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

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

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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this vehicle-specific bracket kit. Requires no drilling and provides a custom fit for your vehicle. Includes everything you need for installation. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt fifth wheel installation kit part number C16426-204 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram - Carbide Finish. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.
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Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - C16426-204

  • Curt
  • Above the Bed
  • Custom

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this vehicle-specific bracket kit. Requires no drilling and provides a custom fit for your vehicle. Includes everything you need for installation.


Features:

  • Custom brackets mount beneath your truck bed to provide attachment points for 5th-wheel rails
  • Base rails sit in truck bed and allow installation of 5th-wheel trailer hitch
  • Custom fit - brackets mount to existing holes in your vehicle's frame
    • No drilling is required
    • Installation time is cut in half when compared with universal bracket systems
  • Kit includes brackets, rails and hardware
  • Visible rails have carbide finish
  • Compatible hitches - Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley
  • Assembled in the USA


16426 Curt Custom Bracket Kit for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches

16204 Curt Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Carbide Finish



C16426-204 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C16426-204 Installation instructions

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




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




Video Transcript for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ram 3500 - Curt

Today, on our 2014 Ram 3500 we're going to be taking a look at, and installing, the Curt custom 5th wheel installation kit, part number C16426-204. Here's what it looks like with our Curt Q24 installed. It works well with these but it will also work well with other manufacturers. As you can see, with the rails installed, it's nice and easy to remove the hitch and also reinstall it. Here's what these 5th wheel rails look like, once they're installed in the truck. These 5th wheel rails are going to provide nice, heavy duty mounting points for your 5th wheel hitch. One of the nicest things about these rails is that they're compatible with various other 5th wheel hitches, such as Draw-Tite, Reese, Husky, or Valley.

They feature this nice black carbide finish that's going to help protect them and give you years of durable use. Another nice thing about these rails, is that in order to attach them to the frame, there's no drilling required because they come with custom mounting brackets. These rails are going to provide you with a great attachment point for your 5th wheel hitch. And they're going to be a little bit easier to install than the universal rails with universal brackets. What I like most about these rails, is it does give you that nice, heavy duty carbide finish which provides a clean look.

It's also going to give you the lasting use that you need. Now, let's show you how to install it. First thing we did to begin our installation is we went ahead and removed the spare tire from the truck, so that we'll have plenty of room to work underneath the bed. Now, in the bed of the truck, what we'll need to do, is we'll need to take measurement from the end of the bed and we'll measure, according to the instructions, the distance that's going to be to the back of our rail. I'll put a mark there. Then, once we've made that mark for the correct distance from the end of the bed, we'll need to measure flange to flange to ensure that our mark is centered.

Now we'll take our rear mounting rail and put it into place. Then you want to line it up with your mark here. We'll measure from the rear edge of the bed to the rear edge of our rail to make sure that it's the correct distance on both ends of the rail. Now you can use a center punch, or a marker, and, with your rail squared up, you want to mark the holes that you'll need to drill out. On both sides, we'll be using these holes that are closest to the center line of the truck and also the center hole that's on the rear of the bracket. Now we'll take our rail and set it out of the way.

