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FRIENDMAKER

Current Status

The Friendmaker is fully functional. Minor planned upgrades (still in design phase) to swap the two vertical poles with an option that stores more easily.

The two upright poles are difficult to attach and remove, and they stick out at a cumbersome angle when the trailer is folded. One of the fiberglass uprights broke in June 2020, we replaced it with with PVC that required some grinding to fit.

Technical Specifications

  • Model: 2008-2011 Chariot Cougar 1
    • made in Canada by Chariot
    • In 2011, Chariot brand acquired by Thule. 2012 and later Chariots are Thule Chariot brand.
  • Purchased: June 2019 from Craigslist for $36
  • Came with a wonky wheel. One wheel is OEM, the other is an unbranded one, purchased secondhand.

How We Use the Friendmaker

grocery trips We use panniers for most trips, but whenever we need to get big items the Friendmaker makes it easy. In quarantine, we got up to 13 days between shopping trips using the Friendmaker. laundry The cart is the perfect size for our accumulated laundry bag (an old bright orange sail bag) and detergent. It can easily fit 2 weeks’ laundry. travel & long trips It’s got so much capacity that it’s easier to over-pack than under-pack. day trips Fits our big cooler (at an odd angle) but it’s more than enough for a BBQ at the park. mobile solar charging Charles was determined to get off the grid / on the go for our e-bikes, so we built a self-contained mobile solar charging station on top. grocery trips We use panniers for most trips, but whenever we need to get big items the Friendmaker makes it easy. In quarantine, we got up to 13 days between shopping trips using the Friendmaker.

Projects, Fixes, and Upgrades

By |2020-07-23T19:39:56+00:00July 20th, 2020|Bikes, Friendmaker, Projects & Maintenance, Solar Power|

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