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  • How to Attach Carpet to Boat Trailer Bunk Boards
  • I recommend attaching the carpet to your boards using staples. If you wrap the carpet around the board and only staple the carpet on the sides or back of the board, the staples will not scratch the hull of your boat.
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  • Typical Trailer Lug Nut Diameter and Thread Pitch
  • Trailer wheel lug nuts that are 1/2-inch inside diameter typically have a 20-TPI thread pitch (20 threads per inch). Most lug nuts also use a 60-degree-coned profile like # CE11051, but a 90-degree like # STN569 is also available for 9/16-inch studs. All lug nuts we offer are displayed on the linked page. I also linked our main page for all wheel accessory items.
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  • Replacement Trailer Bunk Brackets for a Escort Boat Trailer
  • The CE Smith Bolster and Swivel Bracket Assembly # CE10000G that you referenced would work well to replace the bunk brackets on your boat trailer. You would be able to set the angle for the bunks that you would like with the # CE10000G also. I attached a picture that shows that you can use different angles.
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  • How to Install the CE Smith Wobble Roller Retainer Ring # CE10981
  • Basically, you put the open end around the shaft on each end of the roller then use some pliers to clamp it closed so it is tight to the shaft. This allows the roller to roll but stay in position. I made a video showing what this would look like for you.
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  • V Mounting Brackets to Convert Conventional Trailer into Pontoon Boat Trailer
  • The V mounting brackets that you could use to convert your conventional trailer to a pontoon boat trailer are the CE Smith V-Wing Bolster Bracket, # CE26244G. When it comes to mounting hardware for these brackets, I recommend using a screw and washer like our 3/8 Inch Stainless Steel Hex Lag Screw, # FA74521, and Stainless Steel Washer, # FA0152661. I have attached a link to our U-bolts for boat trailers. Since the mounting slot on the V bracket would typically run parallel with...
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  • How to Attach CE Smith Bolster and Swivel Mounting Brackets for Bunk Boards # CE10001G-4
  • The CE Smith Galvanized Bolster and Swivel Mounting Brackets for Bunk Boards # CE10001G-4 come with nuts and bolts to attach the swivel brackets to the bolster brackets, but you will need to supply either lag bolts or other through bolt hardware to attach these assemblies to the wooden bunks on your boat trailer and the trailer frame. Either type of hardware is suitable and you can determine which is best, and what specific length you need, based on the construction of your particular...
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  • 10 Foot Long Carpeted Bunk Boards for Boat Trailer
  • I can certainly understand not wanting to have to connect 2 five-foot carpeted bunk rails like # CE27820 to get the 10 foot bunks you need. We don't offer them in the 10' length because the shipping costs would be more expensive than the bunks themselves. If you're a DIY kind of person, you can pretty easily make your own bunk boards using 2" x 4" or 2" x 6" pressure-treated lumber and CE Smith Marine Grade Carpeting like # CE11350. Most hardware stores will cut the boards to the length...
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  • Replacement Carpeted Bunks For Boat Trailer Recommendation
  • We offer both carpet that you can use to replace your worn carpet on your bunks for your trailer, and we also carry replacement carpeted bunks for your trailer. The carpeted bunks we offer come in varied lengths. If you need 6 ft bunks, I recommend part # CE27840. These come in a set of 2, and is wrapped with marine-grade black carpeting. For 5 ft bunks, you would need part # CE27820, for 4 ft bunks, part # CE27810, and for 3 ft bunks you would need part # CE27800. If you decide...
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  • Recommended Staple Size for Bunk Board Carpet
  • We typically try to use 1/2 inch stainless steel staples when we install the CE Smith Deluxe Marine-Grade Carpeting, # CE11372, but 3/8 inch staples will work too. I would not go much shorter than the 3/8 inch staples because you don't want them to work their way out over time. I strongly recommend using stainless steel staples if possible. They will last much longer because they provide the best rust resistance.
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  • Choosing Boat Trailer Bunks versus Guide-Ons for Trailering in Rough Waters
  • Considering the rough water where you boat, I suggest you consider carpeted bunks or roller bunks. Bunks will do a better job than guide-ons at actually controlling the boat's motion while you're getting it up on the trailer. Guide-ons are really intended to provide a visual cue, but not really for actually controlling the boat's movement as it is trailered. As soon as the hull makes contact with the bunks it will begin to stabilize the craft's movement. I have linked our main pages...
