Burley Tail Wagon
- Tail Wagon by Burley features a removable floor for washing, optional securing tie downs
- Side battens for stability; flip-down tailgate for loading and unloading.Spacious interior with 75 lb. carrying capacity
- All-weather cover with waterproof zippers; heavy-duty mesh cover on four sides for maximum airflow
- 16-inch quick-release alloy wheels; fast-action folding system; stroller kit compatible
- Comprehensive limited warranty covers fabric parts for one year, plastic parts for three years
Review by Brian Turner on March 7, 2012 (Amazon)
“When we were looking for a dog-specific bike trailer, I first went to Burley’s product line because I had previously owned their Nomad cargo trailer. I was impressed by the design and quality of that trailer, so I knew this Tail Wagon would be no different. Burley’s aren’t cheap, but in my experience, you always get what you pay for with their products. Still, I wanted to shop around. A friend at my local bike shop suggested that I look at a few different product lines that also make dog trailers, and they were indeed much cheaper, but the reviews were all over the map – plus I just didn’t care for the look of other brands’ offerings. In the end, I bit the bullet on the Burley, and couldn’t be happier.
The construction is characteristically top-notch Burley. Right out of the box, all you have to do is pop up the frame, attach the quick release wheels, slide on the hitch, and you’re ready to go. Mine was already on my bike within 20 minutes of first opening the box. There is ample ventilation for your dog, and the bottom floor is rigid and removable for cleaning. Also nice is the roll-away clear vinyl covers for the front and rear windows. The side battens are stiff and reinforced with dowel rods to prevent your dog from leaning into the sides and causing the material to rub against the wheels. I like the wheel protector bars that keep the trailer from snagging violently on any obstacles. The tail gate features two different configurations for the safety of your dog. One option allows you to keep the tail gate attached and allows quicker entry and exit, but may allow smaller dogs to push their way out through the opening. Our dog did this on his very first time in the trailer. Fortunately, Burley planned for this and suggests the 2nd option where you attach the tail gate on the outside of the main cover, which prevents the dog from escaping out the back. The only drawback is that it takes just a few seconds longer to get your dog in and out this way.
As for size, we have a 25 lb. mini Aussie and the trailer interior is perfect for him. I’d say this trailer would work well for dogs up to about 40 lbs, but to me it looks like it would be a bit too small and cramped for dogs much taller than 18″ at the withers (shoulders). The reason being, the way the top tapers down at the front and rear, there’s actually only a very small portion of the interior that is at full height. Our other dog, who is 75 lbs and about 22″ tall would definitely NOT fit in this trailer. I’d say dogs roughly the size of average border collies would be maximum for this… dogs as big as labs or shepherds would probably be much too large for this trailer. If you have a large dog, you may want to consider a different trailer, or different option altogether.
My only issues with this trailer have to do with the little accessories that come with it, versus the ones that are offered separately. First off, the instruction manual talks about the included blinky light and light mount, but mine did not actually come with that… not sure why not. Maybe it was just an oversight when they packed it. Also included is a safety flag (which I suppose is nice if you don’t mind those), and the detachable handle for when you convert the trailer into stroller mode. The inclusion of this large, awkward handle assembly is confusing to me because you still have to order the small front wheel separately if you want to use this option. Without that little stroller wheel for the front of the hitch, the handle assembly is useless. SUGGESTION TO BURLEY: Instead of the stroller handle, why not include the kickstand attachment? That seems to make much more sense to me as a practical accessory if you’re going to include one. The kickstand would definitely come in handy for when you want to introduce your dog to the trailer and train him to get in and out on command. Otherwise, you have to either prop the front up on a sturdy raised surface, or go ahead and attach it to your bike. If you have a dog that is completely new to something like this, having an unstable trailer or one that may shift around while attached to a bike could be detrimental to getting them comfortable with the trailer.”
