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What’s the best kayak trailer?



So the novelty of hauling heavy kayaks on and off the roof of your vehicle has totally worn off and you are thinking there must be a better way… The good news is that there certainly is – invest in a kayak trailer.

When we considered which kayak trailer to recommend we looked at the construction of the trailer, how many kayaks it could carry, its weight and size restrictions and its ease of use amongst other things.

Ultimately the best kayak trailer for you depends on your budget, and what else you may plan to use it for as some can be customized to carry other sports equipment. We have included a range of options here, helping you find one that will tick all your boxes!

Jump to our buyers guide below…

Malone MegaSport Kayak Trailer – Top pick for kayak fisherman.

Specs:

  • 8” wheels rated to 1650 lb load capacity
  • Fits multiple kayaks
  • Multiple storage optional extras
  • Max kayak length 20 ft
  • 1000 lb load capacity
  • Hitch 2” receiver
  • Ball Height: 16″ From Ground – To Top Of Ball
  • Marine grade galvanized frame
  • Length 14’ 6”
  • Width (without crossbars) 68″
  • Crossbar width 86″
  • Weight (without accessories) 325 lb
  • Tongue weight 63 lb
  • DOT approved submersible LED light set
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Made in USA

This is no simple trailer. The MegaSport is the most accessorized trailer Malone produces.

Featuring customized options for wet or dry gear management, overhead storage, lighting and electronic recharging. 

The 1000lb weight capacity will handle those behemoth fishing kayaks in style, not to mention all the gear that goes with them.

The frame is 8‘’ wider than the MicroSport and the load bars are an impressive 86” wide so there should be plenty of room for those wider fishing kayaks.

As with all Malone trailers there are numerous packages. One, the Outfitter 3 Tier Trailer, allows you to transport multiple kayaks up to the weight limit. The other options are 2-boat packages focus on transporting 2 kayaks along with storage options in various arrangements.  

All of this doesn’t come cheap but if you can afford it we believe there is none better.

We have shown the basic trailer here, as the package option that you chose with this trailer will depend on how many kayaks or boats you want to transport along with what storage options you like.

Click here for an in-depth review of the Malone MegaSport trailer.


If you’re looking for a trailer that can carry it all, we recommend the Malone MegaSport kayak trailer.


Malone MicroSport Kayak Trailer – Best bang for your buck!

Specs:

  • 12″ galvanized wheels with marine grade sealed bearings
  • Fits multiple kayaks
  • Optional storage options
  • Max kayak length 20 ft
  • 800 lb load capacity
  • Hitch 2” Class II receiver
  • Ball Height: 18″ From Ground – To Top Of Ball
  • Marine grade galvanized frame
  • Length 13′ 3″
  • Width (without crossbars) 55″
  • Crossbar width 78″
  • Weight (without accessories) 197 lb
  • Tongue weight 25 lb
  • DOT approved submersible LED light set
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Made in USA

The Malone MicroSport is popular for good reason, with the load capacity having been updated a few years ago to a whopping 800 lbs and having multiple accessory options all at a very competitive price make this incredible value. There is plenty to like with this one.

The package deals are definitely the way to go with the MicroSport as there are multiple variations which allow you to tailor your purchase to suit your needs.

We particularly like the Malone MicroSport MPG462G2 4 kayak package which is one of their best selling trailer packages. This is a great kayak trailer option, perfect for adventures with the whole family.

This package includes 4 Malone J-Pro 2 kayak carriers which have a 5 year warranty (within continental US), a 12” full size spare tire with locking attachment and 78” long reinforced load bars.

Don’t miss out on the family building exercise of assembling the trailer once it has arrived!

Click here for an in-depth review of the Malone MicroSport trailer.


For a kayak trailer that gives you incredible value for your money check out the Malone MicroSport kayak trailer.


Malone EcoLight kayak trailer  – Great lightweight option

Specs:

  • 8″ – five lug high-speed powder coated wheels
  • Fits multiple kayaks
  • Optional storage options
  • Max kayak length 14 ft
  • 400 lb load capacity
  • Hitch 2” receiver
  • Ball Height: 14″ From Ground – To Top Of Ball
  • Marine grade galvanized frame
  • Length 10′ 9″
  • Width (without crossbars) 55″
  • Crossbar width 58″
  • Weight (without accessories) 145 lb
  • Tongue weight 12 lb
  • DOT approved submersible incandescent light set
  • 5 year limited warranty
  • Made in USA

This is another versatile trailer which can be used with four different carrier systems allowing you to carry one, two or four kayaks.