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  • Recommended Replacement Carpeting For Boat Trailer Bunks 20 Ft Long
  • The marine-grade carpeting we offer for trailer bunks is available in three colors, Black, Blue, and Charcoal. The longest carpeting we offer is 18 feet and is part # CE11349. This is Black and is 18 inches wide. We also offer Charcoal, part # CE11372, which is 12 ft long and 11 inches wide. You would need two for each bunk and overlap the seam in order to cover the 20 feet and ends you mentioned. For 12 ft Black you would order part # CE11330 and for Blue the part number is...
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  • What Size Trailer Guides are Recommended for a 22 Foot Sea Ray?
  • For your 22-foot Sea Ray, I suggest using the 60-inch tall CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons, # CE27640. Posts of this height are going to remain visible while your trailer is partially submerged, making it easier to guide your boat. These guide-ons use white PVC pipes which slide over the steel posts for enhanced visibility in the water and are installed with U-bolts so you can avoid drilling. I've attached a link to a video review of this product for you to take a look at.
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  • Finding Replacement Axle For Jet Ski Trailer
  • The closest standard axle we have available to the dimensions that you mentioned is the CE Smith Trailer Axle Beam # CE33201GA. This galvanized trailer axle has a spring center measurement of 46-1/2 inches and a hub face measurement of 57-1/2 inches. It has an overall length of 62 inches. Since we do not have a standard axle that meets the dimensions you are looking for, another option is an Axle-Less system like the Timbren Trailer Suspension System # A12WS545. This system will provide...
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  • Replacement Trailer Fenders for Car Tow Dolly Trailer with 14 Inch Wheels
  • No worries. I have seen fenders in much worse shape. It looks like the best option is going to be the fenders that you have referenced # CE17900G. I know that this fender does not have mounting holes. But that is because they are a universal fit item and you will need to provide your own hardware for mounting. We do have some mounting brackets you can use, # CE26098G-2. I have also included a link to all of the fenders that we carry that fit 14 inch wheels. Fenders, unless otherwise...
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  • Recommended Spare Tire Cover for 4.80 - 12 Size Tire
  • A tire of size 4.80 - 12 has an overall diameter of 20-1/2-inches and is approximately 4-inches wide. We offer several tire covers that will fit tires up to 21-inches in diameter and these can be seen by clicking on the linked page. We can offer you a choice of white, grey or black covers from CE Smith and Classic Accessories. If you prefer a basic black cover you can use # CE27410; for a white cover use # 052963751000. All have an elastic rear opening for a snug fit.
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  • Bunk Board Carpet Recommendation for a 2x6 Bunk Board
  • We don't sell 2x6 bunk boards, but we do sell the carpet to allow you to wrap boards that are that size. For 2 x 6 bunks you'll want the 18-inch width carpet # CE11349 in order to have full wrap-around coverage without exposed wood.
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  • Spare Tire Cover to Fit 215/70R16 Size Spare Tire
  • The overall diameter of a 215/70R16 size tire is just under 28-inches (27.8 to be exact). For a tire of this size I suggest one of the black spare tire covers that are shown on the link provided for you. Classic Accessories # 052963753479 is a vinyl cover with an elastic back hem. Rampage # RA772901 is a fabric cover of material similar to a Jeep top that has an adjustment cord for a snug fit. Either of these will be a better fit for your 16-inch wheels than the item you referenced,...
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  • Replacement Brackets And Hardware For Boat Trailer Bunk Boards
  • Thanks for the photos. For your boat trailer, I recommend the CE Smith Bolster and Swivel Bracket Assemblies - Galvanized Steel - 13" - Qty 4 # CE10002G-4. These brackets are available in different heights. These brackets are held to your trailer with u-bolts like the CE Smith U-Bolts - Galvanized - 3-13/16" Long x 3-1/16" Wide x 1/2" Diameter - Qty 4 # CE15283GA-4. These brackets hold on your Bunk boards like the CE Smith Carpeted Bunk Boards for Boat Trailers - 6' Long - 1 Pair...
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  • Spare Tire Carrier Recommendation for 5 on 5 Bolt Pattern
  • Depending on the configuration and mounting options on your trailer you may be able to use a spare tire carrier like the Fulton Economy Spare Tire Carrier, part # FETCSTL0701. When used with a spare tire with a 5 on 5 bolt pattern the bracket can be bent to fit. This option does not offer any offset, but will work for 5 on 5. With this set up you will get the carrier and lock in one. I went out to the warehouse and took a measurement of this part for you (see photo at right) to help...
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  • Converting Boat Trailer from Roller Bunks to Carpeted Bunks
  • All of the boat trailer bolster brackets we carry such as # CE10001G-4 are strong enough for general use so they do not carry specific weight ratings. These particular brackets are beefy 11-gauge galvanized steel. For bunks we offer carpeted lengths up to 6-feet. For your 20-foot boat four 5-foot bunks # CE27820 should do the trick. Keep in mind that if the trailer currently has roller bunks like # DL21741 switching to carpeted bunks will increase the drag/load on the trailer winch....
