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CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - 1 Pair

CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - 1 Pair

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Lighted guide-on posts make it easy to load your boat onto your trailer and safer to transport it at night. They attach to the rear of your trailer and extend out of the water, providing visual targets to center the boat between during loading. 1-800-940-8924 to order CE Smith boat trailer parts part number CE27740 or order online at Free expert support on all CE Smith products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - 1 Pair. Boat Trailer Parts reviews from real customers.
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CE Smith Boat Trailer Parts - CE27740

  • Guides
  • Post-Style Guide
  • 40 Inch Tall
  • Galvanized Steel
  • PVC
  • CE Smith

Lighted guide-on posts make it easy to load your boat onto your trailer and safer to transport it at night. 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 assist you in centering your boat as you load it onto your trailer
    • 1-1/2" Diameter, 16-gauge, pre-galvanized steel tubes are covered with 2" PVC piping for strength and durability
    • Simple installation on rear crossmember of trailer frame with included hardware
  • LED lights ease loading process and make trailer more visible at night
    • Glows amber at front, bright red at rear
    • Alerts other drivers to your position
    • Makes trailer easy to see while you are backing it up or loading your boat
    • Features 1-piece, sealed units that are shockproof and waterproof
    • Activates automatically with your trailer's tail lights
    • Longer-lasting and more energy efficient and durable than incandescent lights
  • Simple installation
    • Wires into your trailer's tail lights
  • Made in the USA


  • Quantity: 2 boat guide-ons
  • Application: trailer frames up to 3" wide x 4-1/4" tall
    • 2 Extra-long U-bolt kits (CE11416; sold separately) are required for mounting on frames up to 3" wide x 5-1/4" tall
  • Height: 40"
  • Adjustable out to 13" on each side

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

When your boat trailer has been backed down the ramp and is partially submerged, these 40" tall guideposts that are mounted at the rear corners of the frame will stick out of the water, giving you two highly visible targets to guide your boat between for loading. The built-in LED lights on the posts stand out at night, making it easier for you to load your boat in the dark and for other drivers to see your trailer when you're on the road. The pre-galvanized steel support posts mount horizontally on top of or below your trailer's frame rail. Just slide the posts into the boat guide supports and secure the posts so that the distance between them correctly matches the width of your boat.

Pre-Galvanized Steel

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

27740 LED Lighted, Post Style Boat Guide Ons by CE Smith - 40" Tall

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CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - 1 Pair - CE27740

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (320 Customer Reviews)

Lighted guide-on posts make it easy to load your boat onto your trailer and safer to transport it at night. They attach to the rear of your trailer and extend out of the water, providing visual targets to center the boat between during loading.


This is great! Also - here’s the CE17720 fender all complete and installed. I like the split lighting on the poles, easy to install and much better than - at least for me - piecing together stuff from a hardware store. Worth a little extra dough for these rock solid poles!



Love these! I may eventually turn the mounts to get the extra height my error not to try it at all but for now they work perfectly


The guides really help with loading on my trailer especially if there is wind or a current. In addition I can easily verify that my marker lights are working every time I check my side view mirrors.


Had to purchase longer ubolts as my trailer frame must be taller then average. I knew it would be close when I purchased. Not etrailers error, but mine.



Still holding up well. Certainly aids in backing the trailer up when empty as I cannot see the trailer when in tight places until it emerges from the side of truck. A cover on my bed restricts the view and the poles take care of that.


Works good and help you see were the trailer is when towing and backing and the launch. Also helps when loading the boat back onto the trailer.


I ordered this set of guide ons when I started redoing my boat and my summer got busy and as September rolled around I finally got them mounted and wires hooked up.
Unfortunately now it’s deer season and the boat is going into storage. Get back with me in May and I might have it in the water.



Works great sure helps when backing in the launch and into the garage.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Allan We're glad to hear that!


I am very happy with the product that I have. I had to buy 2 and modify to fit my boat and now it looks great and it works well. Thank you.