PetSafe Solvit HoundAbout Aluminum or Steel Bicycle Trailer
4.1 out of 5 in Customers reviews
The PetSafe Solvit HoundAbout Classic Steel Bicycle Trailer is a great way to maintain an active lifestyle while spending quality time with your pet. Your pup can enjoy a nice stroll through the neighborhood or in the park instead of staying behind in the kennel. The adjustable safety leash keeps pets secure while riding and you can ride with peace of mind that they won’t run off. The trailer is easy for your pet to access with a rear door that fully unzips. Great for older pets or those with joint problems.
Customer Reviews :
“I posted a bunch of photos on this identical product listed by Amazon but I bought mine from this vendor EntirelyPets. My dogs love it and don’t mind that it rocks or moves. I coaxed the older one in with treats and just put the little puppy in, she’s now 37 pounds and just jumps in… My dogs love it. Make sure you strap them in to keep them from trying to jump out if you want to keep the front window open. A couple small quirks like when you roll up the back window the velcro doesn’t quite align correctly but I don’t see that as enough of an issue to take away a star. We got the stroller conversion kit too and that did have a problem that one of the holes to put the cotter pin through to lock the handle in place wasn’t in the right place and I had to re-drill it, nothing major since the functionality is still great. At half the price of some of the competing offerings I wholeheartedly endorse the Solvit dog trailer. I also like the shape of this one much better without a sloping front like some of the expensive competitors, the dogs are more comfortable and it fits a Costco load of groceries.
Update after 4 years: We still use this and it’s in great shape. The complaints of quality from more recent reviews than mine have not affected the performance or looks of our trailer. The dogs still like it for biking to the dog park and on the few occasions when one of our dogs is hurt we throw him or her in here for walks since we have the front wheel. We now have a border collie, a mini poodle and a dachshund. Usually the dachshund gets left behind since she misbehaves at the dog park but they do all fit just fine. Very worth the space in our garage for our family!”
“Our 40 lb pit bull loves it. This trailer is well made, balanced and lightweight. Their customer service was great. I had a few questions so I called customer service. They were helpful and even sent me a part just to be sure I was covered. Plus the smile value is quite enriching. The happy faces we encounter as we are pedaling down the street with our dogs head proudly looking out is priceless. We looked at several competing trailers and settled on this one. Very easy to assemble and fit our new ebike! I strongly recommend the Houndabout.”
Pet Gear No-Zip Special Edition
4.1 out of 5 in Customers reviews
Pet strollers are used for a variety of reasons. They help avoid stress on your pet’s body if they are having trouble walking due to joint pain, arthritis, or recent surgery. Strollers also function as a crate on wheels. Wherever you go, your pet, whether it be a dog, cat, furry (or not so furry) friend, will be able to keep you company while remaining safely contained inside the stroller.
No-Zip is one of the most innovative feature in pet strollers today. All strollers with the No-Zip feature have an easy-locking latch instead of a zippered closure. No zippers means no hassle, when trying to open and close the stroller. No-Zip technology allows you to easily gain access to your pet without fumbling with zippers.
“I’m actually very pleased with the product. However, I’m not very good at putting things together, so I had my sister assemble the wheels onto the stroller, and it appeared easy enough for her. The one thing I should mention is the clip that is replacing the zipper. I had no idea that you need to push up then forward before you can actually hook the clip onto the bar. Does that make any sense? I’m sure it will once you receive the item, but definitely do not do what I did. I attempted to use pliers to stretch out the clip so that it would hook onto the bar. Oops.
Regarding the size, I have a miniature long-haired dachshund, and he ways approximately 10 pounds. Because he’s so long, he actually fits perfectly when he’s laying down. Additionally, he LOVES it. No joke, he does that jumping/pawing thing where he tells me he would like to be picked up and placed into the stroller. Sometimes, I just push him around the house to give him the satisfaction of feeling the comfort of being in the stroller. The stroller is actually surprisingly agile! I’m glad I chose the 3-wheeled stroller rather than the 4-wheeled stroller. I can even lift up the stroller to roll on the single front wheel for easy maneuvering if I need to get across obstructions.
