I have a Ford F-150 Crew Cab, 5 1/2 ft bed. I already have the Reese hitch I took out of a Ford F250 but not the rails. Should I order the 30035 or the 30080 rail kit? Tks
asked by: Ken
The Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, part # RP30035 is a universal rail kit, so it will require more drilling and will take more time to install.
The Reese Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, part # RP30080 is a semi-custom rail kit for the F-150 and will require significantly less time to install on your 2010 Ford F-150.
I would recommend part # RP30080 as it is a more direct fit for your 2010 Ford F-150 and will reduce install time significantly.
Keep in mind that parts # RP30080 and # RP30035 are not compatible with the Reese Elite or Signature Series hitches.
Also, when using a fifth-wheel hitch on a truck with a bed under 6 feet in length, you must use a Sidewinder pin box coupler to provide clearance. You will need to check the manufacturer and model number of the pin box on your fifth-wheel to pick the correct Sidewinder. I have linked an FAQ that includes a chart to choose the correct Sidewinder.
Since you have a 5.5 foot bed, you will probably not be able to make 90 degree turns, even when using a Sidewinder pin box coupler. I would recommend being extra careful when driving on uneven pavement or dips and when making turns on uneven pavement.
If your current Reese fifth-wheel hitch is a slider type, you will want to make sure not to use the slider feature to avoid sliding the hitch into the tailgate, since your truck bed is so short. To avoid using the slider feature, you could replace the legs with Replacement Base Legs for Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # RP30727. If you have a slider type fifth-wheel hitch, you can still use that hitch, but you will want to make sure not to slide the hitch towards the rear of the truck.
I have linked instructions for both Reese Fifth-Wheel Rail Kits and a video installation of part # RP30080 on a 2000 Ford F-150 which should be a good reference. I have also linked an FAQ on Sidewinders that includes a chart so that you can select the correct Sidewinder for your fifth-wheel trailer.
expert reply by: Reno H
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