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Review of the Malone XtraLight LowMax Trailer


Adam: What's going on, everybody Adam here with etrailer. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Malone Xtralight Lomax kayak trailer. So if you're like me and you don't got a truck, and you have a lot of kayaks and you want to go yakin, well, this is going to be able to get four kayaks up and secured down. So where you can have just a designated trailer to take your kayaks wherever you want, leave them loaded up, or even just break it down and keep it in your shed or something like that. Super easy to store, but then you have a trailer designated for this activity, so whenever you want to go, it's ready to rip. So what you're going to need to be able to use this trailer is a two inch ball.

Make sure you have a hitch, and of course we want to make sure that your vehicle and the hitch is rated for whatever we have loaded up here.So we have it fully loaded. The trailer unloaded is about 200 pounds and it is going to have a weight capacity of around 600 pounds. So put all that together and make sure that your equipment can handle it. Also, another thing to think about is how heavy it's going to be. To be honest, this thing's extremely light.

It's only about 11 foot long, but it's made of a galvanized steel, so it will be good in all of the more moist climates and stuff like that. If you need to leave it outside, you can, if not, it's great. But if you do want to move it a lot, which I usually move myself quite a bit, look at this, it's so light. It's so light. Just having this long, long tongue is really, really nice for moving it around.

And I really, really like that. Another thing about the tongue that I like is this section right here.If we really wanted to, you can actually just pull these out and then you can slide this part completely out. So if you do have to store it somewhere, you don't have to worry about this extra footage of the tongue. So that's another added bonus for this. And honestly, it's a great way to get four kayaks to and from your destination.