The Malone EcoLight is the cheapest kayak trailer in their line-up but is still a great quality trailer. It’s lightweight, versitile, and is a popular choice for those who don’t need the extra weight capacity or length offered by its big brothers but still want a quality trailer that’s built to last.

Click here for an in-depth review of the Malone EcoLight trailer.


Though smaller, the Malone EcoLight kayak trailer is great for multiple smaller kayaks or for a single heavier one (under 14 ft)




There deserves to be a discussion about the versatility of Malone trailers…
Once you have chosen the trailer that suits you best there are various packages available allowing you to choose how many kayaks or bikes you wish to transport, using J-racks, V-racks, stackers or bunks.
If you value storage options for more than just your kayak then the MegaSport might suit you, but just be aware, these storage options don’t come cheap.


C.E. Smith AMRC-48810 MULTISPORT TRAILER – perfect for a short heavy fishing kayak!

Specs:

  • 8″ galvanized wheels
  • Fits up to 2 kayaks
  • Max kayak length 12 ft
  • 800 lb load capacity
  • Hitch 2″ receiver
  • Galvanized steel frame
  • Length 11′ 8″
  • Width 54″
  • 5 ft adjustable carpeted bunk boards
  • Weight 200 lb
  • DOT approved lights

This is a great light, basic trailer with very handy 5 ft long adjustable bunk boards allowing you to tow anything from a v shaped hull to a flat surface. The bunk boards are covered in marine grade carpet, protecting your kayak from scratches. They can be fitted either across the length or the width of your trailer, which would mean you could carry 2 kayaks with the same pair.

The MultiSport trailer can accommodate kayaks up to 12’ long and has a solid 800lb weight capacity. It’s a really handy trailer.

The trailer comes with a winch stand, winch, hook and strap. The winch stand can be mounted anywhere along the tongue which also helps with balancing the load. The hand crank winch is a useful addition, especially at the end of a long day on the water.

Another option is to purchase the extra long trailer tongue if you need extra length to transport your kayaks.

Click here for an in-depth review of th C.E. Smith Multi sport trailer.


For a simple kayak trailer with a large load capacity for those shorter heavy fishing kayaks check out the C.E. Smith Multi sport Trailer.


Right-on Multi-sport Kayak Trailer

Specs:

  • 8″ wheels
  • Fits multiple kayaks
  • 300 lb load capacity
  • Hitch 1 7/8” Class I receiver
  • Powder coated frame
  • Length 11′ 5.5″
  • Width (without crossbars) 60″
  • Crossbar width 64″
  • Weight (without accessories) 162 lb
  • DOT-certified for interstate speeds
  • 1 year limited warranty

This trailer comes as a basic trailer without accessories but it has 64” round crossbars which are compatible with well known brands like Thule and Yakima. This makes this trailer potentially a great option if you already have roof rack fittings which could transfer across to this system. If you are in the US, and depending on exactly where you live, you can purchase this trailer assembled or unassembled. 

This is not a galvanized frame trailer so it will not last as long and I would not recommend it for salt water use. This is a great option if you have a limited budget though I would highly recommend looking for a galvanized or aluminum alternative.

The Ultra-Tow folding aluminum trailer reviewed below is a fantastic option that is similarly priced.

Alternatively, the Right-on Ruff-Sport, a galvanized version of the Multi-Sport may be worth looking at.

Click here for an in-depth review of the Right-on Multi-Sport trailer, (Multi rack option).


For those on a tighter budget, consider the Right-on Multi-Sport kayak trailer.


Ultra-Tow 4ft. x 8ft. Folding Aluminum Utility Trailer kit – Best folding kayak trailer

Specs:

  • 12″ wheels
  • 1170 lb load capacity
  • 1 7/8 coupler with safety chain
  • Aluminum frame (and wheel fenders)
  • Length 12′
  • Width 62 1/2″
  • Folds down to 63″ W x 23.6″ D x 72 5/8″ L
  • Castors for easy upright maneuverability
  • Ship weight 195 lb
  • LED light set
  • Meets DOT requirements

If you are pressed for storage space then the Ultra-Tow folding aluminum trailer kit might be just the thing you need.

This trailer is an incredibly versitile kit. Featuring a 4 ft x 8 ft aluminum frame with a large 1170 lb capacity payload (1400 lb GVWR), aluminum fenders and it folds up to a compact 72 5/8″ with castors for easy upright maneuverability.

It comes with a 1 7/8″ coupler, safety chain 12″ wheels and LED lights.

