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Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" Crossbars - 400 lbs

Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" Crossbars - 400 lbs

Item # MAL53FR
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Lightweight trailer is perfect for hauling canoes, kayaks, and SUPs. 58" Crossbars offer plenty of space to carry cargo boxes and other accessories. 11' Long marine-grade trailer with 8" wheels supports boats up to 14' long. Lowest Prices for the best trailers from Malone. Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" Crossbars - 400 lbs part number MAL53FR can be ordered online at or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Malone Trailers - MAL53FR

  • Roof Rack on Wheels
  • 400 lbs
  • Malone
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Crossbar Style
  • 4-1/2W x 11L Foot
  • 14 Feet Long

Lightweight trailer is perfect for hauling canoes, kayaks, and SUPs. 58" Crossbars offer plenty of space to carry cargo boxes and other accessories. 11' Long marine-grade trailer with 8" wheels supports boats up to 14' long.


  • Lightweight trailer lets you haul canoes, kayaks, SUPS, or other gear
  • 58" Square crossbars accommodate most clamp-on accessories
    • Perfect for transporting watersport carriers, bike racks, and cargo carriers
  • Submersible incandescent tail lights and side markers are DOT-approved
  • Galvanized steel construction resists corrosion - great for fresh and saltwater environments
  • Trigger-latch-style coupler attaches to your vehicle's 2" hitch ball
    • Included safety chains act as an emergency measure if coupler disconnects
  • Leaf spring suspension absorbs road shock
  • Assembly required - includes hardware, brackets, and wiring with 4-flat plug
  • Licensing and registration paperwork included
  • Made in the USA


  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Maximum boat length: 14'
  • Crossbar dimensions: 58" x 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
    • Crossbar spread: 38-1/2"
  • Trailer dimensions: 10' 9" long x 58" wide x 31" tall
    • Trailer tongue dimensions: 81-1/2" x 3" x 2"
  • Trailer weight: 145 lbs
  • 5-Year warranty

Coupler Specs:

  • Ball size: 2"
  • Pin hole diameter: 1/2"
  • Height (from ground to bottom of coupler): 14"

Tire and Wheel Specs:

  • Wheel diameter: 8"
  • Wheel bolt pattern: 5 on 4-1/2"
  • Tire size: 4.80/4.00-8"
    • Section width: 4.7"
    • Outer diameter (when inflated): 16"
  • Tire capacity:
    • Load range: B
    • Ply rating: 4
  • Speed Rating: 70 mph

Lightweight Trailer Hauls Different Types of Boats and Cargo

MPG585 In Use

This lightweight trailer with 58" crossbars has plenty of space to mount accessories like watersport carriers, bike racks, a fishing rod carrier, or a cargo box (sold separately). With a 6-3/4' tongue, this trailer offers exceptional clearance during tight turns. The extended tongue also makes it easier to back up the trailer and prevent binding than trailers with shorter tongues.

Submersible Incandescent Trailer Lights

MPG535 Incandescent tail lights

The DOT-approved tail lights on this trailer are fully submersible, so you don't have to worry about damaging the lights when loading and unloading your boat in water. Each tail light has brake, running light, and turn signal functions, as well as side marker lights and reflectors.

CE48870 main harness to 4-way

The wiring for this trailer has a simple design, so it requires very little cutting or splicing to install. As you assemble the trailer, route the main wiring harness through the trailer tongue and down towards the body of the trailer. Then plug the 4-wire end of the tail light harness into the main harness.

Run the wires of the tail light harness along the sides of the trailer frame and attach the individual wires into the matching wires on the side marker lights and the tail lights using wire connectors. The 18-gauge wires are color-coded so that you can easily match them up - no circuit tester is required. Once all of the wires are secure, use the included clips to secure the harness to the frame.

CE48870 4-way plug

When you're ready to connect the trailer to your vehicle, simply plug the trailer end of the main harness into the 4-way flat connector on your vehicle.

Leaf Spring Suspension

MPG535 leaf spring suspension

This trailer includes a leaf spring suspension system to limit road shock while you tow. A sturdy steel axle runs beneath the trailer frame. The 2 slipper springs that support the axle flex to absorb the rough motion that can occur when driving over bumpy terrain. Also, the axle, spring hangers, and tie plate are galvanized to resist rust and corrosion.

Quick and Easy Trailer Hookup

MPG535 trigger style coupler

Hooking this trailer to your vehicle is quick and easy. The trailer's coupler connects to a 2" hitch ball, and the included safety chains act as an emergency measure if the coupler accidentally disconnects from your hitch ball. A rubber coated lift handle is mounted to the coupler to provide a solid grip for lifting or maneuvering the trailer. Finally, the skid plate on the underside of the trailer tongue keeps the coupler from touching the ground.

