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Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers - Hard Shell - 3.7 cu ft

Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers - Hard Shell - 3.7 cu ft

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Malone Accessories and Parts - MPG481

  • Trailers
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  • Roof Rack on Wheels Parts
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  • Storage
  • Malone

  • Hard shell storage trunk
  • Provides dry storage space on Malone MicroSport or XtraLight trailer
  • Removable lid
  • Lockable for added security - locks not included
  • Galvanized mounting brackets
  • Fits perfectly in the trailer's framework
  • Includes 9' tie-down strap
  • Storage space: 3.7 cu ft
  • 5-Year warranty
  • Made in the USA

MPG481 Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers - Hard Shell - 3.7 Cubic Feet

Installation Details MPG481 Installation instructions

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Video of Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers - Hard Shell - 3.7 cu ft

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Malone Trailers Hard Shell Storage Trunk Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Malone Storage Trunk for the Micro-Sport and the Extra Light. Part number MPG481. This storage trunk is going to sit underneath your kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, or any other accessories you've got mounted on your trailer. So you've got extra storage space to bring some gear with you.It comes with a nine foot tie down strap to keep your case secure to your trailer. And you'll find four locations where you can lock your top to your bottom to provide extra security. The whole case slides out, so when you get where you're going if it's filled with beach gear, just take it on down to the beach with you.

It's even got wheels so you can roll it along.There's four latches. Two on each side that hold the lid on. The entire lid can be removed for easy access to all your items. The included mounting brackets are made of a galvanized steel, so it'll be rust resistant and durable. Now as far as storage options for your Malone trailer, this is the only one that won't require modifications to your trailer.

It comes with everything you need to get it installed. Let's show you how to do that now.Included with your storage trunk, you're going to get two brackets. These brackets are going to mount on the existing hardware for your leaf spring. On the Extra Light, it's going to mount on the rear leaf spring bolts, using the two rear most holes of the bracket. But on your Micro-Sport it's going to mount on the front two holes of the bracket using the front leaf spring hardware.

Now, even though the bracket's going to mount in a different location depending if you have the Extra Light or the Micro-Sport, the process is going to be the same.You'll need a 9/16 inch wrench to remove the bolts for your leaf spring. Now we're ready to position our bracket into place. You want to take your wiring and make sure that it's not trapped underneath the bracket. And slide the bracket on the bolts. You may have to push the leaf spring in to get the bolt hole lined back up.

And then push it back up through the leaf spring bracket, frame, and box bracket. And put your nuts back on.Now you can place your trunk on the brackets, lining it up between the bracket ears. And before you strap it down, pop the lid off, fill it up with whatever gear you're going to bring with you, and now you can load it up with anything you need to bring with you on your trip. Whether it be chocks to hold your trailer, straps to tie-down your gear, sports equipment, you have everything you need and you're ready to strap it down.Use the included nine foot strap. Just slide it up through the side hole, out through the top hole, drape it across the top of the case, go down through the top hole, and the back out through the side hole. Slide it through the bottom opening of the felt protector and then through your buckle. Now, just pull it tight.And that completes our look at the Malone storage trunk for the Extra Light or Micro-Sport trailer.

Customer Reviews

Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers - Hard Shell - 3.7 cu ft - MPG481

Average Customer Rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars   (19 Customer Reviews)

- MPG481

Great trailer. Well made and sturdy. Good instructions if you use Malone[online] video and the written instructions. Made assembly easier up on a table to build. A bit intimidating to start with all the parts but pretty fun to see it come together. It took me two 3 hour session. I just installed the Malone storage truck and would recommend purchasing it along with your trailer.

- MPG481

This is flimsy, and requires the user to drill holes in the Malone Microsport Trailer to install it. THEN, you can't get to it when kayaks are on the trailer. It's a good idea, but poorly executed. However, the best part of this whole process was the fantastic customer service by William B! He is a true pleasure to deal with!

- MPG481

Super fast shipping and it perfectly fits my Eco-Light trailer. Bolted right in, though I pretty much ignored the instructions as they aren't for the Eco-Light. Makes a nice storage area for my PFD and my kayaking accessories.

