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   JourneyMan ™ Mobile Shelter Bicycle Trailers

Homelessness.

Go beyond the word, and think of the reality.

For many people in the 'first world,' their reality does not include a warm, dry place to sleep at night. Meagre belongings are often rolled from one place to another in a stolen shopping cart. Sleep comes in open doorways.

Ideally, we would be able to ensure that each and every person has a home. That is what must be aimed for. In the meantime, immediate solutions are needed.

While shelters are provided by many agencies, there are people living on the street who prefer their independence. Others who take advantage of the shelters offered would benefit greatly from the security of having a rolling means to make their living, along with protection from the elements should they need it.

This simple understanding was the basis behind the development of the JourneyMan™ mobile shelter.

Pricing to suit the times:-

  • Basic Cart including detachable tow-bar, plywood decks, built-in tent, detachable tent outriggers: $825 Cdn (US $652)
  • Adjustable Pegs: $70 Cdn (US $55)
  • Extension Sides: $110 Cdn (US $87)
  • Adjustable width wheels-makes more space inside the tent, adds QR function etc: $91 Cdn   ($US 72)
  • Plywood decks (2): $100 Cdn ($US 79), or do your own.

All taxes, duties, packaging and shipping extra. Check out our comprehensive list of options to customize your trailer!

An article in the Victoria Times Colonist summarizes the issue well...

Also, read Larry Lagarde's article about the Journeyman.

JourneyMan in the News!

How it works:

folds into a compact unit for travel  carries up to 200 pounds  snapping one of the two support legs into place  light and manoeuvrable, yet strong

rolling the tent into place  inserting the flexible tent poles  less than one minute after starting, it's coming together  the final touch, and a warm, dry shelter is ready

homeless no more  a roomy interior that can sleep two people  a rolling assistance to employment, and a shelter when needed

independence  the JourneyMan can carry all the items needed to sustain oneself  prepared with some gifts and a new shelter, Terry sets off on an adventure he reports later to be a great improvement in his life on the street

Some recent media coverage:

 

"A few of these trailers have already been distributed to members of our homeless population who are using them both as shelter (the trailers fold out into a one-person tent), and for income generation ranging from binning (collecting recyclables from industrial garbage bins), to compost collection, to messenger services." - from RideThisBike.com.

 

See mobile shelter solutions from other countries:

  • DIY tent trailer from Belgium click here.
  • Danish industrial designer Jørn Bagger has designed two mobile sleeping carts for the homeless people in Denmark click here.

What our Customers are saying about the JourneyMan:

"the bicycle for survival: often over looked but viable solution to survival in an emergency were stealth/speed and the ability to thread through trouble or whatever may be necessary..... it sure beats walking and you can carry your emergency equipment on the move more quickly......it's also good for you..... IMO, for the survivalist staying mobile is where it's at and the more options the better.....no matter what the circumstance...."

"Tony, Thanks for the reply to our post and all the great work you are doing with bike trailers. I am glad to hear you are moving ahead with finding ways to make your tent trailers available to those in need. Also great work on your binner cargo trailers. It looks like a very impressive line-up of heavy duty cargo trailers that you are putting together. Best, Josh" from the Bike Trailer Blog.

"This is the JourneyMan Mobile Shelter Bicycle Trailer, designed by Tony Hoar and manufactured by his company- Tony's Trailers. It's described thusly: "While shelters are provided by many agencies, there are people living on the street who prefer their independence. Others who take advantage of the shelters offered would benefit greatly from the security of having a rolling means to make their living, along with protection from the elements should they need it." Presumably, the "rolling means to make their living" refers to the collection and redemption of empty beverage containers, the commonest source of income for jobless/homeless people. We heartily commend Mr. Hoar for his altruism in developing this solution to an all-too-common need. The list price of this clever device is $771 USD, which represents, at 5 cents each, the redemption of 15,420 empty beverage containers. Fortunately for the genuinely homeless, according to Mr. Hoar, they get theirs for free. Everybody else, start collecting. " - from http://bikerodnkustom2.homestead.com/editor9_03.html

"Where to start? Tony's Trailers of Canada are available for most anything. Grocery getters, single wheelers, cargo trailers, kayak trailers, vehicles for the disabled, dog trailers and myriad custom bicycle trailer designs, like one for a gardener who humps their wheel barrow around by bike! It was, though, the Nomad that fascinated us the most. This touring trailer's frame folds out, to form both a stretcher bed and an outrigger frame for pitching a tent. See this YouTube video to see what we mean." - from TreeHugger.com

Background by Tony Hoar on the concept and design.

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