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Most center lift pontoon trailer manufacturers dona€™t make any claims about how road worthy their trailers are and some actually have disclaimers, not for highway use, do not exceed 40 MPH, etc. Standing in the middle of the trailer, grab the top rail, bend your knees and see if you can lift the trailer wheels off the ground. Our standard response is that for most applications we recommend the wide axle stance of our bunk style trailer.A  However, there are applications for the center lift style trailers.
With a center lift pontoon trailer you need to know the dimension between the pontoon tubes. Some pontoon boats (Bennington) have extra long motor mounts (transoms) that can be up to 70a€? long.
We dona€™t offer center lift pontoon trailers in single axle models because we feel they are just unsafe. Box frame pontoon trailers that transfer the weight of the pontoon boat to a lower frame are more stable than pipe frame pontoon trailers.
Neighbors sometimes want center lift pontoon trailers so that the trailer can be used on more than one pontoon boat.

Pontoon boat manufacturers fit their pontoons in various ways, from the outside edge of the deck (96a€? or 102a€?) to a few inches inside the deck. Some brands of center lift pontoon trailers a€?throatsa€? (in the stern) can be as short as 40a€?. Some brands of pipe frame pontoon trailers have the center of gravity 3a€™ off the ground, and are very tippy.
There are some lakes with very poor-shallow ramps where ita€™s almost impossible to launch from an ordinary trailer. Typically a 8a€™ wide pontoon boat (96a€?) with 23a€? diameter pontoons will have a 50a€? opening. On box frame trailers, look for transfer arms to be straight up and down when the frame is in the up position. There are storage concerns where individuals want to fit their pontoon boat in a garage or building with a low overhead door, etc.
If the tubes are positioned an inch or two inside from the deck, this dimension is smaller. To prevent gouging the pontoon tube, the trailer should be at least 2a€? narrower on each side than the opening between the pontoon tubes.
Arms that are not straight up and down when the trailer is in the up position will not transfer the weight properly to the lower frame.

However these considerations must be weighed against the potential danger of the center lift pontoon trailer. The more weight transferred to the lower frame, the less tippy the boat and trailer will be. That means that if you clip a curb with a tire or a sudden gust of wind hits the boat and trailer, the whole load can tip over.
Thousands of pontoon boats have gone down the road safely on center lift trailers, but the potential for danger is always present. With the lifting arms at an angle, not only to they not transfer the weight properly, they place unnecessary stress on the cable and winch when in the up position.
The modern pontoon boat with extensive furniture layouts, 30+ gallon gas tanks and heavier engines increases the potential for weight distribution problems on a center lift narrow axle wheel base pontoon trailer.

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