The word just doesn't seem to want to get back into my brain.

I can't even put a picture of it, seeing as I don't know what to search for. Its like an extension boot, open-air, not covered. It's attached to the vehicle by a hook or something similar. It has to be open-air though. Something not as big as a trailer house.

Also, I'm getting slight hints of such a... device being seen in a Charlie Brown Comic?

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    In the U.S., it's called a trailer. – Peter Shor Apr 23 '16 at 17:22
  • Isn't that like, BIG? Or can there be smaller ones too? And can that word be used for open-air types? And please, answer in the normal method, not in comments. Forces me to leave the question unanswered – Sphoorthy Nutulapati Apr 23 '16 at 17:22
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    A trailer is anything you attach to a car and tow behind it, so it can be small. But I don't think I've seen any open-air types in the U.S. – Peter Shor Apr 23 '16 at 17:26
  • If it's attached to the vehicle, on the roof or trunk rather than towed behind on its own wheels, it could be a luggage rack or rooftop carrier. There are general ones, plus special racks/carriers for bikes, skis, kayaks, &c. (See e.g. Yakima or Thule companies for commercial examples.) – jamesqf Apr 23 '16 at 18:25
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    Are you thinking of "dolly"? – Hot Licks Apr 23 '16 at 18:33

In the U.S., anything that's detachable and can be towed behind a car is called a trailer. Small ones are sometimes called luggage trailers.

The small ones I recall seeing on the roads have generally been closed-top. I don't know if we have any special words for open-top ones, as opposed to closed-top ones.

  • Yup. I'm gonna go with luggage trailers – Sphoorthy Nutulapati Apr 23 '16 at 17:37
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    Open topped ones might be called a "utility trailer" if it has sides, or "flatbed trailer" if there's just a small rim. Then there are specialized ones for motorcycles, snowmobiles, &c. – jamesqf Apr 23 '16 at 18:28

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