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    Posted: 03/24/2012 at 4:32am
hello all are all pontoon boat designed so the 2 types of trailers can be used without any cosmetic/structual damage happening thanks in advance. billlyb
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I think the better answer is that not all trailers are designed so that no damage will be caused to a pontoon boat.  And some experience in loading a boat is necessary especially in windy or unusual conditions.  Basic two and three tube boats are designed to be loaded onto center, center lift and bunk style trailers.  Center and center lift (two tube boats) need to be the right length in order to not damage the transom pan.  Too much length and/or too much speed when driving on can cause the transom pan to hit and run up on the center lift.  Ask me how I know! Cry  Bunk style trailers need the best guides so that the tubes are not damaged.  Most believe that the vertical stanchion with a roller is not as good as vertical stanchions with padded 2x 6 flat guides  and i agree.  However, no trailer is perfect when it comes to loading in windy conditions or unusual water depths at a ramp.
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so with that being said are all pontoon boats built/structually designed to use either type of trailer( support issue ) support the toons or the floor framing   thanks
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Based on all the pontoon trailers built at the factory I'd say they are all  structurally built for pontoons.  Even the "scissor lift" trailers seem to be very well built as well. I personally prefer a tandem axle trailer with "V" bunks over the scissor lift trailer for hauling my pontoon a great distance. Due to the narrow wheelbase of the scissor lift trailer it makes it very tricky out on the highways. The tandem axle "V" bunk trailers pull so much better with very little sway if your tongue weight is set up correctly IMO. Mine pulls like its' on a rail behind my truck even in windy conditions. But again, if you are not going to be out on the  highway for long distances the scissors lift trailer has lots of advantages too. It just depends on your circumstances & how far you need to pull your pontoon. 
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Originally posted by billlyb billlyb wrote:

so with that being said are all pontoon boats built/structually designed to use either type of trailer( support issue ) support the toons or the floor framing   thanks
 
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