Finding a place to store your jet ski and trailer is a problem that many owners run into.
The best place to store it is in your garage, but this brings up the question if the trailer will fit?
If you have a single trailer, it will fit most one and two car garages. You may need to angle the trailer while in the single car garage, but it should fit. As for double trailers, it can get tricky and will not fit some single car garages, but will fit most two car garages.
PWC Trailer Measurements
A single trailer holds one machine and a double trailer holds two.
- Wave Single: 148 inches long and 55 inches wide.
- Single: 182 inches long and 60 inches wide.
- Spark Double: 149 inches long and 102 inches wide.
- Double: 182 inches long and 96 inches wide.
- Sea-Doo Karavan Double: 184 inches long and 100 inches wide.
- Double Elite: 189 inches long and 102 inches wide.
- WC2-2: 201 inches long and 102 inches wide.
- 4-Place: 344 inches long and 102 inches wide.
–Keep in mind that jet skis hang off a little on the rear of the trailer, so add about 12 to 20 inches more to the length measurement! Jet skis also hang off the left and right side a bit, especially on doubles, so the trailer may fit, but you’ll need a few more inches of buffer to account for your watercraft while on the trailer!–
- The Wave Single trailers are made for the Sea-Doo Spark, Yamaha EX and standups. Do not put anything bigger on them like a Recreational, Luxury or Performance machines.
- The Spark Double is a Karavan trailer that is meant to hold two Sea-Doo Sparks and Yamaha EXs (Rec-Lite watercraft). It will NOT work for larger watercraft.
- The Sea-Doo Double is just a Karavan Double trailer and a super common double trailer. This is about the size of all non-aluminum trailers.
- The Double Elite is a bigger double trailer with nicer options added.
- The WC2-2 is a double trailer with tandem axles and the nicer options too.
- The 4-Place trailer holds 4 PWCs at once. A 3 place trailer is rare, so most people with 3 jet skis will buy the 4-place, as it will haul 3 just fine.
The Maximum Trailer Width
Interesting enough, there is a maximum width of 102 inches that a trailer can be if it goes on the road in the US.
So if your garage door has a width greater than 102 inches, it’ll fit any jet ski trailer’s width.
Your garage door will be smaller than the actual width of your garage, and you’re not getting your jet ski in the garage if it won’t fit through the door.
So the garage door’s width needs to be considered.
- The common 1 car garage door openings are 8, 9, or 10 feet wide.
- The common 2 car garage door openings are 12, 14, 16, or 18 feet wide.
A single trailer will fit through any 1 or 2 car garage doors just fine. A few double trailers will fit through a 1 car garage door if the opening is 9 feet or more, but space will be tight.
The most common length for a 1 and 2 car garage is 20 feet or 240 inches.
All jet ski trailers should fit, except for the 4-place jet ski trailers.
Depending on how crowded your garage is, you may need to angle your jet ski trailer to give you more room. It’s also a good idea to angle the trailer’s tongue out of the way, as it can be a tripping hazard.
Other Ways To Store A Jet Ski In Your Garage:
A jet ski trailer will take up a lot of room when sitting in your garage; it’s a lot of wasted space.
With the trailer’s tongue taking up a good bit of room along with the rear of the jet ski hanging off, you lose a good bit of space.
So one option is to take the watercraft off the trailer when storing it in the off season.
Get A Stand
The best way to do this is with a stand.
This video does a fantastic job showing you how you can do it, but I must warn you, they are heavy, and you’ll need at least 1 if not 2 extra guys to help you.
A lot of the guys in videos sliding jet skis off trailers either have the plastic slides on their bunks or sprayed them down with lube. While this helps greatly, it can be a double-edge sword if you forget to fully strap the front and rear down of your jet ski. I don’t use these slides on my bunks as I’ve seen jet skis slide off the trailer when taking a turn too sharp.
The way dealers move units off trailers is with either a forklift or a hoist.
The most effective method I’ve seen for homeowners to remove jet skis from their trailers involves using a wall-mounted winch. They slide the jet ski onto a stand that matches the trailer’s height. Then, to reload the jet ski onto the trailer, they use the trailer’s hand-crank winch.