This kit is a basic trailer so you will need to customise it to suit your needs. Bear in mind when customizing it to allow for easy removal of your attachments so it can be folded it down without hinderance.

Click here for an in-depth review of the Ultra-Tow folding aluminium trailer. (Coming soon…)


If you are pressed for storage space then the Ultra-Tow folding aluminum trailer kit might be just the thing you need.


Best Kayak Trailer Buyers guide

When buying a trailer there are multiple factors to consider. Lets break them up into some main points.

How many kayaks?

To start off with, consider how many kayaks you expect to transport- and if you are going to increase that number in the foreseeable future. Trailer capacity obviously ranges and as this is a sizeable investment please do consider whether a particular trailer will still be meeting your needs a few years down the track.

How much space do you have in your vehicle to carry gear? Would it be helpful to choose a trailer which has other storage options in addition to carrying your kayak? 

Weight Limits

Back to your kayaks- how much do they weigh? Fishing kayaks are often heavier and more solid than other kayaks and so it is important to make sure that your trailer can comfortably handle the weight of your kayaks and any other gear and attachments you have strapped on.


If your trailer is not built to handle the weight that you are carrying it can put undue stress on your kayak trailer causing cracks to develop in the axle and frame, destroying it. Not only is this dangerous but likely illegal.

Size limits

The crossbar length is one of the factors which determines how many kayaks you can fit on your trailer, and since fishing kayaks can be wide consider longer crossbars. It gives you more options on how you choose to load your kayaks. 

Length limits

Most kayak trailers specify a maximum length of craft that they can safely carry. Bear this in mind when choosing which model to buy.

Materials – Fresh water vs Salt water

Galvanised

If you use your kayak in salt water environments then choosing a kayak that’s built with marine grade components is important if you want your trailer to last. One with a marine grade galvanized frame and galvanized wheels with sealed hubs like the Malone MegaSport or MicroSport are both good options.

Powder coated steel

Other trailers can be powder coated steel, not so good in marine environments but good for fresh water kayak fishing such as the Right-on Multi-sport trailer.

Aluminium

There are a few manurfacters of aluminium trailers such as Trailex where you can have the durability of an aluminium frame trailer, particularly for marine environments. You can check them out at www.trailex.com

Kayak Trailer Speed limit

Most tend to be rated for highway speed but some have limits below that so it’s worth checking.

DIY ability

Though some kayak trailer can be pre assembled most come as a kit set, requiring you to assemble them yourself. This will require some DIY ability or at least to have someone at hand who is competent to undertake such a task. In my opinion it is much easier if you have someone present to help with the build process anyway.

Tow hitch height and ball size

Buying a trailer that is compatible with your vehicles current set up is something to consider but as there are many attachments available to convert your vehicle set up to suit your trailer I would not compromise my choice of trailer just to suit my current hitch set up. For a very versitile option check out the PS AUTO Adjustable Trailer Hitch here.

That said, when weighing up the cost it’s prudent to check compatibility and factor in any additional cost that a new hitch set-up may add.

Optional extras to consider

Tongue stand, swivel jack – If your chosen trailer comes without one of these they are a great addition to keep the tongue up off the ground.

Winch – These are particularly helpful for those with heavy fishing kayaks, simply back the trailer down to the water, clip the kayak on and winch it onto the trailer! No more lifting!

Limited space to store it?

This is where a folding kayak trailer excels. Some kayak trailers offer clever ways of reducing their size making them of greater appeal for those with limited space. The best we’ve seen is the Ultra-Tow 4ft. x 8ft. Folding Aluminum Utility Trailer. Some others have a folding/hinged tongue which reduces the overall length making them good for tight spaces.

6 Best Kayak trailers – Summary

As you can see from our reviews we believe Malone make some of the best kayak trailers out there. It’s easy to see why they are so popular. Their quality makes them a reliable choice and with the various package options, you are sure to find a setup which suits you.

From a single kayak or up to four, including other storage options or bike racks, you can tailor make your kayak trailer to transport much more than just a kayak.

If space is an issue then a good option would be the Ultra-Tow folding trailer, perfect for pushing into a corner and forgetting about until the next fishing adventure.

The Right-on Multi-sport kayak trailer is a more budget friendly trailer. It potentially fits racks that you already own, definitely a bonus for stretching the budget. The downside of this trailer is the powder coated steel frame, but the big brother to this one, the Right-on Ruff-sport, is galvanized so if you are heading towards the sea or are going to use your trailer often, the Ruff-sport would be a better choice.

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