We begin the installation of our fifth wheel trailer hitch by lowering the spare tire on our 2008 Ford 250 Super Duty. Next, we want to loosen the bed bolts to make it easier to install the rails for our fifth wheel hitch. Now we can slide the first rail over the frame and under the truck bed. With first rail in place towards the rear of the truck, we can then slide the second rail into place. Once we have the rails in place across the truck, we insert the bolts to level out the mounting brackets. After the rails are in place and bolts tightened, we retighten the bed bolts to make sure there will be no shifting. This ensures that all of the holes we are going to drill will align properly. Now we mark the holes where we need to drill through the side of the frame at the front and rear of the frame brackets. Before drilling your holes, check the inside of the frame rail on each side of the truck to make sure it is clear of any wiring or lines that run from the front to the back of the truck.
If present, tuck them out of the way to prevent damage while drilling. First drill pilot holes through the bracket to make sure that the holes will be aligned. Then drill through the pilot holes to enlarge the holes to the proper size. On the front hole, we then place the bolt through the bracket and the frame and secure it with a nut and block on the inside of the truck frame. On this particular hole we have to use what is called a knurl bolt. It is a bolt that goes from the inside of the frame and bolts with a nut on the outside of the frame. This is used because there is not sufficient room to install the nut on the inside of the frame. We fish the wire through the hole, and then thread the knurl bolt to the end of the fish wire. The knurl bolt can then be pulled back through the hole in the frame and bracket. When you use the knurl bolt, it attaches from the opposite side of the frame so the nut will be on the outside of the truck frame. Once all of our holes are drilled, we the bolts and washers and secure them with nuts on the inside of the frame rail. We now need to mark the bed of the truck so we know where to drill our holes. To do this, we use the pointed bolt and drill up through the rails. It creates a prick mark on the top of the truck bed. We can then go into the truck bed and check our marks. They should look something like this. We now know where to drill down our holes. After finding the prick marks we drill a pilot hole through the bed of the truck to make sure that the bolts will align. Once the pilot holes are drilled and we have verified proper alignment with the rails, we remove the rails and brackets that had been previously installed. We do this to ensure that they are not damaged when drilling through the truck bed with hole saw.
After the brackets and rails are removed we line up the hole saw with our pilot holes and drill through the truck bed. After drilling all four holes, check alignment, and then reinstall the rails and brackets under the truck bed. We then install the pucks into the holes and tighten them down with an allen wrench. Then, assemble head and legs of the fifth wheel hitch and place them into the pucks. Turn the locking mechanisms and pin them into place. Now that our fifth wheel trailer hitch is installed, we torque the down the bolts to the proper pounds per foot. To install our fifth wheel wiring adapter we remove the bracket that currently holds the four way and seven way trailer connectors. Then detached the plug, and plug our new wiring in-line with the existing wiring adapter. After the plugs are installed we remount the wiring bracket. Then go into the truck bed and drill a hole with a hole saw where the plug will come into the truck bed. We then run the wiring along the frame, securing it with zip ties. Route the wires between the exterior body and frame of the truck to the hole we previously drilled in the truck bed. We can then plug the cord into the back of the connector and attach the plug to the bed with four screws. To finish the installation of our fifth wheel trailer hitch we reinstall the spare tire.
Today on our 2002 Ford Super Duty, well be installing the Reese Quick Install Custom Base Rails and Install Kit for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches, part number RP50082-58 in conjunction with the Reese Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Square Tube Slider Dual-Jaw, part number RP30051. The first step of our install is taking the rear base rail and setting it up in our truck bed. Using the measurements provided in our install kit, well go ahead and measure it out from the end of the truck bed. Note: this does not include the tailgate. Then well measure from side to side to make sure the base rail is even. The best recommendation is to go off the weld seam of the truck bed.
Today on our 2012 Ford F250, we're going to install the Reese custom base rail install kit. Part number 500RP73-58. First we've gone ahead and raised the vehicle, remove the spare tire, and the two rear wheels. That's another requirement to make it much easier to install our side brackets on the frame. Now we're in the pick-up bed, and we need to go ahead and set the front base rail--let's go ahead and get it into place. We'll need to measure up the back edge of the bed to the back edge of the front base rail.
Today on our 2012 Ford F250 were going to install the Pollak 7 way connector in the pickup bed, part #: pk11893-11932. To start our install, we need to go ahead and cut the hole in the pickup bed. In this application were going to mount it just behind the driver side wheel well. The flat spot here to mount on our 7 way right in the side of the bed. Well go ahead and take our hole saw a bit and make our hole. Now well go ahead and take the 10 pole end of our wire and feed it up from underneath the pickup bed through our hole.
Today on this 2006 Ford F 350, well be installing sequent base rail kits, part number RP50082-58. For some pre setup for this application, Ive gone ahead and removed the rear wheels, removed the spare tire. Ive also rolled up the bed mat and got it out of the way. Were ready to install our front base rail. Per our instructions, our measurements is 54 and 3/16th inches. Ive gone ahead and added an extra 8th of an inch to make it 54 and one quarter inches to compensate for the spray in bed liner.
Today on this 2011 Ford F-250 we are going to install part number RP50073-58. There are a few things we need to do to get started. First off we took off the rear wheels that way you can see what is going on a little bit easier and with that ready we will get in the bed of the truck and start marking off for one of the rails for the hitch. We are going to measure from the edge of the bed of the truck itself back to the inside edge of one of the rails. With that part okay we will measure from left to right to make sure it is even. Once you have it the way you want it mark out the holes. 00:34
Today on this 1999 Ford F-350 super duty, we are going to install part number RP50082. The first thing we need to do is go ahead and lower the spare tire so we have access underneath the vehicle. And then once we have that done, we will go into the bed of the truck and we will start marking out the places for our rails. What we are going to do is measure out from the edge of the bed itself, not the tailgate but the bed, and we are going to measure out and place a mark in the bed as described in the instructions. We are going to do that in two places on both sides. Now we have our mounts in our bed. We will line up our first rail and you are going to want to get them even left to right, using the seam right here works out pretty good. Our custom install kit on the bottom is going to use these two outside holes here. So we will find the center and mark that. Do that on both sides of the rail. Alright, let us move our rail out of the way. We will go ahead and drill a couple 1/8 inch holes. Now we are by the frame of the vehicle on the driver side. Now you do not want to really have to take off the back tires but we did anyway for clarity. One thing we know is that our plate is going to have to sit flat on the frame so that our brake cable here is going to be in the way. So, we are going to move that out of the way. There will be a provision to but that back on later on. 1:12