MPG585 Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - Galvanized Steel - 58" Crossbars - 400 lbs

Installation Details MAL53FR Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" Crossbars - 400 lbs - MAL53FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (19 Customer Reviews)

Lightweight trailer is perfect for hauling canoes, kayaks, and SUPs. 58" Crossbars offer plenty of space to carry cargo boxes and other accessories. 11' Long marine-grade trailer with 8" wheels supports boats up to 14' long.


The Ecolight has proven to be an excellent base frame for hauling two Hobie fishing kayaks. I’ve modified it by adding higher risers, a plywood floor and wire sides to haul more of the stuff that needs to go out with the kayaks. Even with the extra additions, kayaks, and stuff, it’s still light enough to easily move around by hand. (60+woman here) Pulls behind my little Chevy Trailblazer with no fuss.


I’m very pleased with this trailer. The quality far exceeded my expectations. I will use it to transport my two 14 foot kayaks as I don’t feel like hoisting them to the roof of my car anymore. I am not mechanically inclined and was a bit intimidated when it arrived in three boxes. However the step by step instructions guided me through the assembly process and I put it all together over the course of a long afternoon.


Trailer was as advertised ...went together well .. all the parts were there and fit


Exactly what I was looking for! Great quality and fairly easy to assemble! Fits perfect in our garage and holds out two kayaks, but could transport more! Great product :)


'You get what you pay for'. The quality of the materials and fabrication made the assembling enjoyable without having to force pieces to 'make then fit'. Studying the instructions first, then going slow, made my trailer go together without issue. If I had it to do over again I would buy a Malone trailer without hesitation. Thank you for making such a quality product!


Great trailer, easy assembly. Good directions, bad pictures. Use the etrailer assembly video! Solid, well made piece of road hardware. One note: I bought this to use my Yakima JayLow racks on, specifically because it says it will work with them. It will not. Although the rack can clamp on the 1 1/2" square bar, it is not stable and they will fall right off. I replaced the square bar with a 1" ID galvanized steel pipe cut to the correct length and it works great. Yakima says that rack is not really designed to clamp on square tubing.


We have used the trailer for a few weeks now and we are generally satisfied with it. The trailer can be loaded easily and moved by hand even with two kayaks on it. It seems to ride Ok when towing at normal road speeds. Reversing it takes some practice, probably because it has a narrower track than the utility trailers that I've towed in the past. Assembly was Ok, although I agree with a another reviewer that you need to be comfortable using a torque wrench and wire strippers. The instructions need to be updated and clarified. It took me a while to figure out how the wire clips worked. I wish the wiring was heavier gauge for overall robustness.


The trailer is outstanding. The customer service and sells staff are easy to contact and are very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The only thing that needs improvement are the assembly instructions. The images are blurry and confusing (not a deal breaker). I highly recommend doing business with this company.


Straight forward instructions, went together easily and pleased with the final product. Exactly what I expected to tow a kayak and mountain bike.




Review from a similar EcoLight in Trailers

Overall, I'm very pleased with this trailer. I can store my kayaks on the it in my garage and have it hooked up to my car, ready to go to the lake, in five minutes. Putting it together was not difficult. The quality is very good with one exception. The wiring harness that came with the kit seemed flimsy and fragile, with the insulation easily nicked. When I plugged it into my vehicle it blew a fuse in my car. I decided to scrap their wiring and went to the hardware store and purchased a new wiring harness that seemed sturdier. I also purchased heat shrink butt connectors for all the connections. The new harness has worked fine, with no further problems. The only other modification I made was additional padding on the J-style carriers to better cushion the boats and around the cross bars where they meet the vertical support to protect the tie down straps from sharp edges. The 8-inch wheels make me a little nervous, but I repacked them with a high-quality grease (Triax Atlas 600 synthetic) at the end of summer and will replace the bearings at the end of this summer, probably with Timken bearings. I have also purchased a spare hub assembly with prepacked bearings to take with me on the road in case of a failure.


Review from a similar EcoLight in Trailers

It's a great trailer that exceeded my e xpectations.


Review from a similar EcoLight in Trailers

We received the trailer, it was easy to assemble after watching the video. The item was on back order and came directly from Malone. etrailer was more than helpful with guidance on when to expect delivery. Thanks for your help and great product!! Would recommend.


Review from a similar EcoLight in Trailers

The trailer works great! Very easy to u se.


Review from a similar EcoLight in Trailers

Great trailer so far! Putting it together was easy with the video and instructions. Can't wait to get out and use it!


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PERFECT! I carry my tandem kayak effortlessly, and I was able to easily retrofit a bicycle rack next to the kayak rails. I love it.


