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Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram 1500 - Carbide Finish

Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram 1500 - Carbide Finish

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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch quickly and easily with this complete installation kit. Includes base rails, semi-custom brackets and necessary hardware. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt fifth wheel installation kit part number C16306-204 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram 1500 - Carbide Finish. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.
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Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - C16306-204

  • Curt
  • Above the Bed
  • Semi-Custom

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch quickly and easily with this complete installation kit. Includes base rails, semi-custom brackets and necessary hardware.


Features:

  • Semi-custom brackets mount beneath your truck bed to provide attachment points for 5th-wheel rails
  • Base rails sit in the truck bed and allow installation of your 5th-wheel trailer hitch
  • Kit includes base rails, semi-custom brackets and mounting hardware
  • Visible rails have carbide finish
  • Some drilling is required
  • Compatible hitches - Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley and Husky
  • Assembled in the USA


16306 and 16204 Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit with Rails and Brackets - Carbide Finish

Replaces C16305-204

Installation Details C16306-204 Installation instructions

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Video of Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram 1500 - Carbide Finish

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Video Transcript for Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - Semi-Custom - C16306-204 Review

Today, we're going to take a look at the Curt Semi-Custom Installation Kit with the Carbide Finish for the Dodge Ram 1500 trucks. This is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2011, and newer, Dodge Ram and Ram 1500 series truck with either the six foot bed or eight foot bed. On any custom fit part, I always like to recommend you go to our website. Use our Fit Guide, put in your year and model vehicle, and it will show you if this will work for your application. These semi-custom brackets will mount beneath your truck bed. They do provide the attachment points for your fifth wheel rails.

The semi-custom brackets will mount to the outside of your vehicle's frame and there is some drilling required to install them. The base rails right here are the carbide finish base rails. They do attach to these mounting brackets and the rails is what will sit in your truck bed and allow installation of your fifth wheel trailer hitch to your vehicle. The visible above bed rails have the nice carbide finish to them. This kit includes everything shown here: the two above bed base rails, the four mounting brackets, all the mounting hardware that's needed, and a nice set of detailed instructions. This kit will also work with fifth wheel hitches from Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley.

That should do it for the review on the Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit with the Carbide Finish for the Dodge Ram 1500 trucks.


Customer Reviews

Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram 1500 - Carbide Finish - C16306-204

Average Customer Rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch quickly and easily with this complete installation kit. Includes base rails, semi-custom brackets and necessary hardware.

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2012 Dodge Ram Pickup

I have no mechanical ability, and I have never seen or used a 5th wheel hitch until a week ago when I impulsively bought my wife a 5th wheel camper for her birthday. I had no idea what I needed to make things work. After a little research on the website I learned that this semi custom kit was exactly what I needed (rails and frame mounting brackets) and that it would fit my truck perfectly. The parts arrived at my house a lot quicker than I expected, and i was really nervous about starting this job because i knew it involved drilling holes in my truck bed and in the frame of my truck. I started the install with my 12 year old daughter, and we managed to get the entire job done in about 6 hours. We actually found a YouTube video that walked us through the entire install with no problems. We did the entire job with nothing but a few common tools (wrenches, tape measure, screwdriver) and a battery powered drill. If you need an inexpensive and easy to install system to haul a 5th wheel with a 1/2 Ram pickup, then this is for you!!! 857335



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I had no pro lem wifh my hitch Ot went on well. Had to put on extension to the hitch because my bed was to short 777068



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Came with everything in the description installation was fairly easy 594010



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Great 192699



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Needed the 41/2" bolts and space described, however not included in Kit. According to CM manufacturing it is not part of the bolt kit for my truck?? but was needed to fasten throught the bed support frame. Mike from E-Trailer was very helpfull, but the manufacturer needs to review their product. 78465


