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Malone 4 Boat MicroSport Trailer Review and Assembly

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Review Review and Assembly of the Malone 4 Boat MicroSport Trailer

Colin: Hey, everyone, it's Colin here at etrailer. Today we're going to take a look at one of our Malone MicroSport Trailer kits. In this particular kit, you're going to get the MicroSport trailer itself, the spare tire kit, which is mounted to the front, and then you're also going to get four Malone J-Pro-2 kayak carriers. That's going to allow you to get up to four kayaks loaded and secured to take with you to your destination.The great thing about this trailer is that it's basically a roof rack on wheels. We have 78-inch-long cross bars, which is plenty of space to get all four of our carriers loaded up and secured. Obviously it's pretty difficult to try to fit four kayaks on your roof rack, and even if you can do that, you're probably going to be riding over that weight limit of the roof rack anyway.

So with the trailer, you can safely get your kayaks loaded, secured, and to your destination.With the J-Pro carriers, you are going to get all the straps included to secure your kayaks. We're also going to have a very nice foam padding. It's very soft. You can see the kayak making contact with it right now. That's going to help make sure that no scratches or abrasions occur on your kayaks during your trip.

The trailer is also going to create more space on top of your roof, in case you want to carry other things up there, whether you need to haul two more kayaks, maybe a bike rack or even a cargo boxAnd with the trailer, it's going to be a lot easier to load and unload your kayaks. If you got a roof rack on top of your vehicle, it could be a hassle sometimes to have to get that kayak above your head, and onto the carrier. Especially if you have a height restriction, you may need that extra set of hands. With this trailer, it's really at my chest level right now. I can just get my arm under it, get it off the trailer, and head to the water.

And when you're done on the water, it's just as easy to get back on the trailer.When it comes to loading a kayak on the roof rack, you're going to have to get up on your tire. You got to reach over it. I tried to reach the back of your J-Style carrier, to get the strap run through it, but this one, you can just come right over top, walk to the back.Then we can just bring the strap underneath, making sure we get it behind the D-Ring of the trailer. Go through the felts next to our buckle, which is going to protect our kayak from any type of scratches or abrasions occurring from our metal buckle. Just cinch it down, and tie off the excess.Now just a little tip.

