I am the service manager at a small bike shop. One of my duties has become hauling the broken-down boxes that accumulate in our little shed to the recycling intake center.
I've made three trips doing this in the six or eight months I've been at this store. The first time, I naively thought I'd be hauling a couple hundred pounds of cardboard, only to find that I had pulled four hundred sixty pounds of flattened boxes!
The second time, I hauled a "mere" four hundred pounds.
This time, though, was a personal record, and one I'm happy to leave as a record for a while (although if I break it, I won't be upset).
Five hundred pounds of cardboard. Yes, a quarter-ton of flattened boxes, on one Bikes at Work 96AW trailer (it's rated at 300#, but users report loads up to 500# in service from time to time).
If I keep doing this, I may have to consider upgrading my trailer to the ADW version, with dual wheels, dual fenders, and beefed-up front crossmember.
I briefly considered getting another module to add to my trailer, to make it even longer. I know how to drive with long trailers, so bicycling with one wouldn't be a big mental adjustment. I even thought of getting another axle module, so that my trailer would have tandem axles, until I remembered the concept of "scrub," meaning what the tires of one (or both) axles would do going around tight corners. The scrub on a heavily loaded 128ATW (to use the Bikes at Work model designation scheme to describe such a trailer) would make it VERY difficult to pull the trailer.
Here's what a quarter-ton of cardboard looks like:
And the scale slip:
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