December 22, 2021
By Mike Carney
At some stage, most kayak enthusiasts have thought about the convenience and utility of a trailer. Many of today’s high-end kayaks weigh in excess of 100-pounds, and that makes car topping or even a pickup truck bed a challenge for some.
And anytime you need to haul extra gear or more than one kayak, like for a family member or a boat for a friend, a trailer is incredibly convenient, as well as being safer for you and your kayak to load.
We’ve had the opportunity to run a few trailers across the country for Kayak Fishing Fun magazine and TV special, and our thinking has evolved on what we now look for in a trailer.
Initially, we chose trailers with all the whistles and bells installed, but quickly realized that some of those features we paid for…we just never used. Then we tried a model for Malone Auto Racks, out of Westbrook, Maine, and it’s changed our thinking what we look for and value in a trailer package.
The Malone trailer we ordered is an ExtraLight Lowmax 2 base model, then we added just the accessories we actually use and need.
Ultimately, we put together a trailer package we really love, so I’ll walk you through exactly how we rigged it. Also keep in mind that these trailer configurations and accessories change from year to year, so be sure to check the Malone website: maloneautoracks.com
Here is the list of accessories we added to our rig:
Trailer Tongue Kick Stand
Replace the standard tongue skid plate with the Trailer Tongue Kick Stand. Keeps the trailer level when unhitched and makes it easier to connect to the tow vehicle. Large integrated wheel allows the trailer to be easily rolled to the desired location. The spring release locks the wheel assembly into the down position for use, or, in the up position for travel.
Trailer Lift Handle
Save your hands from any unforseen mishaps with the Trailer Lift Handle. Formed grip handle ensures a no-slip grip and a smooth transition from garage to truck.
Spare Tire & Mount
This full-size spare tire is compatible with the LowMax™ Sport Trailer and Packages. Having a spare provides the guarantee that you will never be stuck on the roadside or in the back country with a flat tire. The anti-theft attachment provides added security to prevent opportunistic theft. Includes a Five-Year Limited Warranty to assure performance and overall satisfaction. Spare tire includes trailer frame anti-theft attachment.
LowMax 2nd Tier Kit
Constructed of galvanized 11 gauge steel and 50" steel load bars the LowMax 2nd Tier Kit is great for adding extra items to your trailer with little hastle. Easy assembly - no drilling required. Great for a cargo box or transporting an extra boat. Includes all mounting hardware. Five Year Limited Warranty.
Electrical Charging Station
One of the most unique options is our new MPG543 Waterproof Electrical Charging Station that can be permanently mounted to the trailer's framework. Quickly charges LED lighting, fish finders, GPS systems, phones or camera. Includes a galvanized mounting plate that lets the unit be installed in a variety of locations. Easily connects to the trailer's wiring harness. Provides two USB ports and one 12v socket. Five Year Limited Warranty.
Flood Light with Magnetic Mount
With it's 10' long power cord, this magnetic base LED type flood light can be mounted anywhere on the trailer and easily removed for transit. The 2000 lumen twin beam bulbs provide ample light for late night or early morning gear setups. Five Year Limited Warranty.
Two Bunk Kits for Various Boat Hulls
The Large Kayak Bunk Kit is designed to attach to all Malone trailers. The 7' bunks fit nearly any kayak hull design. We recommend these for larger kayaks as they stabilize and hold larger boats better than traditional carriers while also easing the loading process. Transports one kayak. Made in the USA. Five Year Limited Warranty.
SeaWing Kayak Carrier
Simplify the kayak transport process with this integrated carrier and loader system. The SeaWing™ Kayak Carrier with Stinger™ Load Assist Combo combines our wing style saddles with a modular loader that extends up to 25” back from the center of the rear crossbar to protect your vehicle and safely load the kayak.
SaddleUp Pro Kayak Carrier
The SaddleUp™ is a great way to transport larger touring, sit-on-top and fishing kayaks. The MPG110MD features four high-grip self-adjusting saddles. Each set includes two rear saddle pads that allow the boat to easily slide into place. Comes complete with hardware, straps and safety tie-downs for one kayak.
Plano Trailer Storage Trunk
The MPG481 Trailer Storage Trunk offers on-board storage space for for kayak drives, PFDs and various other paddlecraft accessories. The lid is easily removable from the trunk and can be locked for added security (locks not included). Shipped with galvanized mounting brackets that provide a perfect fit inside the trailer's framework. Features a single 9' load strap and D-Ring tie-downs to firmly secure the lid during transport and a Five Year Limited Warranty to ensure years of dependable service.
Fiberglass Safety Pole
The Fiberglass Safety Mast is a perfect way to keep tabs on your trailer while traveling or backing up. An excellent and smart choice for owners of tall vehicles that obstruct view while in tow. Keeps the trailer visible for both for the tow vehicle and drivers following behind. Supplied with mounting bracket and covered by a Five Year Limited Warranty.
Top Carrier for Clothes & Gear
The Malone Profile series of rooftop boxes are offered in two color options with a "low and wide" profile design. Can be used on a kayak trailer or your vehicle. These units feature a patented quick attach mounting system, abrasion and UV resistant ABS construction, centralized locking system and dual opening lid. The Profile18B comes with a rich, high-gloss onyx black lid and matte black reinforced bottom. Proudly assembled in the USA. Lifetime Limited Warranty.
Fishing Rod Storage Tube
Our telescoping fishing rod transport system delivers a reliable and secure transit for your expensive "gone fishing" gear. Custom made brackets firmly secure the tube to the underside of the load bars and overhead vertical supports. Designed for easy access with a lockable hinged door. Holds up to six saltwater (extra long) rods. A fully molded and nearly indestructible frame with padded ends for years of service. Made in USA. Five Year Limited Warranty.