These are awesome. Helps as a guide on when putting boat back on the trailer plus allows me to have great vision of the trailer while backing trailer without the boat. Finally added lighting of trailer when towing at night. Easy to install. Best all around addon for the trailer.


the U-bolts are not big enough for a 4x7 I-frame, but I bolted the brackets directly to the frame and made it work anyways.

I also made it removable, because installed, the trailer would exceed 8.5 ft width.

One star deduction because the brackets came raw mild steel, not galvanized.


As a universal fit the product works as expected. It would be nice if the metal tube was available in black or white powder coat. Maybe even galvanized.


I absolutely loved this product. It allowed me to get my Twin Troller onto the trailer perfectly. Most importantly, it allowed me to see the trailer behind my Ford Edge. The lights made trailering at night much safer, as other vehicles could see it, and made lane changes much easier.


The boat guides were very easy to install and of good quality. It makes it much easier to back up my boat trailer and bringing the boat on to the trailer.




Like all my orders from E-Trailer, they arrive on time, they are just as described on the site, and come together "install" just like the available videos! what more do you or could you expect!


Trailer looks great, can’t wait to back it up at night. Product was easy to hook up, great directions. Thank you Joe


Did what I needed them to do. Great vis ibility.


Received it yesterday and started today easy installation perfect heavy duty that did the trick

Brian M.


Still strong everythings good with it works every time


I have received the guides just fine, quickly after ordering. All parts are high quality and it looks they will last for a while.
Installation was easy, no brainer.


The lights add a nice look plus I can see my boat/trailer while driving as well as dropping the boat in. No doubt one of the best add-ons for my boat trailer.


Arrived quickly, easy to install and looks really nice on our boat trailer for our 2021 Tahoe T16 boat.


I had these on my last boat trailer and they made it easier to see it at night as well as to line it up for launch and take out.


Well made product. Easy to install. Quality electrical components. Prompt shipping.


Installation of these guides was pretty simple. I did have to slide the axle forward a few inches, but that was not a big deal. They work great, are very stable, and help considerably when backing at night.



They have been great. I do have one light that’s been intermittently off, but that is probably a loose ground I can deal with.


Great product. I cut the plastic tubes so that the lights are at the top of the sideboards to prevent catching the docking line on them during loading. My trailer has heavy metal rectangular tubing so the supplied screw to ground the lights was not heavy enough to penetrate with the recommended drill size. I used a self drilling/tapping screw with great success.

The brackets were very well designed and hold the square tubing of the light very well.

Tony B.


I have been very happy with the CE Smith Boat Trailer guide-onlights. Metal parts are still shiny with no hint of rust. Lights assist in trailer placement for docking and assist trailer towing maneuvers easier to tell where the end of the trailer and boat are located relative to the towing vehicle. As you can tell, I have been very pleased with the quality and performance of the CE guide-ons with LED lights.


I'm very pleased with the lighted CE Smith guide post for my boat. There very easy to install, and the LED lights are super bright. The guidepost makes it very easy to load the boat onto the trailer keeping the boat from blowing off the trailer with the wind or the current pushing it off. Great customer service experience with E Trailer and very fast shipping. Overall giving them five stars and would definitely recommend them and we'll be using them again in the future!

Jason T.


Thanks, the boat strap and the lighted posts guides are still working great !

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See what our Experts say about this CE Smith Boat Trailer Parts

