Aosom Wanderer Review
Cons: Plastic bottom rattles when carrying empty, heavy, axle mount for the trailer has a tendency to rotate forward on your quick release due to the torque from the weight
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Our Analysis and Test Results
If you are looking for a heavy hauler and are on a budget then the Aosom Wanderer is going to make your life of transporting and hauling heavy items much easier. Founded in 2007, the Aosom brand is a newish company. They are steadily making a name for themselves in the outdoor world, especially with their inexpensive and durable bike trailers. The Aosom Wanderer has the highest weight carrying capacity of all seven models we tested at 110 lb. With its sturdy steel construction and its specially strengthened solid PE bottom, the Aosom Wanderer can handle almost any load.
The first thing we noticed about the Aosom Wanderer is its similar design to the Burley Flatbed but at a much lower price point. The front and back easily detach and allow for more room and larger objects to be loaded on the trailer. It has easy-to-follow instructions for the setup, but we noticed that both the connections for the back tires were a little bent. This made installing the tires a little difficult, but once installed, they rolled and worked just fine. It took around 30 minutes to assemble the trailer altogether. We recommend you tighten down the rear reflectors right when you get the trailer, as both wiggled their way off within five minutes of use. This trailer comes with an easy to mount Aosom type B universal hitch coupler that attaches directly to your back wheel, allowing for quick and easy mounting and dismounting to your bike.
Similar to the Burley Design Flatbed, the back and or front can be removed to allow for larger or uneven cargo to fit. This cargo bike trailer is a very versatile option for your hauling needs.
The Aosom Wanderer has the one of the highest-rated weight carrying capacities of all six models we tested, coming in at 110 lb. The dimensions inside are approx. 57" long x 27.6" wide x 19.2" high, but when you add the fact that you can remove the front and back panels, you can add a lot more than those dimensions call for.
Ease of Use
The Aosom wanderer had a fairly easy initial setup. It comes disassembled in five pieces. It only took about 30 minutes to get the trailer assembled and ready for the trails. We highly recommend you tighten down all four reflectors when you first get this trailer as ours managed to fall off within a few minutes of use. Also, the connections for the two wheels were a little bent, making for a little trouble during set up, but once installed they worked just fine. The Aosom Wanderer comes with the Aosom type B universal hitch coupler, this mounts directly to your back hub and allows for easy attachment. When hauling really heavy loads, you need to be aware and adjust the tire pressure in the two trailer tires so as not to get a flat. The tires that the trailer comes with are not of the best design. We found through trial and error that when hauling larger heavier loads, you should make sure to have a higher psi in the trailer tires than you would if the trailer is empty. Under-inflation is one of the leading causes of trailer tire failure, so make sure you inflate them properly before loading your trailer.
Since this is a two-wheeled bike cargo trailer, you can easily mount it when it is fully loaded with just one person.
Ease of Towing
The Aosom Wander comes with an Aosom type B universal hitch coupler that allows you to mount the trailer quickly and easily to your back hub through the skewer. It also has a spiny loaded mechanism that allows for extra movement when making a sharp turn or loading and unloading the trailer to your bike. One thing we did notice right away was how heavy the trailer was by itself. It weighs around 30 lbs. empty, so if you have never pulled a trailer before this can take a little adjusting to.
We don't recommend fully loading this trailer unless you have to or are traveling just a short distance. We did enjoy how the hitch allowed this trailer to move free from the bike and we were able to come out of our seat on the uphills without worry of tipping the trailer or ourselves. We don't recommend loading more than 50 lbs in this cargo bike trailer, and we do recommend properly securing any load. After 50 lbs, the handling and overall maneuverability became impaired, and a little hard to handle. We liked the fact that you can undo the back or front cargo rails so large or misshapen objects can fit in the trailer with ease. One of the faults of the Aosom Wanderer is that when traveling with the trailer empty the amount of noise that is created from the plastic bottom and the rattling of the loose cargo rails becomes really annoying after a while. We found that carrying a few bungees to secure the rails when empty was a big help with noise restriction.
Through testing, we observed that when fully loaded the already hefty cargo bike trailer was extremely hard to get rolling. Stopping was also very unsteady with a very heavy load.
Smoothness of Ride
The Aosom Wanderer has a lot of features that make it a great bike cargo trailer, at an even better price point. Unfortunately, a smooth ride when the trailer is empty is not one of them. We noticed through testing that the trailer is very loud and rickety, especially when traveling off road or over bumps. An easy way to remedy this problem was to put something in the trailer and tie it down. It handled really well when fully loaded and cut back on the noise too.
You can remove the front or back gates for cargo that is large or misshapen. The one downside with this feature is that you can not remove both at the same time or you will lose the integrity of the side walls. But having the option to remove one or the other does make this a versatile key feature for loading and unloading harder to handle cargo. This design also allows for easy space-saving storage. The hitch folds under the bottom of the frame and the sides all easily collapse. Fitting it into a small corner of the garage or the back of your car is no problem at all.
The Aosom Wanderer is great for shorter trips around town where you won't encounter too much uphill on your journey. It also makes routine errands such as a trip to the grocery store or farmers market a breeze. The sturdy construction and solid frame allow for hauling heavy and uneven loads. We frequently used it for hauling wood for our fireplace. Make sure you have the right air pressure in the two tires when hauling a very heavy load or you are liable to get a flat.
The Aosom Wanderer has a market price that hovers around a third of the price of some of the other similar models we tested. The sturdy build and design make this a great purchase for shorter trips around town at a great value. One thing we did notice with the two less expensive Aosom brand trailers were the tubes and tires are not very hardy. If you don't properly inspect them when you first get the trailer, you will most likely get a flat. Make sure the tubes aren't rubbing or pinched on the tires before filling with air. Once we made sure the tubes in the tires were straight, we had no further problems with them.
At a reasonable cost and an all-around sturdy and solid build, the Aosom Wanderer took home our Best Buy award. If you are on a budget and need a great trailer for hauling cargo around town, then this trailer would be a great choice for you.
— Katherine Elliott