French castor wheel m/cycle trailer

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  1. Valkman

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    Has anyone purchased and used one of the French castor wheel trailers? If so I would welcome their feedback. I'm considering buying one myself when next in France. They are not cheap but do seem to get over the rear axle weight problem, keep the overall length short and are considerably more manoeuvre able than a standard short trailer.
     
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    possibly not classed as a trailer either on ferries? when discussed before I seem to remember some thought to much stress on the wheel..are they type approved in France?

    Uk verison was easy lift: http://www.easylifter.co.uk/hydra-trail.htm
     
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    The scooter I have recently purchased was too heavy for a tow bar bike rack, so I looked long and hard at the twin castor wheel and large single castor wheeled trailers.

    They were not inexpensive but that isn't what put me off. So in the end I bought the largest Garage motor home with the biggest pay-load I could find so that I could put it inside and be no longer than the standard van.
     
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    So what put you off Popeye?
     
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    Is it proven reliable now ? Or was it another make that failed ?

    Because of the castoring wheels all the centripetal force of the bike when cornering is taken on that thin looking framework and the close together lugs on the towbar. Are towbars stressed for such a side/twisting load.

    I don't know but questions worth asking.

    Another one I saw had a pair of ball hitches widely spaced, now that looked like it spread the stresses better.
     
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    Do you know the name of the French version? Would be interesting to compare to the Easylifter offering.
     
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    personally think they look very suspect...

    Rowley, I thought I found a link to french model but it was dead due to unpaid bill:)
     
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    I seem to remember some concern over weight transference but I think that applied to a single tow hitch whereas the Tracty double castor wheel trailer has two tow hitches so the weight transfer would be a cross the whole back of the tow bar if that makes sense. My concern would be for the reliability of the castor wheel mechanism. Having seen supermarket trolley wheels 'wobble' when worn, I would like some reassurance as to how long the castor action will last and what are the maintenance costs and schedules like? If no one has gone down this road already I will do the research with the French company concerned but no point in duplicating effort. If no one has actually bought one I'd appreciate some feedback as to why not because it seems like a good solution to carrying a decent sized motorcycle
     
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    Here is a frog one.

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    Saw this one in Le Touquet last year , but can't find photo of mfg label, looked a good bit of kit with winch up platform. image.jpg
     
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    I think there were a couple of French versions, I have seen one and was very impressed, it was very ruggedly made and used two tow hitches. Looked like it would survive a Sahara crossing. I looked them up on the net and though they have a website they seem to have gone out of business. Unfortunately, I am suffering brain fade and can't remember their name but they were mentioned here on MHF last year. The other maker uses a single tow hitch and a steady bar, which is probably cheaper but looks a bit Heath Robinson to me and they weren't built to the same standard as the other one.

    Not a lot of help am I? :)
     
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    Has anyone seen the type that isn't fastened to the 'van with a hook up.
    We were in France last year and an English 'van had a square section connection that fitted rigidly into where the 'vans tow connection should have been. It was held to the 'van with, is it called a Clevis Pin, ('R' shaped piece of metal)
     
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    Here it is on phone image.jpg
     
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    I don't really understand what happened to the link. I was just looking at the web site on my Ipad but now can't get back to it either through the link or through the Ipad page which i left open! However, I have found a You Tube video on another variation called YO Remorque www.yo-remorques.com and one on the Tracty which can still be accessed.
     
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    This is a piccie of my bike/trike

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    http://www.towyl.com/

    This is towyl web site ,, but it not responding

    Looked into it , have their brochure in PDF but can,t seem to post it
    Not a cheap trailer , but look well made

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    Atb,,, lau (y)
     
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