There are many options when it comes to jet ski trailers. You have steel, galvanized and aluminum options.
You also have many manufacturers and features that each one offers.
So, it begs the question, what is the best jet ski trailer? What type do you need, and what extra features you need to consider? What do I consider the best to get? Let’s find out!
The Best Jet Ski Trailer!
I believe the BEST trailer you can buy is a Triton Aluminum Trailer.
In general, an aluminum option is the best type of trailer, but the company that makes the best one is Triton.
Triton Jet Ski Trailer Pros:
- The frame is made of aluminum, so no rust, a must for anyone who rides in saltwater.
- Aluminum is lighter than the steel trailers.
- Triton uses recessed lights, so you don’t have to worry about breaking them as much.
- Extra features can be added like built in retractable ratchet straps.
- Single, double and 4-place options.
- They have trailers made just for the Sea-Doo Spark and Yamaha EX Rec-Lite category.
- Options for tandem and torsion axles.
Triton Jet Ski Trailer Cons:
- Usually, aluminum trailers in general are more expensive.
- The Bolts of the trailer still wear out, they’re not made of aluminum.
- It can be harder to find compared to other jet ski trailers.
Triton trailers did NOT pay me to write this post, they truly are the best trailer you can get for your jet ski.
The Second Best Trailer?
Aluminum tends to be the best option for jet ski owners, but also comes at a higher price.
The second-best option is a galvanized jet ski trailer. In fact, this is the trailer I use for my Spark.
I went with galvanized, mostly for the cost, but it’s still holding up well to corrosion. I also mostly ride in lake water, so saltwater is not a huge concern for me.
With a galvanized trailer, you get the benefits of aluminum, but it is heavier at a cheaper price point. You also don’t get as many features and tech, but it’s a trailer that gets your jet ski where you need it.
Steel Painted Trailers
I don’t want to say that painted steel trailers are the worst option, but they’re definitely not the best.
A painted steel option is great for someone who doesn’t use their trailer much and only needs something cheap and simple.
People who should avoid them are anyone who rides in salt water or the ocean. Even though they’re painted, rust still finds a way. It will get scrapes on it over time and will corrode. Unless special paint or bed-liner is applied, steel will rust.
What Kind Of Trailer Do You Need For A Jet Ski?
What kind of trailer you should get depends on where you ride and how many jet skis you want.
If you ride in saltwater or ocean water, you need to stick with aluminum trailers. You can get away with a galvanized, but aluminum will be the best option. Aluminum is also good if you have a towing limit, as they’re the lightest.
Galvanized is the best cheap option as they run cheaper than aluminum and have better protection against rust and corrosion compared to painted steel trailers.
A painted steel trailer is good if you only need one to bring in your watercraft for service or storage. You mostly keep your jet ski on the boat lift and need something for the few times you take it out of the water.
What Size Jet Ski Trailer Do You Need?
Jet skis come in many sizes, you have the single, double, and 4-place
- Single: A single is a one jet ski capacity trailer.
- Double: A double is a two jet ski capacity trailer.
- 4-Place: A 4-Place is a 4 jet ski capacity trailer.
There are very few 3-place trailers, as most go with a 4-place.
For more information on jet ski dimensions and sizes, check out our post here.
Important Trailer Sizing!
Keep in mind that jet ski trailer sizes can vary, while it may carry two jet skis, it doesn’t mean it can carry YOUR two.
They make small double trailers that are made for two small Sparks or EX’s, so they won’t fit a Sea-Doo GTX or Yamaha FX.
Also, older trailers were made for models of that time. Newer jet skis are bigger, much bigger, than the ones from 20 years ago. Even watercraft made in the last 5 years are bigger than ones before that, so it’s important you pay attention to the carrying width and length.
A jet ski too wide won’t allow another similar size on the other side of it. Even more important is the length, as a longer model will make the trailer too tongue light, and it will bounce off the ball or smack you in the face when you go to take it off.