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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. Great 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 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Malone Trailers - MAL53FR

  • Sports Trailer
  • 400 lbs
  • Crossbar Style
  • Malone
  • 14 Feet Long
  • Galvanized Steel
  • 4-1/2W x 11L Foot

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
  • Maximum speed rating: 65 mph
  • 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

Note: Your local municipality requires you to register your trailer with the DMV. An etrailer representative will be reaching out to get information from you for the title.

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

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (44 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.


This trailer is awesome! It can suit many needs for its weight capacity as long as you are capable of securing the load properly. I use it to haul two 12.5' kayaks. With everything loaded we're hauling about 250lbs and it rides nice even for a light load. Following instructions to construct it was straight forward enough although do allow yourself plenty of time and patience! Have had it for about 18 months now and its seen nearly 1k miles and it is really doing great. The replacement parts like spare wheels, lighting, and wiring are easily found online or at big hardware stores. Really a great trailer with easy repairability making it a good choice to have for a long time as long as its well taken care of.


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.


The Ecolight trailer is an excellent product for hauling kayaks. It arrived in 3 boxes and it took about 3 hours to assemble. The video from malone was helpful in assembly of the product. I would recommend this product for transporting kayaks easily.


'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!


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 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.


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.


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.


Nice trailer. No missing parts in the shipment. Excellent and easy to follow instructions for assembling.


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


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 :)


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


Trailer works great! We're very happy with it.




The EcoLight Trailer has been perfect for my needs. It got to the point where putting two kayaks on my 2019 Jeep was getting too difficult. My wife @ 5'4" couldn't really help. I have two 12' Wilderness Pungo kayaks. The trailer is easy to move around manually with or without the kayaks aboard. While the assembly took awhile, it was a very methodical process. Very logical.
Two cautions: The directions tell you to lay out all the pieces before you begin. Do it, it will save time! Make sure you check how the decals will look when you turn the frame over. Mine are all upside down. It gives it a classic look, however.


Looks like this will be a great trailer. All parts were there when I opened the boxes and there were no damaged parts. Only problem was that the Malone label and specs label on the tongue bar were installed upside down.


Great tandem trailer for hauling kayaks. It's not difficult to assemble, but it will take you a good half day to put it all together. Watch the Youtube video before assembly as it will give you a few nice tips. Super sturdy, excellent tiedown straps that keep the kayaks immobile even on bumpy roads. Highly recommend!!


I didn't have any problems assembling the trailer. I rated the trailer a 4 because after one year of use the rubber on the V mounts has some ware. Someday they will need replaced. Maybe a pool noodle will work? Other than that, I very happy with the trailer.


The Malone EcoLight trailer is great. I’ve had it for a year now and it’s really helpful. My only issue (but not enough to go down to a 4-star rating) is that the rubber on the V-Style carriers started partially coming off when I first started using it. It doesn’t really cause a problem, however, buyers of the trailer itself might want to consider getting the version that has no carriers included, because you can put just about any style of carriers on it, like J-Style carriers.

I’m including a picture of my kayaks on the trailer. I store them bottom-side up because I don’t have anything covering the cockpits.

by: 08/01/2022

We are first time trailer users and so far so good.


Product as advertised, customer service excellent, haven't used it yet but so far so good


As expected. Good trailer


My Malone Ecolight Sport Trailer for my `heavy 12' sit-on-top fishing kayak is perfect for my fishing trips. I get lots of compliments on both my Kayak and trailer. People can't believe the trailer was a kit. I'm not an expert handi-man, but I had no trouble following the directions. A great buy!


We've been using the trailer with both the v-style carriers and some J-channel carriers we bought separately. With the J-channel carriers, we were able to carry 3 kayaks. I did replace the plastic license plate frame with a metal one making it a little more difficult to steal. I also added some eye bolts in the frame to make it easier to tie the boat bow and stern to the frame for safer travel over longer distances. The trailer rides well behind my Ford Edge. I soldered the trailer lighting and used heat shrink tubing instead of using the clips that were provided. I also purchased a spare tire and wheel, though short of road hazzards, the tires are expected to last for years.

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