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit

  • Where Does Curt Fifth Wheel Rail Kit # C16306-204 Install in 2017 Ram 1500 Short Bed
    When installing the Curt fifth wheel rail kit part # C16306-204 in your 2017 Ram 1500 with a short bed you'll want the rear rail edge to measure 29 inches from the rear edge of the truck's bed. Once you have that rail placed you'll then use the fifth wheel hitch to place the front rail. Basically you locate the rear rail where it needs to go and then set a fifth wheel hitch in the rear rail and then use the mounting tabs of the hitch to place the front rail. This ensures that the...
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  • Why is Curt Fifth Wheel Rail kit C16306-204 for 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Considered a Semi-Custom Kit
    Semi-custom rail kits like the part # C16306-204 that you referenced mean that they will require frame drilling basically like a universal kit. However, since your 2015 Ram 1500 with a short bed isn't compatible with the standard L-bracket fifth wheel rail universal brackets custom brackets needed to be made. So it's semi-custom because the brackets are designed specifically to fit your truck, but they would require you to drill into the frame to install so it's actually going to install...
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  • Should Both Sides Of Frame Be Drilled When Installing Fifth Wheel Rails On 2014 Dodge Ram 1500
    I spoke with my contact at CURT about the installation and drilling of the Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, part # C16306-204. They told me that this can be a little confusing but you should only drill through one side of the truck frame when installing this kit. They said the first drawing that says drill both sides is referring to both sides of the truck(driver side and passenger side). The drawing is a bit confusing but in the later instructions the statement that you should NOT drill through...
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  • Replacement Base for Mopar M20 5th Wheel Hitch to Fit Standard Base Rails
    It sounds like you have a Mopar M20 5th wheel hitch that is designed to fit in the 5th wheel prep package on Ram trucks but you have standard base rails in your 2014 Ram 1500 like the Curt # C16306-204. If this is the case the solution is actually pretty simple because the Mopar M20 is just a re-branded Curt Q20 hitch and what you'll need is to replace the base of the hitch so it fits standard base rails. For that you'll need the Curt R20 Round Tube Slider for Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches...
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  • Recommended Custom 5th Wheel Rail Brackets and Hardware for 2019 Ram 1500 Classic
    It sounds like you have the industry standard rails and are seeking the custom brackets and hardware for your 2019 Ram 1500 Classic. I recommend the Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit for Dodge Ram 1500 # C16306 and the Replacement Hardware for Curt Universal 5th Wheel Installation Kit - 10 Bolt # C16111. If you have a different brand rails, let me know as manufacturers do recommend their brackets and hardware be used together.
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  • What is Towing Capacity of 2010 Dodge Ram 4.7 Liter with Tow Package
    Looks like your 2010 Ram 1500 with a 4.7 liter V8 would have a towing capacity of 7,650 lbs if you have a 2 wheel drive truck or 7,450 lbs if you have a 4 wheel drive truck. Those two figures would be the absolute max trailer weight you could tow with your truck. The Curt universal slider hitch and rail kit part # C16616 won't work for you though as the rail kit does not fit your truck. Instead you'd need the semi-custom rail kit part # C16306-204 which fits your truck and then the E16...
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  • 5th Wheel Rail kit Recommendation for a 2014 Ram 1500 to Install a Curt E5 Hitch
    If you have a 6 foot bed with coil spring suspension in the rear of your son in laws 2014 Ram 1500 you would want the Curt Fifth Wheel Rail Installation Kit part # C16306-204. You will need a slider hitch to make 90 degree turns so I hope your Curt E5 hitch is a slider hitch. If not, you will need the Curt Slider part # C16560 and the R5 Roller Adapter for Curt E5 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16505. . If you have a 5-1/2 foot bed you would want the Reese 5th Wheel Installation kit...
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  • Recommended 5th-Wheel Hitch that is Easily Removed on 2014 Ram 1500
    Choosing the right 5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch for your 2014 Ram 1500 will depend first on the weight of the trailer you plan on towing. You will want to make sure the truck and hitch have weight capacities that exceed the trailer's loaded weight. Since your Ram 1500 has a short 5-1/2 foot bed, the safest way to tow a trailer is to use a stationary 5th-wheel hitch and replace the pin box on the trailer with a Sidewinder, if it does not have one already. The Sidewinder will be required to...
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  • Can a 2011 Dodge 1500 Crew Cab Short Bed Tow a Fifth Wheel
    Due to the short bed on your 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab, the only way you will be able to successfully tow a fifth wheel trailer without having the front of the trailer loft strike the rear of the cab during turns would be to use a Sidewinder extended pin box. The Sidewinder relocates the pivot point from the connection of the hitch and the king pin to the point where the pin box connects to the trailer, thus providing 22 inches of additional clearance between the rear of the cab and...
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  • Is There A 5th Wheel Hitch Available For 2011 Dodge Crew Cab 1500 4x4
