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Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Carbide Black Finish

Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Carbide Black Finish

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When used with Curt's custom brackets, these rails will cut in half the time it takes to install your fifth wheel trailer hitch. They also function as replacement rails for your existing towing system. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt accessories and parts part number C16204 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Carbide Black Finish. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Curt Accessories and Parts - C16204

  • Fifth Wheel Installation Kit
  • Rails
  • Curt
  • Universal

When used with Curt's custom brackets, these rails will cut in half the time it takes to install your fifth wheel trailer hitch. They also function as replacement rails for your existing towing system.


Features:

  • Base rails provide the necessary attachment points for 5th wheel hitch installation
  • Carbide black finish matches Curt Q5 20K fifth wheel hitch
  • Includes 2 base rails
    • Brackets, hardware, and installation kit sold separately
  • Compatible hitches: Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley, and Husky
  • Rail length: 43" (each)


16204 Curt Universal, Carbide Fifth Wheel Base Rails





Video of Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Carbide Black Finish

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Review of Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - C16204

Today we're gonna take a look at the Curt Universal Carbide Black Finish Fifth Wheel Base Rails. Now these base rails provide the necessary attachment points for your fifth wheel hitch installation. Now these rails will require fifth wheel installation brackets that'll install to your vehicle's frame rails, and then these base rails will bolt to those brackets. Now those installation brackets are sold separately on our website, but I would recommend for your ,application is go to the website, put in your year into our fit guide and then put in the year and model vehicle and it'll show you which installation brackets you need to install these base rails to your vehicle.These base rails are a carbide black finish, sort of like a matte black finish. Matches the finish on the Curt Q5 20,000 pound fifth wheel hitch. This part does include the two base rails, and as I mentioned the brackets, the hardware, the installation is all sold separately.

Now these base rails will be compatible with standard fifth wheel hitches by Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Titch, Reese, Valley, and Husky.And last thing, I just want to give you the length on these rails. Overall length is going to be right at 43 inches.But that should do it for the review on the Curt Universal Carbide Black Finish Fifth Wheel Base Rails.


Customer Reviews

Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Carbide Black Finish - C16204

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (23 Customer Reviews)

When used with Curt's custom brackets, these rails will cut in half the time it takes to install your fifth wheel trailer hitch. They also function as replacement rails for your existing towing system.

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The greatest parts and service departments YOU theBest.Thanks needed the parts today and got them. 874187



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Perfect fit 817499



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Great fit no complaints I'm ready to go camping!!!!! 817426



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Grate people good products stand behind there stuff 812381



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Have always had what I needed. Fast shipping, good prices, and great customer support. 808066



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Truck had holes and frame brackets for rails already from previous owner. Why they would remove rails I dunno, but I ordered up the Curt universal rails only and they bolted right up to existing holes and hardware. Cheap way to go! 798460



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This company is always great to go to when you need something at a reasonable price usually delivered before they say it is coming great customer service and the parts are quality 733685



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The product seems to be well-made everything fits perfectly he trailer was very fast and they’re shipping 642652



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Easy to install works great. 635050


Comments
Still working as its supposed to.
bill h - 04/26/2020

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Gteat product 603150


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Great
Jonathon - 02/08/2020

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Your web site has lots of good information and makes ordering very easy. Products arrived ahead of time and were boxed for shipment very well. Will be using you in the future! 597346



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We bought a Curt slider hitch 16516 and base rails with bracket kit. Everything was very well constructed. We were very impressed with the product. We installed everything ourselves after watching the video. We highly recommend watching the video. Everything went together without any problems. Very solid hitch. 505566



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easy install 501475


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Great products and price , and a great company that offers assistance when needed. I dont need to purchase automotive or trailering parts often but when i do your the first on my list. Never disappointed!!
Dennis - 04/27/2019

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Fit and finish is very good. The rails have worked as described with out Anderson Ultimate hitch pulling around our 14,000 lb. 5th wheel. 458111