  • Recommendation on Lighted Guide Poles Wired As Stoplights
    The CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 are lighted poles to help guide your boat on to the trailer. CE Smith does have Light Mounting Brackets for Post-Style Boat Trailer Guide-Ons # CE27650A were you could mount a set of stop lights like # 2423056 for right hand side and # 2423006 for the left hand side. These lights can be wired into the stop lights of the trailer. These lights are submersible and contain gaskets to create a weather tight seal. The CE Smith # CE27740 are the only...
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  • Can You Paint the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons
    No. In most cases getting paint to stick to the galvanized steel on the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 is not going to be possible because of the layer of zinc that's left after galvanization. I don't recommend painting them as it's most likely going to be an exercise in futility.
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  • Painting Galvanized Steel Brackets for a Boat Trailer
    First, I would prime and paint the whole bracket if for nothing else but to make sure it is all uniform. Galvanized steel is going to require certain products to be able to paint it and have the paint last. the first thing you will need to do is clean the galvanized parts with water-based cleaner/degreaser to remove any of the oily film on the parts from the galvanization process. Once clean you will need to use a water-based primer. Do not use a petroleum-based primer because the oil...
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  • Does the CE Smith Post Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights Come with the Lights Included
    Yes. The LED lights on the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall - 1 Pair # CE27740 are separate pieces that will require installation to the guide-on; these lights will wire into your boat trailer's tail lights. I've linked a review video of these for you to check out.
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  • What Trailer Wiring Circuit Does the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 Run To
    The brown wire of your trailer wiring would be the one that carries the running light circuit. That would be the correct circuit to use for powering the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740. I attached an install video for this product for you to check out as well.
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  • Why Does Running Light Circuit Get Ran to CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740
    If you wired the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 that you referenced to the stop/turn signal of your trailer wiring they would blink with the blinkers and come on with the brake lights. There's no reason you couldn't do that but as their intended purpose they wouldn't be as effective. Normally these are wired to the running light circuit so that when your tow vehicle has their head lights on (at night) the lights come on to help you guide your boat onto the trailer.
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  • How Do You Remove the Lights on the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740
    On the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 the lights are held into the tops of the tubes with little screws. The screws would have to be removed to release the lights.
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  • What Size Trailer Frames Does the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights Fit
    Yes. The CE Smith Post-Style Guides # CE27740 are designed to work on trailer frames up to 3" wide and 4-1/4" tall, so it will work on your 1-1/2" wide and 3" tall frame.
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  • Can Ground Wire of CE Smith Post Guide Ons be Ran to Trailer Frame Easily
    The wiring of the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 is a double bonded wiring setup that you would normally run back to front of trailer. Since it's double bonded though you can separate the wires from each other by pealing them away from each other and then run the ground to the trailer frame wherever works for you and then the power wire to the running light circuit and you'd be set.
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  • Lighted Guide On Recommendation for a Boat Trailer
    We actually have a product that does exactly what you are looking to do. Check out the CE Smith Guide Ons part # CE27740. These are guide-ons that have LED lights on the tops of them for increased visibility. The PVC of this kit would be strong enough for it's intended purpose of helping guide a boat onto the trailer. As long as you aren't hitting them at too hard of angle you should be just fine. You would probably have bigger problems anyway if you were hitting these hard enough to break...
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  • Height of Galvanized Steel Uprights of CE Smith CE27740 Boat Trailer Guide-Ons
    The galvanized uprights used on the CE Smith # CE27740 are 18 inches tall. Once the PVC uprights are added, the guide-ons are 40 inches tall. I've linked to a product video for the # CE27740 guide-ons.
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  • Boat Trailer Guide-Ons for 18 Alumacraft Dominator on Shorelandr Trailer
    I recommend the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights # CE27740. These will provide you with the assistance when loading in wind and current but also with visibility as the lights come in handy when it starts to get dark. This will not only help when loading the boat but also when backing up the trailer as the lights and poles offer a great reference point for seeing the back of the trailer. This kit will fit trailer frames up to 3" wide x 4-1/4" tall. The CE Smith Extra-Long U-Bolt...
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  • Shortest Available Trailer Guide-On for 2008 Bass tracker 17 .5
