Jet ski weight can affect what trailer you can use, what lift you need, and what can tow your jet ski.
Average Jet Ski Weight
When you take all the weights from the top 3 jet ski manufacturers you end up with an average weight of 750 pounds.
The lightest weight jet ski comes in at 300 pounds.
The heaviest jet ski comes in at 1,075 pounds.
Jet Ski Weight
|Yamaha||VX Cruiser HO||770|
|Sea-Doo||GTI SE 130||800|
|Sea-Doo||GTI SE 155||800|
|Sea-Doo||Wake Pro 230||815|
|Yamaha||FX Cruiser SVHO||820|
|Yamaha||FX Limited SVHO||825|
|Sea-Doo||GTX Limited 230||825|
|Yamaha||FX Cruiser HO||840|
|Sea-Doo||GTX Limited 300||850|
|Kawasaki||ULTRA 310X SE||1050|
Jet Ski Trailer Weight
When it comes to jet ski trailer weight, there are two numbers to worry about, the weight of the actual trailer and what weight the trailer can hold.
The material a jet ski is made of can affect the weight too. An all-aluminum jet ski trailer will weigh less than a painted steel or galvanized trailer.
|Trailer Type||Weight (lbs)|
|Single||150 to 300|
|Double||300 to 400|
|4-Place||1000 to 1500|
Jet Ski Trailer Tongue Weight
Tongue weight is how much weight is on the front of the trailer that connects to the truck.
It’s important to get this number right.
- A jet ski trailer that is tongue light means it’s easy to lift.
- A jet ski trailer that is tongue heavy means it’s hard to raise.
I know many people want the trailer to be easy to lift, but they can overdo it. You need weight on the trailer’s tongue to keep the trailer from bouncing too much. A light tongue means more weight is at the rear of the trailer. This can cause the trailer to sway at high speeds and more likely to pop off the ball or wreck.
The opposite is also true; you don’t want the nose of the trailer to be so heavy you can’t lift it off the ball of your truck.
No one should be lifting their jet ski off the ball without the assist of a tongue jack. I’ve pulled plenty of muscles learning this the hard way. You should be chocking or locking the wheels off with a block of wood when taking it off the trailer, too, as this guy learned the hard way.
What Jet Ski Trailer Should You Buy?
If you’re wondering jet skis and trailer weights, you might be wondering what trailer to buy?
I personally like triton trailers, but any aluminum trailer is better than steel or galvanized ones.
The first reason to pick aluminum is that its lighter than any other option.
The next reason is that aluminum holds up better to saltwater from the ocean. Even the lake and river water can be corrosive given enough time.
Resell value is really good on aluminum trailers. In fact, if you can buy a used aluminum jet ski trailer, you can pretty much sell it close to what you paid for when you sell it again so long as nothing major is wrong with it.
The rarest of the aluminum jet ski trailers is the doubles. A double jet ski trailer can haul 2 jet skis at once. Most people start with a single ski but later upgrade. Finding a used double aluminum jet ski trailer is rare because most people stop at 2 jet skis and keep the trailer until it falls apart due to neglect most of the time.
Different Types Of Jet Ski Trailers
Beyond what the jet ski trailer is made of, there is how many jet skis it can haul.
- Single – Only one jet ski at a time.
- Double – Two jet skis.
- 4-Place – Four jet skis.
The most popular jet ski trailer is a single, and it can only carry one jet ski at a time.
The next type of trailer is the double trailer, and it can carry two jet skis. The jet skis are placed side by side to make launching and boarding from the ramp easy. I’ve never seen a double with the jet ski one behind the other.
A 4-place jet ski trailer is rare and expensive. They can cost up to $9,000, but if you need to haul more than 2 at a time, you’ll need a 4-place. Most of the time, I only see dealers using this style trailer. This trailer often has brakes because of the weight and size.
Can You Haul A Single Jet Ski On A Double Trailer?
Yes, it’s fine to haul one jet ski at a time on a double jetski trailer.
I’ve made trips across America like this and had no problems. It’s more stable than it seems as the trailer shares weight between the two wheels.
No matter what or how you haul, make sure to strap the front and rear down. You want the jet ski and trailer to move as one unit, and not strapping the rear down prevents this and can damage the jet ski.
Do Jet Ski Trailers Need To Be Serviced?
Yes, jet ski trailers need to be serviced.
The truth is that most people don’t do it.
The axle and bearings need to be greased once a year or before a long trip. Here is a video showing you how to do it.
You also need to check on the lights. Many jet ski trailers use cheap lights that break over time due to backing in and out of the water.
Do You Unplug Trailer Lights Before Backing Into the Water?
Technically, yes, you need to unplug your jet ski trailer lights before backing into the water.
This is to prevent a short and damaging electronics.
But I’ll be honest and say I don’t always do this. I should do it, and I understand why you should do it, but I still don’t listen. This is going to be one of those “do as I say, not as I do” suggestions.
Jet Ski Trailer Lights Not Working?
It’s often the truck or car.
People getting a new jet ski and trailer don’t always have the light or receiver hooked up yet.
They get the lights installed, but 8 out 10 times the lights were not done right or a fuse was not installed.
I mention this because I see a lot of people get a jet ski trailer, and the lights don’t work. They think its the trailer, but most often in my experience, its the vehicle.
Jet ski trailers are straightforward things compared to your truck. You can get a tester that tests both the truck and trailer to see if they’re working. Any auto parts store can help you with this.
Can A Car Tow A Jet Ski?
Yes, but it’s not ideal.
A car can pull a Sea-Doo Spark or Yamaha EX because of how light they are. Bigger jet skis like the Sea-Doo GTX or Yamaha FX start getting into a gray area.
The problem isn’t pulling a jet ski but stopping or getting out of boat launches.
Cars are not made to pull heavy things; they don’t have the weight themselves and the braking power.
Jet Ski Trailer Accessories?
I see people rush to get a jet ski and the trailer, but so many of them forget these basic things.
You have two styles of trailer light hookups: a round plug and a square plug.
Jet ski trailers use a square plug while most trucks these days use the round receiving end. So you’ll need the adaptor which can be found just about anywhere like Amazon (Amazon Link Ad).
As talked about before, you need a tongue jack (Amazon Link Ad).
Not only does it make it easy to take the jet ski off the truck, but many tongue jacks have a wheel, which makes it easy to move around your garage.
A lock you put on your hitch serves two purposes.
The first is obvious; it keeps people from taking your jet ski or jet ski trailer.
The second one is that it acts as a safety pin to keep the trailers latch from popping loose. I’ve seen a jet ski trailer come off the ball all because of the road is bumpy, and the latch got loose, and the trailer flung up or ran away.
Having a lock on the latch keeps the latch from popping loose while you travel.
Here is the trailer lock I like using from Amazon. (Amazon Link Ad)
Talking about locks, if you don’t have a lock on your receiver, then putting a lock on your trailer won’t mean much.
The receiver is the part on your truck, the ball and hitch slide into that. Usually, it’s just a simple thick bolt that holds it on, but you can buy locking bolts that keep people from stealing your stuff.
Receiver Lock on Amazon. (Amazon Link Ad)
Launching A Jet Ski Trailer
Backing up a trailer, especially a small one like a jet ski trailer, can be tricky.