An alternative to transporting your yak on the roof of your vehicle is with a kayak trailer. This is a popular option with those of us who use roof boxes or have a vehicle that is not suited for roof-top carry.
- The Best Kayak Trailers Comparison Table 2019
- Kayak Trailer Buyers Guide – What You Need To Know Before You Buy
- Top Kayak Trailer Reviews
In this guide, I’m going to reveal my top 5 kayak trailers suitable for most people and circumstances. First, let’s take a quick look at the key elements to look out for when buying a trailer.
Quick Answer: The 5 Best Kayak Trailers For 2019
- Multi-Sport/Multi-Rack Kayak Trailer by Right On
- Folding Trailer Kit by Ironton
- Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer
- Aluminum Utility Trailer by Ultra-Tow
- ‘Ruff-Sport’ Trailer by Right On
The Best Kayak Trailers Comparison Table 2019
|Product||Load Capacity||Our Rating|
|300 lbs||4.8 /5|
|300 lbs||4.2 /5|
|1,060 lbs||4.0 /5|
|400 lbs||4.0 /5|
Kayak Trailer Buyers Guide – What You Need To Know Before You Buy
If you’re a solo kayaker then a simple option is the single-carry trailer for which there are many options on the market.
If however, you have a family and maybe friends that you like to head outdoors with, then it may be prudent to get a trailer that is capable of towing multiple yaks of 2, 3 or more.
When choosing my own trailer, I opted for a 2-person trailer, even though I take most of my ‘on the water adventures’ alone. This gives me the flexibility to add another yak on if needed, perhaps if my wife suddenly decides to tag along or a friend or colleague is up for an adventure with me.
As all vehicles have towing capacity, so to do trailers. Their maximum weight capacity is based on the structure and build of the framework and also the wheels and what kind of loads they are designed to accommodate.
Be sure to take into consideration the weight of your yak and any other gear you will be stowing inside of it for the journey. Personally, I prefer to just have my kayak on the trailer and nothing else. This helps a lot with maneuverability, especially on narrow tracks off the beaten path.
The total width of the trailer is important for a few reasons, namely, it depends on the kind of roads you will be driving. Here in the US and Canada, we’re blessed with wide roads that can accommodate wide vehicles with ease …for the most part.
However, we often need to negotiate much smaller roads and sometimes off-road, in order to reach those hard-to-get-to places that offer the best paddling spots.
Typically your trailer will be narrower than your vehicle, so it won’t be much of an issue. There are some that can be wider, and this is by design in order to accommodate multiple Kayaks and/or other outdoor equipment such as bikes and other gear.
Most of us that enjoy kayaking are also into other outdoor sports such as mountain biking or stand up paddleboards. What I have found is that there are some companies who think like us adventure junkies, and they have set about offering trailers that are Multi-Sport.
So if you want to take a Kayak and a SUP on your trailer, they’ve got a solution for that. I’d recommend this option (#1 in our list above) for those that are looking for this kind of flexibility.
Top Kayak Trailer Reviews
1. Multi-Sport/Multi-Rack Kayak Trailer by Right On
- 2-tiers to carry more gear
- Able to carry kayaks, surfboards, SUP’s, bicycles, and other cargo boxes
- Easy to load gear and good height for easy loading/unloading
- Lightweight and durable
- Metal is coated in black paint – needs to be touched up when badly scratched to prevent rust
- Can take a while to assemble (5-6 hours by a single person), 2 or more would be better/quicker
This 2-tier trailer by Right On gets our editors choice thanks to its clever design and an incredible price. The shipping on this product is very quick for its size and weight and it is hands-down the best-rated kayak trailer we’ve reviewed.
If you’re a single person looking to assemble this trailer then you’re looking at a 4-6 hour job, depending on how experienced you are. Personally, I’d suggest at least 2 people and also that you write down each part number onto pieces of paper and lay out all the pieces ahead of time.
Looking more at the functionality, you can tow yaks, SUP’s, boards, bikes, and multiple boxes/bags on this trailer with easy. The 2-tier design helps with loading and unloading your gear making it the ideal height for easy-access.
I’d recommend this trailer if you’re looking to carry more than one yak or multiple sports items for your adventure.
2. Single-Tier Folding Trailer Kit by Ironton
- A cost-effective option – best-priced trailer we’ve found
- All wiring and LED’s included
- Great folding design saves much-needed space
- Low max-speed rating of 45-mph
This trailer is a real space saver for those with limited storage space at home. It folds up easily when not in use and doesn’t take up too much room. When it is folded is stands at just under 87″ tall and is maneuverable using the caters provided.
When it comes to carrying capacity, the Ironton has a load capacity of 1,170 lbs, which is plenty for multiple Kayaks (I’d suggest 3-4 maximum). It’s also suitable for larger goods, so if you have a motorcycle, etc you can use the trailer for transporting that too.
3. Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer
- Suitable for multiple Kayaks
- Easy to upgrade
- Compact storage
- Can be used as a hand cart with supplied handle
- Not suitable for very heavy loads (max capacity 300lbs)
One of the more well-known and liked brands out there, the Rack and Roll Trailer by Yakima is compatible with all of their trailer accessories making it easier to upgrade and add-on items as you go.
This trailer is perfect for growing families or groups that like to head out into the outdoors together. With the ability to turn this into a simple ‘hand-cart’ using the supplied handle, this really is a ‘fits all’ option.
This trailer can easily accommodate two-kayaks side-by-side (I recommend mounting them upside down), up to a maximum of 4, or a couple of Yaks and a couple of paddleboards/bikes, etc.
4. Aluminum Utility Trailer by Ultra-Tow
- Lightweight and very easy to maneuver
- Can handle all day-to-day uses
- Durable, well made & a great price
- Needs to be extended via tongue mechanism to cater to longer yaks
- The wiring could be more robust
A no-frills utility trailer that offers a large max-load capacity and a rustproof aluminum frame, making it ideal for adventure and everyday use.
Whilst this is a shorter trailer, it can be expended using a tongue extender so make way for longer kayaks and other longer outdoor sporting goods.
This trailer is very easy to assemble and you can be up and running/towing in no time!
5. Multi-Sport ‘Ruff-Sport’ Trailer by Right On
- Galvanized steel framework
- Vibration reducing design
- Comes with all wiring and LED’s
- Only single-tier
- Can be a bit complicated to assemble
Another entry for the ‘Right On’ brand, this time a single tier trailer that is galvanized and not painted like the previous product.
Personally, I prefer a metal/galvanized trailer over a powder-coated one since trailers tend to get dinged and scratched over time. The last thing I want to do is worry about scratching a product that is designed to haul gear around the country.
This is more of a traditional trailer that you will be used to seeing. With the ability to carry gear for multiple sports such as Cycling, Paddleboarding and of course Kayaking, the frame is also designed to absorb road vibrations which make towing a more pleasant experience.
When buying a kayak trailer it’s important that you get something that is robust enough to handle your adventures and also flexible, with the option to add more kayaks in the future.
Of course, if your going solo and don’t foresee the need for carrying more than one yak then go for a single. You can always buy additional and removable arms/racks as and when you need too.