Solvit HoundAbout Classic Steel Bicycle Trailer

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Description

Solvit HoundAbout Classic Bicycle Trailer features a lightweight, rust-proof steel frame. This is a safer alternative than leashing pets to bicycles and a great way to maintain an active lifestyle with your pet. Excellent for senior pets with joint problems. The unique design sits lower for easier entry and exit for pets. The wide wheel base provides a more stable ride. Constructed from rugged 600d polyester with waterproof floorboard, on an steel frame the trailer features a front door with waterproof layer and mesh screen layer, a rear door with mesh screen; plus a sunroof.

Key Benefits
  • Multiple pockets to hold water bottle, leashes, treats, etc.
  • Pets load easily through the zippered, rear door, and they can stick their head out and enjoy the breeze though the roomy sunroof.
  • Adjustable safety leash keeps pets secure while riding.
  • Includes universal bicycle hitch.
  • The 16-inch air-filled tires provide a smooth ride and are off-road capable (nothing too extreme).
What's Included

Wheel mounting bracket, Roof support rod, Two star knobs, Two red reflectors, Bicycle towbar, Bicycle hitch and Safety leash.

Precautions

These specially-designed wheel mounting brackets provide a wider wheel base and lower center of gravity, which reduces the chance of the trailer tipping over. However, this risk is still present, especially when the dog’s center of gravity is high (standing position) and/or when their weight shifts rapidly to one side of the trailer. A common example is when the dog is standing while the bicycle is turning, and the dog loses its balance and leans heavily against one side of the trailer. To minimize this risk, always reduce speed before making turns, and adjust the leash inside the trailer so the dog’s center of gravity stays low. Never tow the trailer without the hitch and hitch safety strap correctly connected! Always make sure the rear door is closed fully before towing the trailer.

You can also use the Solvit HoundAbout Classic Steel Bicycle Trailer as a stroller with the Solvit Pet Stroller Conversion Attachment.

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  • Item Number
    79324
  • Dimensions
    55 x 33 x 33 inches
  • Brand

    Solvit

  • Brand

    PetSafe

  • Breed Size

    Large Breeds, Giant Breeds

Instructions

The cloth cabin and windscreen can be cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge. The interior cushion is machine washable and can be dried at low heat.

  • Attach the bicycle towbar: After all parts have been removed, position the main cabin of the trailer with the bottom side facing up. Locate the towbar mounting bracket which is welded to the frame; remove the pre-installed nut and bolt and the clevis pin (which is connected to the bolt with a black cord), but leave the black plastic spacer in place in the bracket. Position the towbar so the end with two holes fits into the plastic spacer and the hole at the end of the towbar aligns with the middle hole in the plastic spacer and the metal bracket. Re-install the bolt and nut through these holes taking care to keep the black cord from the clevis pin connected to the bolt. Lock the towbar into the “stowed” position by inserting the clevis pin through the mounting bracket, plastic spacer, and towbar and engage the hoop spring on the end of the clevis pin.

  • Attach the wheel mounting brackets and wheels: Insert the square tube section of one wheel mounting bracket into either end of the square tube which runs under the trailer, making sure the bracket extends above the bottom of the cabin. Align the hole in the bracket with the hole in the square tube; insert the bolt & nut and tighten using the hex wrench provided and an adjustable wrench. Repeat with remaining wheel mounting bracket. Turn the cabin over before moving to the next step. Insert the axle spindle of one wheel into the axle tube on the wheel mounting bracket while pressing down on the spring lock button. Push the wheel in so that the spindle is in all the way, then release the spring lock. Pull out on the wheel to check that the spring lock is engaged. Removal is the reverse of installation.

  • Erecting the cabin: The sides of the cabin frame are held in place by means of a roof support rod and two black plastic “star knobs”. With the wheels resting on the ground, rotate one side panel into a vertical orientation. Position the support rod inside the trailer so one star knob can be inserted through the hole in the fabric cover and frame tube on the side of the trailer and into the threads on the end of the support rod. Repeat with the other star knob on the other side of the trailer, and fully tighten both star knobs. Place the rectangular cushion in the floor of the cabin and attach the safety leash to one of the rear D-rings in the cabin. Finally, using a Phillips screwdriver, attach the two red reflectors to the lower rear panel of the trailer at the holes provided in the fabric shell.

  • Connecting to bicycle: The towbar connects to the bicycle via the included quick-connect hitch. Attach the hitch to the left side of the rear bicycle wheel by removing the axle nut, positioning the hitch on the axle, and re-tightening the axle nut. If your bicycle has a quick-release wheel, remove the quick-release pin from the axle, insert it through the hitch, then re-assemble through the axle. The hitch should be installed with the male connector piece facing back and angling away from the bicycle. To move the towbar from “stowed” position to “tow” position, remove the clevis pin from the mounting bracket, swing the towbar until it faces forward from the trailer, then reinsert the clevis pin in the forward holes in the mounting bracket. Position the trailer behind the bicycle so that the female connector on the towbar can slide over the male connector on the hitch. Lock these connectors in place with the clevis pin provided. Loop the black safety strap around the bike frame and attach the snap swivel to the D-ring on the towbar.

  • Loading and unloading pets: Load and unload pets only through the rear door, with the front window closed and the trailer attached to the bicycle. Have someone hold the bicycle firmly in an upright position, or lay the bicycle on its side. To load, assist the pet into the cabin and connect the safety leash to the pet’s collar. Adjust the length of this leash so the pet cannot exit through the front window when it is open. Always close the rear door before riding. Storing the trailer: Put the towbar into “stowed” position as described above. Unscrew the two star knobs and remove the support rod. Remove the wheels by pushing the buttons on the spring locks. The wheels can be stored inside the cabin if desired. Fold down the two sides of the cabin.

Size
Size Cabin Dimensions Full Dimensions Folded Dimensions Weight Tire Size
Medium 26 x 17 x 20 inches 46 x 23 x 28 inches 27 x 19 x 9 inches 27 lbs 16 inches
Large 33 x 22 x 26 inches 55 x 33 x 33 inches 34 x 23 x 9 inches 36 lbs 20 inches
Warranty

Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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