The Malone Micro Sport Kayak Trailer Kit is a perfect combination of affordability, quality and design reliability. The Micro Sport Trailer features pre-assembled hubs for simple and clean installation as well as a heavy duty 11 gauge steel frame for years of service.
|Length:||13 ft 3 in / 4.04 m|
|Width:||65 in / 165.1 cm|
|Weight:||197 lb / 89.36 kg|
|Capacity:||355 lb / 161.03 kg|
|Material:||Galvanized Steel, Cross Bars - Aluminum|
I am very happy with the trailer. Took a little longer than 2-4 hours to put together, but had fun doing it. This is a much better way to transport kayaks and canoes. Took it out for the first time this weekend and it worked great. Transported a 17' Coleman Ram-X and a 14' Pungo 140 on it. The boat ramp was flooded so instead of risking getting my truck stuck I just detached the trailer from my truck with the boats still on them and rolled it next to the water. The trailer arrived fast and was undamaged. I will be ordering from ACK again.
I haven't taken it for a trip yet but I had a couple of issues during installation: Not all parts arrived in the initial shipment but ACK customer service corrected that quickly. The parts are very heavy for the boxes which caused them to arrive opened and scratched with the parts sticking out. ACK offered a $50 gift certificate for that. The plastic cover ends on the loading bars are all very bad material. they get broken if you try to snap them all the way in. And if you didn't snap them all the way in then they'll most probably fall on the road. So the loading bars don't look that good without them but they don't affect functionality. The tongue is too long - yes there is an upgraded one that looks like it can divide to 2 - but the base tongue needs to be redesigned to divide to 2 with that length. Other than that, not bad.
I have just finished assembling the trailer. The shipping was fast, and the boxes were a little beat up during the transit, but everything is so robustly built that everything arrived in fine condition. The instructions are excellent, with good photos. However, the assembly instructions weren't 100% accurate (I had Rev 3). The initial assembly occurs with the pieces upside-down on the floor. However, in the very first step, the photo shows the wiring harness being threaded into the tongue with the tongue right-side up. Not a biggie, but slightly perplexing. Also, toward the end of assembling the wiring harness to the tail lamps, it shows and says that wire nuts are to be used to join the tail lamp wires to the wiring harness...but there were no wire nuts in the kit. There was, however, the right number of sleeve connectors, which worked fine. Other than that, assembly was exactly as described, and the instructions are clearly written. It took me about 5 hours to assemble the trailer, not hurrying, working steadily though. If I hadn't had a set of socket wrenches, it would have taken a bunch longer. A very sturdy trailer, it appears, everything is heavy gauge, and fits well. I much appreciated the use of nylon-lock nuts, rather than a lock washer. All in all, a good product, and I hope it stands up to bouncing around on back roads.
This trailer has been a bit of a letdown. To start out, some of the instructions are simply wrong and apparently have not been updated since the original model. This causes confusion during the build process. Also, there's no way that most people can assemble this in less than four hours. I used an impact driver to vastly speed the assembly and it still took four hours. A word of warning, the bar-end caps need to be glued on or they will disappear on your first outing. Also, the whole trailer is pretty rusty and I've owned it less than a year. I rinse it after every saltwater outing. Hopefully it holds up.