Pontoon Boat Trailers come in two types. Scissor trailers and Bunk type trailers. Each has their own set of benefits and liabilities. Both can work and both have their fans. If you need to choose Bunk type or scissor type look the features of each type and consider how you will be using your trailer. If you lanch your Pontoon boat in shallow water for example, then the scissor type works best or do you plan on trailering your Pontoon boat long distances then the Bunk type will be best.
The bunk type trailer is a normal full width trailer that has a bunk for each of the pontoons. The bunks are spaced at the same width as the pontoons and the pontoons sit on each bunk. To launch or recover the Pontoon Boat the trailer is slid into the water and has to be submerged enough for the Pontoon Boat to float onto the bunks. You can then winch the Boat fully onto the trailer, before pulling out of the water.
These bunk style trailers are a little more difficult to unload or load. The pontoon boat has to be placed exactly over the pontoons to sit on the trailer. There are guides” ( Load Mate ) ” you can add that help with maneuvering the boat onto the trailer.
In contrast the Scissor Trailer is an invention specifically for Pontoon Boats. The trailer is quite narrow and fits between the Pontoons. The Trailer actually lifts the deck of the Boat and does not support the Pontoons and the wheel base is quite small. This style of pontoon boat trailer can be retrieved and launched in the shallowest of water, since the Pontoons are very low to the ground. The name scissor comes from the fact that once the Pontoon is on the trailer, the Pontoon Boat is raised by a scissor action.
One big advantage of the scissor type is the ability to lower the Pontoon Boat to the ground and then remove the trailer and be launches in shallow water.
Negatives of the Bunk type trailer;
you need enough water to float the Pontoon on and off the trailer.
Negatives of the scissor trailer;
Tipping over is common due to the narrow wheel base. There are stabilizer wheels that can be added to help stabilize the trailer
Trailers for Pontoons’s Description
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.
Tandem axles, (4 tires on the ground) 13” tires, solid steel pivot arms with bushings mounted on 7/8” pivot pins for maximum strength supporting the pontoon boat and for raising and lowering. Heavy Duty #1500 self braking winch for easy raising of the heaviest pontoon boat. Wiring is inside the frame, protected from damage. Tail lights are water proof (by Wesbar) and are protected by steel above and below. Five inch front stops to prevent your pontoon boat from sliding forward. Tie down points on the frame; front and rear. Sure Lube hub with easy access for grease. Unique double wall lower frame (22’-24”) for maximum strength. <=””>
Even though the pontoon deck sits several feet off the ground, on top of the frame, the weight of the boat is transferred, by the lifting arms to the lower frame, only 21″ off the ground. With a low center of gravity your pontoon boat travels smoothly down the road.