Now we'll drill through the holes on each side on the rear section of the rail. I'm going to use an 1/8 inch bit as my pilot bit. When you drill, you want to be sure to check underneath that there's nothing you may potentially damage like electrical, fuel, or brake lines. We'll repeat that process for the other side. Then on the driver side, we'll take the rear bracket, that goes to the frame, and the spacer, that goes on the back side, and we'll test them to make sure that the hole on the top of the shock tower, that we'll be putting a bolt through, lines up with the hole for our rail that we just drilled. The reason we're doing this is to make sure that they properly line up. Because if they don't, you may have to adjust the location of your pilot hole just a little bit. That can happen because of the thickness of the bed liner. Now, we can drill out the pilot hole for the remainder of our holes on our rear mounting rail. Now we'll begin drilling out our holes, stepping up drill bit sizes until we've reached our final size. Keep in mind, on the front side of the rear mounting rail, these holes you're going to have to drill both through the bed and through the hat channel that's underneath. In order to gain full access, up underneath here on the passenger side, we're going to need to remove this heat shield. In order to remove this heat shield there will be a 10mm nut and bolt, both on the back side of this cross-member. Then on the inside of the frame rail, on the passenger side, there will be two more 10mm bolts. Then, that heat shield will come right down and you can set it off to the side. Now, we'll lower the exhaust down a little bit. We need to remove it from our rubber isolators, the exhaust hangers. I'll use a little bit of spray lubricant, just to help ease with the removal. Then you can use a pry-bar. Then, we'll move up to the one in front of the rear axle. That will give us a little bit of room to move our exhaust. Now, the hole we drilled out through our hat channel. From the underside of the bed, we'll need to drill that out to the size indicated in the instructions so that we can fit the pipe spacer up into that hat channel. Then we'll repeat that for the other side. Now we'll put our rear rail back into place, with all of our holes drilled out. Then, we can begin putting our hardware down through. For the three holes, that we drilled out on the rear side of our rail, we'll put through these shorter half inch carriage bolts. For the holes on the front side of this rail, we'll be putting these long half inch carriage bolts through because these have to go down through that hat channel. Now we can place our front rail in. We want to measure, according to the instructions, to make sure that we've got the distance correct. Once we've got the distance just about right, it's not a bad idea to grab your 5th wheel hitch and put it in, just to make sure that everything is going to line up properly. With the 5th wheel hitch we're going to be using, set in place, in the front rail, I'm gonna mark the holes that we'll need to drill out. Keep in mind, we'll be using the same holes on the other side of the rail. Now, we'll take out our 5th wheel hitch and then move our front rail so we can drill out our holes. Now we'll take our front rail, and put it back into place. Then we'll take five of our shorter carriage bolts, and insert them through each of the holes we just drilled. Now, we'll take our U-shaped spacers and put them around our carriage bolts. If the carriage bolt goes through the low part of the bed corrugation, then we'll need to put it on top beneath the rail. But if it goes through on the high part of the corrugation, we'll need to put that U-shaped spacer underneath the bed, so that it doesn't collapse that corrugation and risk crushing the bed. Then we'll do the same thing for the three carriage bolts on the rear rail that don't go through the hat channel. Now, we'll reinstall our 5th wheel into the rails, to make sure that it stays lined up properly when we tighten up from underneath. Now, we'll take our tube spacer and slide it around our long carriage bolt that comes down through the hat channel. We'll need to slide it as far up as we can. Then we'll take our driver's side rear bracket, making sure that you have your spacer plate on the backside, slide it up into position, get both of your carriage bolts through. Then we'll need to take our U-bolt and take it from the outside of the frame and get it into the holes on our bracket. Then we can use half inch flange nuts and we'll begin installing them onto our U-bolt. Then we'll install flange nuts onto our two carriage bolts. Then we'll have one more long carriage bolt that we need to use. Then we'll also need our 1 1/2 inch by 2 inch single square hole spacer. We'll put that over our carriage bolt, and then we'll feed it through the outside of the frame rail to come through this hole here. If that carriage bolt, when you're trying to feed it through, is very close to lining up but you're not quite able to push it through by hand, you can tap on the head of it, on the outside of the frame rail, with a hammer just to get it to go through. Once you've got it through, you can take another half inch flange nut and get that started. On the passenger side, we'll need to do that same thing with the pipe spacer. We'll get our bracket up into place and install our U-bolt. Now we can begin installing our half inch flange nuts onto our U-bolt and then onto our carriage bolts coming down through the bed. Now, I can take one of my other four square hole spacers, put it up underneath that center carriage bolt on the rear rail and install my flange nut. Then we'll repeat that process for the front brackets. The only difference being, that the U-bolts will go from the inside of the frame to the outside and you'll be attaching the bracket to the carriage bolt that comes through on the rear side of the hat channel. Then, for all of our carriage bolts that won't be attached to a bracket directly, we'll be using a square hole spacer and a flange nut. Next we'll begin tightening our hardware that secures the rails up top to the frame brackets underneath. Next, we'll go through using our 3/4 inch socket and we'll tighten all the hardware that isn't attached to the brackets, that tightens our rails to the bed. Then we'll tighten up all of the hardware that tightens our frame bracket to our frame. Now we'll use a torque wrench and go around and fasten all our hardware in the same order we tightened them, according to the specification listed in the instruction. Next, we'll begin reinstalling our exhaust. Then we'll reinstall our heat shield. That's going to complete our look at, and installation of, the Curt customer 5th wheel installation kit, part number C16426-204, on our 2014 Ram 3500.


