not sure yet, BUT…
Here’s a copy of my post which is on page two:
“We looked into both Malone and Rack and Roll trailers for hauling our kayaks, both sea and surf. We were about ready to order the Rack and Roll based on a friend’s recommendation, when we visited our local kayak shop, looked at his stock, and ended up buying a LoadRite. Because of the number of boats, the smallness of both our cars, and the fact we wanted to put Thule boxes on the trailer for gear, we ended up with the 6 kayak LoadRite, which was cheaper than the Rack and Roll but a bit pricier than the Malone as we didn’t need to buy cradles.
The hitch goes on my husband’s Audi A4 Thursday. After that, we’ll see how things work out. We’re planning on hauling a NDK and a Valley, plus the two Thule boxes (on sale at REI)on a long trip next week.
That said, I give points to Malone for their customer service. I was on the phone a few times researching the trailers and the salesman told me to make sure that if we put a hitch on one of the cars it wouldn’t void the warranty. A quick call to the local Audi dealership solved that problem as the old mileage/year warranty on the Audi has long expired and that was what would be affected – and the A4 also has the bigger engine.
We went with the LoadRite because there was no assembly required and our local shop owner filled out all the RMV/Title paperwork for us, plus knew his product. We also saved a lot of money for an aluminum trailer that will hopefully haul all the boats and the gear easily.
The proof of the purchase will be next week.”
The hitch went on without, well, a hitch today on my husband’s Audi. It wasn’t exactly a cheap procedure but it was made less painful by the cost of the LoadRite vs a fully-cradled Malone (which we didn’t need as we have Malone cradles) or the elegant and costly Rack and Roll. We pick up the trailer tomorrow from our dealer, so we’ll see how it makes it home. As above, the real proof as far as mileage saved and efficiency will be next week.
I do have concerns about theft but we also have kayak lassos and the Thule Boxes lock. We’ve never had a problem staying overnight in a motel while the boats are on the car, although I don’t think I’d leave our surf boats unlocked, or, for that matter, outside. However, we haven’t taken them overnight any where yet, either, so I’m not sure what would happen.
Trailering is, for us and the number of boats we have and the different stuff we paddle in at times, the way to go. However, we will still use roof racks when paddling locally and during the winter as there’s no real efficiency in trailering when you’re not driving a good distance.
I’ll have a report on gas mileage in about two weeks…