serve to extend the trailer sides up and back. Then, a chunk of chip-board acts as the bottom deck. Some pieces are just set in, other portions were zip tied, taped or bolted. Not very secure, and not the way I’d layout a trailer frame, but creative nonetheless.
The cargo is a mixed bunch: sleeping bag, tent, and a bunch of other things in the trailer. To his credit, it’s all nicely packed in and tied down. And, of course, the reasonably recent Haro mountain bike. (Note the rear wheel. It has a disc brake caliper, but no disc on the wheel. That means no rear brakes. There is a front disc and a front caliper, so hopefully that works. Hmmmm. I’m not so sure that’s a great setup.) Makes you wonder if the brakes on the go-kart are any better?
Why Post About A Cobbled Pack Trailer?
This guy has the spirit of Do-it-Yourself with creativity and ingenuity. I don’t know anything about where he came from, or where he got the stuff, or where he’s going. I only know a little from a few minutes of conversation. He’s figured out how to use the things he finds to get around. What may appear as a goofy little trailer is in fact a creative use of resources, including the way he fashioned the sides with wrought-iron railings.
One other thing that struck me . . . he is willing to share. He told me a little about how he built it and what works, then he allowed me to take the photos. I respect that. You can see the hand pump on the ground near the trailer and I asked if he needed help. No, he said, he has it all under control. I believe he does.
It’s customizing! And, he made it into a little pack trailer to meet his needs. It’s kluged together for sure, and an eye-sore (to some). Yet, in his contraption we see creativity! He has implemented bits and scraps of what he has found, using what few tools he has to build something that works for him. Indeed, he understands “Customize“. (Thank goodness it’s not on the road!) Hats off to you man! And, we wish you luck in all your travels.