Recently purchased the Malone MicroSport XT Kayak Trailer Kit MPG460XT and took it on a road trip with 2 kayaks (about 85 lbs each). It is a well made trailer and pulled beautifully on my 600 mile journey. Several questions have been asked about pulling speeds on TX highways. While I am not recommending exceeding the mfr. recommended speed of 65 mph, I drove about 70 mph most of the way and it tracked true and straight. Never had a wobble. At one point I was accidentally pulling at the 75 mph speed limit and again it tracked perfectly straight. Again, not recommending this speed but it worked well for me.
Great trailer. Instructions are very clear and detailed with lots of pictures. A black and white printout is included with the trailer kit and a color version available online. Note that the trailer kit comes in 5 boxes and some of the components are interchangeable with the standard Malone Microsport trailer - you will probably wind up with a few extra parts that dont apply to the Microsport XT. As noted in other reviews, the wiring system is too exposed. I enclosed the wiring with wire loom and inexpensive lengths of garden hose and installed rubber grommets wherever a wire passed through a metal frame member, which would appear to be the first point of failure from the sharp edges. One bone to pick: The largest box (trailer frame pieces) was originally constructed with staples. Somehwere along the way, the staples came loose and the box was repaired with regular clear plastic tape. By the time it got to me, the tape (not made for heavyweight shipments) was falling apart where it was taped. A piece of packgin material must have fallen out and frame members started rubbing against each other, ripping the Malone label on one side. Fortunately, no pieces were missing and Malone is replacing the label, but a box like this should be repaired with strapping tape, new staples or heavy duty fiber tape. Boxes had to go from Malone in Maine to Austin in TX, then to me in NC, so somewhere in transshipment, someone did the wrong thing. Last note: Trailer tows like a dream, but if you're not an expert, practice backing up before you take it to the boat launch. Small movements of the steering wheel make for bigger movements on a shorter trailer.
After rigging my predator was getting a little heavy for the truck
rack. Bought this trailer to resolve that issue. Quality product and
nice looking. The telescoping tongue saves a lot of space in the
garage and you can it up on end easily if needed. Assembly was not
difficult though photos in the direction didn't always match the
model. I spent around four hours to put together by myself. No
missing or damaged parts. Pulls well. I would recommend any one in
need a a small trailer to haul a couple of kayaks or canoes. Would
purchase again from ACK.
If ACK will assemble it in Austin for your pickup there, go for it. It
took probably ten hours, half of that with two people to get it done.
The printed instructions are good, but the color instructions will
eliminate questions about wiring. The retractable tongue came
damaged and a replacement came quickly. The trailer weight over
springs seemed to handle highway speeds well.
This is a good little trailer kit for light canoes and kayaks. it
assembles very quickly and the instructions were easily followed
and logical to me. The materials used in the fabrication process
are more that adequate. I bought this trailer for Predator 13. I
have pulled the trailer up to 70 MPH and had no tracking issues.
The axle mounts far to the rear of the trailer so tracking problems
are eliminated. I was missing one of the fender mounting
brackets which was sent to me from Malone after I contacted
ACK. I made a temporary bracket patterned after the ones I
received and used it until I received the missing part. As usual
ACK was exceptional in sales and support.
I am very happy with the trailer. It tracks well and works well. I got it
because can be tipped up against a wall for storage. The assembly
instructions were poor, but once put together, it was great.
Great trailer! Good looking, functional, well built (including my part! &
durable. It took a few hours to build but good instructions, no missing
parts so no problems. Took my Malone rooftop carriers off SUV & put
them on trailer making loading much easier. Won't have to carry our
step ladder on trips anymore.
I did a lot of research before setting my mind on the Malone trailer.
Very good quality, easy assembly.
I went with the aluminum wheels and fenders and the retractable
tongue. The wrong box of wheels were shipped, but ACK figured it
all out and sent the correct ones. Overall i am very happy with this
purchase. As always ACK provides the best prices and service.
Have yet to use on the road but assembly was relatively easy.
Instructions are good for the most part but more direction on where,
specifically, washers were to be placed would be helpful. Wiring needs
to be better protected from the elements (maybe by adding a length of
clear plastic tubing to the kit) and I did need to add a few cable ties to
ensure wires stayed in position. I substituted my longer Thule bars to
hold two 38" wide touring canoes. I gave consideration in my buying
decision to the fact that all my Thule fittings worked on the stock
Malone bar, it just was not long enough to hold the two wider canoes.
Still working on fitting these length-wise (both are 17 ft long) and I
may need to move the front bar forward along the tongue to minimize
rear overhang. I will be checking with Malone to obtain their
suggestions. Overall, a very nice trailer at a competitive price.
Malone sport trailer. Have used this for the past 3 or 4 months. Very
good running especially on freeway. I go down I-40 and I-30 a lot and
it trailers good. Today I used it on a very bumpy dirt road and it
handled real good. No complaints. Well worth the money. Getting up
in years and really don't like picking a 100 lb. kayak over my head.
Great little trailer, good instructions, easy assembly, all parts fit very
well. First trip with 2 kayaks around 700 miles, I noticed grease
flecks all over the inside of the right side wheel. Immediately called
ACK. I was told to send a picture and they would submit it to Malone
and if they determined that it was a warranty issue, I would be sent
the appropriate part. I found a good, local trailer repair shop and had
the seal replaced and had the other side checked. I know not to drive
with an axle seal leaking, causes either seizing of the bearing or a
grease fire. Needless to say, I am a little disappointed with this
supposed warranty, I could not drive home 700 miles to await a part
without incurring further damage. This does not affect my rating of
the trailer, I know that parts can fail. I highly recommend this trailer,
just make sure you're at home if you have a warranty issue.
Please contact us and we will see about compensating you for the cost of repair in lieu of being able to send you a new part.
Fantastic trailer! Since
purchase, I pulled it with two
kayaks to North Carolina and
Missouri from northern Illinois -
- a total of 3,000+ miles. Be
sure to check lug nut torque
(80 ft.lbs.) after the first 50
miles; and occasionally,
thereafter. I modified the build
instructions to encase all
wiring; and after viewing the
experience of others on U-
tube, I added one inch square
aluminum support posts
beneath each of the two
weight-bearing cross bars.
Also added quick disconnect
wiring at side marker lights,
rather than splicing the