help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat (2024)



Dec 10, 2010
  • Feb 18, 2011
  • #1

just looking for some to pull behind my truck.Boat only weighs about 125-150.Maybe 250 full loaded minus me.I was thinking a trailer from harbor freight but does anyone have something similar that they use?
trying to keep it down to around $400. I tried craigslist but have no idea what I need.



Jan 20, 2011
  • Feb 19, 2011
  • #2

Re: help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat

If you can find a cheap jetski trailer with dual bunks that will work, that's what I used for my 12 foot jon boat that I just sold.


Fleet Admiral
Jul 27, 2007
  • Feb 19, 2011
  • #3

Re: help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat

Northern Tool sells inexpensive new trailers. They ship them in pieces and it only takes a couple hours to assemble them. Or, if you have a Tractor Supply store near you, they sell a similar product. In either case, you get all the paperwork with it as well.

I have used my jetski trailer to transport a cartopper a few blocks, but it is not suitable for normal hauling. Jetskis are about 10' long. Your 12 footer would stick out the back too far. Certainly could not use it with the motor attached.


Home Cookin'

Fleet Admiral
May 26, 2009
  • Feb 21, 2011
  • #4

Re: help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat

if the boat is too long for the trailer, just put the motor in the boat. It won't hurt it if it hangs off a little bit for a short trip.

Check around any school sailing programs, too; the boats they use have lightweight trailers and you may find one for sale.


Chief Petty Officer
Oct 11, 2010
  • Feb 21, 2011
  • #5

Re: help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat

LOL @ me if you like, what I used for the last 10 yrs is a harbor freight folding trailer cost me $250 or so....and like $80 to permanent tag it. what i did was sheet it with 1/2 ply and screw two 2x4s down to the 1/2" ply with the boat on the trailer. The original lil tires did yeoman duty for 8 yrs....they failed last yr after 1 1/2 yrs of sitting flat in the arizona sun... neglect to say the least. I went to wal mart and put the largest 4 lug tires i could buy on it... had to reposition the fenders about 2" higher to clear the tires.
oh, on the back of trailer i put a 2x8 and screwed the plate flat to it.... when i find a spot i want to launch I can literally push it right through the rushes and let it hang off of drop offs to allow me to launch anywhere i want... it is light enough that i need not worry about it.
a side note though, the bearing caps that come with it will pop off on your way home from the lake... i havent been able to find bearing buddies that will fit it, but i figure 10yrs still isnt that bad for so lil outlay, and they are still going strong.

whats nice is if i need a trailer for my quad, or a dump run we just take the jon boat off and have a perfectly useful trailer.



Petty Officer 2nd Class
Jun 15, 2009
  • Feb 21, 2011
  • #6

Re: help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat

I bought a 12' tracker Tadpole about 10 years ago and it came with a trailer the PO had made out of a pop up camper. The basically just gutted, threw some plywood down, put some carpet on it and registered it as homemade. I sold the boat about 5 years ago, but still have the trailer. I use it for dump runs, hauling stuff to camp, the 4-wheeler and so on.

I see junk pop ups on CL around here alot for $200 or less. You might even make a few bucks on the aluminum and get a dirt cheap trailer.


four winns 214

Senior Chief Petty Officer
Oct 25, 2008
  • Feb 21, 2011
  • #7

Re: help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat

When I had a 12' jon boat, I transported it via a car-top carrier. No trailer needed.


Petty Officer 1st Class
Jun 21, 2009
  • Mar 5, 2011
  • #8

Re: help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat

My buddy bought one a couple of years ago from harbour freight and its holding up well. The only issue as mentioned above are the axle bearing caps, he hasen`t found a bearing buddy that fits just right. He has a pair on there now but they just won`t seat flush.

You must log in or register to reply here.

help me find a trailer for a 12 ft jon boat (2024)


How much does a 12 ft boat trailer weigh? ›

Large enclosed trailers, namely those 12 feet or longer with a bumper pull coupler, typically weigh about 2,700 pounds when empty. Some are little as 900 pounds. Heavy-duty models weigh up to 5,200 pounds.

How do I know what size boat trailer I need? ›

Consider the Trailer's Capacity

Boat trailers come with different weight capacities, and it's crucial to select a trailer that can comfortably support your boat's weight. As a rule of thumb, choose a trailer with a weight capacity that exceeds your boat's weight by at least 15-20%.

How do you know if a trailer will fit a boat? ›

To calculate needed trailer capacity, calculate the total weight including the boat, the engine, a full fuel tank (approximately 7 lbs. per gallon), full water tanks (if applicable) and your personal gear. A good rule of thumb is to use 10% of boat, motor, and liquid weights for personal gear.

How much does a 12 foot aluminum boat weigh? ›

The weight of a 12-foot aluminum boat can vary depending on its design, thickness of the aluminum used, and any additional features such as seats or a motor mount. On average, a 12-foot aluminum boat can weigh anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds (45 to 90 kilograms).

How to find trailer weight? ›

The weight of your trailer can be figured out by looking at the VIN sticker located on the frame of your trailer.

How do I choose the right size trailer? ›

A 5'x10' trailer is ideal for small loads such as landscaping equipment and some furniture. A 6'x12' trailer is slightly larger and can accommodate larger items such as home appliances or be used as a motorcycle trailer. A 7'x18' trailer is ideal for larger loads such as furniture or construction materials.

How much longer should a boat trailer be than the boat? ›

Your trailer should be the length of the pontoon tubes plus anywhere from 3′-5′ to allow for a swing radius at the front of the tubes. If you put a 20' pontoon boat on a 20' trailer, in a tight turn there won't be enough trailer tongue, the front of the tubes could hit the back of the tow vehicle.

How do I know if my boat trailer is too small? ›

The most obvious thing to match is the length of the boat. If a trailer is too short, the boat will hang off and not be supported well.

How far should your boat trailer be in the water? ›

The style of the hull will also influence the launch, but in general, you will want to back the trailer until the middle of the fender is just under the water. This will allow the boat to float on the back of the trailer.

Can I move a boat trailer by hand? ›

Moving a trailer by hand doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the right techniques and tools, you can confidently maneuver your trailer into the desired position. And when it comes to the ultimate tool for this job, look no further than Discount Ramps' trailer dollies.

How wide is a 12 foot jon boat? ›

Jon Boats are available in a range of sizes with typical common lengths around 12'2” (3.7 m), widths of 4'3” (1.3 m), depths of around 2' (. 61 m). Jon Boats are flat-bottomed boats with two or three bench seats ideal for fishing, hunting, or civilian protection during floods.

What does a 6x12 trailer weigh? ›

A 6x12 enclosed trailer has an empty weight right at 1,200 pounds while a 6 x12 tandem axle has an empty weight of 1,800 pounds.

How heavy is a 12 ft dump trailer? ›

Empty Weight: 3,150 - 3,300 lbs. Payload Capacity ? : 8,850 - 9,010 lbs.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Tuan Roob DDS

Last Updated:

Views: 6094

Rating: 4.1 / 5 (42 voted)

Reviews: 89% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Tuan Roob DDS

Birthday: 1999-11-20

Address: Suite 592 642 Pfannerstill Island, South Keila, LA 74970-3076

Phone: +9617721773649

Job: Marketing Producer

Hobby: Skydiving, Flag Football, Knitting, Running, Lego building, Hunting, Juggling

Introduction: My name is Tuan Roob DDS, I am a friendly, good, energetic, faithful, fantastic, gentle, enchanting person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.