    Yes, we do have several fifth-wheel hitches available for your 2011 Dodge 1500 Crew Cab 4x4. If you have a 6 foot bed we have the Curt E5 16K Fifth Wheel, part # 16516. This hitch will use the Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, part # C16306-104. If you have an 8 foot bed, we have the Curt E5 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # C16115, which uses the Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, part # C16306-104. For a 20K hitch for an 8 foot bed, we have the Curt Q5...
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  • Recommended Semi-Custom Base Rail and Installation Kit for a 2014 Ram 1500 6 Foot Bed Without Eco
    Yes, the Reese semi-custom base rail kit # RP30035-386 will be a fit for your 2014 Ram 1500 without the Eco Diesel engine. The 10-bolt base rails sit in the truck bed and provide the necessary attachment points for your 5th wheel trailer hitch. An alternative base rail kit to consider is the Curt fifth wheel installation kit # C16306-204. These are currently less expensive and easier to install. Unfortunately, at this time we don't have any installation videos to assist you but please...
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  • Can a 2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Short Bed Tow a 2001 Jayco Qwest 237A 5th Wheel Trailer
    You will be able to tow the Jayco 5th wheel trailer with your 2014 Ram 1500 with the right equipment. First, if the truck has the Rambox feature, has a step side bed, or has the air suspension package, there are currently no installation kits that will fit. For and installation on a 6 foot bed 2014 Ram you can use Curt custom installation kit # C16306-204. Custom installation kits install in less time and require less drilling compared to universal kits. I have linked the installation...
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  • Universal 5th Wheel Install Bracket/Rail Kit for 2015 Ram 1500
    Because of obstructions where the rear frame brackets would mount, the Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit, part # C16100 won't work on your 2015 Ram 1500. You'd need to use a kit with rear brackets to fit around the obstruction, part # C16306-204. The kit uses industry standard bed rails, which are compatible with Reese, Curt, Valley, and Husky hitches, among others. You will need to drill into the frame for this installation. For a custom kit which shaves about an hour or so from...
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  • Economical Fifth Wheel Towing Setup Recommendation for a 2014 Ram 1500
    The most economical solution we offer for towing a fifth wheel trailer with your 2014 Ram 1500 6 foot bed is going to be the Curt Slider hitch part # 16516 which will give you enough clearance to make tight turns and then the rail kit part # C16306-204.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Installation Kit for a 2014 Ram 1500 with 5 Foot, 7 Inch Bed
    The first thing you are going to need is a 5th wheel installation kit for your 2014 Ram 1500 with the 5 foot, 7 inch bed. I spoke with my contact at Curt who said that installation kit # C16306-204 will fit your truck. Since you have the very short bed a slider hitch will not offer enough clearance to allow you to make tight turns without hitting the trailer and truck cab together. Also you would have to remove the tailgate on the truck because there is not enough room for the trailer...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit and Sliding Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Ram 1500 Short Bed
    There is a rail kit available that will work on your 2014 Ram 1500 without air suspension. Check out the Curt Fifth Wheel Installation kit part # C16306-204. This rail kit is compatible with Reese fifth wheel hitches. For a Reese 16k slider hitch I like the Reese 5th Wheel hitch and round tube slider part # RP30075. The jaws of this hitch provide 360 degree contact with the king pin to minimize jarring and chucking. The round sliders work better than the square tube sliders as they tend...
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  • Fifth Wheel and Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2014 Ram 1500
    First let's start with a fifth wheel rail kit to allow a fifth wheel hitch to be installed in the bed of your 2014 Ram 1500 short bed. For a rail kit you would want a custom install kit like the part # C16306-204 that has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. This will cut install time in half when compared to a universal kit and will minimize drilling. Since the # TDR1500DQ installs by attaching to the jounce bumper mount of your frame it would be compatible with this rail kit. For...
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  • Can Curt E16 Slider Hitch Install in 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Short Bed
    We can help you use the Curt E16k slider hitch # 16516 in the bed of your 2020 Ram 1500 Classic but this truck needs a custom install kit as the universal rail kits won't fit like what comes with the # C16616. So you'd need the custom rail kit part # C16306-204 as well.
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  • Fifth Wheel Install Rail/Bracket Kit for 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
    If you have a Curt sliding fifth wheel hitch like the # C16536, I'd recommend the Curt # C16306-204 which is a semi-custom kit that would require drilling into the truck frame. To shave approximately 1 hour off that install process, Reese offers the # RP50142-58 which doesn't require drilling into the truck frame. Either kit provides industry standard bed rails, which are compatible with your Curt hitch. If you don't already have a 7-way trailer connector installed in your truck bed,...
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