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  • Replacement Axle Assembly for Small Boat Trailer
  • The closest axle we have available to the dimensions you provided is the CE Smith Trailer Axle w/ Idler Hubs # CE33201GA-HUB. This axle has a distance of 57-1/2 inches from hub face to hub face and 46-1/2 inches from spring center to spring center. These measurements are awfully close to what you are needing, so I recommend double checking your trailer to see if this will fit. This axle includes idler hubs with a 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern along with all the necessary bearings, races,...
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  • Recommended Upgrades to CE Smith Boat Trailer Model 48810
  • Upgrading the carpeted bunks on your CE Smith Boat Trailer to roller bunks like the CE Smith # CE27710 is a great way to upgrade the trailer. These will allow for much easier loading and launching of your boat and reduce the stress put on your hand winch during operation. These are 5 foot long bunks that will work perfectly to replace the 5 foot bunk boards on the trailer. You can use the Bunk Brackets # CE10003G-4 to mount them to the trailer. It looks like the trailer is equipped with...
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  • Mounting a Winch on a Snowmobile Trailer Tongue or Ball Mount
  • The CE Smith winch stand # CE31013G is not designed to attach to a ball mount and a ball mount is not designed to have anything attached to it for safety so the stand would have to be installed on the trailer though it is not wide enough for a 3 inch tongue. If you plan on using a hand winch then you could use the universal right angle mounting bracket # DL24110 though if the trailer has a straight pole tongue it may require some fabrication to get it installed in the right place. Another...
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  • Weight Capacity And Parts Needed For Modifying Boat Trailer For 26 Ft Regal Commodore
  • I spoke with my contact at CE Smith, and they said the Bolster and Swivel Bracket Assembly for Boat Trailers, part # CE10000G, do not bear the weight of the boat. The U-bolt that attaches the brackets to the trailer frame support the weight of the boat. There should be a bracket attached to each cross member of the trailer frame. If you are buying several brackets, I would recommend part # CE10000G-4. This is a set of 4 of the 9 inch adjustable brackets. If you need longer adjustable...
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  • Tire and Fender Upgrade on CE Smith Trailer for Boats and PWCs # CE48810
  • According to my contact at CE Smith their Trailer for Boats and PWCs # CE48810 can indeed take 12-inch wheels, with only new fenders required as you noted. I have linked our main page for tire/wheel combinations in the 12-inch size and with the 5-on-4-1/2-inch bolt pattern used for the CE Smith trailer. For a galvanized wheel-with-tire in Load Range B you can use part # AM30590. Please note that all trailer tires in this size are rated to speeds up to 65-mph maximum. We do not offer...
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  • Hole Dimensions of the CE Smith V-Wing Bolster Bracket # CE26244G
  • I checked with CE Smith and they informed me that the larger holes on the bracket that connect to the bunks and the larger holes are .410 of an inch and the smaller holes are .313 of an inch. Check out the picture I attached for more dimensions.
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  • How To Measure A Trailer Fender
  • A fender like the CE Smith Single Trailer Axle, part # CE17105 you came from, is listed with the outer measurements. I have attached a product review video for this fender that shows how the fender is measured. This fender measures 31-1/2 inches long x 10 inches wide x 13 inches tall.
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  • Recommendation For Retainer Ring to Hold Wobble Roller to 3/4-Inch Shaft
  • The CE Smith Wobble Roller Retainer Ring, part # CE10981, can be used for 1-1/8 inch shaft size and 3/4-inch shaft size. You will need to choose the correct size washer along with the retainer ring for installation on your 3/4 -inch shaft. The washer you will need is the CE Smith Wobble Roller Washer for 3/4-Inch Shaft, part # CE10983. You will slide the wobble roller onto the shaft then use the correct size washer for the size shaft you have. Then, you will put the retainer ring around...
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  • Can CE Smith Boat Trailer be Used with a Porta-Bote
  • You probably would not have to modify CE Smith boat trailer # CE48810 to use it with your Porta Bote. The boat would just have to be properly secured to the trailer. The trailer can support boat up to 12 feet long and up to 800 pounds. For straps I recommend a transom tie down such as # IMF17631. Other useful straps you can use include # EM34423 which you can bolt directly to the trailer frame. Other than that I do not foresee any modifications being necessary.
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  • What Hardware is Used to Attach Wood Bunks to Boat Trailer
  • In the video I attached on re-carpeting boat bunks we used lag bolts to attach the bunks to the hardware. Skip ahead to the 3:00 minute mark to see this.
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