|Image from Craigslist ad|
Tools you may want to have handy:
Screwdriver or drill (the drill will make your life easier)
Hand saw (or other saw)
Next, tear the Burley covering (nylon portions) completely off. Some parts have snaps and buttons, others are sewn around the axles, so you may need scissors and/or a knife to completely remove all the material (unless you are especially adept at ripping nylon with your hands). You want to be left with just the metal frame and wheels for the base of your cargo trailer, and if you intend to put side and/or front/rear "block" pieces (to keep things more securely on the platform),
I would recommend keeping the plastic reflector pieces and their attachments as well because they can be used to secure side/rear border planks in place. If they're already missing or not usable, you could purchase replacement parts, or create your own makeshift pieces to secure the corners.
After you've torn the fabric pieces off, you'll want to determine what type of platform to build. We used scrap lath boards that were found at Lowe's,
|Step1: Place rubber piece in the space between the top and bottom of the hitch attached to the rear wheel|
|Step 2: Slide metal dowel-looking piece from the bottom to the top of the hitch, and through the now-sandwiched rubber piece from the trailer|
|Step 3: "Lock" the dowel in place with the clip provided to secure the trailer to the bike|
That's it... pretty simple and easy for almost anyone to do. I should also caution about the more modern Burley trailers out there, as some frames are built from a different structure/wheel base. While they could still be used, I think it could be a bit more challenging to set up, and they have a lower weight/cargo capacity in some cases.
The trailer may not be as pretty as some ready-made products on the market, but it is extremely functional, and I've had more people stop to ask about it over the last several months than any bike or add-on accessory I've ever owned. It's functional, and in the case of this particular trailer, capable of carrying up to 100 lbs/45 kg of cargo. As with your bicycle, don't forget to lock up the trailer if you leave it unattended (it's easy to attach and remove for you, so it's easy for a thief as well). To simplify, I carry an extra bike lock and chain the trailer to the bike, and lock the bike to something secure as a deterrent to theives.
Voilà! Happy hauling this shopping season and throughout the coming year.