Hitch-Mounted Tricycle Carrier


Problem Definition

We sought to develop a solution to transporting a specific accessibility tricycle with the following requirements:

  • Mounting – The device must be able to attach to one of the family’s existing vehicles.
  • Material – The device must be constructed from standard material sizes.
  • Cost – The device must cost less than $50 in materials.
  • Compliance – The device must be compliant with traffic laws in Tennessee.


  • Used Solidworks Weldments to design box-tubing structure.
  • Analyzed structure for strength using Solidworks FEA


  • Ultimately, the design was carried to completion, the carrier was fabricated, and the family was enabled to more easily transport the accessibility trike.