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CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - White - 1 Pair

CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - White - 1 Pair

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Guide-on posts make it easy to load your boat onto your trailer and back your trailer down the ramp. They attach to the rear of your trailer and extend out of the water, providing visual targets to center the boat between during loading. Call 800-298-8924 to order CE Smith boat trailer parts part number CE27620 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all CE Smith products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - White - 1 Pair. Boat Trailer Parts reviews from real customers.
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CE Smith Boat Trailer Parts - CE27620

  • Guides
  • Boat Guide
  • Post-Style
  • 40 Inch Tall
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Guide-on posts make it easy to load your boat onto your trailer and back your trailer down the ramp. They attach to the rear of your trailer and extend out of the water, providing visual targets to center the boat between during loading.


  • Guideposts provide a visual target on your trailer to help you load and unload your boat
    • Extend out of the water to help you center your boat while loading
    • Assist you in backing your trailer down the boat ramp
  • 16-Gauge, pre-galvanized steel posts are strong and durable
  • White PVC pipes slide over steel posts so you can see your submerged trailer
  • Simple installation on rear crossmember of trailer frame with included hardware - no drilling required
    • Adjusts out to 13" from trailer
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: trailer frames up to 3" wide x 4-1/4" tall
    • For frames up to 5-1/4" tall, 2 extra-long U-bolt kits (CE11416 - sold separately) are required
  • Overall height: 40"
  • Steel post dimensions: 18" tall x 1-1/2" diameter
  • PVC Pipe diameter: 2-3/8"
  • Quantity: 2 boat guide-ons

Note: Check with your state Department of Transportation for restrictions regarding maximum trailer width.

Guide Your Boat Into and Out of the Water with Ease

When your boat trailer has been backed down the ramp and is partially submerged, these 40" tall guideposts that are mounted on the rear corners of the frame will stick out of the water, giving you 2 highly visible targets to guide your boat between for loading. The PVC pipes also provide a visual aid to help you back your boat trailer down the ramp when you're unloading and loading your boat.


The posts are simple to install. Slide the PVC pipes over the pre-galvanized steel support posts. Then mount the posts on the top or below the trailer frame, as close to the rear corners as possible. Adjust the posts so that the distance between each post and your boat is less than 1".

Pre-Galvanized Steel

Pre-galvanized steel parts are stamped from a sheet of steel after it has already been galvanized. The edges of pre-galvanized parts often lose their zinc coating during the stamping process. Because of the thinness of the coating (less than 1 mil) and the fact that the edges remain exposed, pre-galvanized parts can begin to oxidize and rust quickly, so it's recommended that they be primed and painted.

27620 Post Style Boat Guide Ons by CE Smith - 3' 4" Tall - White

Installation Details CE27620 Installation instructions

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Video of CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - White - 1 Pair

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for CE Smith Boat Trailer Parts - Guides - CE27620 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look in part number CE27620. These are the CE smith Post Style Guide Ons for boat trailers. Once installed, they're going to have an overall height of forty inches off the side of your trailer. The guide posts are going to provide a visual target on your trailer to help you load and unload your boat. It will extend out of the water. They are tall enough to extend out of the water.

That's going to help you center the boat while loading. It's also going to come in handy when you're backing your trailer down the boat ramp. These right here, these are going to be the galvanized steel arms that are PVC tubing. It's going to slide over. The tubing right here, the square designed, that's going to give us an inch and a half diameter. It's going to be 16 gauge, pre-galvanized steel tubes.

Theses are going to mount directly to the trailer frame and then the PVC piping is going to measure two inches in diameter, that's designed to slide over the galvanized steel arms. Very simple installation. These are going to install on the rear crossmember of the trailer frame. It's going to come with all the necessary hardware, so everything that you see here on the table is included as well. Some end caps to over the PVC tubing. You're going to get your brackets, your U-bolts and then all the necessary lock nuts and flat washers.

Everything that you need is included to get this fully installed. This will adjust out to thirteen inches from the trailer. CE Smith is going to make this product fully in the USA. It's going to come with two boat guide ons and it is designed for trailer frames up to three inches wide by four and one quarter inches tall. Now if you have a frame on the trailer that's five and a quarter inches tall, you will need some extra long U-bolt kits.

