Most frequently asked questions about pontoon trailers

What size trailer ball
and what kind of vehicle wiring?

Standard 2” ball with the flat 4 plug wiring.
 

Some vehicles may need an inexpensive plug in adapter.

What should the hitch height be?
The best height is 18” from the ground to the top of the ball. (16” to 19” will work)
The correct height is especially important for tandem axle trailers.

Do I need Load Guides?
If you boat on a river with a current or if you are retrieving your boat from a lake on a windy day you’ll appreciate load guides. Also if you are a frequent traveler towing to different lakes, you might want them. Our load guides consist of a set of 4. Generally 2 mounted in the back that help nudge the boat onto the carpeted bunks and 2 near the center keep the boat on straight.
For more information on Pontoon Loading/Wind guides CLICK HERE

Do I need a spare tire ?
If you are buying a tandem axle trailer, 4 tires on the ground, you may or may not need a spare. If your buying a single axle trailer, a spare is money well spent. Finding a spare tire mounted on a rim on a Saturday or Sunday can be a real nightmare. We encourage our customers to purchase spare tires and price them as low as possible. When you buy a spare from us with the trailer, we include a mounting U bolt at no charge. You must be careful in comparing tire prices and sizes. There can be a $15-$20 difference between a B, C or D range tire. Inferior tires with limited capacity will deteriorate quickly under load.

How do the brakes work?
Our standard brakes use a hydraulic “surge” system. There is a plunger in the tongue of the trailer that is compressed when the tow vehicle slows. Brake fluid is sent to the brakes. Surge brakes are the type used on 95% of boat trailer brakes. Electric brakes are available (no decrease in price), but they require special wiring in the tow vehicle and are not as popular on boat trailers as cargo or other trailers because of the use around water.

Will the trailer be “ready to go” when I pick it up?
It depends on the information you supply us. As a policy we like to have trailers fully adjusted to fit your pontoon boat when you pick them up. If you order options like a spare tire or load guides, we will install them on the pontoon trailer. During the order process we will ask the length of your pontoon and the length of the deck, as well as the center to center dimension of the pontoon tubes.

If your information is accurate all you’ll have to do is float your pontoon boat onto the trailer. If it’s incorrect, you’ll need a 9/16” wrench and a few minutes labor. Our trailers are fully adjustable to fit all boats.

 

I have a triple tube pontoon, do I need to support the center bunk?
The main consideration is how the engine attaches to the pontoon boat undercarriage.  If the engine is "in" the center tube then the center tube definitely should be supported.  If, the center tube is separate from the engine, with the engine mounted on a transom like an ordinary pontoon, then the center tube may not need to be supported.  In this situation, the only thing the center bunk would support is the weight of the center tube which is usually only a couple hundred pounds.

Is this your best price and are there any other charges?
The price published on the internet is our rock bottom best price.  We get calls from people who like to negotiate, but our policy is to give everyone the best price from the start.  Our best customers are those who have done some shopping prior to coming to us, they recognize value.  There are no hidden charges, no freight, no make ready, no chicanery, the published price is the price you pay.  Our policy applies to options, if you buy a spare tire or load guides, that's the price and we'll mount  them on your pontoon trailer at no charge.  Indiana residents must pay sales tax.

Do you deliver?
The low internet price is for "pick up only"  either in Elkhart, IN. (North-central Indiana) or at the factory in Lebanon, MO. (about 160 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.)  There may be occasions where we can contract with individuals to tow single trailers, but too much freight will quickly ruin our good price.

What is the warranty?
Our trailers are covered, hitch to tail lights with a full one year limited warranty.  Tires are prorated by the tire manufacturer for wear and may in some cases be good for more than a year. See our Warranty Page

What color is the trailer?
Our pontoon trailers are black and the carpeted bunks are black.  The reason they are black is that black is a soft color and touches up easily with ordinary black spray paint.

How is the pontoon boat trailer painted and will it rust?
Our pontoon trailers have a "powder cote" finish.  This is the modern (and expensive) method of coating steel, it requires a major expenditure in setting up a powder cote system and many small manufacturers still "spray paint" their pontoon boat trailers.  Black powder cote electro statically adheres to the steel and is then baked on.  All painted trailers, no matter how carefully prepared will rust.  Going down a gravel road at high speed will cause stone chips in the pontoon trailer frame.  Deep scratches down to the bare metal will rust.  Salt water will destroy any paint finish in a matter of months.  Keeping a pontoon trailer looking good simply takes touching up signs of rust once a year with an inexpensive paint.

Are your pontoon trailers galvanized?
Galvanizing is a process that seals steel against oxidation and it is the best defense against the corrosive effects of salt water.  If you boat in salt water your pontoon trailer must be galvanized.  Salt water will quickly deteriorate, (structurally as well as cosmetically) a painted pontoon trailer.  There is a trend among smaller pontoon trailer manufacturers who have not invested in the expensive powder cote system to promote galvanized frames.  Salt water boaters must be especially cautious of these trailers.  They are not promoted as salt water "ready", the claim is simply that they are galvanized.  The problem is that these trailers are designed for fresh water and usually the only thing that is galvanized is the frame.  The hardware, axles, springs, sometimes even the tire rims aren't galvanized and will deteriorate in salt water.  If you are a salt water boater our recommendation is to buy a local brand of pontoon trailer built close to salt water, from a manufacturer who understands salt water.  Hopefully they will use the proper components to keep your pontoon trailer operating trouble free in salt water.  If you are a fresh water boater who prefers to have a drab gray trailer, galvanizing may be for you.  YES, we offer galvanized trailers and if you are a snow bird visiting salt water our galvanized trailers with galvanized wheels and special hardware will do just fine, phone for availability.

 
Galvanizing doesn't necessarily mean
your trailer won't rust
These pictures are of galvanized trailers used in fresh water.

 

Which is better, the bunk pontoon trailer or the center-lift pontoon boat trailer?
This is a question that has no standard answer; although we generally favor the bunk style pontoon trailer for stability on the highway. There are however applications where the center lift pontoon boat trailer may be beneficial. If you launch and retrieve in shallow water; under 3’, the center-lift trailer can sit your pontoon boat on the shore. If you’ve have a storage situation where you want to put your pontoon in a garage with a low overhead door, you can lower the frame and slide many pontoon boats under low doors. If you and a neighbors want to go together and buy a single trailer to haul different boats, the center lift pontoon boat trailer may make sense. Because of unique construction features our Lo-Loader center-lift pontoon trailer is absolutely the safest and most stable pontoon boat trailer of its kind. But, even with our unique design, your pontoon boat is traveling on a 47” wide axle versus the 96” wide axle of the Flote-On pontoon trailer. For most situations, a wider more stable pontoon trailer makes more sense than a narrow axle pontoon trailer, no matter how safely the narrow axle pontoon trailer is made.

 

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(877)294-3395 or (574)294-3386