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all parts fit properly and are well made.because of tight clearances very hard to properly tighten rail bolts between frame and bed.4hr. install with two experienced techs. if on a lift would be less time. 423665



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Product arrived fast and as described thank you. 399728



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I ordered the rails and brackets kit with included hardware for a Curt slider hitch. The order arrived 3 days later in perfect shape and the quality of the parts is 1st rate...heavy. Price was better than other stores. I'm happy. 397121


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The hitch and mounting brackets work great except the slide is really hard to move with the 5er hooked up. Its very hard to pull the handle for the slide.
Don S - 06/18/2018

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Good quality 5th wheel hitch ordered. Lucked out getting it on sale. Shipped on time. Arrived in perfect condition. Self install. Highly recommend Etrailer! 339154



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in good conditions 332559



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Come in a day ealy. Got then in two days. Tracking said would be in on thursday but come in on wednesday. 312655



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I ordered this for my stepfather. Everything he needed was right in one place, great price and the customer service was excellent, calling to inform me that part of the order was a week behind back ordered. The package arrived today and everything seems to be in order. 231554



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Excellent customer service. Super fast handling and delivery. Karen C. did a great job of correcting a mistake that I made. I will use E-trailer again...Thank you.. 178700



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Exactly what I expected from etrailer! Delivered earlier than scheduled. Great fit to my truck and existing equipment. 120842


