Malone XtraLight LowMax 2 Kayak Trailer Review

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Review of the Malone XtraLight LowMax 2 Kayak Trailer


Adam: What's going on, everybody Adam here with etrailer. today, we're going to be taking a look at the Malone XtraLight LowMax Kayak Trailer. This trailer is going to be great for not only just kayaks, but some of your other style boats too. It's going to fit traditional and nontraditional V-style and pontoon hull-style boats. If you have kayaks, but also, have a couple of odds and end boats like I do, this is going to be the trailer for you. Our bunks are going to be 84 inches long, and they are just two by fours, but they are treated and have a nice soft covering on top of them.

So, they are going to resist against all of that water over time, and also, keep the bottom of your boats nice and smooth.All the hardware needed to install the bunks do come with the kit. You will need some tools to install them. But the nice thing about this is we have options. One, where we have this U bolt here, so we can actually go ahead and slide the bunks as wide as we need them, depending on what boat you have. And also, we have a little pivoting section here, so you can get the perfect amount of curve to fit the bottom of whatever you're tying down.

I really like it just because there's a lot of different things we could do with it. If you have a boat that really dips down in the middle, we can actually use all these different holes here to be able to find the exact best place to put these bunks.As of right now, it sits up about four and three quarter inches from the top of the bar to the very top. And that's as tall as it's going to get. And it can go all the way down to around two and a quarter inches. Pretty much all the bunk is, is just a two by four, but it has this really, really soft coating on it so it's really not going to keep all that moisture in there, and also, scratch up your boat.

If that's something you really want to protect in your boat, the bunks are definitely going to be the best bet there. Well, let's go ahead and show you how we got these bunks installed.First things first, let's go ahead and take our bracket here. And notice that there's going to be one hole that's going to be a little bit more spaced out than the rest, and that one is this. That is going to go on the top. Depending on what boat you plan on putting on these bars is going to depend on which holes you're going to go with.

