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Same trailer different models sold by Amazon this is a comparison of the two
on September 22, 2014
Amazon sells two different models, which I didn't realize. I'm returning this one and getting the other one. Although this seems fine, especially for the price, the other one has features that I prefer. I bought the one for $323 and I wanted a second one. When I did a search to buy a second one this model came up. I thought there had just been a price drop.
When I received this one I noticed several things instantly. There wasn't a back pocket, the back door wasn't solid with a pocket. This one the back door was a screen. That can be a perk or a minus depending on your needs. I got hooked on having the big outside pocket, for quick access to their leashes, water bowl, and treats. Having the solid double fabric also made the trailer seem sturdier.
Second thing that is different are the wheels. The one for $323 has quick release wheels and they seem much sturdier and solidly attached than this model's wheels.
Third difference, at the base of the front entrance there is additional reinforcement and padding, for dog's that like to rest their heads on the base of the entrance, if you have the entrance unzipped. This is a nice feature for your pup, but it also gives the entrance more support making the entrance flap and front in general, sturdier.
Last but not least, this one is listed as weighing 38 pounds and the $323 listed as 30 pounds. Weight is important to me because I tour with my two dogs that weigh 52 pounds combined, and I'm also carrying their food and camping gear. Shaving off 8 pounds make a difference.
This is a good trailer and no doubt would work fine. If you're planning on touring with your dog I'd recommend the $323 trailer http://amazon.com/gp/product/B000UOUODE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.
As for the trailer itself-- my dogs were reluctant at first. I took them one at a time for short little rides. By the third ride they were hooked! Be gentle and teach them to enter consistently through one of the doors. They recommend the rear door. They wear a safety harness and I attach them to the safety lead that is included. When we first start out the Jack Russell squeaks she's so excited. They both love riding in it now and get very excited and jump in right away.
I recommend that you be very conservative until you and your dog are used to the trailer. Have your dog in a harness, attached to the safety leash, all doors zipped closed. Adjust the leash so your dog doesn't have enough length to jump out. Give your dog a treat when he gets into the trailer. Stop along the way and praise him.
Once you understand the dynamics of pulling a trailer it will be worry free. However, trailers do trip, any trailer, not just this particular brand. I thought I was taking a hill slowly and made the left hand turn with adequate caution, but I didn't. My first time with both dogs, I didn't think about the additional weight and momentum and when I made the the turn the trailer flipped on it's side. At the time they were just in collars attached to the safety leash. They slipped out of their collars and out the door they went. I had the door unzipped. I was very lucky that it was a quiet road, my dogs are well trained, and two people happened to be walking by.
That's why I recommend the harness, keeping the doors zipped until you and your pooch are used to the trailer.
DON'T be scared off though. I learned a lot from that mistake. We've since done a two week tour that had a lot of climbing and going down steep passes. Really steep passes. Not a single mishap because I learned from my mistake and took the time to learn how the trailer handled curves and bumps.
We had a great time and the trailer (the $323 model is what I had) handled beautifully and held up incredibly well. We did a lot of off road and gravel road riding and it handled it very well.
I think Doggieride is a good company. The Dutch are passionate about cycling and gear and that's reflected in their products.
ADDITION: over 1,000 miles later the $323 trailer looks practically new. I am pleasantly surprised by how well it held up. Only one flat tire and that was from evil thorny seed pods called goat heads found in south eastern California and Arizona. Planning to do the Pacific Coast Route this summer. Besides being a fabulous trailer for the dogs I also use it to do errands when I need more space than my panniers can handle. Money well spent.