Ask the Experts about this Malone Trailers

  • How Long of a Boat Can the Malone Trailer # MAL53FR Carry
    The Malone boat trailer part # MAL53FR is designed to transport boats up to 14 feet in length. Anything longer than that would create interference.
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  • Is There A Way To Grease The Hubs On Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer?
    Yes, the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" Crossbars - 400 lbs # MAL53FR does have a zerk grease fitting on the hub. It is specifically on the back of the hub as you can see in the attached photo.
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  • Malone Roof Rack on Wheels with Kayak Carriers on Ends of Crossbars
    We carry a version of the Malone trailer # MAL53FR that comes with J-style kayak carriers on the ends with part # MAL93FR which easily has room down the middle for paddleboards.
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  • Kayak Rack For Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer
    I checked with Malone, and can verify that we do have a kayak carrier that will work and fit your Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR. While the J-racks that come with the EcoLight Sport # MAL93FR, and the V-racks that come with the EcoLight Sport # MAL43FR have been discontinued as individual parts, what you can use that will fit to carry your kayaks is the MegaWing: - Malone MegaWing Fishing Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - V-Style # MPG207 The # MPG207 are 27-1/2 inches long, so...
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  • Spare Tire Needed for the Malone EcoLight Trailer # MAL53FR
    It is always best to use the same tire and wheel combination for a spare that you are current using on any trailer. The Spare Tire # MAL33FR is made directly for the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR that you have so I recommend going with it. If you changed out your tires for something else just let me know what you have and I can make a different recommendation.
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  • How to Determine Correct Ball Mount For Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer
    I can tell you exactly how to determine the ball mount with the correct rise or drop for your 2018 Toyota 4Runner so you can tow the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR. Since we know the measurement from the ground to the bottom of the coupler on the EcoLight is 14 inches, the only thing you need to do is measure the distance from the ground to the top of your hitch receiver. If the measurement to the top of your receiver is more than 16 inches, you will need a ball mount with drop;...
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  • Spare Tire For Malone EcoLight Sport Trailers
    Yes, the Kenda 4.80/4.00-8 Bias Trailer Tire with 8" Galvanized Wheel - 5 on 4-1/2 # AM30030 is a substitute for the Spare Tire for Malone EcoLight Trailer # MAL33FR. Both tires are capable of being used on the Malone EcoLight Trailers # MAL53FR, # MAL73FR, # MAL93FR, # MAL63FR and # MAL43FR.
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  • What is Weight Capacity of Malone Crossbar Conversion Kit for Standard Utility Trailer MPG475
    The weight capacity for the set of crossbars part # MPG475 is 165 lb so it wouldn't have the capacity for the 210 lbs you mentioned. You'd have to look into the Malone trailer part # MAL53FR which has a higher 400 lb capacity and would work great.
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  • Recommended Trailer To Be Used for Pulling Kayaks and SUPs Behind Vehicle
    The Malone EcoLight Trailer part # MAL53FR is an excellent option to carry around kayaks, SUP's, and even bikes/cargo. The trailer is super lightweight so it will be easy to pull for any vehicle and it will make things much easier to load since you only have to do so at waist level. Furthermore, you can carry much more stuff on a trailer when compared to the roof of a vehicle. In order to secure kayaks and SUP's to the above, you have plenty to choose from which I have attached a list...
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  • Does Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier Fit on Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer
    Yes the Yakima Jaylow part # Y04073 that you referenced does fit the bars of the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR that you also referenced.
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  • Is There a Way to Raise Crossbars on Malone Kayak Trailers
    I may have a solution for you, but there are not extensions for the cross bars available for the Malone # MAL53FR. However, you can add the Bunk Kit for Malone MegaSport Trailer - 1 Kayak # MPG561 to raise your boats higher up off the crossbars and provide you with an additional 3-5/8 inches clearance. I've linked a review video of this kit for you to check out and see if it meets your needs.
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  • Will the Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier fit onto a Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer?
    Yes - the Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier # TH834 will fit onto your 1-1/4 inch square crossbars on the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR. The Sport Trailer also complies with the minimum crossbar spread of the Hull-A-Port (24 inches).
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  • Compatibility of Yakima Y04052 EvenKeel with Crossbars on Malone MAL53FR EcoLight Trailer
    According to our friends at Yakima, their EvenKeel will work with crossbars measuring up to 3-5/8 inches wide and 1-1/2 inches tall, so it'll work fine on the 1-1/4 inch square crossbars used on the Malone # MAL53FR EcoLight trailer you'd asked about. Keep in mind that the # Y04052 EvenKeel has an 80 lb weight capacity, so you won't want to exceed that. The EvenKeel includes the necessary straps to attach the kayak to the crossbars, as well as the bow/stern tie downs. I've linked to demonstration...
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  • What E-Bike Roof Rack would Work with a Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer?
