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Joined: Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:45 am
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Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Post Equipment Cart
Many locations I have visited are not adjacent to parking, some require a little walk-in or longer hike. I was getting weary of carrying all my gear around on my back, so I decided to build a time lapse cart. (Sore back and legs too)

My build requirements are for the cart to be portable, lightweight and in a pinch, could be worn like a backpack. The wheels need to handle rough-ish terrain, as there are many unimproved fire road type trails around where I live. When not in use, the equipment cart should store flat as possible. Also for when I finish building a slider dolly. the cart should securely carry it with the rest of the gear.

I used a ALICE style US Army backpack frame as the base and attached some aluminum angle stock for a flat frame. For the wheels, I got some large garden cart wheels. cut a steel tube that the bearings would slide on to a width sp my hips would fit between the wheels while worn as a backpack. The wheels are held in place by welding a bead on the inside side, and using hitch pins on the ends of the axel. From two aluminum tubes that nested, I made a sliding handle for cart mode. Wheel axle and handle are attached using U-bolts.

I haven't weighted the cart yet, but I think all assembled it comes in between 5 and 7 pounds.

I use a motorcycle bungie net along with some cinch straps to hold down my gear which is in several backpacks and bags.

I have used the cart several times now, on level ground it is almost like it is not there. Uphill I felt the weight, but it was not too bad, I definitely was not as tired as when carrying all my equipment on my back, shoulders and arms.

I'm going to add some sort of mesh on the frame to make it more flat and platform like so straps and stuff don't fall through to to the ground in cart mode.

Here are pictures:


Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:59 pm
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Joined: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:44 am
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Post Re: Equipment Cart
That is slick!!!! Well done!. Sadly i go close enought to where I live all I have is my back. lol

Still yet to go in the true middle of no where!

"If you get somewhere accidentally, Thats where you're supposed to be".

Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:52 pm

Joined: Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:12 am
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Great minds think alike?
This is what I made up for lugging my TL gear across country.




Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:34 pm
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Joined: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:48 pm
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Location: Vista, California
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Here's how I port my equipment.

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Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:33 pm
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Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:16 pm
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Location: NYC
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I just bought a Burley Travoy on Sunday to cart my timelapse gear around. I have not had a chance to try it out yet, but I like that I can pull it with my bike or use it hand held.

My first Timelapse -
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:00 pm
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Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:34 am
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Location: Eupen / Belgium
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This is exactly what I was looking for!
Handheld and bike. Great!

Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:12 pm

Joined: Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:16 am
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Great ressources guys, here is mine based on what i've found online.

Cheap cart, kid bike's wheels and ALICE Pack frame, straps & Kidney pad.

Here in ultimate setup with my suitcase containing my DLSR Rig, 5D MKII, lots of lenses, netbook, 7" screen, emotimo TB3, and a lots of junk.

It's been field tested & approved but it's still quite heavy when not on flat grounds.


Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:01 am
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