Trailer Kit - Sales & Registration Overview
Malone MicroSport trailers are sold exclusively through approved Malone Dealers and are eligible for registration only after they have been completely assembled. Trailer registration is typically easy and inexpensive provided you have all of the proper documentation. In some states, an inspection or notarized signature is required for registration.
Your Malone Dealer will gladly answer all your questions in reference to document registration requirements. For your convenience, we have provided links to all state motor vehicle departments within the continental United States for your specific registration requirements. More Information
Trailer Kit Registration Documents
Once assembled, the trailer must be taken to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office in order to verify the vehicle’s identification number (VIN). A receipt or bill-of-sale and a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) are necessary to complete the registration process.
Receipt or Bill-of-Sale: All states require a receipt or bill-of-sale for registration to determine that the trailer was purchased legally and to determine value. Your Malone Dealer will provide this to you at the time of your trailer purchase. In some case, the VIN number is required on the receipt or bill-of-sale. Check with your local DMV office for specific requirements. Please see your Malone Dealer if a receipt is lost, and always keep all necessary documentation in a safe location.
Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO): The MCO is necessary to determine where a trailer comes from and that it meets all required US Department of Transportation (DOT) safety standards. The MCO confirms the date of manufacture and the VIN number of each trailer. For in-store sales, the MCO will be provided by your Malone Dealer at the time of sale. For Internet based on-line sales, your MCO will be sent to your address by your Malone Dealer. Be sure to keep the MCO in a safe place and contact your Malone Dealer if it becomes lost and must be replaced.
On the front of the MCO under the section; NAME OF DISTRIBUTOR, DEALER, ETC., you will see the name of the Malone Dealer that you purchased the trailer from. On the back side of the MCO under the section; DISTRIBUTION-DEALER ASSIGNMENT NUMBER 1, the Malone Dealer will have entered your name and address; dealer name; dealer license number (if required); dealer signature; date; and finally, the state and county. There is a section for a Notary Public signature if required by your local DMV.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Label: Your Malone Dealer will also provide you with a VIN number label. This adhesive label contains tire and loading information as well as the VIN number of the trailer. This label should be fixed to the tongue of the trailer after registration.
Information for Local Motor Vehicle Departments
Towing Vehicle Capacity
The maximum vehicle towing capacity is the entire trailer weight including the load. The Malone MicroSport trailer has been carefully designed to not exceed a typical compact vehicle’s tow capacity (usually a minimum of 1000 lbs). This allows nearly any properly licensed vehicle (from compacts to large SUVs) to safely tow the Malone MicroSport. We do advise that you check your vehicle specifications for more specific information.
Hitches are rated for gross trailer weight (GTW) and tongue weight (TW). The gross trailer weight is the total weight of the trailer including the load. Trailer tongue weight (TW) is the amount of downward weight on the tongue. The tongue weight should be 10 to 15% of the total trailer weight. The Malone MicroSport has been outfitted with a Class II 2” ball hitch which can handle nearly ten times more than its rated GTW and TW. It is always recommended that the vehicle’s hitch be installed by a professional reputable shop.
The hitch height is measured from the ground to the top of the receiver (bottom of the trailer ball). The tongue of the Malone MicroSport trailer, when level, is 15” high without the tongue removal kit and 12” high with the kit installed. The trailer should sit as close to level as possible when attached to the tow vehicle.
Trailer Attachment Guidelines
- Tires are properly inflated.
- Trailer lighting is working properly.
- Hitch and tongue free of deformities and defects.
- Trailer ball should be lightly greased.
- Safety chains should be long enough for tight turns.
- Safety chains should be crossed in case of a hitch or coupler failure.
- Safety chains should not touch the ground.
- Lighting hookup wire should be long enough for tight turns.
- Lighting hookup should not touch the ground.
- Lug nuts checked for tightness (90 ft. lbs).
- Removed and replaced wheels need to be checked after towing 25 miles.
- Never drive the trailer with a missing lug nut or damaged lug bolt.
- Always tighten lug nuts evenly in a star pattern, crossing over to opposite sides as you work around the wheel.
Wheel Bearing Maintenance
Trailer wheel bearings should be greased every six months and before long trips. Check them during long trips by feeling the hub for excessive heat. Caution: If the bearing is adjusted too tight or is low on grease it can get excessively hot! A hot bearing needs immediate attention. Grease or proper adjustment will normally ease the problem, but bearing replacement may be necessary.
- Remove dust cap, cotter pin, nut, washer. Pull hub off spindle.
- Use a hammer and a mild steel bar to drive out old inner cups.
- Use a solvent such as kerosene to clean the hub, nut, washer and spindle. All dirt and old grease must be removed.
- Inspect inside the hub where the cups seat and the spindle for scoring, pitting, bending, dents, thread or other damage. Pay close attention to the raised rear surface of the spindle where the grease seal grips. If it is scored or pitted the grease seal may leak.
- File off nicks or burrs using a fine file or emory cloth, then wipe away any filings, then re-clean with solvent.
- Coat the spindle and the inside of the hub lightly with grease.
- Use the mild steel bar ot drive the new cups in to the hub until they are solidly seated. Do not damage the cup surfaces.
- Pack both bearings with grease forcing grease inside the cage in-between all the rollers starting at the large end until grease shows at the small end.
- Install the packed rear bearing in the hub.
- Install the grease seal. Don’t hammer directly on the seal. Use a block of wood. Take care to drive the seal in straight. Seal should be flush to the outside surface of the hub.
- Fill the hub, in behind the seal, with grease then slide the hub over the spindle being careful not to damage the seal against the spindle. Pack the hub full of grease.
- Install the packed outer bearing and cup then pack more grease into any voids and install the washer and nut.
- While turning the hub, use a 12” wrench to tighten the nut until the hub begins to bind indicating that all the bearing parts are sealed properly.
- Back off the nut about ¼ turn, as needed, until you have between .001” to .007” of end play.
- Warning: Failure to back off the nut to allow end play may cause the bearings to overheat and fail creating a risk of serious bodily harm.
- Lock the nut in place using a new cotter pin.
- Re-check end play. Install the dust cap.
The Malone MicroSport trailer uses a 480x12B tire with a 785 pound maximum load capacity. This tire is capable of safely maintaining any posted speed limit in the United States. The documentation package delivered with every trailer includes a warranty card for the trailer tires. Please keep this card in safe place for future warranty replacement needs.