Choosing the right kayak trailer, take the challenge!
For any passionate paddler, taking the plunge and purchasing a kayak trailer is something of a milestone to be reached. The use of a trailer over a roof rack for your kayak will prove that you are more than just a hobby kayaker—this is your passion. However, a kayak trailer is more than just a way to make a statement; it actually has some highly advantageous functions as well.
The most obvious of these is the ease of transporting your kayak—getting a heavy kayak onto the roof rack of your car can be incredibly difficult and can, if not done carefully, cause serious injuries to your back.
Furthermore, the decreased wind resistance means that you’ll save money on fuel for every journey. Most kayak trailers also come equipped with crossbars as well, which allows for you to carry all of your equipment safely on the trailer.
Which Kayak Trailer To Pick? – The Comparison
We have analyzed all the top kayak trailers of the market and compared them below. Just go and check’em all – 12“1
Top 10 Kayak Trailers
- The Malone XtraLight trailer package
- The Right-On Ruff-Sport Trailer
- The Yakima Rack and Roll 78 Trailer
- The Malone MicroSport Seawing Package
- The Right On Multisport Trailer
- Malone Auto Racks MicroSport Trailer
- The Portage Pal T-2000 Trailer
- The Ironton Personal Watercraft and Boat Trailer Kit
- The Yakima Rack and Roll 66
- The Malone XtraLight Single Kayak Package
Which Kayak Trailers Are Best?
Below we have made a list of some of the most popular kayak trailers in the market. These do well in different areas and range in price. It should be noted that they are not in order of our preference, as only you can make a decision on which trailer best suits your personal needs.
The Malone XtraLight trailer package comes with an L-style kayak rack as well as eight stacked blocks, which allows for the safe and secure transportation of up to four kayaks at a time.
The trailer comes with a marine-grade steel frame and 58 inch steel loading bars. It features a two-piece extended tongue which has been reinforced for strength and durability and galvanised wheels for an incredibly smooth journey. It also comes equipped with DOT approved lighting systems and a class II coupler, 2 inches in length, with skid plate.
The rack itself can carry up to 275 pounds of weight and is designed for kayaks of up to 14 feet in length and with widths of up to 58 inches.
- 275lb carry capacity
- Galvanised wheels
- Four kayak capacity
- Only for use with smaller kayaks
Created specially as a corrosion-resistant trailer, this is suited to coping with sea kayaks which are coated in salty seawater, the Right-On Ruff-Sport trailer is made with a galvanised steel frame and comes with large wheels (4.8 X 12”). It is built to be lightweight and this makes it perfect for use behind a smaller vehicle.
The trailer is designed for all types of kayak, boards, SUPs, bikes and cargo boxes, making it a very good dual-purpose item. It can carry up to two kayaks at a time and a pair of bikes can also be taken along for the ride. It comes with LED lights as standard and a foldable locking tongue, too.
- Large wheels for easy travelling
- Crossbars included
- Difficult to assemble
- Crossbar padding not included
With a maximum weight capacity of 250 pounds and the option to upgrade to 300 pounds with the addition of Heavy Duty Shock springs, this simple and lightweight little aluminium trailer (which can be locked up on your wall in just sixty seconds) can carry a whole lot of cargo—up to six small kayaks worth, potentially!
The Rack and Roll comes with 78-inch crossbars and which allows it to carry not only kayaks but anything else you may wish to transport on your roof rack. It also boasts of lockable levers to help prevent the theft of your trailer and LED lighting. If that wasn’t enough, this little trailer is designed with a useful little carry handle, making it a two-in-one trailer-come-cart. Because let’s be honest—no one enjoys hauling a kayak all the way down to the water, do they?
- Large crossbars
- Lockable levers
- Carry handle
- Better suited for small kayaks only
Able to transport kayaks of up to 18 inches in length and weighing up to 355 pounds, the Malone MicroSport Seawing trailer is the ultimate trailer for longer models. It also comes with 65 inch crossbars for transporting any other roof rack items that you may be taking with you.
The galvanised frame makes this trailer ideal for outdoor storage and for use with wet kayaks as it won’t go rusty. It’s assembly instructions are award winning, meaning that it can be put together in as little as a few hours.
- Award Winning Assembly Instructions
- Galvanised Frame
- 355lb capacity
- Two kayaks only
The Right On Multisport trailer does what it says on the label. It can easily be configured to carry all sorts of gear and equipment and comes with 64” rounded cross bars and a tongue stand as part of the package.
With a carry capacity of 300 pounds, and a second tiered rack it’s strong for a lightweight trailer as well.
- Configuration possibilities
- 300lb carry capacity
- Lightweight model for smaller vehicles
- Relatively small cross bars
- Complicated assembly instructions
The galvanised steel frame on the Malone Auto Racks MicroSport trailer is designed to resist rusting and allows it to support over 350 pounds of weight. By using the crossbars which come as part of the package, you can easily and safely transport up to four kayaks at once, as well as being able to use the trailer for other types of roof rack items such as bikes and cargo boxes.