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    The proper location to install the front rail on the Curt 5th Wheel Installation Kit # C16424-204, for your 2016 Ford F-250 is 54-3/16 inches from the rear edge of truck box (to the rear edge of the front rail). This applies to both short and long bed trucks. On the other hand, the front rail on the Curt 5th Wheel Installation Kit # C16448-104, for the 2013 Ford F-150 installs 50.938 inches, again measured from the rear edge of the truck box to the rear edge of the front rail, regardless...
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  • Fitment of Curt Base Rail Kit and PullRite SuperGlide on a 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500
    The Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails # C16204 will fit with your PullRite 2700 sliding 5th wheel hitch but we don't recommend crossing brands when it comes to installing a base rail kit and the mounting brackets. This is due to them not being made together so there could be some slight differences plus they haven't been tested together so you will basically be using a system with a unknown weight rating. I recommend going with the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16429-204...
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  • Do Curt 5th Wheel Base Rails Fit 2018 Ram 3500
    Yes, the Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails # C16204 will work with your 2018 Ram 3500. In order to use them you will also need a Curt 5th wheel bracket kit, either the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Bracket Kit # C16426 or Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit # CU96FR. You can also get the rails and brackets in a set: - Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ram # C16430-204 - Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram # C16426-204 Both will fit your 2018 Ram 3500...
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  • 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Older Demco HiJacker Ultra Slide and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500
    For the old FWH-24PA you will need rails # DM6014. You will need to use a 4-bolt bracket kit for these rails. For a 4-bolt bracket kit and hardware that will fit your 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 you can use # HT31852.
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  • 5th Wheel Base Rails Needed to Mount in the Bed of a 1988 Ford F350 for a RBW Hitch
    To install Curt base rails in the bed of your 1988 Ford F-350 you will need the Curt universal fifth-wheel base rails and installation kit, # C16200. This kit includes the above bed rails and hardware and the below bed hardware and brackets for installation on the F-350. The installation instructions, see link, for Ford F-350 trucks older than 1997, start on page 11, but be sure to read the first 3 pages before starting the installation. Directions will be included with the kit. Your...
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  • Locating 5th Wheel Frame Brackets for 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500
    It is always best to select frame brackets from the same manufacturer as the base rails for your fifth wheel trailer hitch. When mixing manufacturers with these two components, it is possible that the brackets will not line up correctly with the rails, as there can be differences even within parts for the same truck model. If you are able to tell me the manufacturer or model of the base rails you have, I will be happy to recommend frame brackets that are confirmed to work. For example,...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Mounting Bracket/Rail Kit for Installing Curt Q16 Hitch 2020 Ford F-150
    For a Curt 5th wheel install bracket/rail kit for your 2020 Ford F150, I'd recommend the Curt # C16442-204. This kit is compatible with the Curt Q16 5th wheel hitch you referenced. I've linked to a product description video for you. If you wish to install a 7-way trailer connector and wiring harness in the truck bed, I'd recommend # 50-97-410-010.
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  • Does Curt Fifth Wheel Rail Kit # C16204 Fit with Demco Hitch FWH-24PA
    Yes, the Demco part number you mentioned is for a slider hitch that fit industry standard fifth wheel rails like what the Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails # C16204 provides.
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  • CURT 5th Wheel Rail Installation Kit for a 2011 Chevy Silverado Dually Long Bed with Duramax Diesel
    You have two options for installation of a CURT fifth-wheel rail kit on your 2011 Chevy Silverado Dually Long Bed with Duramax Diesel. First, you could use the CURT Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails with Installation Kit, # C16200, which includes the in bed rails that you selected, # C16204. This kit includes all of the necessary hardware for installation of the fifth-wheel rails in the bed of your pickup. The Universal kit will require quite a bit more drilling that a custom installation...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Installation Bracket/Bed Rail Kit for 2018 Ram 3500
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  • Loose Connection Between Curt A20 Hitch and Curt Base Rails
    Since you mentioned the cotter pins which are used to secure the feet inside the rails, that makes me that you are referring to the connection point between the rail and foot on one of the four corners of the Curt A20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16140. If that is the case then you will want to inspect the hole on the foot, the hole inside the rail, and the pin that connects these together. If these holes have become misshapen then this could very well cause the loose connection that...
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  • Correct Curt 5th Wheel Installation Brackets for 2019 Ram 3500
    We do have the correct Curt custom 5th wheel brackets for your 2019 Ram 3500, which are the 16430 you mentioned, though we have our own part number: Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit # CU96FR. This kit is confirmed to work with your 2019 Ram 3500 and they require the use of Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails, which come in either Gloss Finish # C16104 or Carbide Black Finish # C16204. You can also get the kit and base rails together: - Gloss Finish: Curt Custom Fifth Wheel...
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  • Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit for 2018 Ram 2500 Short Bed
    The bracket kit you referenced, # C16426, is NOT the correct kit for a 2018 Ram 2500 with a short bed. What you need is the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Bracket Kit for Ram Truck # C16427. You did not specify the exact rails you had so please note that this bracket kit requires Curt Rails # C16104 or # C16204.
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  • Fifth Wheel Base Rail Kit for 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500
    We do have a bracket and base rail fit for your 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500, though the kit you mentioned will not work on your Chevy. Instead, you'll need the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Chevy/GMC # C16411-204, which consists of two parts, the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit for Chevy/GMC # C16411 and Fifth Wheel Base Rails # C16204. I have added a link to a video showing this kit being installed in a 2017 Silverado 2500 for you to take a look at. This base rail...