Customer Reviews

Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram - Carbide Finish - C16426-204

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (38 Customer Reviews)

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this vehicle-specific bracket kit. Requires no drilling and provides a custom fit for your vehicle. Includes everything you need for installation.

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2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

So different than the last kit for my older Ram. This one used U-bolts as opposed to nuts on the inside of the frame. It took longer to install this one but some of it was the fact that the original owner had a gooseneck ball installed and there were a few problems with the ball release interfering with the fifth wheel framing; so, now I have both. Have towed my 38' fifth wheel and my 14 foot gooseneck dump trailer fully loaded (in fifth-wheel configuration) and nothing has come loose yet so I guess that's really what counts. It works well, a reasonable price and good quality,. What else do you need? 508054



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Great product and quality. The customer service is beyond excellent, I will always order from etrailer. Thank you. 612347



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Perfect fit, easy to install if you have some tool knowledge! 610408



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2014 Ram 3500

I purchased this bed rail kit to mount a Curt Q20 in order to pull our 41 ft. 5th wheel. I had a local shop do the install, and they did a great job. (Not outside my ability to do the install myself, but we were in a time crunch.) I've been pulling my RV full time for a month and a half, and have had no issues at all. The folks at etrailer have been great, and their site has been a real resource. Excellent experience, and I'll definitely be purchasing from etrailer again in the future. 522971



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2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Noah was great to work with. He told us exactly what we needed to fit our hitch and truck. Shipping was on time and everything fits perfect. Thanks Again!! 496093



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Fast shipping 436520


Comments

Great

Larry W - 09/26/2018

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2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

Works great 436044



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2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

Works great 436043



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2017 Ram 3500

Worked well except for the left front bracket we needed to change the bolt and put it in from the bottom. That was the only way it could be tightened and torqued. 428333



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2013 Ram 2500

Instalation was very convenient. No drilling in to the frame. Follow Instructions and you will have no problems. 377575



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2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

This rail kit was of top quality and carefully packaged. It arrived on time and in great shape. The mounting instructions were very clear and made installation very easy. Getting straightened out from the pretzel position from working in tight quarters around fuel tanks and exhaust was tough, but that's not etrailer's fault :-). I am very satisfied with the product and will be using etrailer for any further hitch purchase requirements. Thanks etrailer! 375096



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Super fast delivery! Installed it myself and went quite well. Any trailer needs, I'll be back. Thanks. 374451



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2013 Dodge Ram Pickup

c-16130 & c16426-204 Have not installed yet, cold and snowy out, etrailer, wonderful to do business with, best prices,trust me I've looked, and fast shipping. With videos on how to install, and product reviews,there's no reason to look elsewhere. 338536



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2016 Ram 3500

Great heavy duty product at a very good price through e-trailer. 302153



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Dodge Ram Pickup

We had a short bed Ram 2500 and upgraded to a Ram 3500 Dually. We had a Demco Auto slide hitch in the old truck that worked well but I wanted to get back to basics without all the moving parts and noise. This hitch performed beyond my expectations. I couldn't be more happy! And as usual the Etrailer experiance was exceptional! 3 day delivery right to the place I was having it installed and in excellent condition. If only the rest of my life could move so smoothly!!!!! 291766


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Well they were awesome but we are done with the toy hauler already!

Jon L - 10/27/2017

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2016 Ram 3500

Works as advertised but it is a little tougher to install than the video shows. It took 3 hours to install. 289455


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It still works great. Thank you.

Richard H - 10/27/2017

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2013 Dodge Ram Pickup

great quality everything fit just as ad vertised 289179



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Easy install with no drilling into the frame rails required. I pull in the neighborhood of 16K-18K lbs. and have had no problems what so ever. 247192



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2015 Ram 3500

Liked this Product, great packaging, the problem I had was the measurement from back of bed, there is no extra hardware pieces so don't lose any, brackets worked great there is a couple of tight spots on front brackets to tighten up bolts, had to drop the left rear shock, heat shield and spare tire everything else just Great. Also I was going to use Locktite on bolts but forgot, Toke me a day to finish at my own pace, 214101



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Great slider, works well. Thanks etrail er. 192852



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2013 Dodge Ram Pickup

Passenger shock tower on 2013 dodge does not allow bolts to be placed in the prescribed location... glad I double check before I drilled... other than that install went ok.. 189129



