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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Can CE Smith Boat Trailer # CE48810 Be Adapted With a Folding Coupler to Simplify Storage in Garage
  • We offer hinged trailer couplers such as the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 2 x 3-Inch Trailer Tongues, part # FHDPB230101. This particular folding coupler fits 2 x 3-inch steel trailer tongues such as the tongue on the CE Smith Trailer. My contact at CE Smith confirmed that cutting the trailer tongue to install a hinged coupler is perfectly acceptable. This Fulton coupler is rated for 5000-lbs so it is more than adequate for the task on the CE Smith trailer that carries your...
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Availability of 9-1/2 Foot Carpeted Bunk Boards for Boat Trailer
  • No worries, you can easily construct some bunks yourself. Go to your local lumberyard and get some treated yellow pine 2x4x10 boards. You can then purchase some of the marine-grade carpet we offer, like part # CE11372. You'll need one roll per bunk, which means you'll have some scrap left over, but if you're anything like me you'll find a use for the scrap. You can use carpet adhesive to attach the carpet to the bunks, but two years ago when I re-did the bunks on my PWC trailer I...
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  • Can the Angle of Boards be Changed in CE Smith Bunk-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers
  • Yes, you can change the angle of the bunks in the CE Smith Bunk-Style Guide-Ons # CE27660. The brackets that hold the bunk boards are bolted to the tops of the posts so once the angle needed is set you would tighten those bolts to keep that angle.
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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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  • Replacement Carpeted Bunk Boards for a Boat Trailer with 10 Foot Long Bunk Boards
  • For bunk boards that are 10 feet long you could use a couple sets of the 5 foot long bunk boards, # CE27820. You would use one set of each 10 foot section needed. If brackets are needed you can use bolster bracket set # CE10000G-4. You will need at least 2 bracket per board.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Axle With Hubs For Compatibility With 8 Inch Wheels For Boat Trailer
  • Unfortunately we don't have any hubs that fit your current spindles. I recommend replacing your axle and that will be determined based on the length of your axle and capacity needed. For a galvanized steel option ideal for a boat trailer, I recommend the CE Smith Trailer Axle w/ Idler Hubs - 5 on 4-1/2 Bolt Pattern - 57-1/2" Long - 1,800 lbs # CE33201GA-HUB. Another option is the Dexter Trailer Axle w/ Idler Hubs - EZ-Lube - 5 on 4-1/2 Bolt Pattern - 72" Long - 2,000 lbs # 20545I-EZ-72-15...
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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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  • 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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  • Bunk Board Guide On Installation Instructions
  • You will want to give the boat a little wiggle room between the guide-ons. They are there mainly to help you keep you on track as you approach the trailer. The actual bunks of the trailer will center the boat on the trailer once it gets far enough on the trailer. Think of these as a way to pre-center the boat on the trailer as it slides on. I would go with a couple inches of space between the boat and the bunks. I attached an install video for this product for you to check out as well.
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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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  • Mounting Boat Trailer Guide-Ons to Triton Boat Trailer With Fender Step Extends to Rear of Trailer
  • It sounds like you'll need to do some fab work in order to get the guide-ons to work. I believe your best bet would be to eliminate the u-bolts and have the brackets welded to the top or the underside of the frame member. If the fender step doesn't extend more than 13 inches from the side of the frame member, you can mount to the underside of the frame and the upright portion of the guide-on will clear the step. Otherwise, you'd need to attach to the top of the frame member.
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  • How to Adjust CE Smith Bunk-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers # CE27600 to Keep Boat Centered
  • The CE Smith Bunk-Style Guide-Ons for Boat Trailers # CE27600 can be adjusted for the best fit with a given craft. As you noted, you can adjust their side-to-side spacing to help keep your hull's strakes from contacting the center roller brackets. Also, the Bunk-Style Guide-Ons can be set at an angle, with the stern brackets a bit further apart than the bow brackets. This will create something of a V-shaped entry way for the boat that might help get and keep the keel in the roller. A...
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  • How to Install Pal Nuts on a Roller Shaft
  • The easiest way to install pal nuts on a roller shaft is to completely assemble everything (roller, brackets, roller shaft, etc...) before mounting it on the trailer. Place one pal nut on the ground, open end up, and place the roller shaft on the pal nut. Next, with everything assembled on the shaft, put the other pal nut on the other end of the shaft and use a hammer to tap the top pal nut onto the shaft. While you are tapping on the top pal nut, the roller shaft will seat into the pal...
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