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Malone LowMax Trailer with V-Style Carriers Review

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Review of the Malone LowMax Trailer with V-Style Carriers


What's going on everybody, Adam here with etrailer, today we're going to be taking a look at the Malone extra-light LowMax Kayak V-style trailer. If you're really looking to protect your kayak, this is the way to do it. It has really, really thick high-density foam pads that go over the construction of our V-style carrier. You really don't have to worry about anything getting scratched up, even if you really cinch this thing down. As far as measurements go, the height of the bracket is going to be about seven and a half inches from the bar to the very top here and from the very right end of the piece, all the way to the far left end right here, it's going to be about seven and three quarters of an inch. And of course, you can spread these out as much as you want or put them as close as you want, so that's all up to you.

So what you're going to need to be able to use this trailer is a two inch ball, make sure you have a hitch, and of course we want to make sure that your vehicle and the hitch is rated for whatever we have loaded up here. So we have it fully loaded, the trailer unloaded is about 200 pounds and it is going to have a weight capacity of around 600 pounds, so put all that together and make sure that your equipment can handle it. Also, another thing to think about is how heavy it's going to be, to be honest, this thing's extremely light. It's only about 11 foot long, but it's made of a galvanized steel. So it will be good in all of the more moist climates and stuff like that.

If you need to leave it outside you can, if not, it's great. But if you do want to move it a lot, which I usually move my stuff quite a bit. Look at this, it's so light, it's so light. Just having this long, long tongue is really, really nice for moving it around and I really, really liked that. Another thing about the tongue that I like is this section right here.

If we really wanted to, you can actually just pull these out and then you can slide this part completely out. So if you do have to store it somewhere, you don't have to worry about this extra footage of the tongue. So that's another added bonus for this. It doesn't just take care of your kayaks, it's going to take care of your garage floor if you plan on storing it that way, and that is this right here, we have these bumpers. So we really don't have to worry about it scratching up your floor.

