Festival Trolley Train at Download Festival

Where can you get a decent festival trolley?

3rd June 2019 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 spotted 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. So they won’t do for Glastonbury, where you could be queuing for hours and walking a couple miles to your car. You’ll really want to bring everything in, and out again, in as few trips as possible so go for a full metal trolley at the bigger festivals.

With no central arena, Glastonbury is one of the few festivals that allow you to drink your own alcohol everywhere you go. So… 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

Draper Steel Mesh Gardeners Cart with 200KG capacity

This is one of the most highly regarded festival trolleys around. The video above shows it being used in a back garden but it should give you an idea of its strength and flexibility.

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, so you can make really tight turns with its padded handle. Just make them slowly so it doesn’t topple over.

That 200KG max load is pretty massive, though keep in mind while it’s sold as ‘all-terrain’ that max load rating isn’t based on journeying for miles across rough festival terrain. It’s sold as “designed to overcome all surfaces” by the manufacturer, but they mean carrying compost around a big back garden and not beer for miles across a festival.

This is our best pick, and it’ll be our Glastonbury trolley later this month. 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’s usually sold 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, and they’re also stocked by Toolstation and Robert Dyas. Loads of independent stores carry Draper products and they have a stockist finder on their website.

Out of stock? They seem to sell out kinda often close to festival season, so we’ve added an alternative from Yaheetech that’s pretty much the same.

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The best 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. The Oypla model shown above retails on Amazon all year round.

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. Argos sell their own version, though it’s currently £54.99 with the same max load as the Oypla on Amazon.

This lower max load, 70KG, might make a fully metal trolley a better long-term investment, but the folding type will be more than good enough for most festival trips – just don’t pile it high with cans.

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 last year and they’d have been fine at most festivals, but we’ve had some very muddy festivals in the past.

They’re available direct from the manufacturer, and you’ll see the Amazon listing below.

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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.

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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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F.A.Q.

What are festival trolley things actually called?

The four-wheeled, metal carts are usually sold as a ‘garden trolley’ or ‘garden cart’. The fabric, folding carts are sold as ‘folding trolley’ or sometimes ‘festival trolley’, while the two-wheeled upright versions are usually called ‘sack carts’ or ‘sack trucks’.

What type of festival trolley do I need?

If you’ve got the space in your car, take a full metal trolley with big rubber tyres. It’s by far the most suited for carrying your tent and beer supply across a few bumpy fields.

A folding trolley is a good alternative if you’re short on space, but they won’t carry as much weight and the smaller wheels can get clogged up in thick mud.

An upright trolley can take a surprising amount of weight, but you’ll need the strength to keep it upright. If it topples over and falls apart, it could be game over.

How much weight can a festival trolley take?

Some of the metal trolleys advertise a 200KG max load, but that’s for taking paving slabs across your back garden, not miles of rough fields. If you don’t want it to fall apart when your halfway back to your tent with your beer, stay under half the maximum load. That’s still the best part of 100 cans per trip with a full metal trolley.

Folding trolleys usually claim 45-75KG maximum, so take care loading them up with multiple crates of drinks.

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