There are many wagons available for kids. From all-terrain to collapsible folding wagons, which are the best kids’ wagons? Did you know this Radio Flyer Big Red Classic ATW still stands to receive high ratings for years?
In this review, we’ll go through important features, benefits, pros and cons of this Big Red Metal Wagon.
Often times, the best wagon for kids is determined not by price, advertising, or consumer reviews, but by a concerned and caring parent or parents who want the best wagons for their kids. Like many other thing in life, there is no one answer.
It serves as a children wagon and a utility wagon as well. It can be used for camping, vacation, gardening, beach, flea market, sports and school events.
A sturdy and well-built wagon should be able to carry a lot of weight and easy to drag around on all types of terrains. When we talk about wagons, there are quite a few options that you would find on the market.
It is always the design and the features that contribute to making the right selection. The Radio Flyer Big Red Classic ATW is a replacement for the discontinued version of the older classic model.
Design & Body of Big Red Wagon
This Big Red Classic ATW Wagon (model #1800) is a full sized, upgraded version of the original Classic Red Wagon with 50 percent deeper sides.
It is 6 inches deep all-steel seamless body construction. You will notice the high sides are designed with rolled edges to prevent scratches.
This big red wagon was spotted with addition wooden sides attached to the body to create even deeper sides to carry more stuff and also serve as protection for the kids on bumpy terrain.
It might be a custom made add-on to this feature at a later stage. At this point in time, you might not need it.
Let’s go for a basic version first.
This bare bone wagon is a sturdy, classic metal wagon that will last for years to come used in all types of terrain.
The Selling Points of Radio Flyer Big Red Classic ATW
Obviously, it also features a larger capacity of up to 200 lbs as you can simply judge from the recommended age range – 18 months to 10 years old. It can easily accommodate two children in it without problems. I mean big fat kids. That’s what it is designed for.
As compared to the original Classic Red Wagon with weight capacity of 150 lbs and recommended age range up to 3 years old, the reason is clear – real air tires are built to carry more weight and are more durable.
This Radio Flyer Big Red Classic ATW is designed to work well on all terrain as well as on soft sand (on the beach).
Dimensions & Weight
The interior body is 33.5 inches long and 14.5 inches wide. This is pretty standard size with item weight of 30 lbs.
Radio Flyer specially designs their wagons with extra-long handle for easy pulling and also ensures that it does not take up a lot of space when folded under the wagon. Most people will have no problems transporting around in a small car.
The Safety Features
One of the things that tend to worry people while pulling a wagon is that it tips over on a rough terrain.
Like most of the Radio Flyer wagons, it features a controlled turning radius to prevent tipping, safer for the kids and easy to control too. This feature is time-tested and proven safe on rough terrain without tripping.
Moreover, you will have peace of mind with the no-pinch ball joint that attached the handle. No one will get ever get hurt when the handle swings and folds under the wagon.
UV Protection Canopy
The only accessory I would like to include is the UV protection canopy purchased as a bundle. The all-steel body will heat up during hot summer season in no time. The UV protection canopy will come in handy to prevent harmful sun rays and cool the kids everywhere they go. It also helps to protect the kids from the rain during the outing journey.
The canopy comes with four clamps to hold on to the sides of the wagon securely. And it will only take a minute to setup.
Additionally, you may consider getting a wagon pad foam cushion for the kids sitting in the wagon. This seat pad (model# BP90) is made from high-density foam cushion that will certainly ensure your kids a smooth and comfortable ride.
If you want to save some bucks without the seat pad there is a work around solution. That is to use a blanket as a replacement for the seat pad. It just needs to be folded and place it in the wagon bed. It’s free, easy and simple.
Tools, Assembly and Warning
The assembly is rather straightforward with adequate instructions to follow. You will require each of the tools below (not provided) to assemble the wagon. Get the tools ready before you start to do the job.
- Flat screw driver
- Adjustable wrench
Take a minute to read through the instruction and get an idea of the required steps to avoid fitting the wrong parts. There are several different types of bolts and nuts to fit different parts separately. So make sure you use the correct type. Get it right the first time will saves hours of rework.
There is a total of 12-step to complete the assembly. This will take about an hour to do so for a first timer. If you are a mechanic or a handy man, rest assured you can complete the task in half the time.
Do take note of the warning sign when you read the instruction. For example – it warns you not to inflate tires above 25 PSI (1.7 BAR). It is recommended to use manual pump to prevent over inflation. This is a safety precaution you need to follow to avoid unnecessary injury. The tires come with pre-inflated air with the correct PSI though.
There are quite a few features that work in favor of this wagon.
- It is durable and provided with the kind of design and quality that ensures that optimal function can be attained through it for a long time to come.
- 50% deeper side as opposed to classic version.
- It is safe and thus can be used to carry kids with ease as there is no danger of tipping.
- The pneumatic wheels can carry load up to 200lbs.
- It offers a great deal of convenience.
- Easy to assemble.
The product is not 100% perfect.
- A few dings can be noted in the body which could be annoying for some.
- It is provided with relatively thinner steel gauge as compared to other options which at times tends to give it a flimsy feel.
Consumer Feedback and Ratings
People who have used the wagon have some really good things to say about it. This could be gauged by the fact that it has managed to acquire an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by the users.
The key point to this wagon is the big rubber wheels with steel rims as it can easily pull through rugged terrain, mud, soft sand and grass better than the smaller wheels.
Everyone likes the deep sides as it can prevent toddlers and kids to topple out of the wagon during rough ride.
The wide, pneumatic tires provide stability on the move and during turning. It performed very well going up steps too.
This big red wagon is an awesome gift for the kids or grandkids. It also serves as utility wagon to haul heavy stuff for camping, beach, flea market, gardening gears and many more.
The quality is better than plastic wagon and it can sit 3 small kids in it without problems. One of the consumers has this for more than 30 years and is still working.
It’s a sturdy, well made and heavy duty all terrain wagon that’s worth buying. The price is just right and better than some of the expensive alternatives.
However, it is not as solid as they used to be decades ago. Everyone wishes it were made in USA and have thicker metal. But that would also add up the product cost.
The wheels do have strong rubber smell, it is recommended to air it outside the house for a couple of days.
The paint is thin; buyers must beware not to apply too much force on it during installation to prevent scratches.
The only thing that is preventing it from getting the perfect score is the dings on the body and the poor packaging that might cause a few dents during shipping.
If that is taken care of, this product will not give you a reason to complain.
All in all, this product proves to be well worth the money. It is affordable and thus would balance your budget. It is stable and does not carry a risk of tipping. Attention has been paid to make sure that you are provided with optimal convenience.
The Radio Flyer Big Red Classic ATW is a wagon that would not make you regret your purchase.