If you've got nice epoxy floors or if you just don't like scratches on your floors. Also a nice thing that they added was LED lights. So I always recommend no matter what get LED, it just takes a lot less load and you have to replace them a lot less often. Seems like a no-brainer to me, and Malone included that which is fantastic. And the nice thing about it is the pigtails is the cool part about it. We have the wiring harness, which comes all the way back and they just plug and play right together. So we don't have to worry about getting any types of connections, stripping the wire, making sure it's good, so that's awesome. And another thing too, we do have a, on our driver's side, a little license plate bracket that comes with it, which is nice. And then of course, we're going to have the third little light, so it is going to get illuminated down here. So you can see your license plate at night. In regards to the actual structure of the trailer, if you put it together right, and tighten everything down properly, it's solid as a rock. I didn't really hear a whole lot of anything back here and I don't have a whole lot of weight on it as well. The only thing I really hear is just the joint upfront with the two pieces of our tongue, but that has nothing to do with back here. And it's not really doing a whole lot besides just making a little bit of noise. Another thing I like is how the fenders are, this way even if we go and get some mud on our tires and maybe pick up a rock, it's not going to fling it and hit our boat, whether it's just going to mess up the paint or just scratch it, so that's always a good thing. Also, if you plan on going over 70 miles an hour, don't buy the trailer. That is pretty much the max for the tires here, and they are going to have a wheel diameter of about eight inches and they are gonna have an overall diameter of 20 inches and they're gonna be about eight inches wide. Another thing to kind of think about, if you do plan on replacing these, the bolt pattern is going to be five by four and a half. You've got five different lug nuts, so if you plan on just getting replacement or just want to swap out some cooler looking rims or whatever, just go under those specifications and it'll work just fine. If I haven't really covered all the questions in the video stick around and I do answer some of our coworkers questions in one of our huddles. If someone is getting tired of loading their kayaks up on the roof, I would assume that this would be a very, very good solution for that, just because after your kayaking, have you guys ever kayakedA little bit. A little bit, you're probably a little sore the next day or at least just feeling it afterwards just kind of drained. YeahThat's how I feel, me and my buddy Tyler went just on maybe a couple mile kayaking whatever, it's like an hour, maybe and I was dead, I would not be able to get this thing up on my roof because I have a relatively higher car. With this, using it, it's only like 24 inches above the ground. So it's easier than just picking your kayak up off the ground. So if that's an issue with you, if you don't want to load it up on your roof, get this, all you need is a hitch and you have everything you need, right Also if you are an elderly person or just not necessarily one to be able to lift your kayak up, especially after a workout, this is definitely for you. It all just depends on what you really want, what kind of kayaks you have to decide which carrier is for you. So in my experience, it's going to help a lot of different ways and there's more, but those are just the basic ones that I kind of thought of. Yeah, I feel like I'm a pretty in-shape person, but there's definitely jelly arms after kayaking and maybe I'm pushing too hard, but yeah, I don't want to lift it and maybe can't lift it at all. Seriously, there's some people where they're just like okay, I've got to sit here for a half an hour until my arms regenerate and I'm the same way, I'm not necessarily unfit, I say I'm fit, but I really one, wouldn't want to, and two, it would stink if I had to, you know what I meanYeah, for sure. So that's my experience, let's start with questions. Member 1 I have a- I know these trailers are very versatile, I think one big factor that might come into play with somebody looking to buy one of these is the storage factor. I know the tongue can be swung around and stored away towards the side of the trailer itself and you can store it upright. Can you kind of touch on that and how easy it is to get that set up and stored up against the wallOkay, well let's just say this, a lot of trailers don't have that ability so it's not necessarily the easiest thing to do, in my opinion, but I have only done it once because it's the only trailer that I've actually seen be able to do that. Pretty much you just need two wrenches, you just need to loosen these two bolts here just to kind of keep these brackets from clamping on too hard. Pull these two pins, you go to the side then you chain it up, that's the hardest part, is finding out a away to get this tongue to stay with the chains, I've done it but you'll probably have to mess with it a little bit to figure out exactly what the best route is. So, it's easy-ish, but once you keep using it, it gets easier if that makes sense. You kind of get to know your trailer, right One thing about the storage, it's a bump style and the post style, we might have to remove them to be able to get it up, we tried it with the post style and we do have to remove it with the post style just because as we lean it up, it'll hit first because it needs to be at an angle and it's going to be the same thing with this and also the V-style so we might have to do that depending on where you store it. So, it worked really well, it's not going to scratch your floors or anything like that because it's got bumpers on the back. But it's also not that heavy to do just because it's not a very, very heavy trailer. I did it really, really simply, even after a kayak ride I'd be able to do it. But yeah, so everything needs to be removed off of it first to store it but that is a really cool feature because not a lot of people have room to store it, which I don't. Member 1 The bumpers on the back, can you kind of show us those and what they look like and talk about how durable you think they would be. Like, after continual usage of putting it up against the wall and putting it on the ground vertically. Oh things things will last, these things will last. It's really, I don't know how to explain it. It's really, really dense rubber. It's not going to wear away over time, don't worry about that. Member 1 Got you. It does get a good grip on it