Festival Trolley Train at Download Festival

Where can you get a decent festival trolley?

3rd October 2018 Off By

If you’ve ever been to a festival, you’ll have seen plenty of more prepared festivalgoers towing all their gear in those festival trolley things. Perhaps you’ve seen someone make a train out of trolleys, like shown above at Download Festival.

We’ve explained the different types of trolleys used at festivals below, along with some tips for choosing the best one for your next event.

Below that, we’ve found the best festival trolleys of each type, and where you can find them.

What are festival trolley things actually called?

They’re not something you typically find in Tesco, and they don’t seem to have a proper name. This can make them hard to find online.

I’ve found the best type tend to be sold as a ‘garden trolley’ or ‘garden cart’ and are usually found in specialist building stores and garden centres. These are the four-wheeled, metal carts.

What kind of festival trolley do I need?

If you’re not carrying much stuff, or if you know you’ll be able to park really close to your tent, you might not need such a heavy-duty trolley.

You could save some money with a two-wheeled trolley, or a fabric-lined trolley, but I wouldn’t recommend anything but a metal trolley for carrying heavy loads or going long distances.

That means they won’t do for Glastonbury, where you could be queuing for hours and walking up to three miles to your car. This means you’ll really want to bring everything in, and out again, in as few trips as possible!

With no central arena, Glastonbury is one of the few festivals that allow you to drink your own alcohol everywhere you go. This means you’ll need to bring way more cans than other festivals where you’re supposed to buy drinks from the bars in the arena.

Strength and durability

The best of the metal trolleys have big rubber tyres, so should be better suited for the bumpy ground and shouldn’t get clogged with mud.

Be careful with the max load ratings though. They’re based on carrying paving slaps across a small garden, not carrying a dozen crates of lager two miles.

We found this out when using a 200KG max load trolley to bring about 200 cans of Fosters into Glastonbury last summer. That’s about 100KG, with an extra 20KG of tents on top. Well under the max load of 200KG, but after nearly two miles of hard, bumpy Glasto terrain, the trolley buckled.

So from now on, even with the best metal trolleys, I wouldn’t put more than 60 or so cans of lager in one unless you’re only going a short distance or over a smooth surface.

Best festival trolleys for summer 2019

The best full-metal festival trolley

VonHaus All-Terrain Garden Trolley / Cart with 350KG Capacity

Best Festival trolley full metal Vonhaus
Image credit: Vonhaus / Domu

This is one of the most highly regarded festival trolleys around.

A full steel frame along with ‘off-road’ wheels and pneumatic tyres make it one of the best suited for the rough terrain of a festival. It also has fully rotational front steering, which means you can make really tight turns with its lovely padded handle.

That massive 350KG max load is the highest of any trolley we’ve seen on the market, though keep in mind whilst it’s sold as ‘all-terrain’ that max load isn’t based on journeying for miles across rough festival terrain.

It’s sold as “designed to overcome all surfaces” by the manufacturer VonHaus, an established name in the world of garden supplies.

This is our best pick, and it’ll be my Glastonbury trolley if we manage to get tickets for 2019. Mine has survived a full summer of festivals without so much as a flat tyre, but it’s sold with a two-year warranty should things go wrong.

It also comes with a fabric liner for transporting gravel, soil, rocks, and stones. You won’t be needing that, but keep it in the shed and maybe you’ll use it in the next 20 years sometime.

It’s available at Amazon below, but it’s also available from Domu, as well as  their eBay outlet.

They’re slightly more expensive with lower capacities, so we haven’t recommended them, but Screwfix also stocks a similar range. Unfortunately, they only sell them for home delivery at the moment, and they’re not available in store.

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The best part-metal / foldable festival trolley

Oypla Heavy Duty Foldable Garden Trolley

folding festival trolley
Image credit: Oypla

These foldable trolleys are a popular choice of festival trolley, thanks to both their lower price and how much easier they are to fit in the car.

This type of trolley is often sold for about £40 as an Aldi/Lidl festival trolley special during the summer months, which probably explains their popularity. It’s pretty much the only time you’ll see festival trolleys of any kind sold in a supermarket.

There are a few drawbacks, which might make a fully metal trolley a better long-term investment, but they’ll be more than good enough for most festival trips.

If you’ve got a small car that’s already gonna be packed out, the fact that you can fold these trolleys down to nothing might be one massive advantage.

The smaller, solid wheels make these trolleys less suited for deep mud. We had a pretty dry summer in 2018 and they’d have been fine at most festivals, but we’ve had some very muddy festivals in the past.

The foldable frame means the maximum load is much lower, with our best pick rated at 70KG. This should still mean it’ll do a way better job of carrying 100 cans in from the car park than your arms.

They’re available with free delivery direct from the manufacturer, and you can also find them on eBay. You’ll see the Amazon listing below.

Argos sell their own version, though they don’t specify a max load.

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The best upright / two-wheel trolley

Oypla Heavy Duty Industrial Sack Truck

Upright trolley
Image credit: Oypla

The upright trolleys with just two wheels can offer a sturdier, cheaper alternative to the folding trolleys above. That’s if you’ve got the body strength to keep it upright.

Best suited for taking heavy weights short distances, as these are incredibly strong, but they won’t be fun to push for miles. The more tired you get, the more likely you are to let it fall over.

You’ll also need a load of bungee straps or something else to tie your beer and your bags to the back of the trolley. These are absolutely essential, and if you forget and try to use duct tape last minute, you’ll have a bad time and no tape left for making a wizard staff guy out of your trolley.

Our best pick is the bright yellow 600-pound heavy duty sack struck, which translates to about 272KG. With a fully steel 1-inch tube body and pneumatic tyres it shouldn’t buckle under any load you throw at it.

The axle is also replaceable, should it ever go wrong, so this thing should last a lifetime. After it’s done being a festival trolley, it’ll probably become one of the most useful things in your garage.

If you don’t like Amazon, it’s also available from direct2public, and of course, you’ll find some on eBay. It’s also on the official Oypla website, though it’s currently out of stock.

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The best alternative festival trolleys

The Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow for festival stuff

The classic wheelbarrow often makes a great makeshift festival trolley, particularly if you’ve got one lying around the garden already. Perhaps test it first to make sure it’s not too rusty to take the weight!

They’re a bit chunky to fit in the average car, alongside your mates and a load of festival stuff, so keep that in mind too.

If you fancy a new wheelbarrow, we’ve selected two of our best pics below. The first is a great way to carry a lot of weight on a budget, whilst the second features a unique ‘duraball‘ instead of a normal wheel.

The ‘duraball‘ tyre is puncture proof, which makes it perfect for taking the weight of your stuff across a bumpy festival field. It’s also much easier to manoeuvre across rough terrain.

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