pontoon trailers - load or wind guides

Load/Wind Guides for Pontoon Trailers

Most trailer manufacturers make load or wind guides optional but they probably are one of the most popular options. Even on smaller quiet lakes there may be a windy day where you’d want load guides. They seem simple enough they help “bump” the boat onto the trailer but there really are differences.

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Break Away - Strong Strong (reinforced) Low on the pontoon  Bunk Style 6' before you hit the guide 

There seems to be confusion on the part of trailer manufacturers. Some promote a “weak” break-away load guide while others make a point of having a strong reinforced load guide. Our preference is a weak break-away style. Load guides are about $30 each. If you come in too fast and break one you’re out $30. If you come in too fast on a strong reinforced load guide you may damage a $3000 pontoon tube.  

bent pontoon guide

A pontoon hit this load guide too hard.
The steel bent and the pontoon tube was unharmed. The trailer manufacturer replaced it no charge.
But if they hadn’t it was only about $30.
damaged pontoon wind guide

A pontoon hit this strong reinforced load guide hard. So hard that it actually bent the cross member of the trailer frame.

The pontoon tube has a big dent in it.
The trailer manufacturer claimed the boat owner was to blame, no warranty.
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Load guides vary in height but generally the lower the better. You want to avoid front spray fins. But you don’t want to hit lifting strakes on performance tubes.
load guide placement
Being able to move the load guides up on the frame is a benefit. Some trailers (to the right) don’t have any place to mount load guides except in the back.
If you launch and retrieve at a deep ramp the load guides will be underwater and do you no good. Better quality trailers have multiple cross braces and you can move the load guides on the frame to better suit the ramps you use.