too. So if you're afraid that it's going to maybe slide out on you, it won't. It really won't, even if it's wet, I really don't think it will because they're really, really grippy. So those are totally fine. You won't have to replace them ever, I promise. Just speaking of material, what kind of material is actually on those cradlesThese right here, the J-style, it's a little rubber dense foam pad. When we put them on, if you can see over here, pretty much every inch of my kayak is touching that and not the metal, so it does work. It covers all the areas on both different kayaks, this one is wider than the other one and even the narrower one, it covered all of that. So you don't have to worry about scratching anything whenever you load it up. You don't think that'll leave any kind of black marks or scuffs or anything in thereIf it does, it's going to be on the bottom, I mean if it does, I bet it won't stay on there and if it does stay on there I don't think its going to matter. It's better than a scratch, how about that. Sure. Yeah, yeah. I'm a little curious, because I've put together a trailer like this before and it was a real beast, how's the assemblyIf you use hand tools, which is what I do, just because we're in the shop and its really, really loud, if you're assembling it and you want to do it quickly, use power tools and do it outside because it's really loud. It's very loud because everything's kinda rattling together. You can do it really quickly, it took us a decent amount of time, but we we're also shooting it as we go, but if you take the time to lay out all your hardware and keep you bags, each bag has a number in the instructions, take all the parts out of it and lay them out and then just follow the instructions, you can get in a nice little groove and go for it if you have all the tools and stuff that you need to do that, just searching around. But you can get it done relatively quickly, but if you wanted to do that you probably would want to use power tools. Member 1 I know what other Malone trailers, sometimes we say you've got to have a friend to help you turn it over when you're installing, is this one small enough where you can flip it without needing the help of other people to turn it upright when you're doing the installationOh yeah, this thing weighs like 200 pounds. You're not lifting the 200 pounds. It's really, really easy for me to lean it up against the wall because the fulcrum point is back there and I have all this distance away from it. But its almost the same distance as it is wide so its not difficult at all, if that's a concern, just don't be concerned. Cool. Member 1 I think the biggest determining feature between this and some of the other trailers that we have is obviously the foldable tongue, I think that's going to play a big factor in some of the choice in picking this over a different trailer. Would you say during the installation, I was thinking of this, would you say once they've opened the box, should you lay all the components out and double check against the instructions and make sure everything's there before going forward with the installation I know this has a lot of parts, so would you highly recommend thatOf course, always make sure you have everything together. Just look at the instructions and stuff and just make sure that they have everything, kind of lay it out and if anything just lay it out in steps. Because then if you take the time to lay everything out, you know that you have all the hardware and then you can just go this, and this, and this and this, it'll go smoothly, But yeah, definitely don't check, always double check. And just in terms of versatility, because there are a ton of these particular trailers that we have, it looks like they all have the different, like you had mentioned, the post style, J-cradle style, the bunk style, I guess that's one of the biggest factors for the Malone trailers is just that you can, can you buy those components separately too So I can maybe use bunks with it throughout the spring. And then maybe I want to kayak in the summer and I want to put J cradles on, is that something that you can do with them or are you limited by no, you should buy the bunk trailer and you should buy the kayak trailer. Oh, it's not limited at all, it's not limited at all. If you're really on the fence, this is what you do So you buy the base trailer, right You buy the base trailer and then if you have, because with the base trailer with our kayaks, I can fit about three on here, I can put one on this side, one on this side and you can fit one in the middle. You can just do it like that and so you figure out exactly what you want and maybe kind of look around and see what other people are doing whenever you're kayaking, see how they're hauling them. Me personally, I like the J-style just because you can fit more on there, it's super secure, it's not going to fall, and it puts them upright so you have a higher probability of being able to fit more kayaks so, if you're unsure, you don't have to decide, just grab the base trailer and then use it and figure out what's best for you and if you're really looking for a recommendation, I like the J-styles. So you'd put another set of cradles in the center to carry three of them or would you use foam blocks and just tie it down in the centerI mean, if you care about your kayak a lot, a lot, you can use foam blocks, I flipped it upside down. I don't care how smooth the top of my kayak is, like right here, I don't care how smooth this is because that's not, what's cut through the water, you know So you don't really have to. And I mean, a lot of these kayaks, they have these pads right here, So it kind of acts as a pad anyway, but that's what I just-Is that what'll actually hit the bar, the pads thereYeah, you can position it to where, I mean if you have foam somewhere else and it works out to where you can kind of position it like that, then go for it but if you want to get little pads we have those too, like I said, we're at the base trailer and we have so much kayak stuff that'll work with this. It doesn't have to be a kit, make it yours. I encourage whoever's watching, if they want to buy this, buy the base trailer and do what they think is best for them and then, share on our website because I'm curious to see what people do. Yeah, I think that's kind of what I was wondering too, I think we even call it a roof rack on wheels, I mean, it's just a set of bars so you can kind of do whatever you want with it. Exactly, exactly, make it yours. Member 1 Yeah, I think these should take off and sell pretty well, like Lindsey said, there's a lot of versatility in these that we've seen customers using kayaks