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I received a time me and my Rails in my mounting hardware was very nice very easy instructions to follow overall very nice product would highly recommend this to anyone 182138



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2015 Ram 3500

The items that I ordered arrived on time and fit my truck. Thanks for saving me hundreds of doolars over other companies. 175100



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2013 Dodge Ram Pickup

I have a 2013 Ram 2500 and everyone I spoke with about installing a fifth wheel in this truck tried to sell me very expensive installation kits until I came across this installation kit on etrailer.com. I called to confirm that indeed this product would work and customer service confirmed that it would. It was received at my door only days latter and it fit just as described. 171312



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Dodge Ram Pickup

The mounting system was delivered quickly and packaged very well. The parts were very good quality fit to my Ram very nicely. The video on the website was a huge help in the installation which filled in the blanks for the written instructions. This was my first time for installing a 5th wheel hitch so it may have taken me a longer than someone else however, the time to complete was about 4 hours. I would definitely recommend this product to others!! 167187



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2014 Ram 3500

I want to thank everyone at there at etrailer. My order was filled and shipped very quick. The products are top quality and the installation instructions easy to follow. It took me a little longer than the average to install but I wanted to be very sure before drilling holes in my brand new truck. The install video was a great help. I have bookmarked your site for future RV and automotive needs. Thanks again.. 161972



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2014 Ram 3500

These parts to my new truck were needed to make a planned camping trip. The parts were delivered on time and all of the pieces were intact. With 3 hours of parts being delivered we had everything installed and hauling my 5th wheel. Thanks again for everything!! 145884


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Everything is working good.Thank You

John M - 08/17/2015

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2013 Ram 2500

Recieved the rail kit fast and installed without too much trouble. Took about three hours to do it myself. Very satisfied. Some of the holes that had to be drilled didn't line up or was obstructed so I had to make an extra hole to finish the install. 137395



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bought 2, so far so good 125062



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2013 Dodge Ram Pickup

PRODUCT ARRIVED ON TIME, THE INSTALATION WAS GREAT, WAS HELPFUL TO HAVE TWO GUYS DOING IT, ONLY BEEF WAS PARTS BAG WAS OPEN IN THE BOX AND NUTS & BOLTS WERE EVERYWHERE. THE ORDER TEAM WAS EXCELLENT IN MAKING SURE I ORDERD THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR MY 2013 RAM 2500. THANKS, E-TRAILER! 124660



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2014 Dodge Ram 3500

worked great took about 4 hours to put in but i was going slow as not to make any mistakes on my 2014 dodge 3500 124388



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Dodge Ram Pickup

Universal rails and the Ram installation kit were received quickly in a very rigid shipping carton - undamaged. Installation does take a couple of hours (2-3+) if you don't have a lift - a "gopher" would be nice too. There are many ups and downs, in the box and back underneath, to align bolts, pull up the spacers and more etc. The custom brackets eliminate the need for frame drilling or welding. Overall a smooth transaction, a good product, and no installation issues... 123299



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2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

Wow! Is this ever a solid 5th wheel hitch installation kit. I purchased a 2014 Ram 3500 diesel to pull an 11000 GVWR 5th wheel. So, I wanted something firmly attached to the truck frame and not just to the bed of the truck. I was particularly please at the strength of the frame brackets. However, the factory guy who said this could be done in 90 minutes by a professional and 180 minutes by a DIY mechanic must have been on some powerful medications when he wrote that. Sure, I'm particular, but it took me an entire day to get these properly installed. One last note, eTrailer sold me these while the other dealers said there wasn't anything on the market yet to fit a "non-prep" Ram 3500. Thanks guys. This is one "happy camper". 122683


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I have a 2014 Ram 3500 diesel dually, and my problem is the rear passenger side bracket the drivers side installed OK. The u-bolt is too short. The frame is thicker on both the inside and the outside, and the u-bolt comes just far enough through it all that I can catch maybe one thread on the bottom half, and none at all on the top. On my truck theres an extra thickness on the inside of the frame that I dont see in other installation pictures that Ive looked at. I sent my pictures to a product guy at Curt mfg, and he said I was the 2nd guy that day that had called him about the same problem, and he agreed that it looked too short and would talk to their engineers. Didnt do me much good, the Friday before Memorial Day. I doubt that big u-bolt is an off-the-shelf part, and it may take a while for Curt to have a run of them made, so when business open Tuesday AM I guess Ill call some local metal fabricators to see if they can make me one that is 12 longer. If so, maybe I can still salvage a bit of our planned vacation.

