B&W Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

B&W Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

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BWRVK2601 - Above the Bed B and W Custom
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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, 10-bolt base rails, and necessary hardware included. Call 800-298-8924 to order B and W fifth wheel installation kit part number BWRVK2601 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all B and W products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for B&W Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.

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B and W Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - BWRVK2601

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, 10-bolt base rails, and necessary hardware included.


  • Installation kit lets you mount your 5th-wheel trailer hitch in the bed of your truck
  • Mounting brackets install beneath truck bed to provide attachment points for above-bed base rails
  • Base rails provide necessary mounting points for 5th-wheel hitch
  • Custom-fit brackets mount to existing holes in your vehicle's frame
    • Minimizes drilling and measuring
    • Reduces installation time
    • Avoids known obstacles along your truck's frame
  • Compatible with B&W Patriot, Curt, Demco, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed 5th-wheel hitches
  • Sturdy, powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • 2 Base rails, custom brackets, and hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited lifetime warranty

RVR2601 B and W Custom Mounting Brackets for Patriot Fifth Wheel Above Bed Base Rails

RVR3210 Universal Above Bed Base Rails for B and W Patriot Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2013 - 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed

2013 - 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - 8 Foot Bed

2013 - 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2013 - 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - 8 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2013 - 2013 Ram 2500 6-1/2 Foot Bed

2013 - 2018 Ram 3500 6-1/2 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2013 - 2013 Ram 2500 8 Foot Bed

2013 - 2018 Ram 3500 8 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

Video of B&W Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

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Customer Reviews

B&W Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - BWRVK2601

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (4 Customer Reviews)

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, 10-bolt base rails, and necessary hardware included.

- BWRVK2601

Seems to be fairly decent stuff. Completed the install by myself at a relaxed pace and completed it just after lunchtime. I tried to follow the video, and found it very helpful. It didn’t give enuf info on what all was in the way of the front mounts, or how tight and tricky the mounting nuts and washers were!!! I would and will recommend this kit to anyone looking to do an install. 654293

- BWRVK2601

Bought a new Ram 2500 in September then bought too big of an RV. I had put a Patriot 18k slider in it. Traded for a new Ram 3500 w/ Cummins. Kept the Patriot and didn’t hesitate to order a new B&W rail kit. Looks sturdy and well built. 594893

- BWRVK2601

Easy install great product 445287


Could not be happier with my purchase. Very happy with service from etrailer.com.

George - 10/23/2018


- BWRVK2601
2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

Rail kit worked great. Not much to say about the product. Sturdy and well made. A bit of guess work on how to install on my 2015 Ram. The Ram frame is different side to side and front to back. More my issue since I had not seen it installed. I tend to expect symmetry, and wanted to mount it the same. As you can see the brackets are not the same, and each of the 4 corners mounted differently. 422758