- MPG481

I like it. Fits trailer perfectly! Others have similar trunks but they have a hinge making it difficult to open with kayaks loaded. So I'm glad I went t

- MPG481

I have a MicroSport trailer. The instructions for this kit are unclear and probably wrong. They say to use the rear bolt (only the rear, not two bolts!) of the front spring support in the front hole of the brackets. This is clearly wrong, because if you do that then the bottom of the box rests on the axle and won't go down far enough to rest on the bracket. The next sensible thing to do (which etrailer's video shows) is to use both front spring bolts which moves the box forward so that it doesn't rest on the axle. However, this results in the front latches of the box resting on the front cross member of the trailer (see yellow arrow in the photo) and only the rear lugs of the box resting on the brackets. The front lugs are unsupported (see the red arrow in the photo.) The other annoyance is since the box is resting on the front cross member the bottom of the latches are blocked. In order get your finger under it to unlatch you have to lift the box up. Not a problem if it is empty, but it becomes a real pain when the box is full and boats are above it. This could probably be solved with 1.5" spacers so the brackets sit a bit higher. Malone should have put more thought into the brackets and the instructions should be re-written to better address the MicroSport trailer.

- MPG481

Fits nicely on the micro sport trailer!

- MPG481

etrailer is a great site with very competitive pricing and shipping. The Malone xtra-light storage box is awesome. I can put all the things from my Hobie Pro Angler into the box prior to towing it to my fishing location. Once I pull the kayak off the trailer I can open the box and set it up my gear (fish finder, rod holders, mirage drive, etc). The box locks and is strapped to the trailer while driving. It's perfect. Excellent all around.

- MPG481

This box is really nice, and fits perfectly on the Malone micro sport trailer. It is easy to install, and includes mounting brackets

- MPG481

This is a nice trunk for storage. Top comes off, no hinge. Four latches to hold top close. However while on the trailer it is held in place with only a strap. So its not secure as far as anyone could come along and take it. Also I don't think it could securely hold heavey items for long, I say this because the bottom of the trunk is not supported and I believe with heavey items bouncing inside the truck on road trips could cause it to fail, due to it not being to ridged. For now I keep it in my vehicle. I am looking at a modification on my trailer so it is secure, and will support the bottom as well. I use it for my Hobie mirage drive system and Boonedox wheels, fits but concern about weight. Not a problem while in vehicle. Nice trunk, but could use improvements.

- MPG481

Like the product but the instructions do not go with the trailer the way it shows. This is the second product of Malone that I received with incorrect instructions. It is not the fault of Etrailer. I am very happy with the items I have ordered from them.

What trailer are you using the storage trunk on? The trunk is compatible with Malones MicroSport and XtraLight trailers only, and the exact positioning of the trunk will depend on which of those two you have. You can see more details in the video provided above.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 09/26/2018

- MPG481

Good product

- MPG481

All I had expected. Great product, fast shipping and spot on with customer support.

- MPG481

Box is difficult to close, top does not go on easily. The box walls are thin, this is strictly a light duty storage box.

- MPG481

I am very pleased with the product and the etrailer company. The communication was very good. The storage bin was easy to install.

- MPG481


- MPG481

Fast Shipping. Easy to install. I was able to fit both mirage drives for my Hobie kayaks inside, freeing up space in my SUV.

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Ask the Experts about this Malone Accessories and Parts

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    According to the manufacturer, from top to bottom the Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers # MPG481 measures 14 inches high; it is also 37-3/4 inches long and 18-1/4 inches wide. In regards to mounting it to the Malone MicroSport Trailer # MPG460G you definitely need to have it strapped down like in the accompanying photo (the box does come with a load strap). Not strapping it down properly could result in it bouncing loose, like you mentioned, but that is not...
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    I checked with Malone and the Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers # MPG481 is not a compatible accessory for the Malone MicroSport LowBed Trailer # MPG464-LB. As you mentioned, the Storage Trunk is compatible with other models, such as the Malone MicroSport Trailer # MPG460G. I have added links to video reviews for you to check out as well.
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    I reached out to my contact at Malone and they said adding something like that would not be something they can comment on. They can only approve their own accessories, so adding something custom like that can void your warranty. The tongue us 2x3 inches so your load support would not be very strong. My recommendation is to use the Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers - Hard Shell - 3.7 cu ft # MPG481 for your storage needs and then use a paddle carrier like...
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  • Can I Use the Storage Trunk For Malone MicroSport On a Malone EcoLight
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