It is going to be the easiest to get your middle two kayaks loaded and strapped down before you load your outside ones. Now the trailer is also going to be very easy to hook up and unhook. What we'll do is, we'll come in, we'll undo the coupler, we'll get our safety chains off, and then our wiring. Now the weight capacity for this trailer is going to be 800 pounds.Obviously, we're not really close to that right now, so it is light enough where you can just pick it up with the handle right here. We have a rubber grip on there, so even with the little bit of rain we're having right now, we still can get a good grip, take it off of our two-inch ball, and we can push it into our garage, and it's going to be ready for the next time we need it.Now we got the trailer inside of our garage, and unloaded, so we can have a closer look at it. It is going to have an all galvanized steel construction that's going to help resist rust and corrosion. And it's a little bit better than some other trailers out there that may have plastic senders or other parts, as those parts could wear down a lot easier, or even break a lot sooner, meaning you got to replace them a lot more. In the case of this trailer, they're going to last a long time.We are going to have D-Rings on the ends of all of our crossbars. Those can be used for more tie down points, if for some reason you want to use your trailer to secure items without a carrier.There are going to be two leaf springs with your trailer that are attached to your axle, using some new bolts. Those are going to absorb a lot of impact that you might encounter on the road, and it's also going to absorb a lot of road vibration that you might get at highway speeds. The two tires, as well as this spare on our trailer, are going to be good for speeds up to 75 miles per hour, so they're going to do just fine on the highway.Our steel fenders are going to do a great job of making sure that our tires don't throw up any dirt or debris onto our kayaks. Now we have our spare tire mounted at the part of the trailer where the tongue meets the rest of the frame. That's just where the most surface area is going to be for our tire to sit on. We have a U-Bolt coming up from the bottom through two of the lug nut holes.Then we have some threaded brackets that are tightened down, making sure that our tire is secure. There is also an option to add a padlock right here, to make sure you can add some theft deterrent to your tire.All four of our carriers are going to install the exact same way. It's going to use a bolt, wingnut, and rubber coated bracket assembly. It's going to be a flap we got to pull up on top of our carrier. We'll drop that bolt down through. Then we'll close that flat, to make sure that that bolt can't rub up against our Kayak.Now, on the bottom, we'll just take our rubber coated bracket and bring it up, install the wing nut. We already have the other side partially installed, so now we'll just tighten down both sides, now that they're even. It doesn't have to be too tight. Just want to make sure it's snug, like so.Now I also really like how easy it was to get the wiring installed. We don't have to run it through any type of tubing. It is going to be open on the inside right here, so we just have to run it all the way through. Using included clips to get it all organized, and into the frame of the trailer. And then, when we got back to the lights, all we had to do was use the bullet connectors, and just plug them in.Our LED lighting system is gonna be very bright. It's going to make sure that it's visible even during the day, when the sun is out. We'll also have a light underneath our driver's side tail light that's going to illuminate our license plate, making sure that's visible at night. We're also going to have two side marker LED amber lights, which are going to make for great auxiliary safety lights.If you have more than two kayaks in your household that you need to haul, this is going to be a great option. Really, it gets difficult to get more than two kayaks on a roof rack. It can happen on some applications, but it just gets very difficult to get them up there, and then get them strapped down, without damaging your vehicle at all. Especially if you have four kayaks, this option is going to allow you to safely get them all loaded up and secured, and then get them to in front of your destination.As far as assembly simply for the trailer, it is going to take a little bit of time, but it's not too difficult as long as you follow the instructions. Or you can follow along with us as we do it right now.Now the first thing we did was, we set up the frame how it's going to be put together. You might notice that we do have it upside down. We're going to put it together that way, so that it's a little bit easier to get the spring and axle assembly installed.Now the first thing we're going to do is get the brackets for our spring and axle assembly installed. The C-shaped ones are going to go on the back of our trailer, while the U-shaped ones go on the front. They're all going to bolt together the same way. You can see right here, just the two holes on the frame of the trailer.The bracket sits right on top, and we just drop a couple of bolts through the bracket and the frame of the trailer. Take a couple of locknuts, and you thread them on. You want to make sure you're installing the locknuts on the inside of the frame of the trailer. Now we'll just grab our wrench and socket, and tighten it down.Now at the front end of the tongue of our trailer, we're going to feed our wiring. It's going to go all the way through the tongue and towards the frame of the trailer. How we know that we have the front end is one, there's a sticker right here. The warning sticker's going to go towards the front of the tongue. We also have that triangle set of holes right there. That's also, lets us know, it's the front. So we're just going to let gravity do the work, and just feed the wire all the way through.Now we have it out the other end. We're just going to feed it through the connecting bracket right here. Just leave it right there. Now we're going to take the bolts included in our kit. This is going to be the longest bolt of your assembly. We're just going to pull the frame, line it up inside that bracket.Because our trailer is upside down right now, we're going to pick it up and then feed it through the bottom. inaudible 00:08:29, just