The trailer is 78” in width and 164” long and is easy to assemble within a few hours.
- Easy to assemble
- Rust resistant
- High weight capacity
- Four kayaks at once
- Occasional aesthetic faults
The Portage Pal T-2000 Kayak Trailer is an affordable little trailer which can carry up to two kayaks of 12 feet in length.
The trailer is designed with a coil spring suspension which makes for a gentle and safe ride.
- Cheap to keep and look after
- Galvanised and powdered steel frame
- Two kayak capacity only
- Short kayaks only—12 foot is shorter than many models
The Ironton Personal Watercraft and Boat Trailer is a durable trailer which is suitable for all types of small boats and watercrafts.
It is affordable and relatively easy to put together.
- Easy to assemble without prior experience
- Suitable for multiple types of watercraft
- Suitable for smaller kayaks only
- Sometimes comes with aesthetic damage, though this is easily fixed
Made with a premium quality, anodized aluminium frame and alloy wheels, the Rack and Roll 66 trailer is great for those who want a trailer for their kayak.
It is kitted out with shock absorbers and a carrying handle, as well as a locking lever to ensure the security of your trailer.
- Can tow up to 250 pounds of carrying capacity
- Carrying handle for easy kayak transport
- Locking levers
- Easy to store
- Crossbars are only 66”—smaller than other makes, including the Rack and Roll 78
- Can only transport smaller kayaks of 11 feet in length
The Malone XtraLight Single Kayak Package is ideal for any paddler who goes out on the water alone. It is lightweight and, as with all of the Malone trailers, it is made from marine-grade galvanized steel.
The leaf-spring suspension also makes it ideal for trips over rougher landscapes.
- Lightweight and suitable for all terrain types
- High speed galvanised wheels
- Galvanised steel frame
- Only for use with a single kayak at a time.No cross bars or additional storage spaces means it is a single-functionality trailer only
Choosing The Right Specifications For Your Trailer
Before purchasing your kayak trailer, it is important that you first check that the trailer you have chosen is the right one. For a start, your kayak’s width and length will most likely be different to those kayaks made by other brands, and as such it is important that you measure yours first to check that it will fit on your new trailer. There’s nothing worse than making a trailer purchase, only to find out that your kayak is hanging off the end and is going to end up skidding down the road! Furthermore, you should always think about how many kayaks the trailer will need to be able to transport, and what weight it can carry; larger trailers will be required for transporting a multiple kayaks at once. Different models have different weights, too, and if you don’t take the time to check that your new trailer can support your kayak’s load safely, you could end up in a rather bad situation when it falls apart!
Storing your trailer comfortably
Don’t forget about storage, as well. There will come a time when the kayak should be packed away for the year—no one likes going out in the cold winter waters—and as such, the trailer will also need to have a home. If you want to leave it outside you will need to check that your kayak will be capable of coping. A rusty trailer will be useless when you try to go out again when the weather warms up! A galvanised steel trailer has a zinc coating which prevents rust from being able to take hold and destroy your trailer, and it is a strong material which will be especially durable when off roading and navigating rough terrain. However, a galvanised steel trailer is much heavier than a cheaper aluminium trailer and will take a toll on your vehicle. Both galvanised steel and aluminium trailers will be able to withstand the toll of water and salt water, though, but an ungalvanised steel trailer won’t be able to and will be likely to rust, which means that all kayaks should be fully dried before loading to ensure the life of your trailer.
If you are lucky enough to have space for the trailer in your garage you should always remember to check the availability of space and whether or not your trailer will fit. You should always be sure to consider how the length of the trailer’s tongue will affect things; this could make the difference between your new purchase fitting and not fitting. As a final point, you should always remember to consider the other people in your household as well. If the trailer fits perfectly, but there is no space for anyone else’s things, you’ll only end up fighting with your family.
Moving your kayak trailer
Next, you should remember to consider where you will be taking your kayak and trailer—and, notably, if the suspension on your trailer will allow this. Very few of the best kayaking areas are located in an easily-accessible place; if you end up having to take country lanes, dirt tracks or do a lot of off-roading to get to your destination, excellent trailer suspension is necessary.
Once you have considered all of these points and have chosen your requirements, you then have to choose which model of trailer is right for your needs. And, whilst you may be tempted to head into town to find your trailer, it is also important to remember that in the modern world and with the rise of the internet, excellent models can be found and ordered online. As such, we have made a list of our favorite Amazon trailers to make your choice as easy as possible.
Deciding which kayak trailer is best will depend on your requirements, as everybody’s requirements are different and the ideal trailer will depend on a number of factors including your storage space; the number of kayaks you will be transporting; the size and towing power of your vehicle; your equipment requirements; and your budget for a new trailer.
All of these factors should be carefully considered before making the final decision on which trailer is the ideal one for you.
Last update on 2021-04-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API