You can find those on our website with part number CE11416 and those are going to be sold separately. The post height when it's fully installed is going to be forty inches and you want to be sure to check with your state department of transportation for restrictions regarding maximum trailer width. Really simple installation process though. The arms right here have a little notch designed on them. That's going to make sure that the PVC tubing does not rotate, so I'm going to go ahead and just show you the tubing is going to slide over the galvanized steel. It's going to come down and it's got this slot in it that's going to engage the no-rotate notch, so the piping goes on the end of that galvanized steel right there and you could place an end cap on this portion here. That's really easy to get fully installed under your trailer. Another neat feature is that you can adjust this to fit the width of your boat so the installation again is very simple and easy. The posts are going to be really easy to install. Again all you got to do is slide the PVC posts over the galvanized steel support post, making sure that the slots on the post engage the no-rotate notch. This arm down here is going to be the arm that mounts to the trailer, so you would mount the post on top or below the trailer frame. It gives you that option. Your bracket is designed to go over the galvanized steel arm and then this is going to allow you to adjust it. Once you have this attached to your trailer frame with the necessary or the included U-bolts and hardware, you want to loosely install it. That way you can slide the arm in and out and you want the arm with the PVC piping on there to sit no more than one inch away from the surface in or the side part of your boat so you can adjust the posts so that the distance between each post in your boat is going to be less than one inch. Once you have that set, all you have to do is tightened down all the hardware, install the end caps on the end of the PVC tubing and then you're going to be set and ready to go and they're going to be fully functional and ready for use. That's going to do it for our review of part number CE27620. These are the CE Smith Post Style Guide Ons for boat trailers. .

Customer Reviews

CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - White - 1 Pair - CE27620

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (825 Customer Reviews)

Guide-on posts make it easy to load your boat onto your trailer and back your trailer down the ramp. They attach to the rear of your trailer and extend out of the water, providing visual targets to center the boat between during loading.

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Product was well made and easy to install.The Guides look good on my G3DLX Boat trailer. 117673

The Guides have worked out great. Its one of the best upgrades i have made to my Boat trailer.
Carl D - 02/28/2015


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The post style guide-ons are excellent quality. My trailer is a 1954 Starcraft tilt bed trailer so the fit will be different. I will use the existing roller brackets and the fenders by modifiying the guide ons by drilling mounting holes in them. They happen to fit the roller brackets exactly. You would have to have one of these trailers to really see. The delivery was quick and the follow up was excellent. 151053

I am still pleased.
Bill S - 09/15/2015


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Great service, quick shipping. Product easy to install. 668162

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They were great quality, well built, very sturdy. However they were not wide enough. I'm using them but only about an inch of the guide post touches my trailer's I-beam. I have to be careful not to bump them too hard when loading the boat or they move. Also, the U-bolts were too short for my trailer's I-beam so I had to discard them and purchase longer bolts and make some plates to go under the i-beam. Otherwise I am very pleased with them. I mainly needed them to help when backing the trailer and they work great for this. 668579

The U-bolts included are compatible with frame members up to 4-1/4 inches tall. If the frame is taller than that, up to 5-1/4 inches tall, a larger U-bolt set is available as part # CE11416
CE Smith Extra-Long U-Bolt Kit for Boat Trailer Guide-Ons - Pre-Galvanized Steel - 6" Tall
-- Mike L - 07/12/2019


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Very nice product. Nice quality material. Very easy to install, half hour at most. Primed and painted black to match trailer and prevent rusting. Looks vey good on trailer. Very prompted on delivery, received in two days after order. Would definitely recommend this product to others. 192987

Its been over a year on trailer and still working great.
Roger F - 05/27/2016


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These guides arrived in a timely manner. Installation was simple and straightforward. The first time I put my boat on the trailer using these they proved their worth. I had to approach the trailer from an angle due to a busy ramp. I used the outside guide as a pivot and with a little forward throttle was able to line the boat up and onto the trailer with no problems. I would recommend these to anyone searching for a good setup for their boat trailer. 203920

One year later and they are still performing as they did on day one. No worries with these guides.
David L - 06/15/2016


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It has been a year and the guides still look great and work great. We used them a bit different. They were installed on a boat lift. When bringing in the boat they guide it in and keep it from hitting anything on the dock that might damage the boat. They also help hold it in place while the lift brings the boat up. It really works well. 273604

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The boat guides appear to be exactly what I need. I did a lot of research before ordering this product and the metal brackets are even sturdier than expected. It would take a major collision to bend these one-piece brackets. 60355

Still working fine after a year. Nothing has broken, bent, or come loose. I would definitely recommend this product to my friends. As always, eTrailer was great to deal with.
Harry S - 05/31/2014


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Easy to install and nice Quality Construction. They sure help make trailering the boat a lot easier Thanks 526089

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great product, so easy to install and these will save my neck a lot of pain in the future 669584

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Good sturdy product. Easily installed. Testing it out this weekend. Hope all go well. 381626

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Easy to install these well made guides. These keep the back of the boat from being blown sideways, and in my case, allow me to see my narrow little boat when I’m backing up, or just driving down the road. I had an extra set of trailer lights that weren’t really good enough to submerge, so after I finished installing these I attached these lights to the PVC top cap, then just ran the wires down and connected to my existing wiring. Now I can really see, and be seen. Please note that the lights in my image DO NOT come with these. 557618

My trailer has very skinny rails open on one side. If yours is this way, I advise cutting a block of pressure treated wood to just fit in the rail with a few hammer blows. Otherwise the shackles of these guides will bend the open ends inward, causing them to loosen. This isn’t a problem with this product, it’s just my cheapo trailer not being made of 4 sided box channel. Everything still looks new!
William - 08/24/2019


