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  • Is Malone XtraLight Trailer Easy to Assemble, Good on Highway, Easy to Move, Comparable to Yakima
  • Most of the assembly of the Malone roof rack on wheels # MPG525G is just turning wrenches which is to say simple and straight forward. The instructions are some of the best I have seen with easy to understand explanations and color pictures. I have included a link to them for you. I have no doubt that you would be able to assemble the trailer without any problems. Small trailers like this are fine on the highway when loaded. What can make a trailer, any trailer, bounce or sway is the...
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  • What is the Best Rack to Transport 4 Womens Bikes on a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg?
  • The Malone Pilot 4 Bike Rack, part # MPG-2112-2115, is an extremely versatile platform mount that will work well with the women's bikes. The adjustable frame lock has 90 degrees of range, being able to adapt to a number of frame types and positions. Frame locks on most platforms actually attach to the front wheel or front of the frame, avoiding the need for an adapter bar. I recommend putting the frame lock against the downshaft of the bike to avoid damaging the frame. I also recommend...
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  • Length, Width, and Height of Malone MicroSport Trailer Using Retractable Tongue Kit
  • On the Malone MicroSport Trailer # MPG460G the overall width side to side is 65 inches because the crossbars are the widest part of it. The trailer itself is about 55 inches wide if the bars were taking off. The overall length without an extension is 14 feet but that can be adjusted to be shorter using the retractable tongue kit you mentioned # MPG494. The overall height to the top of a crossbar is 30-1/2 inches. The tongue by itself is 8 feet long. The use of the retractable kit reduces...
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  • Economic Roof Rack and Canoe Carrier Compatible with 2019 Subaru Forester
  • The Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack 58" # MPG216 or the 50 inch # MPG215 are aero style roof racks that will fit your 2019 Subaru Forester. I would lean toward the longer option, but recommend you check the width of your canoe to determine your need. You can alternatively use the steel square bar # MPG201 or # MPG202 for a more economical option but I recommend upgrading for the minor price difference to reduce wind noise and give you the top channel mount for compatible accessories. For...
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  • Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier Compatibility With Factory Crossbars On 2016 Jeep Cherokee
  • Can you send me a picture of your Jeep's factory crossbars? Or if you can send the picture with the DownLoader on the bars showing how it doesn't fit. We haven't had the chance to install the carrier on a Cherokee yet so I'm not sure how well it fits on the factory bars.
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  • Solution for Wind Noise with the Malone Roof Rack part # MPG201
  • Roof racks can add some wind noise. Luckily there is a solution for that. If you install a wind fairing you'll direct the air over the bars and the noise will go away. For a fairing to use with the Malone roof rack part # MPG201 the part # Y05017 would be what you need. You can also try moving the bars further back on your rack to see if that helps too.
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  • How to Secure Girl's Bike without Cross Tube on Hanging Style Bike Rack
  • In order to transport a girl's bike (or any bike with alternative style frames) to a hanging rack like the Malone Hanger 4 Bike Rack # MPG2124, you will just need a bike frame adapter bar. I recommend the Kuat # UB01 because of how easy it installs. This will connect to your bike's seat post and handlebar stem post to provide a horizontal attachment point for the bike rack. This will ensure level transport and improved ground clearance. I have included an image that shows how this works...
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  • Kayak Carrier That Works With TracRac Ladder Rack
  • There is a solution which is going to help save your kayaks from any further damage. To mount them on your TracRac TA27000-01 I recommend using the Malone Foam Kayak Block # MPG159. These are going to fit directly over the four-inch bars on your Trac-Rac, and you would need two of them per kayak. For tie-downs you would want to use the Malone Bow and Stern Tie-Down Kit # MPG306. I've added links to review videos on both of these products for you.
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  • Inexpensive Way To Carry Two Kayaks on a 2014 GMC Acadia
  • It sounds like you have raised side rails on your 2014 GMC Acadia and need a set of crossbars as well as a compatible kayak carrier. If that is the case then for a set of crossbars, there are few better options than the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack part # MPG216 with price in mind. This system has tracks for use with channel mounted accessories as well as aero shaped bars for the least wind resistance. It also comes with locks. For a kayak carrier to haul two kayaks, you will want to use...
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  • Recommended Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter for RV Bike Carrier and Tow Bar for Towing Small Car
  • To attach a hitch mounted bike rack while flat towing a vehicle behind your motorhome, you will need a dual hitch receiver like the Malone 2" Dual Purpose Hitch Receiver # MPG544. This will allow the top raised portion of the adapter to accept an RV compatible bike rack and the lower portion will accept your tow bar. This adapter will reduce your hitch receiver's tongue weight capacity by 50% but that won't be an issue with what you are looking to do as long as you are flat towing instead...