So what you get with this specific kit is a bunch of pads and a center mass and some straps. So you don't have to buy straps when you get this kit, which is great. So I have everything I need, besides the four kayaks, you provide that yourself. So if you look down here, we have these big, old thick pads that go around the 78 inch wide bars. And these are going to protect this sweet paint job that we did to the kayak here.I don't really want to get it scratched when it's not in the water. Stuff happens when you're in the water, but when you're loading it, might as well take care of your equipment, and the pads help do that a lot. Also with the straps that come with it, they think about you, too. On the back end of these straps, these are going to have a nice little protector there to also protect the sweet paint job. So what I'm going to go ahead and do is take these off, just to get a little closer look of exactly what's holding these kayaks in place.It really doesn't take a whole lot of time to get the kayaks off, a little bit more time to get it strapped down properly. It's obviously going to be a little bit more of a timely process than just throwing kayaks in the bed of your truck, but this will protect the paint a little bit better, and just the rest of my kayak, too. To get a closer look at the 78 inch steel bars, let's take a look at them. Just got a little hook and loop and take these pads off. So we are going to have four of them that go for each bar. So about 78 inches all the way across, and it pretty much covers everything. And as you can see here, we are going to have a inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter square tube. So even if you have other types of kayak carriers, you can go ahead and clamp that on if that will work for you.We have little tie downs here, and we can actually go ahead and loosen it, rotate it however we want. And you can even rotate these bars to put it on the back end. It's all about what you really need. Also with the center here, it's going to protect your boat, as well. So there's not going to be any metal touching your kayak if you strap it down properly, and of course, put it in here properly. But I definitely like that just because I hate buying products, and then they don't really protect the product that I bought it for. This one does, so that's great. If you do plan on putting this upright to stow it away, we are going to have to remove these posts here to make it work. If we didn't, then this is going to hit the ground first and that's not going to be good.But speaking of the ground, it doesn't just take care of your kayaks, it's going to take care of your garage floor if you plan on storing it that way. And that is this right here. We have these bumpers, so we really don't have to worry about it scratching up your floor if you've got nice epoxy floors, or if you just don't like scratches on your floors. Also nice thing that the added was LED lights. I always recommend no matter what, get LED, it just takes a lot less load and you have to replace them a lot less often. Seems like a no-brainer to me, and Malone included that, which is fantastic. And the nice thing about it is the pigtails is the cool part about it. We have the wiring harness, which comes all the way back, and they just plug and play right together, so we don't have to worry about getting any types of connections, stripping the wire, making sure it's good. So that's awesome.And another thing, too, we do have, on our driver's side, a little license plate bracket that comes with it, which is nice. And then of course, we're going to have the third little light, so it is going to get illuminated down here so you can see your license plate at night. In regards to the actual structure of the trailer, if you put it together right and tighten everything down properly, it's solid as a rock. I didn't really hear a whole lot of anything back here, and I don't have a whole lot of weight on it, as well. The only thing I really hear is just the joint upfront with the two pieces of our tongue, but that has nothing to do with back here.And it's not really doing a whole lot besides just making a little bit of noise. Another thing I like is how big the fenders are. This way, even if we go and get some mud on our tires and maybe pick up a rock, it's not going to sling it and hit our boat, whether it's just going to mess up the paint or just scratch it. So that's always a good thing. Also, if you plan on going over 70 miles an hour, don't buy the trailer. That is pretty much the max for the tires here. And they are going to have a wheel diameter of about eight inches, and they are going to have an overall diameter of 20 inches, and they're going to be about eight inches wide. Another thing to kind of think about if you do plan on replacing these, the bolt pattern is going to be five by four and a half.Got five different lug nuts, so if you plan on just getting a replacement, or just want to swap out some cooler looking rims or whatever, just go under those specifications and it'll work just fine. To give you my 2 cents about the trailer itself. If you have a lot of kayaks and you really like to go kayaking, but you don't have a whole lot of time, it's so nice just to have a trailer designated just for your kayaks. Also, I can't fit four kayaks on the top of my Tahoe. It's a relatively larger car, but even if I could fit four up there, I need to get a roof rack, and I have probably about four to five components that need to work together to be able to make that happen. This is pretty much made for this. So in my opinion, if you're one that kayaks a lot, it is definitely a no brainer for me, and hopefully for you too. 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 their 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 Lindsay: A little bit. Adam: A little bit. You're probably is a little sore the next day, or at least just feeling it afterwards, just kind of drained. Lindsay: Yeah. Adam: That's how I feel. Me and my buddy Tyler 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 on 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, right And then also, if you are maybe just an elderly person, or just not necessarily wanting 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 kind of kayaks you have, to decide on 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 kind of thought of. Lindsay: Yeah. I feel like I'm a pretty in shape person, but there's definitely jelly arms after kayaking. And I mean, maybe I'm pushing too hard, but yeah, I don't want to lift it, and maybe can't lift it at all. Adam: There's some people where they're just like, "Okay, I've got to sit here for half an hour until my arms regenerate." And I'm the same way, I'm not necessarily unfit. I stay fit, but I really, one, wouldn't want to, and two, it would stink if I had to. You know what I mean Lindsay: Yeah, for sure. Adam: That's my experience. Let's start with 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 kind of 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 mean, 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 kind of 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 that a little bit to figure out exactly what the best route is. So it's easy ish, but it's like once you keep using it, it gets easier, if that makes sense.You kind of get to know your trailer, right One thing about the storage with the bunk style and the post style, we might have to remove them to be able to get it up. We tried it with the post style, and we do have to remove it with the post style, just because as we lean 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 B style. So we might have to do that, depending on where you store it. So 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, so everything needs to be removed off of it for it to store. But that is a really cool feature, because not a lot of people have grown to a store it, which, I don't. Speaker 3: The bumpers on the back, can you kind of show us those and what they look like, and talk about how durable you think they 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 the really, really dense rubber. This is not going to wear away over time, don't worry about that. Speaker 3: Got you. Adam: It does get a good grip on them, 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 it's wet, I really don't think it will at all, because they're really, really grippy. Those are totally fine, you won't have to replace them ever, I promise. Lindsay: Just speaking of material, what kind of material is actually on those cradles Adam: These right here, the J style, it's a little rubber, dense foam pad. And when we put them on, if you can see it right 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 is wider than the other one, and even the narrower one, they covered all that. So you don't have to worry about it scratching anything whenever you go to the dock. Lindsay: You don't think that'll leave any kind of black marks or scuffs, or anything either Adam: I mean, if it does, it's going to be on the bottom. And water's the best thing that. I mean, 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. Lindsay: Okay. Adam: It's better than a scratch, how about that Lindsay: True. Adam: Yeah. Lindsay: 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 kind of 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 and 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 go for it if 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 lbs. You're not lifting the 200 lbs. It's really, really easy for me to lean it up against the wall because the point, the fulcrum points 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 be concerned. Lindsay: Cool. Speaker 3: 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. 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, whether you look. Yeah, just look at the instructions and stuff, and just make sure they had everything. Kind of lay it out, and if anything, lay it out in steps, really. Because then, if you take the time to lay everything out, you know that you have all the hardware, and then you can just go this, and this, then this, then this. It'll go smoothly. But yeah, definitely double check, always double check. Lindsay: And 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, J-cradle style, the bunk style. I guess that's one of the biggest factors for the Malone trailers, is just that, 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, right You just buy the base trailer. And then if you have. Because with the base trailer, with our kayaks, I could fit about three on here. Put one on this side, one on this side, and you could fit one in the middle. You can just do it like that until you figure out exactly what you want, and maybe kind of 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 styles, just because you can fit in 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, J styles. Lindsay: 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: I mean, if you care about your kayak a lot, a lot, you can use foam blocks. I 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. And a lot of these kayaks, they have these pads right here, so it kind of acts as a pad, anyway. But that's why I just- Lindsay: That's not going to hit the bar Adam: Huh Lindsay: Is that what it 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 kind of 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 on our website, because I'm curious to see what people do. Lindsay: Yeah, I think that's kind of what I was wondering, too. It's really just, I think we even call it a roof rack on wheels. I mean, it's just a set of bars so you can kind of do whatever you want with it. Adam: Exactly, exactly, exactly. Make it yours. Speaker 3: Yeah. 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 all their bikes wherever you are 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. I mean, yes, it's a kayak trailer, that's the title, but do whatever you want with it. I mean, 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 do whatever you want with it. Lindsay: 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. Lindsay: Well. Adam: But if you did, just make sure that the trail is not behind you. Lindsay: Yeah. Adam: You know what I mean Speaker 3: Yeah. I think he 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. We're going to have, 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 a half, two inches above this. I mean, with the J style, as you can see over here, you can stay right there. Right here, we've got a little bit of room, but with the J style, when you slide it all the way up to the edge, 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. Speaker 4: That's good. Adam: Yeah. And 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, that's 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 Lindsay: Yeah, because it shouldn't dip down anymore, even if it's wider. It would only the wider 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, I guess, 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 know what I mean. Speaker 4: Right. Speaker 3: Yeah, I think that's all I have. I think you did a great job touching on all the important facts and what all the customers are going to be looking for when they buy this. 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 questions. Speaker 3: Awesome. Well, you guys have a good rest day. If you need anything, feel free to reach out. Adam: Well everyone, thanks for asking those questions. I hope it maybe shed some more light on some of those gray areas you guys had about the trailer. But again, I'm Adam with etrailer, and this was the Malone Xtralight and Lomax for kayak trailer.


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