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Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist

Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist

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Malone Accessories and Parts - MAL48FR

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The Channel Loader is an incredibly simple to use kayak loader that works with nearly any vehicle and fits most boat hull configurations. The design includes an extra tall frame that reaches over most spoilers, and a narrow footprint to allow loading of 2 kayaks on the vehicle's rooftop. Other features include an over-sized 10" wide conical roller to improve boat control and a 3-position adjustment system to match any angular loading requirement. The heavy-duty toggle activated vacuum cups have non-marking pads that protect the vehicle's sheet metal from abrasion. Stores in the trunk or hatch when not in use. Includes a limited lifetime warranty.

Note: For sedan style vehicles, 2 individual Channel Loaders are recommended.


  • V-shaped roller works with most kayaks
  • Corrosion resistant construction
  • Fits most SUV's, sedans and hatchbacks
  • 3-Position loading adjustment
  • Stores in the vehicle when not in use
  • Easily installs in seconds


  • Load capacity: 75 lbs
  • Dimensions: 9" long x 16-1/2" wide x 4" tall
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • Lifetime limited warranty

MPG367 Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist Module

Installation Details MAL48FR Installation instructions

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Video Transcript for Review of Malone Watersport Carriers Accessories - Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist - MAL48FR

Ellen: Hey everyone. I'm Ellen here at etrailer.com and we're going to be taking a quick look at the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Assist. This helps to roll your kayak up onto your roof rack. So you don't have to just lift it all up on your own. Some vehicles can be pretty tall or your kayak can be pretty heavy, and it's just awkward to do without possibly dropping it or scratching of your car. This is going to make it a lot easier to just slide it up there and make life a little bit simpler.

It's a pretty simple design. It's just going to have these two suction cups on the bottom. As long as you're attaching it to a relatively flat or at least non-porous surface like glass or the metal of your car, it should attach pretty easily. Just open up the two suction cups and then flip them down to engage them.Of course, I've got paper on my table, so they're not really going to stick here, but they do have a little bit of adjustment, so they can rotate out to accommodate for a little bit of curve. It doesn't have to be a perfectly flat surface, but you don't want to put it on a corner or something like that.The angle of this also can adjust.

There's a couple of different spots where you can put this. There's a little bolt and nut to remove, to get at those different angles. So you don't have to worry about it flipping down while you're in the middle of rolling up your kayak, but it should make it pretty easy to get that installed. It's just going to roll on that center channel. So it's going to help it to just load up onto your vehicle.You can use this on SUV's, sedans, really any kind of vehicle that you might be driving.

They do note if you are going to be using this with a sedan vehicle that you might need a second one, just to account for that angle between the trunk and the top of your vehicle. If you have a really long trunk, it could maybe be a little bit hard to make it all in one go. So you might need two, depends on how it works for you. Your upper body strength, the weight of your kayak and so on. So just keep that in mind.

You might want to grab two of them, but we might not need to.If you have an SUV, you really shouldn't worry about it since usually the back end is pretty flat and there's not a lot of travel that you have to go across.Should be pretty straightforward there. Like I said, it's a pretty simple design, easily stores in your trunk or your cargo area to stay out of the way for the next time you need to load it up and removes pretty easy. Whenever you're done loading of your kayak, you can place this pretty much anywhere to get your kayak on or off your roof. I think it's a really smart design and should make it a lot easier for your kayak to get up there. As far as the size, I'll give you some measurements. Overall length is about 16 inches. A little bit more, whenever it's just straight up vertical here, it's about 10 and a half inches tall.And those suction cups are about four and a half inches in diameter. It is made out of chrome or corrosion resistant materials. You shouldn't have to worry about any water getting on this and causing any damage to your vehicle. It does have a 75 pound loading capacity. It weighs about three and a half pounds and does have a lifetime limited warranty. That's pretty much all there is to it for our look at the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Assist. I hope this has been helpful in deciding if this is going to be the right tool for you. I'm Ellen here at etrailer.com. Thanks for watching.

Customer Reviews

Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist - MAL48FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (6 Customer Reviews)


I was concerned that the suction cups would not hold on my slightly curved back window (Volvo xc70), but they worked great. Used to load a 100 pound 20 foot kayak onto roof racks. Roller works smoothly. Just what I needed to clear the rear gate spoiler.


Great product. I found that if you drive off with it still attached to your car window, it will still be there when you stop. Works well with even a whitewater boat, but because of the flatter bottom youjust have to be careful keeping on center when loading/unloading. I like it so much, I just bought a 2nd one.




Love it. Fishing Kayak = 100lbs; this makes loading on tall SUV much easier!


The price was good


Ask the Experts about this Malone Accessories and Parts

  • Could Malone Channel Loader Kayak Assist be Used with J-Style Kayak Carrier
    Normally J-style kayak carriers are loaded from the side, but if you wanted to load yours from the rear of the vehicle the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Assist part # MAL48FR would fit and work great.
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  • Will Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist Work on Suzuki Grand Vitara
    Yes, your Suzuki Grand Vitara is 100 percent compatible with the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist # MAL48FR. The only thing you'll need if you don't have one is a saddle-style kayak carrier in order to haul your kayaks, and one that will work perfectly with the load assist is a carrier from Rhino-Rack: - Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier # RR571 This carrier will mesh superbly with the load assist because it has felt pads on the rear cradles to make it super simple to...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack And Kayak Carrier For 2011 Toyota Corolla S
    Yes the Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Rear Loading - Clamp On # RR571 will clamp onto the SportRack Semi-Custom Roof Rack # SR1002. This roof rack is compatible with your 2011 Toyota Corolla S. The Rhino-Rack Nautic Kayak Carrier does not exactly have a weight capacity; the weight capacity of the roof rack and your vehicle's roof is what you want to look at. Since you are only mounting 1 kayak weighing 85lbs, you won't have to worry. The included tie-down straps...
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