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  • Trailer Recommendation to Carry 3 Heavy Kayaks
  • I looked up the kayaks that you have and estimated that at the most the kayaks together could weigh as much as 328 pounds. This is within the capacity of many trailers we have including the Malone MicroSport # MPG460G. The capacity does not include the weight of the trailer itself since the trailer is supporting itself at the wheels. But the crossbars on the MicroSport are only 65 inches long which seems like a lot but when you start to load kayaks on it you will soon realize that it...
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  • How does Roof Rack Bar Sizing Work?
  • Roof Rack sizing is a little different than what you'd expect it to be. Each rack's length is measured by the length of the bar from end to end, letting you pick the amount of distance the bar goes past the bars on the top of your Jeep. The other measurement, called "Cross Bar Spread" is the recommended distance from the center of one bar to the other bar. This helps you pick the size of the roof rack or cargo bag that you can put on top of the vehicle, as well as if a surfboard...
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  • Carrying 4 Kayaks and Storage Trunk on Malone MicroSportXT Kayak Trailer
  • Along with the MicroSportXT # MPG460XT you could simply add 4 of the Malone J-Pro Kayak Carrier # MPG116MD. You may want to consider a more economical option with the Malone MicroSport Trailer with J-Pro Kayak Carriers # MPG462G2 and add Storage Trunk for Malone MicroSport and XtraLight Trailers # MPG481. The Microsport with J-Pro Carriers comes with the ability to carry 4 kayaks, has a 375 lbs capacity, measures 164" long x 65" wide and has a coupler that attaches to a 2" hitch ball....
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  • Comparing the Malone RunWay and Swagman XC Bike Racks
  • To keep the bikes from making contact with each other as well as the back of the vehicle I recommend only looking at platform style bike racks such as # MPG2149 and the Swagman XC # S64650. With the hanging style racks you referenced the bikes will likely make contact with each other though it is unlikely they would make contact with the vehicle. All bike racks will have some movement when installed. Both the RunWay and XC have an anti-rattle hitch bolt to limit the movement but keep...
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  • Side-Load Kayak Carriers for 2007 Yukon XL
  • For a tall vehicle like your 2007 Yukon I recommend two side-load kayak carriers that face to the outsides of the vehicle since these will make loading easier. My kayaks are the same size as yours and although they are not particularly heavy (about 40-lbs each) I like not having to lift them any more than necessary! All side-load carriers that fit factory roof racks are shown on the page I linked for you and they are all pretty similar, but in terms of features and value it's hard to...
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  • Recommended Theft Deterring Kayak Saddles and Straps for the Malone Microsport XT trailer
  • The Malone MicroSportXT Trailer - Aluminum Wheels - Retractable Tongue - 13' Long - 375 lbs # MPG460XT is a great option for the storage reasons you stated. The Rhino-Rack Nautic Roof Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - Side Loading - Clamp On # RR570 will work well on those crossbars and do have the theft deterring security tool and hardware you stated than many alternative options do not offer. I think these will be a great fit for you. If you want additional security with the kayaks loaded...
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  • Pilot Hole Diameter of Malone Soft Terrain Wheels for BeachHauler and YakHauler
  • I went out to our warehouse and measured the pilot hole of the Malone Soft Terrain Wheels, part # MPG513, and it's 7/8 of an inch. I verified by measuring the diameter of the Malone BeachHauler's axle and it also is 7/8 of an inch.
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2016 Volvo XC90 for 90 lb Kayak
  • For your 2016 Volvo XC90 with raised roof rails the 58 inch long Malone roof crossbars part # MPG216 that you referenced are a confirmed fit so this would work well for you. These have a weight capacity of 165 lb too. For a kayak carrier with enough weight capacity you'd want the Rhino Rack J-Style # S512 as it has a 99 lb weight capacity. This is a J-style carrier too which is a bit easier to load than other styles.
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  • Locking Hitch Pin Compatibility Between Bike Rack Manufacturers
  • The Thule Vertex 2 Bike Rack TH9028XT is a nice bike rack. Unfortunately each manufacturer has a different threaded hitch pin to use as a lock and anti-rattle device for their bike racks and unfortunately they are not compatible with each other. Each manufacturer make sure their hitch pin is slightly different to ensure their product gets used for compatibility and warranty purposes. I recommend using the Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device # THSTL2 to secure your rack. The...
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  • How to Use a Thule Hullavator on a 2015 Toyota RAV4
  • In order to use the Thule Hullavator part # TH898 on your 2015 Toyota RAV4, I recommend using the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack part # MPG216. These crossbars will attach to the factory side rails on your RAV4 and allow you to use your Hullavator without issue. The crossbars have an aero shape which will work to reduce wind noise and drag. They also come with locks to prevent theft. I have attached a review video of these crossbars installed on a similar RAV4 for you as well. This will give...
