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Not all it's cracked up to be!
on February 11, 2010
I bought this trailer because of the glowing reviews here. I was pretty let down by the actual product. I used to bring my daughter to daycare in a Burley Solo and with the addition of a second child, we needed a larger 2 child trailer.
First the positives:
It looks great! It looks like a much more expensive trailer.
The seats are very comfy for the kids.
There is a lot of storage space in the "trunk".
It is very stable and smooth riding.
It comes with a snap in front wheel to turn it into a stroller (with most other brands, this not included and is an additional cost). Also, the design of the stroller is pretty good in that the front wheel snaps in under the front bumper instead of at the end of the hitch. This makes it a lot more maneuverable and practical as an actual dual stroller.
Next are things I don't like:
When I first opened my Croozer, it came with the wrong threaded nuts making it impossible to assemble. When I tried to thread them on, the bolt sheared off indicating very low quality steel. Amazon replaced it free of charge and the replacement had the correct nuts. Also, as has been mentioned above, the assembly instructions are pretty bad.
Speaking of steel, this trailer is VERY heavy. The bulk of the weight comes from huge steel bumpers front and rear. I am not sure why bumpers of any kind are necessary -and I don't think any other manufacturer sees the need. The bumpers are where the reflectors are mounted and the front bumper is where the stroller wheel is attached. I am tempted to remove the bumpers since they really don't do anything but add weight (unless you want to use it as a stroller), but I do ride in low light on occasion necessitating the reflectors. I am a strong rider so the weight doesn't bother *me* but I do worry about increased stopping distances, increased wear on tires, brakes etc.
The trailer is W-I-D-E. It is more than twice as wide as my Burley Solo (why can't someone make a tandem two child trailer?). This makes it a little impractical in the city. This wouldn't be an issue if it were only ever used on MUPs or country roads, but where I am, it comes down to riding on a very busy city street, or a short stretch of sidewalk. Also, thanks to the width, it does not fit through normal doorways without removing the wheels.
The seat-belt straps are very cheap quality and pretty flimsy. I am sure they are strong enough for their intended purpose and have no safety concerns here, but they don't hold their flat shape which can then dig in to the kids' shoulders, chest etc.
The way the cover fastens to close the trailer is not a good design. It uses hook-and-loop closures -which is not the problem. The problem is that there is nothing solid to push against to make sure it is firmly attached and ensure a tight fit.
I should have got another Burley or a Chariot!