So, with the nice weather this weekend, I wanted to take the bike out for a nice trail ride. With the roots and rocks, the trailer would have be impractical, and I wanted some exercise anyway. The trailer came off by removing two bolts, and detaching the throttle and CA connection. These wires were bundled and secured to the bike frame with some velcro straps. So the bike was basically back to normal, with only a few extra ounces.
The ride was a lot of fun, and then this morning it took less than 2 minutes to put the trailer back on, and ride to work. This is the furthest I have taken the trailer from home, and it did great. It averaged about 20 Whr/mi, with some long hills and light pedaling. Just got home from the 2mi/70 degree commute, and no sweat or hard breathing! It would do 18mph on the flats, and still about 12mph on the hills.
Riding on sidewalks emphasized an issue that I'm not sure how to deal with. The trailer would bounce over the seams and irregularities and lose power. I have very low pressure in the tire, so it absorbs a lot of bumps, but when it regularly hits the sidewalk seams, it does start to hop. Adding a suspension could eliminate some of this, but It would need damping of some sort that can be tuned. It has to work with a loaded or unloaded trailer. A 100% potential increase in weight means the damping/ spring force needs a lot of variability.
In addition, it sounds terrible with the whine of the gears fluctuating so much on the bumps. The geared motor is probably not going to be the final solution for this trailer, since the brushless is so much quieter. The brushless may not really be more effective as a device, but will appear so without the noise.