Hire a van? Dog on a bike?

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Hello everyone . As a newbie I have seen that some members advice hiring a van before making that scary first purchase. Seems like a good idea to me , but I wonder if anyone knows of a good...and reasonably priced place to hire from ( some of the charges seem really steep to me).
Also second question, what's the best way to transport a medium sized dog(25lbs) on a bike? Are tow carriages cumbersome?
Thanks a million in advance
 

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The trailers for dogs are lightweight and work quite well. You will only know they are there when going up hill!
 
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Thanks. .....forgive my ignorance ...but...Do they pack small...space must be a premium in a MH?
 
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We have a dog trailer for our two. The wheels are quick release and the trailer itself folds flat. Think we paid about £150 for it. It’s a steel one and is quite heavy, although it’s not an issue on the flat. An aluminium one would be much better but they’re more than twice the price. You need to introduce your dog to it over a few days, if you rush it you may never get your dog happy in it. We put ours up in the house minus the wheels and put some treats in it so the dogs get used to it before we tried it on the bike.
 

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Would they stretch to a BIG dog..........I mean a LARGE dog?? If so, I was thinking that the wife might like one. :)
 

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Doggy Hut from Amazon about £60 folds up, and is light and robust.
"Top Tip" You have to remember its there when going through width restrictions on cycle paths, failure to do so can result in your dog being reluctant to go back into the trailer again!
 

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I have a trailer from http://www.doggyride.com Our Cairn and Cairn cross fit into the Novel trailer. It's very light weight and they love it :) The wheels pop off and it folds fairly flat. Very easy to assemble and store.

As for hiring, we have tried to hire privately as it keeps the costs down. It's still rather expensive, but we would have made a huge mistake if we had bought the first van that we wanted. As a guide, we are paying about £100 per day.
 
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I have a trailer from http://www.doggyride.com Our Cairn and Cairn cross fit into the Novel trailer. It's very light weight and they love it :) The wheels pop off and it folds fairly flat. Very easy to assemble and store.

As for hiring, we have tried to hire privately as it keeps the costs down. It's still rather expensive, but we would have made a huge mistake if we had bought the first van that we wanted. As a guide, we are paying about £100 per day.
How did you find the private hire,?
 
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Yep, you need to get out more. Xx
 
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The world has gone quite mad ....i thought chuahawa in a handbag was bad but towing one in a trailer .....I've led a sheltered life lol
No seriously, it's dangerous to have a dog running at the side of a bike, so if we want to ride, then a trailer for the dog means we can all go...ok now?
 

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( some of the charges seem really steep to me).
That is easily explained. They are expensive vehicles and can easily be damaged costing a lot once returned.

It's no use just hiring a MH, you need to hire one something like the one you would buy otherwise it's a waste of money.

Look at the advert on the front page for John's Cross, a decent honest dealer who won't rip you off on a hire. Some crooks will try and sting you for damage you did not do.
 
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That is easily explained. They are expensive vehicles and can easily be damaged costing a lot once returned.

It's no use just hiring a MH, you need to hire one something like the one you would buy otherwise it's a waste of money.

Look at the advert on the front page for John's Cross, a decent honest dealer who won't rip you off on a hire. Some crooks will try and sting you for damage you did not do.
Great thanks
 

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We bought a dog basket off ebay ,fits on the handlebars,it's a wicker one with two bits of wire coming out the back,which hook over the handlebars and can be bent around.Tie a bit of string to his lead and then to the handlebars to stop him jumping out and job done!
You also get boxes that go on rear racks .Our dog much prefers to run alongside the rear wheel ,after a few near misses ,it's a position he took up on his first outing.When we come across other cyclists or dogs I simply pick him up and put him in the basket then let him out when clear.
He took to the cycling adventure strait away and when he stops for a wazz ,I carry on,and he loves the chase.
The basket from memory was around £25 and holds more beer than 2 plastic bags on each handlebar.


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You'll find you can get good second-hand kiddie trailers much cheaper which do virtually the same job - just make the floor a bit more solid for them to sit on. You can get small ones meant for a single child which are smaller once folded up and easy to store on the bike rack with your bikes.
 
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Val has a belt which goes round her waist and the dog’s leads clip onto it with those plastic “rucksack” type buckles, much better than holding the leads and no “pulling” problems. We rode amongst traffic through the centre of York last Thursday night to The Brigantes in Micklegate (great dog friendly and real ale pub/restaurant). Dogs are happy to run against the kerb, don’t know how they’ll manage next month on the “wrong” side of the road in France and Germany.
 
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