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Can I Use the CE Smith Self Centering Keel Roller on my Trailer


Id like to install the self centering roller on my trailer for my 16ft aluminum vee hull, but Im not sure if it will bolt to my trailer. Can you indicate where and how to mount it? Thanks.


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I may have a solution for you, but it doesn't look like your trailer has any bracket in place in order to use the CE Smith Self Centering Keel Roller for Boat Trailers part # CE29505 on your boat trailer. For that reason you would first need to have a roller bracket like the CE Smith Panel Bracket for 12" Boat Trailer Rollers part # CE10305G welded to the frame or attached with U-bolts to match your trailer frame size.

If you went the welded on route, the # CE10305G is galvanized steel so you would need to have the zinc layer removed and have this welded by an experienced welder because of the issues with welding galvanized metals. Once the bracket is in place you'll want to use the Roller Shaft with Pal Nuts for Boat Trailer Rollers part # CE10727A to hold the roller in the bracket.

In regards to installation, these will need to be installed towards the stern of the boat, in the center of the trailer. This would be the only place that would allow them to effectively center your boat on the trailer.

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