    The shortest set of guide-ons are the 40 inch # CE27620 that you've looked at. The nice thing about these is that they're constructed of PVC pipe, and they can be cut down further if you wish. As you can see in the video I've linked, the tops of the guide-ons don't stick up very far from the gunwales of the boat. If you were interested in the light-up guide-ons, you could use the # CE27740, and cut those down as well. If you're on a fairly tight budget, the # CE27620 would work very well...
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  • Which CE Smith Post Style LED Guide-Ons To Use
    Which CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers you'll want to use depends on the height of your boat when it's sitting on the trailer. We don't have craft specific guides for this so you'll want to measure from where you want to install these on the trailer to the top of where the boat sits on it so that you make sure you get something that you can see well. For smaller bass boats that don't sit very high off the water you're typically going to use the 40" tall #...
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  • Can CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 Be Used With CE Smith Bunk-Style Guide-Ons # CE27600
    The CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons, part # CE27740, and the CE Smith Bunk-Style Guide-Ons, part # CE27600, will attach to a boat trailer frame size of up to 3 inches wide x 4-1/4 inch tall. They both use the same type of mounting brackets that attach to the boat trailer frame. The post-style guide-ons do need to be mounted as far back on the trailer frame as possible and as close to the boat as possible. The bunk-style guide-ons have 5 foot long bunks that have to be positioned on your...
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  • Does C E Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 Have Replacement LEDs
    The LED lamps that fit CE Smith Post Guide Ons # CE27740 is CE Smith # CE27656A. These are sealed units, therefore, you cannot just replace the LED inside the unit.
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  • Can LED Bulbs be Replaced in the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers
    The LED lights on the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27740 are sealed units so you cannot access the diodes inside. Considering that they are sealed LED units they are not likely going to go bad for a very long time. But if they do or if they get damaged replacements are available, # CE27656A.
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  • LED Post Light Kit For PVC Vertical Guide-Ons On Boat Trailer
    We have the LED Light Kit for Post-Style Boat Guide-Ons # CE27656A. These lights fit 2-3/8" outer diameter post-style PVC boat guides and have 98" long wires on each light. If your guide on poles are a different width you can either find an adapter at your local hardware store to fit your poles, or replace your assemblies with the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers # CE27740.
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  • Replacement Light Caps for CE Smith Guide Ons
    To replace the caps of your CE Smith Guide Ons will require you to get the part # CE27656A. This is the only way to replace anything having to do with the lights of the guide-on.
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  • Are CE Smith LED Light Kit for Post-Style Boat Guide-Ons Used For Turn Signal Or Brake Lights
    The CE Smith LED Light Kit for Post-Style Boat Guide-Ons, part # CE27656A are designed to fit the top of guide-ons like part # CE27740. These are wired into the trailer running light circuit and are not used for brake light or turn signals. These lights are red and amber and mounted so that you are more visible to other drivers at night.
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  • What Color Does 40" Tall CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights Come In
    So there isn't an option for black guide-ons with LED lights; the only color for the guide-ons with LED lights is White, which is the following part number: - CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall # CE27740 If you really wanted the guide-ons in Black and were okay with not having the LEDs on top, you can get those with the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers - 40" Tall # CE27626. Both guide-ons do come with U-bolts that mount to trailer...
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  • Can 40" Tall Guide-Ons be Bolted to Trailer Frame for Extra Height
    The 40" Tall CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons # CE27620 come with mounting hardware that bolts around your trailer frame, but since these won't have anything to do with the structural integrity of your trailer you can really mount them however you see fit. Since you mentioned wanting more height and increased visibility for guide-ons then you might be interested in the 40" Tall CE Smith Guide-Ons # CE27740 which come with LED lights, or the 65" Tall CE Smith Guide-Ons # CE27637. Attached...
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  • Recommended Visual Indication for Boat Trailer when Empty
    The Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball # PTW1276 will help to align your hitch ball and coupler or give you a visual of the outside edges of your empty boat trailer. You can use the yellow ball or the red LED light for the visual indicator you desire. The dual telescoping rods connect using magnets and extend up to 41 inches tall. They retract to 7-1/4 inches for easy storage when not in use. Another option is to use the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights for...
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  • Will Extending a Swing Away Trailer Tongue Make It Easier To Maneuver a Boat Trailer in Reverse?
    Yes, if you were to extend your trailer tongue 18" it would make steering your trailer easier in reverse. It can be difficult to steer shorter trailers as they can quickly steer so far you can not correct it without pulling back forward to straighten out the trailer. Something that can really help you is using CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights # CE27740 on your trailer. These allow you to more easily see where the trailer is and stay ahead of it while you are steering. In...
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