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  • 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Kayak Racks for Factory Roof Rack Systems
  • For the 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, I recommend the Malone DownLoader, part # MPG114MD. This is a flexible, J-Style rack that installs quickly onto your crossbars, and folds flat for when you don't have time to pull it off immediately. The carrier also includes small load-assist ramps on both J's of the carrier, helping support at least a little weight of the kayak as you get it onto the roof of your vehicle. Additionally, the DownLoader can support kayaks up to 36 inches wide, so you...
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  • Replacement End Caps for Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack
  • There are end caps for your Malone Roof rack, the Replacement Endcaps for Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack Crossbars # MPG1012. These end caps are direct replacements for the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack # MPG215 (50" crossbars), # MPG216 (58" crossbars) and # MPG217 (65" crossbars). I have added a link to a video review of the end caps for you to check out.
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  • What is the Coupler Height of the Malone MicroSportXT Trailer # MPG460XT
  • I spoke with my contact at Malone who said that the coupler height of the Malone MicroSportXT Trailer # MPG460XT is 15". When we installed the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76138 on a 2017 Mazda CX-5 the coupler height (from the ground to the top of the inside of the receiver) measured 13". If this is the case with your 2018 model then that means you will need a ball mount with a 2" rise. The Curt Fusion Ball Mount # C45155 is a great option as it has a 2-1/4" rise (the...
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  • Recommended Adapter for Bike Rack and Towing with 2 Inch Receiver
  • The Malone 2" Dual Purpose Hitch Receiver # MPG544 is the strongest dual hitch receiver with a maximum trailer weight of 4,000 lbs and maximum tongue weight of 400 lbs according to the manufacturer. So this can be used for flat towing with bike rack but not trailer towing with bike rack. For towing with a bike rack, I recommend the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount with 2" Receiver for Bike Racks and Cargo Carriers - 7,500 lbs # D210. This ball mount will allow you to use your bike rack...
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  • Will the Malone Spare Tire Bike Rack Fit on a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The Malone RunWay 3 Bike Rack, # MPG2148, will work well on your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The Malone rack will adjust to a variety of different width tires. The rack is light weighing just 13 lbs and can carry 3 bikes with each bike weighing up to 33 lbs each. You might want to consult your owner's manual or consult the dealer to make sure that the rear door of your Wrangler will be able to handle the bike rack and bike weight when opened. If you will be carrying a woman's,...
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  • Recommended Crossbars for Standard 5x8 Utility Trailer to Carry 2 Kayaks
  • The Malone Crossbar Conversion Kit for Standard Utility Trailer # MPG475 may work well on your utility trailer, but it is designed to attach to the frame and not the side rails, so you'd need to install through the floor mesh on your Tractor Supply 5x8 foot utility trailer. To have a crossbar system that attaches to the raised side frame, I recommend the Malone TopTier Load Bar Kit for Utility Trailers - 250 lbs # MPG493 which is high as you mentioned but can have the supports cut...
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  • Bike Rack Solution for 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
  • The only bike rack solution we are going to be able to offer at this time for a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL with the spare tire mounted light/camera is going to be a hitch solution. You'd need a hitch installed like the etrailer.com hitch part # e98856 and a bike rack with plenty of clearance to fit past the spare like the Thule Hitching Post Pro part # TH934XTR which would work well.
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  • How to Secure Kayak to Malone XtraLight Trailer # MPG525G When Using a Hobie Style Carrier
  • The best way to secure your kayak to your Malone XtraLight Trailer # MPG525G when utilizing the Hobie Style Carriers and Hardware # MPG5576-6 is to use a ratchet strap that has loops on both ends (see attached picture). We do have some available on our site like the Malone # 297-7RSBB for one, # 297-9RSDB for two, or # 297-7RSBB-M for four. I have attached a review video for you to check out.
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  • Transporting 2 Kayaks on a 2017 Prius C
  • The most economical way to haul two kayaks on a 2017 Toyota Prius C consists of a few parts. A roof rack, and a kayak solution. The most bang for your buck in terms of roof racks is the Rhino-Rack 2500 kit, consisting of the following parts: - 2500 Square Crossbars, part # RREB106B - 2500 Series Legs, part # RRRLKVA - Euro Bar Adapter, part # RREB-FK1 - DK Fit Kit for 2500 Roof Racks, part # DK351 As far as for the kayak carrier itself, there are two options that will fit your...
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Rack for 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon with Draw-Tite Hitch Installed
  • The Malone Pilot 4 Bike Platform Rack # MPG2112-2115 referenced in your question features a distance of 12-1/2 inches from the furthest hitch pin hole to the closest wheel cradle when the rack is folded down for use. This distance though decreases to just 4-1/2 inches when the rack is folded up for storage against the vehicle. This means that on your 2016 Subaru Outback with the Draw-Tite Hitch installed, you won't be able to fold the rack up without it interfering with the rear bumper...
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