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Thanks for the feedback. I believe this is the first time we've heard of this ourselves. We'll follow up with Curt on our end too.

-- Patrick B - 5/30/2014

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After owning the 5th wheel and truck for about 10 months, we sold them andbought a motorhome. The Curt purchase was a frame mount to allow my 2014Ram 3500 to accept a Reese hitch. Curt was the first one to market such anitem since the 2014 Ram had a redesigned frame and no one had yetmanufactured the frame mount. You folks got it to me pronto, which made mevery pleased. I installed it myself, which took quite a bit of time but leftme with a keen appreciation for the quality of the product.

Vince - 04/06/2015

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Order arrived in good condition (well packed) within 2 days. Wow, could not be better impressed. One of best service,s I have been involved with in quite a long time. 122605



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have not installed yet,but parts look like thry will fit.great service and very helpfull. 117088



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It worked very well !! No problem !! Thanks !! 108310



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2013 Ram 2500

Great service, the sales staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. The order shipped quickly and arrived within the period quoted and was packaged very well. The product fit without any extra work and the install time was represented properly. The installation instructions were clear enough to help the install process. This was my second order this year and I highly recommend etrailer too any one that ask. Thanks for the help. 106941



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I couldn't get the install done in the time they said I could, but had lots of interuptions and breaks etc. It was a fairly easy install until I got to the last bold that the instructions warned might create a need to move the whole setup to the rear, but that looked like it would create two more problems so I relocated the right front rail bolt and was done. Great brackets and the no drilling the frame feature was nice. 100049


