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Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" Crossbars - 400 lbs

Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer - 58" Crossbars - 400 lbs

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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

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

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

Item # MAL53FR

Installation Details MAL53FR Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (15 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.


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.


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 :)


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.


'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!


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.


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.


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




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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.


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The trailer works great! Very easy to u se.


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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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    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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  • 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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  • Vehicle Wiring Harness For The Malone Sport Trailer Being Pulled With a 2016 Subaru Outback
    The Malone EcoLight Sport Trailer # MAL53FR does not include any of the vehicle side wiring. The Hopkins Plug-In Simple Vehicle Wiring Harness # HM11143885 is the simplest way to add the 4-way flat connection that you need on your 2016 Subaru Outback. The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98847 is the receiver I recommend if you do not already have one on your 2016 Subaru Outback.
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    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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