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Great products....the posts, lights, and plug all were shipped quickly and easy to install. Finally have my lights up high and out of the water. I used 3 wire extension cord to run uncut lines from the lights to the plug at front of trailer. Should protect against corrosion issues. Pictures of my install are attached. Thanks 490407

This has worked out well. Lights and connections never touch the salt water. I did the same thing on the trailer for 25 center console.
James - 03/29/2019


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My previous boat was a heavy 16-foot aluminum bass boat and it did not have trailer guides. I struggled on more than one occasion trying to trailer the boat during high winds and/or heavy current and I swore that my next boat will have these. I had to modify the way they mounted to my new trailer but I was provided with enough mounting hardware to mount them in pretty much any way that I might need. These guides work perfectly for my little 14-foot jon boat. The materials used are high quality and the finished guides are very sturdy. 256220

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I take my 15' Klamath aluminum boat out by myself all the time. I purchased these guides to make it easier for me to get the boat centered back on my EZ Loader trailer, especially on breezy days. My trailer is a lot narrower than my pick-up, meaning I can't see anything when backing the empty trailer down the ramp. Before I would have to remove my tonneau cover before leaving home (which is difficult by myself). At the ramp I would have to put the tailgate down to see where the trailer was going. These guides stick up far enough that I can leave the tonneau cover on and avoid that whole hassle. This is an added benefit I didn't originally anticipate. Great price. Mine was delivered ahead of schedule! Install is a breeze. People at etrailer are friendly and very helpful. The web site is easy to use. Product info is complete. I didn't need it, but liked that they include specific part numbers that might be needed for different size trailer frames. Besides the product instructions, the video guides are really nice to have available. I would definitely use etrailer again and would highly recommend them. 238631

At this point hard to imagine not having them. They continue to work well.
Larry W - 02/24/2017


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Received the 2 sets of guides posts in good time and in good condition. When I assembles the posts on my trailers I found it was impossible to "slide" the pvc posts over the ends of the galvanized mount posts. I tried to call customer service and was put on hold and told I was 16th in line. After a half hour of waiting I gave up. I tried calling the manufacture for help (C E Smith Company) and got a dead end in their phone system. Finally frustrated I used a heat gun to soften the ends of the round PVC tubes and then was able to force them over the square metal posts. I think the manufacture needs to have better quality control and test whether the parts fit. 430625

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Purchased a set of guides for my boat. I installed the first one with no issues at all. After installing the bracket to my trailer on the second guide I was ready to install the PVC tube. Unfortunately, the inside diameter of the tube was too small to fit over the outside diameter of the bracket. I continued to work it and eventually got about an inch or so of the tube over the bracket. Couldn't push the rest of it down because the fit was so tight. I wound up breaking off a piece of the PVC tube. I called and spoke with a customer service rep [at CE Smith] and found out that they have had issues with some tubes. He was able to order me another one at no charge and said it would arrive by a certain day and it did. He also told me that they would ensure that the new tube would fit over the bracket before they shipped it. After receiving the new one I installed it with no problem just like the first one. Great customer service! 145163

Working as advertised!
KAM - 08/08/2015


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Hi George, Thanks for your patience with this review. Finally got around to installing the guide posts today. Overall, I'm very pleased with the quality and materials used. Initially, it took a while to figure out how best to install (under versus above the rail) but once we decided, we were pleased with our decision. ( I have a Continental trailer) I would recommend this product to anyone looking for solid well made trailer guide posts. Much easier to launch and retrieve my jon boat! Thank you! 466628

No complaints. Product is working very well.
Wayne - 01/13/2019


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Order came in ahead of schedule. The hardware is made to fit a wide variety of trailer frames and fit mine just fine. I used a deep socket on my impact drill that made instal a breeze. I had both installed in about 15 minutes. They are very sturdy and look good on my new trailer. The boat will load straight and the stern will not float side to side during retrieval. These were also a necessity for me because I could not see my trailer when it was empty. I now have a guide while backing. I would recommend this product and order from etrailer again in the future. 289040

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Good solid product, and quite easy to install. I painted the bars with a primer / paint spray prior to installing. I recently bought a new truck and the site lines were not as good as my old SUV. With these posts installed, I can now see the trailer again while backing down the ramp. This was primary reason for my purchase, so problem solved. etrailer was great to work with! Fair price and quick shipping. 430649

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Easily ordered thru e trailer Item was just as described Fast delivery Excellent support and follow up from e trailer staff Defiantly use them for future needs 756712

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Quality product and easy to put on the trailer. 749813

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The 40 inch guides are perfect for my Carolina Skiff. Installation was easy and took less than 20 minutes. The instructions offered three methods of installing the mounts and I used the cross 'u' bolt for my type trailer frame. So now loading the boat should be a lot easier than trying to guess where the bunks are! 748949

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Exactly what I needed. Very well built and delivery was fast. You will need paint on them for surface protection. Also I would put a bolt through the PVC just to prevent them from theft or falling off in a wind. 748727

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Product was excellent. Delivery was quick. Very pleased with everything. 747035

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