with bike racks in the middle to haul their bikes wherever they're going, out to the water. You could possibly fit a cargo box in the middle. Different clamp-on accessories that'll fit on those bars, there's quite a few different options. Right, right I mean, yes it's a kayak trailer, that's the title, but do whatever you want with it. Just make sure you are always safe, you always haul safely and don't go over the capacity, but I mean, as long as you're being safe, you're obeying all the laws of the road, I say do whatever you want with it. So speaking of the laws of the road too, those tires, are they highway rated70 miles an hour, you shouldn't be going faster than 70 anyway, you know, but if you did just make sure the trailer is not behind you. Yeah. You know what I meanMember 1 Yeah, I think you've answered all of my questions, I definitely appreciate you taking the time to talk to us about it and how everything went. Does anybody else have any questions about the trailerThis might be depending on the type of craft that you carry on it, is there enough clearance between the kayak and the fender over the tire It's not going to rub up against it, is it It's kind of hard to see. No, we're going to have, the bottom of the bar is going to be about an inch, the bottom of the bar will be about an inch or so, inch and a half, two inches above this. I mean, with the J-style, if you can see over here, you can stay right there. Right here, we've got a little bit of room, but with the J-style, you can slide it all the way out to the edge and you're not going to have that issue. And then you can slide the other one as far as you can this way and you still not going to have that issue. That's good. Yeah, so then with bump styles you won't have that issue, I didn't have that issue with the, I haven't had that issue and I don't see it being an issue. Some kayaks are wider than others, is kind of why I was asking. Are lighter, or as widerYeah, wider, when you have the kayak on it's side, I was just seeing how close it was to the fender and it's not going to hit it even if it's wider than the one you have loaded. Yeah, because it shouldn't dip down any more, even if it's wider, when the haul may be wider than the fender. Right, right, so I guess we could cover that for customers, it's 49 inches from bar to bar, if you plan on completely centering your kayak like this I guess, you can measure, just take a straight line here and see how far it tips, but I still don't think it's really, that's a really, really curvy kayak if you know what I mean. Right, right. Is that itMember 1 Yeah, I think that's all I have, I think you did a great job touching on all the important facts and what all the customers are going to be looking for when they buy this. Definitely appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. Of course, I'm here for you guys, let me know if you have any other questions. Member 1 Awesome, well you guys have a good rest day, if you need anything, feel free to reach out. To begin our installation, we're going to go ahead and take our brackets and one of our pieces here. But one thing that I have noticed that is extremely easier, if you're doing this by yourself, is what we want to do is take one of these nuts off like this, and just set that to the side, the nut and the washer, because, go like this and wrap it around. And I'm going to start with this one on the very outside edge, just like that and just rotate it around with that through the hole, like that. And then you can go ahead and put the washer and nylon lock nut back on. All you're really going to need is a half inch deep-well socket because these bolts are rather long. And go ahead and tighten those up and go back and forth between the two. You don't want to get it all crooked whenever it gets all tightened down. And then also on this one, we're actually going to fully tighten it down. But on the second one, we're going to leave it a little loose because we're going to have to make a little bit of an adjustment depending on what kind of kayak you throw on there. Again with the second one, we want to make sure that it's going to be able to slide, just because I'm going to go grab the kayak, put it on here and just snug it up to it exactly how I like it. And then I'm going to go ahead and tighten it the rest of the way. Now, just go ahead and take your kayak, set it down. Now we're going to make the adjustments. So back here, it's a little too spread towards the middle. So we got to kind of, bring this out to where it's going to kind of sit down, kind of like that. We have these little slots in the V-style carrier that we're going to need to have access to. So make sure you can access those, which as of right now, it seems like we are ready to tighten everything down. Now it's time to strap it down. We do have cam buckle straps that come with the kit and they are about 11 foot long. So they're going to be plenty long for what you need. So what you want to do is just go through here, like that, and then go through the other one on this side, pull it tight, make sure it's nice and flat. And then you can go ahead and put the remaining of it back through the cam buckle. We want to go ahead and get this slot first. That's just going to protect your kayak from any scratches or anything like that, because this is a metal cam buckle. I usually like to get the cam buckle on top to where it's easy to see, easy to access just is easy all around. Give her a good tug, make sure she's nice and tight, not going anywhere. So I'm going to go ahead and do the other side. Now I've got everything strapped down and to be honest, these things are completely solid. They're pretty much one with this trailer and it's really not hard at all to strap these down. You have plenty of straps as long as you go through this hole and this hole and pull it tight, you're pretty much ready to go. To give you my final thoughts about the kayak trailer, I like the idea just because after I kayak all day, I'm kind of dead and I really don't want to take my kayak and have to put it all the way up onto my roof. That's something I'd rather just not do after a long day. This is extremely simple. It pretty much takes about three feet to lift it up and then place it down into place. It's a lot easier to strap down because cause you're not up on the roof trying to tie stuff down. So I would definitely recommend this trailer for all you kayakers out there. Well everyone, hopefully that helped maybe answer some more questions with me talking to some of my coworkers, but again, this was the Malone Extra-light LowMax V-style Kayak Trailer..


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