Scissor-style pontoon trailer vs Bunk-style pontoon trailer

Scissor-style Pontoon Trailer vs. Bunk-style Pontoon Trailer

Bunk-style pontoon trailer, also know as Drive-On or Float-on, feature a wide base with two raised bunks that support the pontoon along either side of the boat.

Scissor-style trailers, also known as “fold-down” feature a narrow frame that fits between the pontoons and lifts the boat by the deck in the center. Scissor-style trailers CANNOT haul tritoons due to the design.


Bunk-style trailers are more stable when towing compared to a scissor-style trailer because of their flat and wide design. Scissor-style trailers So, if you plan to be towing down a rough and bumpy road you may want to consider using the bunk-style trailer to get you to the water safely.


Scissor-style trailers can give you more options when it comes to launching and loading your pontoon. Scissor-style trailers can launch in more shallow water because they hold the boat from the deck instead of the pontoons. The base can be raised and lowered mechanically allowing you to lower your boat directly onto the ground to push it into water of any depth adding convenience to your trip. This may come in handy when storing your boat in a garage to help to clear the entrance due to the top of the boat being much lower than it is on a bunk-style trailer.

Bunk-style trailers require you to use the trailer as a ramp when it comes to launching and loading your pontoon. This means the trailer must be submerged in the water allowing you to drive your boat on and off the trailer. So the bunk-style trailers generally require deeper waters when launching or loading your pontoon.


First, you should consider your launch site. If the water is too shallow, you won’t be able to launch your boat using a bunk-style trailer therefore, requiring a scissor-style trailer. If your launch site has a steep shoreline to launch you may want to consider a bunk-style trailer making your commute less stressful.


Single Axle vs Tandem Axle

To avoid any problems and thousands of dollars in damage to your boat while towing it to and from your favorite lake always use common sense and the recommended safety precautions. When considering a scissor-style trailer, make sure you’re getting the sturdiest trailer available. We recommend using a tandem axle trailer over a single axle trailer. Single axle trailers are the cheapest and  have the minimum two wheels required for towing but they have a higher risk of tipping when transporting your boat. Tandem axle trailers, on the otherhand have two axles, which means 4 wheels on the road which gives the trailer the best balance available.


Or should we say TIP TEST….see how much you can move the trailer with your bare hands. If you can easily wobble the trailer or lift and tip it yourself, you may want to look for a more stable model that lowers the chances of tipping your pontoon or any other mishap that could cost both your wallet and the good time  you could have had relaxing on the water.