1. I had to keep a careful eye on how much I was buying as I wouldn't know until got outside if I could load it up. I never actually exceeded the limit but I came nervously close on several occasions.
2. I had to load the pannier and crate very carefully.
3. The way that the checkout staff bagged the items usually didn't match the way I needed to pack.
I've been thinking about trailers for a while so today I borrowed a Croozer Cargo trailer and gave it a test run. And then promptly bought it. :)
Best of all the bar that connects to the hitch has two positions - horizontal (used when the trailer is connected to the trike), and 45 degrees from horizontal. The latter gives me a convenient handle that allows me to use the trailer as a shopping trolley. You'd almost think it was designed that way. :)
Having the trailer with me in the shop solves problem 1: if it fits into the trailer whilst I'm shopping I know I can get it home.
The flat bed solves problem 2: easy to load, no real planning needed.
The trailer happens to be two green shopping bags wide, which neatly solves problem 3: if the checkout staff can get it into the green bags then I have convenient loading units.
Oh, and the damn thing is huge inside. Today I had two shopping bags side by side and a huge pair of pillows (which I could never have carried before)
*Although the trailer itself can tip over if you corner agressively whilst the trailer is unloaded. [Innocent whistle]
I have photos to accompany this review but LJ is being difficult tonight with uploads so I may add them tomorrow.
EDIT: Some photos beneath this cut
2nd, the trailer with its cover from the back...
...and from the front:
4th is a close look at the hitching arrangement:
Finally, damn but there's a lot of room in there
NB: Clicking on the photo will open up a larger version.