The Malone Micro Sport Kayak Trailer Kit is a perfect combination of affordability, quality and design reliability. The MicroSport features pre-assembled hubs for simple and clean installation as well as a heavy duty 11 gauge steel frame for years of service. The Malone Micro Sport Kayak Trailer Package 461U includes 2 Saddle Up Pro kayak carriers and a spare tire with lock.
|Length:||13 ft 3 in / 4.04 m|
|Width:||65 in / 165.1 cm|
|Weight:||198 lb / 89.81 kg|
|Capacity:||355 lb / 161.03 kg|
I ordered this package from ACK and included the retractable tongue, the spare tire, and the kickstand. Alas, ACK didn’t ship the retractable tongue so I had to wait for final assembly. Putting it together was pretty straightforward, a socket wrench set with some deep sockets will be your friend. It’s pretty sturdy, I like the sealed bearings, the kickstand makes it easy to wheel around, and it stands up in the garage for storage and still leaves room for my truck. The online instructions and illustrations don’t match what’s in the boxes and Malone should update those. An example is the protective rubber caps that top some big U-bolts. I thought they were missing because the photos at Malone’s web site shows them, but Malone discontinued using them. I didn’t care for the twist-on wire connectors or quick splices, so I soldered all the electrical connections. I also didn’t like just having the wires exposed and running through holes with sharp edges, so I enclosed them in wire conduit. The wiring instructions for the trailer should include instructions for wiring if you have the retractable tongue kit or plan to add it. I knew the wiring would change with the retractable tongue, so I ran the wires in a way that seemed more sensible. Malone recommended their SaddleUp Pro carriers, but those did not fit the shape of my Native Ultimates, so I returned them and went with foam blocks for cushioning. I had to buy the 78” wide cross bars to fit my two kayaks on the trailer nicely. It is a hassle having to wait to get the paperwork for a title from ACK. Fortunately, my state doesn’t require a title so I could start using the trailer right away. The trailer tows very nicely, it weighs enough that it doesn’t bounce around but it’s light enough to push upright for storage.
Malone micro-sport 2 kayak trailer is a great trailer -- received the kit 3 days after ordering; very fast. First off, you'll need to use mechanics gloves when assembling this trailer as it's a lot of metal that can cut/scratch you. You'll also want to order the extended bar kit if you have the wider kayaks such as the Wilderness Tarpon 120; they don't sit well on the standard bar kit that's included. It will take about 8 hours to assemble the trailer as there's a lot of figuring out the layout per the diagrams & dressing in of wiring that needs to be done per your own preferences, but it's a fun project for sure that you will enjoy -- pretty easy!!! I also got a tongue wheel kit from Harbor Freight for $25 that makes the trailer easy to move around & sits level; I also mounted the spare tire kit on top of the frame under the front kayak bar, looks great there. My only negative issue is with the titling process -- the title must be requested from Austin after the fact & you'll need the serial number off the axle; which means I had to crawl under the trailer to read off the bottom of the axle %$*!!! -- also, it took two weeks to get the paperwork which means you can't road it until its registered in your state. Finally, the serial # wasn't included on the bill of sale, so the DMV balked at the paperwork, but made an exception -- insist Austin Kayak includes the serial # on the BOS when sent! In closing, I'm very happy & everyone loves the trailers look. P.S. This is the best price around! Would love to include pictures with this review as you'll see how nice it looks assembled & loaded up.