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View Poll Results: What Have You Towed?
I have yet to tow anything. 81 43.55%
Small boat 10 5.38%
Medium boat 20 10.75%
Utility trailer, steel or aluminum 42 22.58%
Cargo trailer, steel or aluminum 21 11.29%
Small Camper 31 16.67%
Large Camper 11 5.91%
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post #11 of 336 (permalink) Old 01-27-2015, 01:02 AM
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Tow a 24' Bennington Pontoon Boat
19 foot Lund Center Console Duck / fishing boat
and a small utility trailer used to haul decoys in and out of the fields we hunt in and to Michigan's Upper peninsula every fall


No problems at all
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Tow a 24' Bennington Pontoon Boat
19 foot Lund Center Console Duck / fishing boat
and a small utility trailer used to haul decoys in and out of the fields we hunt in and to Michigan's Upper peninsula every fall


No problems at all
Love your pontoon man I would love to sell my jet to get one.

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Nice! That boat makes your Jeep look really small haha.
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Does this count? Didn't see the choice in the survey!

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Love your pontoon man I would love to sell my jet to get one.
Thanks TractorAK. I didn't think I'd ever own a pontoon boat. Used to tournament fish on the weekends with a 25' Center Console. Family got tired of non skid decking and trolling for 8 hours a day. I got Veto'd by the wife and kids when it came to upgrade the boat and was told it had to be family boat. Can't say enough about Bennington. We all fell in love it and its pretty darn comfortable to fish from too. **** thing has underwater LED lights, side LED lights, LED cupholder lights, LED bimini top lights. All factory installed. I put in the LED lights in the seating area. Runs about 43mph and can tow skiers or tubes. Plus I don't need to borrow my cousin's truck anymore to tow the wellcraft. It was about 7000lbs on the trailer.


You could sell that jet boat and could easily get yourself a Bennington . jet boats like yours are very popular down here. Shallow daft, fun to drive, no worries about props hitting people while parked at sand bars etc. Very nice boat you have
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Strongly Considering This One

So, I think I might bite the bullet, spend way more than I wanted, and buy a custom trailer constructed out of aluminum. It is lighter, won't rust, has no screws to come loose (like my previous ones did) and can be either enclosed or open. Montrose in MI is the company that makes them. Here are some pictures from their Site.

Here are the specs I would get:
4'W x 6'L x 3'H inside dimensions.
Rear ramp door that can either act as a ramp or as a tailgate.
10" of ground clearance at the body, not the axle.
Raised hitch neck due to the height of the Cherokee hitch.
4 strips of E-Track (2 on the floor, 1 on each wall).
2 of the boat ties on the front, in addition to the 3 on each outside part.

The max weight I envision carrying is about 1,400 lbs. The owner says it weighs under 700 lbs empty. And he says he can park an 800 cc quad on the lid. So it would be better than a pickup truck bed as it is much deeper and I can put ladders and such on the top.

The cost is what is making me worried. About $5,500 give or take. When I call him tomorrow we will firm up the specs and price.

What are you thoughts' on this? My other option is to buy a less expensive cargo trailer and a utility trailer. This way I only own one. And it seems like he does very good work.
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Thanks TractorAK. I didn't think I'd ever own a pontoon boat. Used to tournament fish on the weekends with a 25' Center Console. Family got tired of non skid decking and trolling for 8 hours a day. I got Veto'd by the wife and kids when it came to upgrade the boat and was told it had to be family boat. Can't say enough about Bennington. We all fell in love it and its pretty darn comfortable to fish from too. **** thing has underwater LED lights, side LED lights, LED cupholder lights, LED bimini top lights. All factory installed. I put in the LED lights in the seating area. Runs about 43mph and can tow skiers or tubes. Plus I don't need to borrow my cousin's truck anymore to tow the wellcraft. It was about 7000lbs on the trailer.


You could sell that jet boat and could easily get yourself a Bennington . jet boats like yours are very popular down here. Shallow daft, fun to drive, no worries about props hitting people while parked at sand bars etc. Very nice boat you have
I have to replace an engine in it this spring so I am going to keep it another summer then start shopping for a pontoon. They are gold up here though a 20yr old one up here still goes for around 15k ridiculous and with new ones around 25k it makes it a bit of a swing. I'm hopping to get 10k or so for mine with this engine replaced it will have two new ones.
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I don't have a picture, but I'm set up to tow a trailered Polaris Ranger. Well within the 4500 lb towing capacity.
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So, I think I might bite the bullet, spend way more than I wanted, and buy a custom trailer constructed out of aluminum. It is lighter, won't rust, has no screws to come loose (like my previous ones did) and can be either enclosed or open. Montrose in MI is the company that makes them. Here are some pictures from their Site.

Here are the specs I would get:
4'W x 6'L x 3'H inside dimensions.
Rear ramp door that can either act as a ramp or as a tailgate.
10" of ground clearance at the body, not the axle.
Raised hitch neck due to the height of the Cherokee hitch.
4 strips of E-Track (2 on the floor, 1 on each wall).
2 of the boat ties on the front, in addition to the 3 on each outside part.

The max weight I envision carrying is about 1,400 lbs. The owner says it weighs under 700 lbs empty. And he says he can park an 800 cc quad on the lid. So it would be better than a pickup truck bed as it is much deeper and I can put ladders and such on the top.

The cost is what is making me worried. About $5,500 give or take. When I call him tomorrow we will firm up the specs and price.

What are you thoughts' on this? My other option is to buy a less expensive cargo trailer and a utility trailer. This way I only own one. And it seems like he does very good work.
Very nice Mudman. My wife is from Montrose. She still has some family up there. Its only about a hour north of me. If you ever want me to go up there and get some pics or video of their stuff or talk to anyone, let me know.
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@mtudb24, thank you very much. Have you heard anything about the company, good or bad? In trolling the interwebs I see a lot of expensive car owners buy his trailers and love them. I have not seen much of anything on the trailer like I am looking to order. I am calling him tomorrow with my list of additional questions.

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