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No matter what size your rig, getting to the lake is a breeze when you follow a few simple guidelines for safety and etiquette. It all starts with your Malibu trailer and these quick tips.

Gear Up

Along with all your watersports equipment, you’ll need an appropriately-sized, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for everyone onboard, plus a throwable. Kids under 13 need a PFD they can wear at all times, so it’s a good idea to get one that’s comfortable. Check your local and state regulations for additional safety requirements.

Hooking up Your Tow Vehicle

If your vehicle has a backup camera you can do this solo, and if not, you’re going to want to get a friend to help out. Make sure you have a 2” ball, as all Malibu trailers except for the M240 use 2” couplers and the right ball is essential for a secure tow attachment. Position the coupler about an inch above the vehicle’s trailer hitch ball so you’ve got enough height for the ball to clear the coupler but not so much that it’s hard to judge when you’re in the right spot. Whether you’re backing up with the vehicle’s reverse camera or having your friend give you signals, remember to take it slow.

Connecting the Trailer

When the ball is directly under the coupler, put the vehicle in park, set the brake and lower the trailer onto the trailer hitch using the tongue jack. Lock the coupler in place on the ball. Secure your safety chains to the vehicle and plug in your trailer’s electronics to the vehicle. Remove the boat’s cover unless it’s specifically a trailering cover (over-the-tower cover). Make sure the trailer’s transom straps are secured to the boat on the lifting eyes on either side of the transom. Remove the chocks or disengage the trailer brake and you’re ready to roll!

Swing Wide

Particularly on right-hand turns, you’re going to want to swing much farther out so the trailer doesn’t clip the curb. Wait for your opportunity and pull out only when it’s safe and you can get into the second lane over when making right turns. In most cases that should give you enough room to turn without hitting the curb.

Watch your Blind Spots

It’s always a good idea to drive a little under the speed limit on the highway and no matter what road you’re on, keeping an eye on your blind spots and practicing defensive driving will get you to the lake trouble free.

Backing Up

When you need to reverse, everything will be backwards with a trailer. A trick is to put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel instead of the top. Whatever direction that hand goes, the trailer will go.

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Malibu Built Trailers


Malibu decided that customers buying the best boats on the market should be able to haul them with the best trailers. So we began making our own. We hired the best team of craftspeople in the business to custom-build trailers that matched our boats in engineering and quality.

Depth Alarm

As you back the trailer down the ramp on the way to load your boat, use the depth alarm to let you know when the trailer hitch is at the optimal point under water to load the boat. No need to yell to the person in the boat or play a guessing game. Load seamlessly every single time.

Electric over hydraulic brake

Option up your braking system to let you have full, adjustable controls of where you engage brakes on your car and trailer.

premium grade steel

Premium grade steel for all trailer frame parts.


All Malibu trailers get reverse lights as a standard feature.


Bunk carpet is custom cut and applied to bunks with our premium tuck and fold process for superior lasting quality.


Choose from numerous options, including two-tone paint, high-end Rockstar wheels, stainless steel fenders, runway lighting and more.


14” standard or 18” upgradable with color matching to your boat. Malibu's own XD Series option are Light- weight, strong, and race-tested.

rear straps

Retractable ratcheting straps on the rear for safe long distance towing.

Custom Colors

Customize your fenders and trailer body colors. Optional EliteShield is new for a weather resistant protection against abrasion, corrosion and impacts.

Malibu Soft grip flooring

Malibu Soft Grip flooring with laser engraved logos. Durable and shock absorbent, Soft Grip offers an exceptional traction surface. Plated stainless steel diamond plate is an optional upgrade.

triple axle

The largest trailer available, our triple axle trailers are available for the 23 LSV, 23 MXZ, 24 MXZ, 25 LSV and the M235. Triple axle trailers offer a smoother ride and less bounce.

Custom colors

Customize your fenders and trailer body colors. Optional EliteShield is new for a weather resistant protection against abrasion, corrosion and impacts.

Rear transom steps

Transom steps offer easy access to the rear of your boat. Covered in Malibu Soft Grip flooring or optional steel diamond plate.

custom backlit logos

The backlit Malibu logos on each side offer that extra added detail you expect from Malibu.


18" wheels are standard with color matching available to your boat. Malibu's own XD Series option are Light- weight, strong, and race-tested.

*This document is meant as a guide. Always check state and local regulations as well as U.S. Coast Guard regulations for specific boating rules and regulations. Areas and conditions can be unique so it’s best to check ahead of time. 

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