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Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist

Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist

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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" wide x 4" tall
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • Lifetime limited warranty

MPG367 Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist Module

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Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist - MAL48FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (23 Customer Reviews)


This roller works great and is a lifesaver when getting kayaks up on the roof of our SUV. It may take a few tries to get the suction cups to attach due to the curvature of the back window, but when its on correctly, it holds firm.


Easy to fit and use, should protect our car and our kayaks from inadvertent damage.


These work perfectly to get this 65 year old woman’s Hobie Kayak on top of her Outback, all by herself!!


I love the kayak assist device, I can get my kayak on and off my car easily without any help!


I can now load my 14' tandem kayak by myself. Excellent product.


Hold tight to the back glass as I'm loading and unloading the heavy kayak. Perfect for me.


The Malone load assist works really well. I wasn't sure untilI tried it - I am 71 and wrestling my rowing scull to the car top carrier is getting more challenging each year. Worked like a charm - dead simple.


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.


This was a game changer for me. I needed to be able to load and unload my kayak by myself. So easy to use, quick and easy!


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.



Used it on my truck topper to load my Hobi - it's working.


Prompt shipping. Great service. Product works awesome.


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



The price was good









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  • 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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  • Height of Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist MAL48FR
    You are quite observant, as I was able to find the height of the Malone load assist you asked about, which is the following part number: - Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist # MAL48FR We measured the Malone Channel Loader, and when it is completely vertical it stands 9-3/8" tall, and also measures 15-3/8" wide.
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  • Can Malone Channel Loader be used on Truck Cap
    Absolutely; a 65 lb kayak is a chore to get on a roof for anybody, so a load assist is a really good idea. Your truck cap won't be an issue, and will allow you to use the Malone load assist, which is the following part number: - Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist # MAL48FR
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  • Recommended Kayak Lift Assist For Roof Racks To Allow One Person Lifting And Loading
    My recommendation for getting your 14.9 Scupper Pro onto your roof rack is to use the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist # MAL48FR. This will allow you to easily load your kayak from the ground onto your vehicle roof by yourself. It uses a roller similar to a boat trailer to roll the kayak up onto your crossbars. A side loading option to give you a pivot point is the Inno Kayak Lifter Load Assist # INA453 if you prefer a smaller load assist.
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  • Load Assist To Help Load Canoe On a 2014 Subaru Forester
    I do have an option for you but the Rhino-Rack Universal Load Assist will not work with factory crossbars because there is no overhand which is needed. Instead, I recommend the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist part # MAL48FR which should allow you to load your canoe by yourself.
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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 slide...
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  • Universal Load Assist Options to Fit Yakima RoundBar Roof Rack
    Thank you for the information! For your application I recommend checking out either the Malone Channel Loader # MAL48FR or the Inno Kayak Lifter Load Assist # INA453. The Channel Loader can easily be moved from one vehicle to another with minimal effort and the Kayak Lifter uses universal-type clamps that are compatible with all of the standard crossbar style on the market. Attached are review videos of each for you to check out.
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  • Kayak Carrier and Load Assist Recommendation for 2017 Kia Sedona with OEM Roof Rack
    A potential carrier option for your 2017 Kia Sedona factory roof rack is the Malone SeaWing # MPG107MD. This is a saddle-style carrier that you'll load from the rear of your van as opposed to the side. This can be adjusted side to side so you should be able to get both kayaks on top of your vehicle but I do recommend laying the boats side by side behind your vehicle to see if the middle of each will be above your crossbars. To help make loading your boats easier you can use the Malone...
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  • Will the Thule Hullavator Work On a 2005 Acura MDX with Factory Rack