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  • Weight of B&W Patriot 16K 5th Wheel Hitch BWRVK3200
  • If you intend to purchase a 5th wheel trailer that has a Revolution or Sidewinder pivoting pin box for use with your 2013 Ram 2500 short bed then you will not need a sliding-type hitch and can use a fixed hitch of your preference. However, the excellent B&W Companion 20K hitch # BWRVK3500-5W, which mounts using the gooseneck install kit # BWGNRK1313-5W, is not compatible with any type of pivoting pin box. You are correct that B&W makes a serious product. Their 5th wheel hitches are produced...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ram 3500 Crew Cab
  • I have a couple of different options for your 2017 Ram 3500 Crew Cab. Your truck has a bed height of just over 20 inches so I will recommend some 5th wheel hitches that are adjustable to under 3 inches of that 20 inch mark that you're looking for. The most economical option for your Ram is the Curt E16 5th Wheel Hitch # C16115 with the Curt Base Rails # C16426-204. This features the Slide Bar Jaw to secure your king pin and has a Gross Towing Weight of 16,000 lbs. The next step up...
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  • Brackets and Hardware Only from B&W 5th Wheel Installation Kit # BWRVK2601
  • Yes, you can get just the brackets for B&W installation kit # BWRVK2601. The brackets and hardware by themselves are # BWRVR2601.
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  • Does B&W 5th Wheel Installation Kit BWRVK2601 Include All of the Required Hardware
  • B&W 5th wheel installation kit # BWRVK2601 comes with all of the necessary hardware for installation. None of the bolts go through the frame so bolt leaders are not needed. The brackets that attach to the frame use u-bolts. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you so you can see all of the steps involved in installation.
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  • Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for 2013 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • Either the Curt # C16536 Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch w/ Slider with its 20K capacity or the 20K Capacity B&W BWRVK3270 Patriot Sliding Fifth wheel hitch would be a great choice. Both hitches are high quality, and would offer you a secure, relatively smooth ride. For the Curt hitch, use the # C16426-204 rail kit or for the B&W Patriot, use # BWRVK2601. My only issue with bed rail mounted hitches is the fact that the rails remain in the bed when you're not using the hitch. If you don't use...
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  • B and W Patriot Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ram 3500 Short Bed
  • While 6-1/2 foot is longer than most truck short beds it's still recommended to go with a slider hitch so that you can make tight turns unless the nose of your trailer is tapered to allow for short bed clearance. So for a slider hitch the B and W Patriot Slider part # BWRVK3270 would be the way to go. Then for a custom rail kit for your 2017 Ram 3500 you'd want the part # BWRVK2601 and you'd be set.
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  • Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for 2013 Ram 2500
  • Since all above-bed 5th wheel rails are standardized I recommend using the lowest price custom kit we offer, which happens to be the B&W kit # BWRVK2601. This kit has custom brackets that will save you having to drill into the truck's frame. An install video is linked for you. The kit's base rails will work great with your preferred Reese industry-standard fixed 5th wheel hitch. Reese does not offer an above-bed rail kit for your truck. I recommend the Reese Select Plus 20K fixed hitch...
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  • Sidewinder Pin Box and 5th Wheel Hitch for 2016 Ram 3500 Short Box
  • The Ram Box feature is not ideal on a short-bed truck that will do 5th wheel towing due to the chance for interference but we have heard of successful Sidewinder installations. The correct 5th Airborne Sidewinder to replace a 1621 or 1621HD pin box is part # RP61422 that you referenced. This box also fits in place of several Fabex and M&M pin boxes. However, since it is rated for only 16K it will not have the necessary capacity for your trailer. We do offer the non-cushioned 19K-rated...
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  • Comparing B&W Companion 5th Wheel Sliding Hitch to Patriot Slider for 2018 Ram 3500
  • For your 2018 Ram 3500 short bed, the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # BWRVK3270 is a confirmed fit. This hitch requires industry standard rails and for that fit, I recommend the installation kit # BWRVK2601 which requires no drilling into your truck frame rails. This combination works great but will give you the above bed rails to deal with when the hitch is not installed. For a Companion Slider # BWRVK3400 you would need to use the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Installation Kit for 2016 Ram 3500 Without Factory Rail Kit and With Air Suspension
  • The air suspension package in the 2016 Ram 3500 6-foot short bed makes 5th wheel hitch installation tough due to clearance issues, but I checked with my technical contact at B&W and they can offer a solution for a slider hitch installation. You can use B&W base rail/install kit # BWRVK2601 to give you industry-standard base rails in your truck bed. You can then use the 18K Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550034 which provides a generous 14-inches of slider travel. For...
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  • Will B&W Base Rails on 2014 Ram 3500 Work with Hensley TS3 and BD3 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The B&W Custom Installation Kit # BWRVK2601 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2014 Ram 3500. This kit features industry standard, above-bed base rails that will work with most fifth-wheel hitches on the market. Based on my research, both the Hensley TS3 and BD3 Air Ride 5th Wheel Hitches are designed to fit industry-standard base rails, so either option will work perfectly with the B&W kit on your truck. I have attached an installation video for this kit on the 2013...
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  • Is Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Adapter Compatible with B and W Fifth Wheel Rail Kit BWRVK2601
  • Yes the rails of the B and W fifth wheel rail kit part # BWRVK2601 that you referenced are compatible with the Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Connection part # AM3200.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ram 3500 Crew Cab
  • My recommendation of a 5th wheel hitch will be dependent on box length. The Crew Cabs are available in short bed or long bed options and with or without the factory prep package. For a 6-1/2 foot bed I recommend the B&W Patriot # BWRVK3270 because it will slide very well and has some integrated shock absorption. Then you will use the B&W Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # BWRVK2601. If you have the 6-1/2 foot bed with the prep package pucks,...
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Info for this part was:

Edited by:
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Video Edited:
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