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Why Aluminum Is The Best Kind Of Jet Ski Trailer You Can Get

If you’re new to personal watercraft, you’ll eventually come across trailers and have many questions. Like, do you need one? What trailer works for my needs? Where do you store your trailer?

It’s a lot to consider, especially after dealing with getting the PWC in the first place.

I’ve created this article to better help others who are new to the sport get a good idea of what trailers they should get and all the nuances that come with them. I share what models I like to use and which ones give you the great value.

So, let’s dive in and read on!

The Lingo

Before we go too deep, I need to give some of the lingo and other little details about jet ski trailers.

Something to note is that PWC trailers come in many sizes, you have the single, double, and 4-place

  • Single: A single is a “one PWC” capacity trailer.
  • Double: A double is a “two PWC” capacity trailer.
  • 4-Place: A 4-Place is a “4 PWC” capacity trailer.

There are very few 3-place trailers, as most go with a 4-place.

For more information on dimensions and sizes, check out our post here.

You also have the materials the trailers are made from differ. You have aluminum, galvanized and painted steel. I’ll go over the details of each one.

Materials

What metals that are used to make a trailer vary in cost and durability.

The most durable, and the most expensive, trailer material is aluminum. This type is best suited for saltwater and will hold up to more abuse compared to the other options.

The second most durable is the galvanized. A galvanized trailer will do fine in saltwater, but it’s more heavy and if you damage the galvanized top layer of the trailer it will rust, unlike aluminum.

The last option is a painted steel trailer. A painted steel trailer will be fine for freshwater, but I suggest you don’t take it near saltwater as it will rust. Even though there is a painted layer on the trailer, it’s not perfect and will corrode away after a few years. This type is perfect for someone who only needs a PWC trailer a few times a year.

My Pick!

I believe the BEST jet ski trailer you can buy is a Triton Aluminum Trailer.

In general, an aluminum trailer is the most ideal type of trailer for personal watercraft, but the company that makes the top of the line aluminum trailers is Triton. (Not sponsored, I just like their products!)

Triton Pros:

Triton Cons:

Please note, Triton trailers did NOT pay me to write this post, they truly are a great trailer.

The Second Option

If you got the money, aluminum trailers tend to be a great option for watercraft owners, but also comes at a higher price.

The second place option is a galvanized. In fact, this is the trailer I use for my Spark.

Sea-Doo Spark on a Sea-Doo Galvanized Move 1 Trailer

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

jet ski trailer does not come with the watercraft
Painted Black Steel Trailer

I don’t want to say that painted steel trailers are the worst option, but they’re definitely not the better ones.

A painted steel option is great for someone who doesn’t use their trailer much and only needs something cheap and simple.

I suggest avoiding steel trailers if you ride in saltwater or the ocean. They will rust and corrode over time, even if painted.

Important Sizing!

It’s important to note that trailer sizes vary for jet skis. Just because it can carry two doesn’t mean it can fit YOUR two.

There are small double trailers for small Sparks or EX’s, but they won’t fit Sea-Doo GTX or Yamaha FX.

Something people don’t realize but, older trailers were made for smaller models, and newer jet skis are larger, even those made in the last 5 years. Pay attention to width and length.

A too-wide of jet skis won’t fit another of similar size. Length matters, as a longer model can make the trailer unbalanced.

Sum Up

When it comes to jet ski trailers, the best option you can get is an aluminum trailer. The next best jet ski trailer will be galvanized because it holds up well to corrosion like aluminum.

If you only want a basic trailer and don’t go in saltwater, then a painted steel trailer will work for you. Painted steel won’t last as long as aluminum or galvanized, but it’s cheap and may be a great option for people who don’t go far and only need a simple jet ski trailer.

Author

Steven

I started working at a power sports dealership in 2007, I worked in parts, service counter, and as a technician before moving to sales in 2013. I created StevenInSales.com in 2014 to answer common watercraft questions I would get from people. Now managing the site full-time, I continue to provide advice and web tools for my readers about watercraft. I've owned several watercraft, with a Sea-Doo Spark as my current main PWC.

Comments

  1. I’m looking at buying a seadoo fish pro trophy and they don’t come with a trailer. I live in utah but am buying it for ocean fishing in two years. I want a double so I can buy my wife her own in two years. I didn’t see any pricing or finance options???

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    • The dealership will have trailers and can add it to the financing depending on the current promotions. I suggest getting an aluminum trailer if you go in the ocean.

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