Lastly, I think we should all ask ourselves, is getting a stroller for a dog a little ridiculous? Maybe. My family, my boyfriend, and the glaring looks from my neighbors all tell me that it’s a little absurd, but I justify having to get this stroller because I have a sick dog. He was recently diagnosed with Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia, and after life-saving measures, he’s a live; however, he’s on immunosuppressant’s so we can’t risk him getting infected by other dogs or bugs while he’s on a walk. Additionally, he’s a lot weaker than he used to be, so it’s still nice to get him out of the house for some fresh air and sunshine. Overall, I’m a little embarrassed when I push my dog in this stroller outside (where people can see me), but I’m going to get over it. It’s for the health of my dog! I highly recommend investing in this stroller.”
Schwinn Rascal Pet Traile
4.4 out of 5 in Customers reviews
Take your pet out on the road with the Schwinn Rascal Pet Trailer. This trailer is the perfect way to take your furry friend with you for a safe bike ride. Unique, folding, steel frame and quick-release wheels pack up neatly for compact storage and transport. For added versitility, an included coupler easily attaches to almost any bicycle. for added versatility. The aluminum rims and air-filled tires easily inflate with standard bicycle wheel tire pump. Designed for plenty of air ventilation, the cabin’s internal leash is adjustable and keeps pets from leaping jumping out of the trailer. A rear doggy-door allows for easy entrance and exit, and holds one pet up to 50 pounds. This pet trailer comes unassembled. The wheels measure 16 inches.
“This is exactly what we were looking for! It arrived quickly and was simple to assemble all by myself. The only thing it really needed was for the tires to be pumped up. It is light weight but sturdy – the quality is BETTER than we expected! We can fold it up and roll in the in the back of our community bike closet out of everyone’s way. Roll it out, unfold and go! It also fits nicely in our small car trunk. We looked at carriers over $300 – but not being sure our active beagle would even go for a ride easily we needed a starter carrier just to try out for a time. The leash hookup keeps him contained and the non-stick pad is great. We paid about 98 for the carrier and that was a deal — this new lower price should make it no contest.”
By BonnyB on September 29, 2017 (Amazon)
“My boyfriend has been bugging me to go bike riding with him but I never wanted to because I didn’t want to leave my little fur baby behind. I didn’t want to just attach her leash to my bike handle and ride with her along side because it’s just such a dangerous idea. So we decided to get this pet trailer so we could take her with us safely. This is one of the best purchases I have made in a long time. And compared to other pricier pet trailers out there that are hundreds of dollars, I have no doubt that I made the right choice in this one. It was only $85.00 when I paid for it. Worth every penny and then some!
It only took a few minutes for us to put it together. My boyfriend is an avid cyclist and kept praising how well designed it is. They thought of everything when they designed this pet trailer! There’s a small little strap and hook to attach to her harness so she doesn’t get too far if she tries to jump out. My boyfriend mentioned some mechanism on the wheels that help absorb the bumpiness on the road to ensure a smoother ride for our pup. There’s a small pocket on the top if you want to store the pins after taking it apart and folding up. All the features it is designed with are functional and practical. There aren’t many bells and whistles on this and that’s how we like it. It’s very cute and the little flag is adorable. Aesthetically it is very tastefully designed. It’s also very sturdy. I have a 23-25lb beagle and there is plenty of room inside for her and another dog if one of her buddies wanna hitch a ride. We put a blanket and some toys with her but she doesn’t care. She just loves the feel of the wind blowing through her ears. She looks so cute riding in it and she really seems to enjoy it. (see pic) When we’re done with our bike ride, it folds up nice and neat to store until next time. We have alternated with attaching the trailer to each of our bikes and we both felt that there was barely any extra weight we were pulling and it was very smooth. Neither of us felt a difference. He even fights with me over who gets to pull her on the bike!
As others have mentioned there is a strong rubbery smell when we first unpacked it however it went away after letting it sit out of the box overnight. After our bike ride the next day the smell went away. It is not that big of a deal.
So my boyfriend concluded there is no reason for us to drive anywhere from now on now that we have our bike riding solution for our little baby. All that’s left now is to get her a little doggie helmet and we will be all set. :)”