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  • Will Curt 5th Wheel Installation Kit Fit 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 With Short Bed
    Yes, the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit for Chevy/GMC # C16418 will absolutely fit your 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 with a short bed. This bracket kit is also the best option for your truck because it does not require any drilling into your frame rails to install. This install kit does require the use of Curt Fifth Wheel Base Rails # C16204 (Carbide Black Finish) or # C16104 (Gloss Finish), both of which will mount a Curt 20K sliding fifth wheel hitch. These parts also come as...
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  • Correct Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for a 2020 Ram 3500
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  • Difference Between 5th Wheel Bracket Kits for Ram 2500
    The difference between the two kits you referenced is simply fit; the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Bracket Kit # C16426 will fit on Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks starting in model year 2013. For a 2012 Ram 2500 truck you would need the Curt Custom, No-Drill Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit for Dodge Ram # C16420 with Base Rails # C16204, which can be had as a kit with the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram # C16420-204. This kit will give your truck brackets and base rails that do not...
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  • Correct Curt 5th Wheel Brackets for a 2019 Ram 2500
    The correct Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for a 2019 Ram 2500 is part # C16427-204 which consist of the Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails part # C16204 and the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Bracket Kit part # C16427. This option is a bolt-on fit, no drilling into the frame required. If you don't already have a fifth wheel hitch, the Curt A20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16140 or part # C16541 is what I recommend because of the interlocking jaw system which reduces chucking/jarring....
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  • Installing Curt 5th Wheel Bracket Kit in 2019 Ram 1500 for Lil Rocker 15k 5th Wheel Hitch
    We haven't had the chance to install the # C16307 brackets on a 2019 Ram as of yet so unfortunately we don't have a video. I have linked the installation details for you though. The brackets need Curt rails to attach to becuase the bolt holes won't normally line up with the rails for your Lil Rocker. Especially since there's a good chance your rails are 4-bolt and these are 10-bolt. The rails you need to fit with the Curt brackets are part # C16204. You also need the hardware # C16111. The...
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  • Will 5th Wheel Mounting Bracket from 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 Fit 2020 Silverado 2500
    The Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit # C16400 you currently have is for older models and for a 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD you're going to need the bracket kit # C16429 instead. If you'd like to keep your current base rails # C16204 you can but we do recommend using new hardware # C16111 as hitch hardware is only designed to be torqued down once. If you'd rather just get a whole new set then you need the Custom Kit # C16429-204 for your new pickup.
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  • Correct Curt 5th Wheel Brackets and Rails for a 2013 Toyota Tundra 6.5' Bed
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  • Are Curt Custom 5th Wheel Brackets Compatible with RBW Rails
    While you don't necessarily have to use RBW brand 5th wheel rails to attach your Lil Rocker hitch to your bed, both the rails and brackets must come from the same manufacturer. Some of the feedback we've received over the years suggests there can be small design differences that can cause the rails and brackets to not line up or fit perfectly together. Also, using matching rails and brackets will maintain the manufacturer's warranty on both products which would otherwise be voided. If...
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  • Recommended Curt 5th Wheel Install Kit for a 1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty
    I do have an option for you but they do not offer a truly custom fit 5th wheel install kit for a 1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty. I recommend you use the Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails with Installation Kit part # C16100 instead. If you already have a set of Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails part # C16204 then you will just need the Curt Universal Base Rail Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # C16101. That said, you cannot mix base rail and frame bracket manufactures...
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  • Fifth Wheel Mounting Brackets for 2016 Toyota Tundra
    Mounting brackets for your 2016 Toyota Tundra are available by themselves, though the correct fit will depend on the rails you have, as well as your bed size. If your Tundra has a 6-1/2 foot bed and you have Curt base rails # C16104 or # C16204 you need Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit for Toyota Tundra # C16468. Alternatively, if you have Reese base rails # RP58058, Reese Quick-Install Custom Bracket Kit # RP50084 will fit any of the bed sizes for your '16 Tundra. If you let me...
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  • Difference Between Curt Fifth Wheel Rails C16104 and C16204
    The difference is the finish on the rails. The part # C16104 is a gloss finish whereas the part # C16204 is a matte black finish.
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  • Does Curt Custom 5th Wheel Bracket Kit Fit 2014 Ram 2500 with Short Bed
    Yes, the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Bracket Kit for Ram Truck # C16427 is a fit for your 2014 Ram 2500 with a short bed (as well as long bed. To use the Bracket Kit # C16427 your Ram will also need specific base rails, the Curt Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Gloss Finish # C16104 or Curt Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Carbide Black Finish # C16204. I have added links to video reviews and installs for you to check out as well.
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  • Curt 5th Wheel Rail Custom Bracket Installation on a 2005 Ford F-350
    You are correct. There are 4 bolts that only get attached to the bed itself when using the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit # C16448 and rails # C16104 (gloss black) or # C16204 (carbide/matte black). I've attached a video of this installation to assist. You may also want to consider adding a second 7-way like the Mighty Cord 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Wiring Harness w/ 7-Pole Connector - 7' Long # A10-7007 which will give you a clean look and easy connection access when towing.
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