    I have an answer for you. Unfortunately, we do not carry any roof bike racks that are rated with a greater maximum weight capacity than the 50-pound limit on the Inno Tire Hold II Roof Bike Rack - Wheel Mount - Clamp On # INA389. Also, even if we did have a rack that would work, roof racks are not designed to withstand the extra force/torque while mounted on a trailer like the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR. However, with that being said, the best thing to do is to upgrade the...
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  • Spare Tire for Malone EcoLight Trailer Compatibility With Retractable Tongue Kit
    The Spare Tire for Malone EcoLight Trailer # MAL33FR is compatible with # MAL53FR, # MAL73FR, # MAL93FR, # MAL63FR and # MAL43FR but the trailer tongues are the same as the Retractable Tongue Kit for Malone MicroSport Trailers # MPG494 so it will fit.
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  • How to Prevent Coupler Noise While Towing with the Malone EcoLight Trailer Part # MAL53FR
    There could be two reasons as to why you are experiencing excessive noise from the hitch ball and coupler on the Malone EcoLight Trailer part # MAL53FR. The first possible solution I have for you would be to add a good amount of grease to the hitch ball with part # 58117. If the hitch ball and coupler still continue to make nose after the grease is applied then it may very well be that there is just not enough weight on the tongue of the trailer as you mentioned. The most useful way to...
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  • Weight Capacity of Malone EcoLight Trailer # MAL53FR
    The Malone EcoLight Trailer # MAL53FR referenced in your question actually does have a payload capacity of 400 pounds. I verified this with Malone. From time to time parts get updated/upgraded so we appreciate you making us aware of this! The trailer by itself (without accessories) weighs in at 145 pounds and its two 58 inch long square crossbars allow you to easily mount everything for your adventures. I have attached a couple short video reviews on this trailer that you can check out as well.
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  • Will Malone MPG566 Kayak Carrier Fit the Malone MAL53FR EcoLight Trailer Crossbars
    According to Malone, their # MPG566 J-style kayak carrier will indeed fit the 1-1/4 inch square crossbars on their # MAL53FR EcoLight trailer.
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  • Which Hitch Components Do I Need To Pull Malone EcoLight Trailer With 2017 Subaru Outback?
    The Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" Crossbars # MAL53FR requires a 2" ball and also measures 16" from the coupler to the ground. I was not able to see any photos of your setup, but it does sound like your current ball mount will work well. Since you measured about 16-1/2" from the ball mount to the ground, this will provide for a level trailer. You measured 15/16" on the ball mount hole which is likely made to work with balls that have a 1" shank. For this, I recommend going with...
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  • Can 12" Tire Be Fitted To the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer
    The Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer part # MAL53FR comes with 8" wheels. The fenders are fixed on the frame so there would not be an option to easily upgrade tire size. That said, there is a version of this trailer which comes with larger tires, the Malone LowBed MicroSport Trailer part # MPG464-LB which comes standard with 12" tires.
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  • Will the Roofnest Sparrow XL Roof Top Tent Fit On A Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer
    Though you will need to contact Roofnest about the hardware as it is not a part we currently carry, there shouldn't be an issue. From looking at the instructions, it will fit standard crossbars that are 40 inches wide with a minimum crossbar spread of 30 inches. The Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR will have crossbars that are 58 inches wide and has a spread of 38-1/2 inches. They will also be 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" bars and will not be an issue at all. The only problem will be the weight...
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  • Will the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR Have Enough Space for Our 2 Fishing Kayaks?
    If you are set on transporting your 2 fishing kayaks that are ~30 inches wide with the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" # MAL53FR, you will be able to transport your kayaks as long as they are transported with a j-style carrier. For this option, I recommend the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer that has 58" crossbars and has j-style that come with it. This is the Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer with J-Style Carriers for 2 Kayaks # MAL93FR. The j-style cradles will be able to accommodate kayaks...
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  • Will the Rhino Rack Nautic Stack Kayak Carrier S520 fit a 2012 Toyota Rav 4
    The Rhino-Rack Nautic Stack Kayak Carrier, # RRS520, can carry 1 to 4 kayaks, but the number of kayaks that you can carry with the width of the roof rack on you 2012 Toyota RAV4 will be limited. Trying to carry more than 2 kayaks on the RAV4 factory rack will be pushing the limit for the vehicle's roof rack. One option you could explore is using a trailer to carry the kayaks with your RAV4. Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer, # MAL53FR, would allow you to carry a kayaks up to 14 feet long....
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  • Solution for Carrying a Kayak with a 1974 Ford F-100 with Truck Cap
    I do have a solution for you, but unfortunately the only things that we have to offer wouldn't work for since your camper slopes down. The best solution for you would be to tow a smaller trailer behind your F-100. We have trailers like the Malone EcoLight Trailer # MAL53FR. You could then put on a kayak carrier like the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier # S510. You can also add a roof bike rack like the Swagman # S64720 to carry your bike. I have linked some review videos for you to...
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