Just before social distancing really kicked in, I gave a short training session to other COTA members on how to use our BOB trailers for trail work. We went through things like selecting one of the Robert Axle Project axles (they were nice to donate to us!) for our bikes, how to attach the trailer to the axle, and how to load tools. It’s fairly simple once you have done it a few times but there are some tricks for the newbies that give them a head start on pulling a trailer.
One of our newer COTA members did a bunch of trail work down in Southern Oregon and he and a buddy built the very nice tool holder shown up above. It’s rugged, can carry a chainsaw, and has quick release rubber straps to hold the tools rather than the bungee cords I ended up using for mine. I’ve built several tool holders over the years – my latest holds tools up above and I boxed it in so that I can hold loose tools, trail name decals, and hardware inside the box. It’s working out well but isn’t as slick as the orange one Fish built.
With the distancing requirements for the next few months I know we won’t have any group trail work sessions, so I expect to be out on the trails working solo and the trailer sure makes this much easier. What about you? Have you built a tool holder for your trailer? If so let me know and send some pictures.