I always just go with the tallest ones just because, it's just me. But then, when we're going to do, you can do it either way. And then, once we find out where we want it, we can go ahead and take our nylon lock nut, thread that on, and then, take a nine sixteenths inch socket to tighten them down.Next thing we want to do is take our little bracket here and our shorter bolt, and our larger lock nut, thread that on, and we are going to be using a five eighths inch socket and wrench to tighten these down. I recommend trying to keep them as completely upright as possible. That's just going to come in handy later. Then, we can do the same exact thing for the other side. Next thing we need to do is take the bunk and just place it up on top here. If the brackets aren't completely straight, then get them that way because it's going to be a little bit easier to do it by yourself. If you have an extra set of hands, it'd be nice, but you can do it by yourself. We have the included hardware. You just need a Phillips bit. Line it up, and just put some downward pressure on it with one hand, and screwed it in with the other.Now, I'm going to do the same thing for the other side. Now that we have the bunks installed, we're going to take the kayak we plan on putting on the bunks, and we're going to fit it. Pretty much, take your boat, put it on the bunks. And it seems to be the right distance apart, but I'm going to take my wrench and socket, and I'm going to loosen the little bolts down low to get those bunks to angle in and really hug this kayak. See how it rotated there That's going to pretty much give you the best fit for your boat, and then, go ahead and tighten it up. And then, do it for the other side too.Now, with the bunk set, we can go ahead and tie our kayak down. We do have some cam buckle straps that come with it, and they're 15 foot long, so they're plenty big for not only my kayak, but also, my big old boat too. What I like to do is go right here behind the bunks, and go around the bracket that secures the bunk to the trailer, and then, take the open end here, and go through that loop that comes with our trailer right here. This way, it's going to keep everything nice and tight, and the strap's not really going to move anywhere.Once you do that, go ahead and put it through this little soft piece here. It's going to protect our boat if the cam buckle does end up around the boat. I always like to have the cam buckles somewhat visible up top, straps straight, and then, give her a tug, and then, do something with the rest of these excess strap. I'm going to go ahead and do the same exact process on the backend. 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 kayaked Mm-hmm (affirmative). A little bit. Adam: A little bit You we're probably a little sore the next day, or at least, just feeling afterwards just drained. Yeah. Adam: That's how I feel. Okay Me and my buddy, Tyler, we went just on maybe a couple mile kayak, whatever. It was an hour maybe, and I was dead. I would not be able to get this thing up onto my roof because I have a relatively higher car. With this, using it, it's only 24 inches above the ground. So, it's easier, literally, it's easier than just even 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.And then, also, if you are maybe just 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 kayaks you have, to decide which carriers to do. 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 thought of. Yeah. I feel like I'm a pretty in-shape person, but there's definitely jelly arms after kayaking. Maybe I'm pushing too hard, but yeah, I don't want to lift it, and maybe can't lift it at all. Adam: Seriously, there's some people where they're just like, "Okay, I got to sit here for half an hour until my arms regenerate." 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 mean Yeah, for sure. Adam: That's my experience. Let's start with the questions. Speaker 3: I know these trailers are very versatile. I think the 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 touch on that, and how easy it is to get that set up, and store up against the wall Adam: Okay. 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 this is 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 keep these brackets from clamping on too hard, pull these two pins, you go to the side, and then, you chain it up. That's the hardest part is finding out a way to get this tongue to stay with the chains. I've done it. 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 it's like, once you can keep using it, it's easier if that makes sense. You get to know your trailer.One thing about the storage, with the bunk style and the post style, we might have to remove them to be able to lean it up. We tried it with the post style, and we do have to remove it with the post style, just because, as we lay 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. It works 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.Yeah. Everything needs to be removed off of it to store. But that is a really cool feature because not a lot of people have room to a store it, which I don't. Speaker 3: The bumpers on the back, can you show us those and what they look like, and talk about how durable you think it would be after continual usage of putting it up against the wall and putting it on the ground vertically Adam: Oh, these things will last. These things last. They'll last. It's really, really. I don't know how to explain it. It's really, really dense like rubber. It's not going to wear away over time. Don't worry about that. 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 inaudible 00:11:14 wet, I really don't think it will because they're really, really grippy, and yeah. Those are totally fine. You won't have to replace them ever. Promise. Just speaking of material, what kind of material is actually on those cradles Adam: Of these right here The J style It's a little like rubber, like dense foam pad. When we put them on, if you could 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's wider than the other one. And even the narrower one, it covered all that. So, you don't have to worry about it scratching anything whenever you load it up. You don't think that'll leave any kind of black marks, or scuffs, or anything either Adam: If it does, it's going to be on the bottom. Water is the best thing that. If it does, I bet it won't stay on there. And if it does stay on there, I don't think it's going to matter. It's better than a scratch. How about that True. I'm a little curious because I've put together a trailer like this before, and it was a real beast. How's the assembly Adam: If you use hand tools, which is what I do, just because we're in the shop, and it's 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 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, keep your 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 you go for it. You have all the tools and stuff that you need so you're not 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. Speaker 3: I know with the other Malone trailers, sometimes, we say you got to have a friend to help you turn it over when you're installing. Is this one small enough to where you can flip it without needing the help of other people to turn it upright when you're doing the installation Adam: Oh yeah. This thing weighs 200 pounds. You're not crosstalk 00:13:50 the 200 pounds. It's really, really easy for me to lean it up against the wall because the fulcrum point's back there, and it has all this distance away from it, but it's almost the same distance as it is wide. So, it's not difficult at all. If that's a concern, don't inaudible 00:14:08. Cool. Speaker 3: Nice. 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 somebody's 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 that Adam: Of course. Always make sure you have everything together. Just look at the instructions and stuff, and just make sure that you have everything. Lay it out. And if anything, just lay it out in steps really because then, if you take the time to lay everything out 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 double check. Always double check. 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, the 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 Adam: 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. You buy the base trailer. Buy the base trailer. Because with the base trailer, with our kayaks, I could fit about three on here. I can put one on this side, one on this side, I can fit one in the middle. You can just do it like that. And so, you figure out exactly what you want, and maybe 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 then, 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 to the center Adam: If you care about your kayak a lot, a lot, you can use foam blocks. I've 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 cutting through the water. So, you don't really have to. A lot of these kayaks, they have these pads right here. So, it acts as a pad anyway, but that's crosstalk 00:17:25. crosstalk 00:17:25 hit the bar. Adam: Huh Is that what'll actually hit the bar The pads there Adam: Yeah. You can position it to where. If you have foam somewhere else, and it works out to where you can position it like that, then go for it. But if you want to get some little pads, we have those too. Like I said, grab 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 is watching, if they want to buy this, buy the base trailer, and do what they think is best for them, and then, share at our website because I'm curious to see what people do. Yeah. I think that's what I was wondering too. I think we even call it a roof rack on wheels. It's just a set of bars so you can do whatever you want with it. Adam: Exactly, exactly. Exactly. Make it yours. Speaker 3: I think these should take off and sell pretty well. Like Lindsay said, there's a lot of versatility in these. We've seen some customers using kayaks with bike racks in the middle to haul their bikes wherever they're going, out to the water. Possibly fit a cargo box in the middle. Different accessories, clamp-on accessories that'll fit on those bars. There's quite a few different options. Adam: Right. Right. 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 you don't go over the capacity. But as long as you're being safe and you're obeying all the laws of the road, I say, you do whatever you want with it. Speaking of the laws of the road too, those tires, are they highway rated Adam: 70 miles an hour. You shouldn't be going faster than 70 anyway. Well. Adam: . But if you did, just make sure that the trailer's not behind you. You know what I mean Speaker 3: Yeah. I think you answered all 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 trailer Speaker 4: This 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. Adam: No, no. The bottom of the bar is going to be about an inch. The bottom of the bar will be an inch or so, inch and half, two inches above this. With the J style, as you can see over here, you can say right there. Right here. We got a little bit of room, but with the J styles, you slide them all the way out to the edge, and you're not going to have that issue. And then, you slide the other one as far as you can this way, and you're still not going to have that issue. So, yeah. Speaker 4: That's good. Adam: Then, with bunk 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. Speaker 4: Some kayaks are wider than others, kind of why I was asking. Adam: Are lighter or just wider Speaker 4: Yeah, wider. When you have the kayak on its 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 anymore even if it's wider. It would only be wider in the center. Adam: 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, you can measure, just take a straight line here and see how far it dips. But I still don't think it's really. That's a really, really curvy kayak, if you crosstalk 00:21:22. Speaker 3: Yeah. I think that's all I have. I think you did a great job touching all the important facts and what all the customers are going to be looking for when they buy this. Definitely, definitely appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. Adam: Of course. I'm here for you guys. Let me know if you have any other questions. Speaker 3: Awesome. Well, you guys have a good rest of the day. If you need anything, feel free to reach out. Adam: To give you my final thoughts about this trailer, if you are one that doesn't just have kayaks and you're really unsure if whatever kind of kayak or boat that you have is going to fit on certain kinds of carriers, these are the most adjustable of all of the accessories, in my opinion, just because we can make them as tall as we want. We can angle them as much as we want, and also, spread them out or put them as close as we need. I think this is probably the safest bet if you're really on the fence to decide which is going to be the best for your boat. Well, everyone, that just about does it for a look at the Malone XtraLight LowMax Bunk Style Kayak Trailer. And I'm Adam with etrailer.


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