Selecting the "right" trailer for you pontoon boat

There are a couple of things you should know about your pontoon boat to select a pontoon trailer that will fit “properly” and support your boat as you travel.

The length of the pontoon tubes & the approximate weight of the boat & motor
Length is easy to determine, it’s usually on the boat title or sometimes in the model number, or just measure the length of the pontoon tube. If you get a trailer that is too short, you can end up with weight distribution problems or if the pontoon tube sticks out too far in the front it can damage the rear of the tow vehicle in a tight turn.

Weight can be difficult to determine. It’s usually in the new boat manufacturers sales literature, but even this figure can be wrong if your pontoon boats is equipped with options like gas tanks or deluxe furniture. A typical 20’ newer pontoon with a 40 HP engine weighs about #1900.

There can be severe penalties for getting the length and weight wrong. Too short a trailer will cause the pontoon tubes to damage the back of your tow vehicle. Too light a trailer will continually give you tire problems and in some cases catastrophic axle or spring failure. You can always spot the person who bought the wrong pontoon trailer, they are sitting on the interstate on a hot  Saturday morning looking for help.
 

Once you arrive at this figure, I.E. 18'-#1600  20'-#1900 or 24'-#2600 etc., there are a couple other considerations.
 

Will you be towing frequently?
Would 4 tires on the ground, versus 2, be worth the couple hundred dollars extra?
This will steer you to a single axle pontoon trailer or a tandem axle trailer.
 

Would you want a trailer with brakes?
If you're traveling frequently and have a heavier pontoon boat, brakes can be helpful.
Consider local and state laws.

Refer to the single axle or tandem axle pages comparing the size and weight of each model of pontoon trailer.

 

Fitting a Flote-On trailer


When selecting a trailer the carpeted bunks are shorter than the pontoon tube. The front part of the tube slopes up and cannot be supported by the bunk and three or four feet of front tube beyond the front of the bunk is acceptable. It is important that there be at least 3’-4’ of pontoon trailer tongue extending beyond the front of the pontoon to allow for swing radius when backing up or turning. The weight of most pontoon boats is in the stern, for proper balance and tongue weight the axle should be nearer to the back. Up to 3’ of the tube can extend beyond the back bunk of the pontoon trailer, although in the picture we’re showing there is only about a foot.

 

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