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Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for the 2012 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty by Ford

Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit

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Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Outboard Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 2012 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty by Ford

Heavy-duty, custom brackets dramatically reduce the amount of drilling and time required to install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch. Outboard design ensures simple access to mounting points. Brackets, 10-bolt base rails and hardware included.


  • Installation brackets mount beneath your truck bed to provide attachment points for 5th-wheel rails
  • Base rails sit in truck bed and allow installation of 5th-wheel trailer hitch
  • Fast, simple installation with outboard design
    • Extended-length base rails allow for mounting farther out from truck frame
      • Avoids underbed components for easier access
      • Cuts down installation time by more than half compared with universal kits
    • Custom brackets mount to existing holes in truck frame, minimizing drilling and measuring
  • Thoroughly tested kit is compliant with strict Society of Automotive Engineers guidelines
  • Kit includes brackets, 10-bolt rails and Grade-8 hardware
  • Compatible with Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese and Valley 5th-wheel hitches
  • Sturdy, black powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • Made in the USA


  • Base rail dimensions: 48" long x 1-7/8" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Reese's outboard installation kit for your fifth-wheel trailer hitch was designed with safety and convenience in mind. Just like the original custom mounting brackets, these brackets install using existing holes in the truck frame, minimizing installation time. The biggest difference with this outboard kit is the extended-length rails. These above-bed rails are 5 inches longer than standard, universal fifth-wheel rails so that they will match up with the mounting points on the brackets, which sit below the bed and outside of your truck's frame. The result is a much simpler installation process, wherein most underbed components can be easily avoided. Because you are working outside the frame rails, you also have easier access with your tools and more room to work, making the whole process less of a pain.

The base rails included in this installation kit feature a standard 10-bolt design. Each of these rails attaches to the underbed brackets with two carriage bolts at both ends. A single bolt is used in the center of each rail to further secure it in your truck bed. The result is a set of base rails that remains firmly in place thanks to 10 points of contact.

This entire installation kit is built to be SAE J2638 compliant and has been extensively tested per specified accelerated-life-cycle criteria for fifth-wheel trailer hitches. The requirements for testing are based on the European-style test of 900,000 cycles, making this testing process among the most thorough and intensive in the industry.

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Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Outboard Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - RP56002-53

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The product was shipped out very fast. Price was very good .Reese did a good job in the design and ease of installation. I would recommend etrailer and the reese units .34701

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  • Reese Elite 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2012 F450 with Hitch Prep
  • It sounds like you have the 5th wheel trailer prep package installed in the bed of your 2012 Ford-F-450 Super Duty. This system is great as all you need is an Elite hitch like the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30142 and you would be ready to go. You do not need rails as you have an underbed rail system in your truck bed already.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Installation Kit Recommendations for a 1997 Ford F-350
  • First, the rails that are in the custom installation kit # RP56002-53 were intended for use with the R-hitches like # RP30867 so there will not be a problem there. But since you have a 1997 Ford F-350, you will need a different installation kit. There is no custom kit for the 1997 F-350 so you will have to use the universal kit # RP30035. The R20 5th wheel hitch will also fit these rails. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the universal installation kit for you. I hav
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  • Are There Weight Capacities for Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kits
  • There is not a defined weight capacity for the Reese fifth Wheel and Bracket # RP56002-53. We have contacted Reese before and asked and their response is always that it can handle the capacity of any hitch installed in the rails. So basically if you have a hitch designed for those rails and you are under the capacity for the hitch then you will be under the capacity of the rails. You should note that the Fifth Wheel system that is the same as the Ford hitch prep is the Reese Fifth Wheel Insta
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  • Custom 5th Wheel Rail Installation Kit Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F250
  • Since you have the DEF tank on your 2012 Ford F250 Super Duty with an 8 ft bed you would want the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # RP50073-58 since it is designed to accommodate vehicles with that. That is basically the difference between the # RP50073-58 and the # RP56002-53 that you referenced.
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  • Custom 5th Wheel Rail Installation Kit Recommendation for a 2013 Ford F350 with DEF Tank
  • For a fifth wheel rail installation kit that will not interfere with the DEF tank in your 2013 Ford F350 with a short bed you would want a Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # RP50073-58. This kit is specifically designed to not interfere with the DEF tank and would be your best choice. The Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Outboard Installation Kit # RP56002-53 that you referenced is not designed to accommodate DEF tanks so I would not recommend it for you.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for a 2011 Ford F-350 Dually Diesel Long Bed
  • For a 2011 Ford F-350 diesel, you can use installation kit # RP50073-58. With this kit installed the center of the hitch jaws will be approximately 2-15/16 inches forward of the center of the rear axle. I spoke with my contact at Reese about installation kit # RP56002-53. He stated that they have not had any cases of fit issues with diesel models. However, he recommended taking a look at the instructions which I have linked for you to determine if the tank will be in the way. The brackets on
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  • Bracket Kit and Rail Placement for Existing 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Rails for a 2013 Ford F-350
  • If you are short on time you will not want the universal kit # RP30035 because it takes at least twice as long as a custom kit. On the universal kit you will measure from the rear edge of the truck bed forward 32-1/2 inches and this will be where the back of the rear rail will be. Then you just need to use the hitch to locate the front rail. I have included a link to the instructions for the universal kit. You will want to look at page 11 of 21 for a 2013 Ford F-350. You mentioned moving rail
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