    I do have an option for you but the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 won't work on the 2005 Acura MDX with factory roof rack. The factory roof rack cannot be replaced therefore the only option is a different kayak carrier. The Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier part # Y04074 with the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist part # MAL48FR is what I recommend which is a great option with load assist and all the tie-downs you'll need as well. It will still allow one person to load...
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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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  • Can the Thule Hullavator Be Used On the 2008 Ford Expedition with Factory Roof Rack
    I do have an option for you but the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs part # TH898 won't work on a 2008 Ford Expedition with factory roof rack because this system requires a crossbar overhang and the factory roof racks are all flush. Instead, I recommend the Yakima Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs part # Y04083-04082 with the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist part # MAL48FR which will be the easiest option we have for you to get a kayak up on the roof by...
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  • Does Thule Hullavator Need Crossbars to Extend 4 to 8 Inches on Jeep Wrangler
    I reached out to a representative of Thule who told me the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist # TH898 will require crossbars to extend at least 4 inches because the arms have some give, so when you put the kayak on it is likely to make contact with your Jeep Wrangler; additionally, they said is was unlikely to fit your Gobe Stealth Rack. Instead, the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist # MAL48FR could be a good option. This load assist will require the use of a saddle-style...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation With Rolling Load Assist Feature for Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars
    Thule has a few kayak carriers that mount via tracks but they don't offer the load assisting feature of a rolling or sliding cradle like what we find on the Yakima SweetRoll # Y04074. I personally like the clamping system on the SweetRoll so for a saddle system with an integrated rolling feature I recommend the SweetRoll which can be locked with the Core Kit # Y07204. For a system that fits into the T-Slot of your WingBar Evo crossbars and offers load assist I recommend checking out the...
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  • Can SeaSucker Monkey Bars Roof Rack Be Used for Fishing Kayaks on 2019 Honda Odyssey
    The SeaSucker Monkey Bars Roof Rack # 298-SX6000B is a great option for your 2019 Honda Odyssey as it has a 150 lb weight capacity and the powerful vacuum cups have a pull strength rating of 210 lbs each - and there's 6 of them. As long as you don't go over that 150 lb weight capacity you're good to go with this roof rack! If you don't already have kayak carriers I recommend picking up 2 of the Malone MegaWing Fishing Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs # MPG207 and then using the Malone Channel...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 70 lb Hobie Compass Kayaks
    For your heavier Hobie Compass kayaks I recommend using either the etrailer J-Style Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs # e98878 (weight rating 150 lbs) or the Swagman Exo Aero Saddle-Style Rooftop Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs # S65145 (weight rating 100 lbs). The J-Style sounds more like what you're used to and to load your heavy kayaks to this style rack I recommend using a load-assist like the Rhino-Rack Universal Load Assist # RR-RUSL but if you'd rather go with the saddle-style then I recommend...
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  • Recommendation for a Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier with Slide Out Roller for a 2002 Isuzu Axiom
    You will need the following items to install cross bars on the naked roof of your 2002 Isuzu Axiom: Crossbars # INXB130-2 Feet # INXS250 Fit Kit # INK117 Once you have the cross bars correctly installed you will be able to use the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load Assist, item # MAL48FR, along with another set of cross bars. You can then use any of the Yakima Kayak carriers including the Kayak Carrier, item # Y04082 to secure your kayaks on the roof of your vehicle.
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  • Will 2 Malone SeaWing Kayak Carriers Fit on 2015 Mini Countryman OEM Roof Rack
    Since the Malone SeaWing Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs # MPG107MD has a single clamp that goes around the crossbars you just need to make sure there is enough room to fit your kayaks side by side so the middles of each boat are over your crossbars. As long as you're able to do that then you can mount the SeaWings just fine. The Stinger Load Assist # MPG350 is 10-1/2" wide so in order to use that you need the middle of your boats to be 5-1/4" in from the edges of your crossbars. If that...
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  • 2 Kayak Carrier Options For A 2019 Toyota Highlander Factory Rack
    One key consideration here is if you have enough crossbar width on top of your 2019 Toyota Highlander factory crossbars to lay 2 kayaks side by side. Thule recommends 53 inches of crossbar width for example, which is well beyond what most factory rails provide. Yakima recommends new aftermarket crossbars for a scenario like this usually. It's possible to use 2 sets of Yakima DeckHand Kayak Carriers with Tie-Downs # Y04083-2 on the same vehicle and use the Malone Channel Loader Kayak Load...
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