like that. Now we'll get a flat washer and a locknut, and all we're going to do is hand tighten it for now. And we have the bracket slid in. We're just going to get the carriage bolts installed on the bracket.On the inside, we'll go flat washer and locknut. Just like the bracket bolt, we're just going to hand tighten it for now, and then repeat this for the other side. Now we'll just apply a flat washer to our bolts, and feed them through the two slots, connecting the tongue of our trailer to the frame. Go flat washer on both sides again, and then hand tighten our locknuts.With our carriage bolts, we're now going to get the center beams installed on the frame with the locknuts on the inside, just hand tightened. Make sure you go around and get the other six hand tightened as well.Now we're going to go around and get all the bolts tightened down. We're going to start here at the back with the carriage bolts, on the center beams in our frame, and then make our way up towards the tongue of the trailer.Now we can go ahead and assemble our spring and axle assembly. There's going to be a bolt right here, it goes into the hole on our axle. Now we'll put the U-Bolt plate on that knob, and we'll bring our U-bolts up through the bottom, and then put two locknuts on. Do our second U-Bolt, and now we'll just tighten everything down.We'll repeat this process for either side, making sure we set this spring in the exact same formation. Now we'll set our assembly in place, making sure to get the flat part of the springs into the C brackets, and then the eyeholes of our springs into the U brackets. Now we'll feed the bolts through the eyes of our springs, put the locknut on, hand tighten on both sides.Now we're ready to get our wheels installed. While the frame is still upside down, I'm going to take our hubcap first, and slide it through the back of the wheel, like so. That'll catch on the sides, and we'll put it on the axle of our trailer.And now we can get our lug nuts hand tightened. Now I want to start a pattern. We'll go around and tighten down all of our lug nuts. Then repeat this process for the other side.Now we're going to get the lights and brackets assembled. The brackets right here are going to go on the side of our trailer. Then you see the big hole right there is where our light is going to go. So just put it on the side, stick a couple of bolts in there, and let's put some locknuts on and tighten them down.On the driver's side of your trailer, don't forget, once you get the bolts through the slots, to put your license plate holder on there as well. Now we'll plug in the wiring from the tongue of our trailer, to the wiring that's going to go back to our lights.From there, just make sure you run the appropriate wires to the appropriate lights, and then, don't forget to clip your wiring to the sides, to make sure it stays out of the way. Now you will have a little bit left over right by the bracket, which is connecting both the sides.However, make sure you don't get the two heads right here inside the tongue of the trailer. That bow right there is to prevent them from being pulled by the other side and disconnecting your wires. But if you want, you can just grab a zip tie, put it right there, and zip tie it up to clean it up a little bit.When installing the brackets on your fenders, we're just going to set it from the bottom, apply our bolts through the top, hold them there, and then apply our locknuts. and then repeat this for the other side. Now with a flathead screwdriver, we're going to hold the other side of the bolt in place, and then tighten down all four bolts.Now, with a flat washer and a bolt, We're just going to feed it through that center hole right there, and then apply another flat washer, and a locknut, and do that for both sides. Now we'll just tighten up all the boltS.Now, on our coupler and safety chains, we'll get the safety chains installed first. We have a flat washer and the ends of our two chains on there. We'll push it up through that bracket and hold it there. Then we'll just apply a flat washer and a locknut. Just get that threaded on there and tightened down, and now we'll tighten it down all the way.With our coupler, we'll just set that down and line it up with the holes, before we install the bolts. You want to pick which side the handle goes on. It doesn't necessarily matter too much, just whatever you feel more comfortable with. We'll apply the bolt through the handle, and then through the coupler, get it all the way through, and then the other bolts, and then apply locknuts to the other side. Now we'll tighten everything down.Now we're going to start assembling our upper deck with the crossbars. The support bar's going to go, one on the back end of the trailer, the other one's going to go about 48 inches up towards the front, and we just drop our U-Bolts on top, bring the plate, and then we'll put two lock nuts on. Once you have it set where you want it, we'll tighten everything down.Now we have one of our crossbars just sitting on top of the support bar right here. We're going to take these brackets, it's going to go over the top, like so. Make sure you line up the bottom holes, with the bolt all the way through. Then we'll put a locknut on there, and now, with the crossbar, what we're going to do, is that's going to come straight up, and the second bolt's going to sit right under it. And do this for both sides.Then we'll go around and tighten all four bolts. Now on both of your crossbars, be sure that the one hole on the outside of each side of the bar is facing towards the inside of the trailer.Now, final assembly is going to be to get our D-Rings installed in those holes. I'm just going to apply a flat washer, and then put the bolt through there. Now I'm going to slide my finger in, and line it up with that hole, and then start to thread it on there.Once you've gone as far as you can with your hands, what I'm going to do is, this is a nice little trick. Take a pair of needle nose pliers. We're going to feed the pliers in and clamp down on that, with a locknut. Get a good grip. Now we'll tighten it down.Doesn't have to be super tight, but you can see it's pretty snug. Now just repeat this step for all the other sides, and then put your end caps on.Well, thank you all for watching. That's going to do for our look at the Malone MicroSport Trailer.

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