Today on this 2010 Ford F-150 we are going to install fifth wheel bracket kit part number V55080 from Valley. The first thing we are going to start off with is mounting the bracket to the frame of the vehicle. In this case it does not seem like we have to lower the exhaust or move the spare tire. We will show you where the bracket mounts up to the frame. It is going to be using these two existing holes in the frame and there will be a U-bolt that will be holding everything together up front and it will sit like this on the vehicle. Take it down and install the hardware and put our bracket in place. 00:33
This is our U-bolt we are going to use to install with. We are actually going to use a bolt leader that comes supplied with the kit to help hold everything in position while we put the bracket in place so we do not lose the U-bolt in the frame. Then we will take the bolt leader and thread it through the bracket and we will install our 7/ 16 flat washer, lock washer, and nut. We have got the passenger side done, lets go over to the driver side and repeat the same process. 01:03
Now we will install our bracket going towards the back of the truck on here on the passenger side. It is going to fit over the rail here. Next we will install the clamp that will hold everything in place. It is going to be this flat plate, steel, here and this hex bolt. Put on the conical tooth washer and the nylon lock nut. Then we will run our bolt on the bottom. We have got the passenger side done, we will repeat the same process back over on the driver side. Next we will start positioning the frame rails in the bed of the truck. We will start with the rail going towards the back of the vehicle and we want to measure out from the inside edge of the bed itself to this edge of the bed rail itself. Once you have the distance measured per the instructions we will center the rail left and right in the bed. 01:50
We have got our first rail marked into place. We will take our uprights for our fifth wheel hitch that will be used and we will use that to position our second rail. Then we will mark its location on the bed too. One more final check and then we can start marking and drilling our holes through the bed. We will drill out our holes and start with 1/ 4 inch bit and we will go aiming for the center of our square hole however it is going to go right down a diagonal slope so find the center and go at an angle to be flat on the slope. Now we have got the pilot hole drilled out and follow up with a 5/ 8 drill bit. We will slide our rails back into position. The next thing we are going to do is start installing our hardware. We are going to install our block which is going to go in the arch part of the rail itself to give it support when it is tightened down. If our rail is sitting on top of the flat part, you want to use the block and that is it. If we use it on a gully like this part here we would use our block and this sitting on top of the block. 02:48
We have got our bolts installed, lets go underneath and attach some nuts and washers. On the bottom we will add our flat washer, lock washer, and nut. On the bottom, if the corrugation goes up away from the bracket then you definitely want to add another spacer around the bolt to take up that space too. Repeat this process on the other side of the rail. Then we will go towards the front of the vehicle and mark and drill our holes out again and repeat that same process. We will take one more check and make sure everything fits okay. Then we will snug down the bolts first, test again, and if it works fine we will torque the brackets to the bed rails. At this point it would be a good idea to have an extra set of hands to hold the nut on the bottom. At this point we can torque down the bolts as specified in the instructions. We will do one more check. The next thing we need to do is tighten the frame brackets to the frame itself. Now we will tighten down our U-bolts to the front bracket and do this evenly on both sides of the U-bolt. With all of our brackets tightened down, that will be the last part we need to do. There you have it for our install part number V55080 from Valley.
Today on this 2004 Ford F-150 we are going to install part number RP30080, we are also going to install part number 49080 from Draw-Tite. This is their Pro Series 25K gooseneck plate for fifth wheel rails. The first thing we need to do is get the vehicle up in the air a little bit to lower the suspension so it will be easier to get to the frame and tighten the bolts. We also lowered the spare tire too to give us a little extra room if we need to. The first thing we are going to do is mark our location for our rail that goes towards the back of the bed and we are going to measure from the back edge of the bed itself up to the back edge of the rail as described in the instructions. We are going to take our rail and line it up with those two marks and then you want to even it out left and right. 00:44