Burley Nomad trailer floor solution

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Burley Nomad bicycle cargo trailer comes with a canvas floor which is the number one complaint in reviews in this video I address this issue with a 1/4 inch thick piece of plywood and some rubberized paint. Floor is cut 32in x 18 1/4in. Then cut out 1 3/8 in square out of each corner.

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Thank you for taking the time to make this video and for posting the dimensions of the plywood. I pull my dog in a Burley Nomad and have been looking for a more permanent solution to keep the floor level and to give my dog a firm surface to lay on. I have been using a clunky combination of two yoga blocks, closed cell phone pads and two inverted plastic utility trays. This is a more simple and elegant solution, and the dimensions of the plywood and square cutouts are so helpful. I will try the corrugated plastic, too, as others have mentioned in the comments.

Author — Angela Ang

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Many thanks for this video! I used your dimensions and made the same base for it. Only difference, is that I glued rubber bumpers to the frame to keep the rattling down. You definitely saved me some time and love the finish product! Muchas Gracias!

Author — The Revenant Ranch

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Update No. 1. I cut from a piece of pegboard a piece that fits perfect behind the divider. Notched out the corners and it fits perfect. Now to keep the wood from chaffing the fabric, I rounded off the edges then used Gorilla brand duct tame to cover the edges. Oh and I painted it black first. Next because pegboard is a bit flimsy I added some 1x2 under too support heavy weight, like 4 - 12 packs of Pepsi, that I bought and brought home in my Nomad today. The floor worked well. Also I took the wheels from y old 2007 Nomad, removed the quick release mounting system, and installed the push button mounting system from the new wheels. The old wheels I think are better. Okay, next update in a bit. Got more idea's!

Author — James Hart

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Nice work. A couple things I would try differently might be to use a corrugated plastic to save weight and use the rubber/water proof paint you used, but try white so I can see stuff better that gets dropped in there. Thanks for the idea though on this issue with the trailer. With the wood, I suppose you can build some more stout dividers if you wanted to divide up the space more.

Author — MR Jack

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Well, my trusty 11 year old Burley Nomad trailer was totaled in a accident back end of October so I had to get a new one, and I can see just how bad the floor is. The floor on my old one stood up well to every thing I carried in it, including fully loaded for camping during the 2012 RAGBRAI. So I will be going to Home Depot in the next few days and getting a sheet of Coro-plas, and making a floor. Which I will also Zip Tie to the frame. Keep on rolling. And stay safe. Oh, I was not hurt int he accident.

Author — James Hart

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Excellent video. I am seriously considering the purchase of one trailer, however, I saw a few reviews that left me a bit cold about acquiring one, since you guys have one, I woulk like to know if this is a real issue or not. I exctracted one of the review here: "The problem is that the front of the cargo bed is fabric and it is a point that frequently touches the ground. The result is that the bed tore out in less than two months of use." Much appreciated if you can share some info about this specific issue. By the way, I will be mainly using it in forest roads in the wood in Quebec Provincial parcs. Cheers

Author — Alain Martineau

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Another option is just lay a doubled up/ quadded up blanket in the bottom. the floor fabric abrading and can double as a picnic blanket, which comes in handy on a bike.

Author — Steve Shea

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I've had my Burley Nomad trailer since 07, with no floor problems. All you have to do is keep the straps tight. Also you should have use cora-plas. very rigid, and much lighter.

Update my old 2007 Nomad trailer was totaled when a car hit it. I am fine and so is my bike, but my old friend was gone, except for the wheels, which I've used on another trailer. I have also cut peg board and plywood for the bottom, two pieces so I can still use the divider. Also I now have a hidden compartment up front, under the plywood. Oh and tape the edes so they dont tear up the fabric, which I wish was canvas, its just a cheap nylon.

Author — James Hart

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Yes, fabric floors in bicycle utility trailers are junk! Why the company just doesn't include a plastic pannel snap in floor I will never know.

Author — Mr.McGoover

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Today being a snowy and cold day in Cheyenne, I brought my new Nomad Trailer inside and got out a big piece of cardboard to make a template for the floor. Now, if you cut to the dimensions that he suggests you will loose some space right at the front of the trailer. So if you want the "new" floor to lay flush on the old cut to 16.5 inches and yes round off or notch the corners. Also, make it in two pieces so you can use the divider. Happy Trails.

Author — James Hart

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Hi, just saw your video and the idea to prepare the bottom of the trailer. I want to do it the same way. Can you share what material you used and the sizes of the board, please?

Author — Stefan

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Thank you for uploading this. My trailer arrives tomorrow & I'm going to do this first thing!

Author — S J

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I’ve been thinking of almost the same setup. Nice

Author — Russell Cambell

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I have had two of these never had a problem...with my floor...the tired are great also...40, 000 miles on 5 different touring bicycles...

Author — Friar Rodney Burnap

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Did the edges of the plywood fray the trailers fabric over time? Did you radius the edges?

Author — corrdude

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thank you for the video and dimensions... will be doing the same to my Nomad

Author — Jorge Farfan

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honestly, the fabric floor is quite strong and will take forever to wear out or tear. if you throw heavy objects with sharp pointed edges on them in there, that could be a problem though.

i have used and abused these for years with no problem. i used one as a sand truck for several years to do winter maintenance rounds on two commercial properties in new it's till going strong.

pegboard along one side for a tool rack is a nice customization i have thought of but not executed so far.

when the canopies completely go, i have bolted a plywood deck on just like you suggested. i like a canpied trailer for many uses, but accasionally i want an open deck utility trailer....so of course I have more than one trailer including a self-buiilt monster 8' flatbedl that can take itelms up to 16' long because of the length of the traiiler tongue area. i only pull that with an ebilke, its ridiculous but gets some serious work done.

Author — Steve Shea

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If you use the trailer for what Burley intended it to be used for you'll have no problems with the design...but if you start using it for other things...you could have problems...the Nomad is not designed to be used as a pet trailer...buy a Burley Tail Wagon if you want to bring a pet with you ....

Author — Friar Rodney Burnap

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I would not weaken the frame with holes. Great job!

Author — Bill Owen

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When you pack it up and leave the plywood in does it close properly?

Author — kickbkid