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  • 5th Wheel Installation Kit for 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Without Factory 5th Wheel Rail Kit
  • Thank you for providing the photos of your 2014 Ram 3500 dually. I am not sure what brackets you have tried previously, but perhaps they were part of a universal 5th wheel install kit that requires drilling into the vehicle frame. We do offer a custom bracket 5th wheel installation kit for the 2014 Ram 3500 SLT without the factory rail system. Kit # C16426-204 from Curt includes custom frame brackets that install to existing holes in the truck frame using included hardware and without...
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  • Will B and W Patriot Hitch # BWRVK3200 Fit Curt Fifth Wheel Rail Kit # C16426-204
  • Yes, a B and W Patriot hitch # BWRVK3200 will fit in the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16426-204 that you referenrced.
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  • Best 5th Wheel Sliding Hitch for 2018 Ram 3500 with Factory Air Suspension
  • For your 2018 Ram 3500 Mega Cab, I recommend the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram - Carbide Finish # C16426-204 which is confirmed to fit models with the air suspension. Then for the best sliding hitch for your short bed truck, I recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550035. This hitch will automatically move to give you the clearance needed for turning. If you prefer the manual slider, then I recommend the Curt A20...
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  • PullRite ISR Hitch Compatibility with Curt Rail Kit for a 2013 Ram 3500
  • The ISR series of Pullrite hitches are designed to fit industry standard rails like what come with the Curt Rail Kit part # C16426-204 that you referenced. Also, the # C16426-204 that you referenced is the correct rail kit for your 2013 Ram 3500 without hitch prep so this rail kit would be perfect for you. I attached an install video for this rail kit for you to check out as well. These rails are confirmed to work on hitches that have higher capacities than 20k so you should be fine...
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  • Will Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit Work With Pullrite SuperGlide On 2017 Ram 3500
  • If your Pullrite SuperGlide is designed to work with standard fifth wheel bed rails then the installation kit I recommend for your 2017 Ram 3500 is part # C16426-204. I have attached a link to an installation video you can check out. Using this kit cuts the installation time in half when compared to universal rails.
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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 # BWRVK2605. 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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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch, Slider for 2015 Dodge Ram Pickup with Rambox
  • Officially our 5th wheel hitch suppliers do not recommend any 5th wheel hitch installation in Dodge Ram pickups that have the Rambox system due to the reduced bed width. We have, however, heard reports of successful installations in the 2014 Rambox-equipped trucks using a Sidewinder replacement pin box. The Sidewinder moves the pivot point back 22-inches behind the king pin which keeps the body of the pin box stationary within the limited available width of the Rambox bed. This configuration...
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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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  • Comparing Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch With Curt A16 Fifth Wheel Hitch on 2018 Ram 3500
  • The Curt A16 # C16120 and Reese # RP30047 are both quality fifth wheel hitches that have a 16,000 lb capacity and dual jaw system but there are a couple of noticeable differences. The Curt A16 has a fully articulating head while the Reese has a head which only pivots 4 ways. The A16 also has a handy indicator system which will let you know if the jaws on the hitch are ready to couple, uncouple or tow, which is a convenience feature the Reese hitch does not offer. The Curt A16 # C16120...
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  • Fit & Compatibility of Demco Hijacker Autoslide Hitches with Industry-Standard Base Rails
  • There are different versions of the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th wheel hitch that are made for different applications. For instance 13K hitch model # DM8550040 does fit into industry-standard above-bed base rails (ISRs) like # C16426-204 from Curt or your Reese rails. The 21K Demco hitch # DM8550038 fits into the Ford Super Duty factory 5th wheel prep kit. The 18K hitch # DM8550034 that you referenced also fits into ISRs. The linked page will display for you all Demco 5th wheel hitch...
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  • Video Installation of Curt 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Install Kit 16426-204 for a 2013 Ram 3500
  • The video for Curt 5th wheel installation kit # C16426-204 should work in all browsers. However if you have an old version of a browser that could be why it is not coming up. I have included a link to the video to the right. If it continues not to work for you try updating the browser, plug-ins, or try a different browser. I have also linked the installation instructions for you.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for 2015 Ram 3500 Dually and Reese Hitch
  • As far as fits go the situation was that on Curt kit # C16426-204 they had excluded dually models. But we have installed this kit on a dually model and have been told by Curt recently that it will fit. So if your 2015 Ram 3500 does not have the factory prep package for a 5th wheel hitch, you should be able to use this Curt kit. And your Reese hitch will fit it. But I can tell you that Reese installation kit, # RP50085-58, will fit dually models for sure and your hitch will fit this installation...
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  • Compatibility of the Curt 16426 Bracket Kit With Curt 16200 Rails
  • I reached out to my tech contact at Curt. I was able to confirm the base rails you mentioned, the Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails with Installation Kit - Carbide Black Finish, # C16200, are compatible with the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Bracket Kit for Dodge Ram, # C16426. You may also want the Replacement Hardware for Curt Universal 5th Wheel Installation Kit - 10 Bolt, # C16111.
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  • Will the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch # C16130 Fit a 2017 Ram 3500
  • The Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch # C16130 will fit a 2017 Ram 3500 truck, but the under the bed mounting kit between the 2015 ram 2500Hd and the 2017 Ram 3500 are different. For the under the bed rail kit on the 2017 Ram 3500, Curt # C16426-204 is the confirmed fit. These rails will mount to frame brackets that will allow the hitch to mount in the bed of the truck. On Ram trucks with air suspensions some 5th wheel hitch installation will interfere with the air system. However, the Curt...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Install Kit w/Industry Standard Rails for a 2015 Ram 3500
  • If the SuperGlide hitch you have is the model that fits in below the bed mounts then PullRite, the manufacturer, currently does not have an option for the 2015 Ram 3500. But if it is an ISR model (ISR stands for industry standard rails) then you can use installation kit # C16426-204 which does come with industry standard rails. This kit will fit the 6 and 8 foot beds but there is nothing for models that have the 5-1/2 foot bed.
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  • Recommended Rear End Ratio, 5th Wheel Hitch, and Rear Suspension for a 2016 Ram 3500 Dually Cummins
  • Since you will be traveling with your toy hauler more often than not I think you will be happier with the higher gear ratio especially while towing. Since you didn't provide the model you are looking at I can't be exact but if you wanted to let me know which one you were looking at then just reply to this. The best 5th wheel hitch for your Ram will be dependent on your bed size as well as if you decide to get the factory prep package or not. This will determine what style connection...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Install Kit for a 2013 Ram 2500 Diesel Short Bed
  • I measured some Curt rails, the same as those used in installation kit # C16426-204 and they are 1-1/4 inches tall if you measure from the top of the bed corrugations. The bolts do go through the outer parts of the rails so the bolt head height would not be an issue. I have linked a video showing installation of this kit on a 2013 Ram. The Reese options for your truck are the new taller rails that would not work for you. On short bed trucks it is recommended to use a slider hitch...
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