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

Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ram Truck - 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 C16427-204 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 Ram Truck - Carbide Finish. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.
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Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - C16427-204

  • 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


16427 Curt Custom Bracket Kit for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches - Dodge Ram

16204 Curt Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Carbide Finish



C16427-204 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C16427-204 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2014 - 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - 8 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2014 - 2019 Ram 2500 6-1/2 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2014 - 2019 Ram 2500 8 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg




Video of Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ram Truck - Carbide Finish

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




Video Transcript for Curt Fifth Wheel Kit Installation - 2018 Ram 2500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Ram 2500 we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt custom fifth wheel installation kit for Ram trucks in a carbide finish, part number is C16427-204. Now it's also available in a black gloss finish, part number C16427-104.Here's what our fifth wheel installation kit looks like once we have it installed and this is gonna allow us to tow a fifth wheel trailer safely down the road. The rails in the bed have several mounting points because they're gonna accept most industry standard fifth wheel bases or sliders. Whenever we're not towing with our fifth wheel and we pull the head and the base out our rails are only gonna take up about an inch above the floor of our bed that way we still have plenty of room to load it up with whatever we may need.This is a custom installation kit which is gonna cut down a lot on the install time. We're not gonna have to drill into the frame at all, it's gonna use existing weld nuts, but we are gonna have to drill several holes in the bed so we can attach the rails. Now the rails themselves have a nice powered coated finish to protect them and keep them looking nice and the carbide finish on these in particular is gonna match the Curt fifth wheel's exactly.Now that we've seen what our installation kit looks like and the rails in the bed let's show you how to get it installed.

To begin our installation I went ahead and lowered our spare tire and now we're gonna need to remove the exhaust shield here. We're gonna three bolts towards the back that are holding it in place as well as two more that are going on the cross support, we'll be using a 10 millimeter socket to pull those out. Once you have all the bolts removed you can go ahead and set it aside for right now.On the passengers side just forward of the axle we're gonna have two weld nuts in the side of our frame. We're gonna wanna grab our forward bracket, it's gonna be the larger of the two in the kit, and the two tabs are gonna be going towards the top with two oblong holes going towards the front of the truck. You're gonna line up the holes in the bracket and we're gonna take one of our shorter M12 bolts and we're gonna slide a conical tooth washer on, making sure that the teeth are gonna face the bracket, and we're gonna loosely thread the bolt into the frame.Then on the backside you'll notice that there's a small gap here in between the frame and our bracket so we're gonna take one of our square spacers blocks and we're gonna slide it behind the bracket in between the frame and then we're gonna have a longer M12 bolt and another conical tooth washer and we'll get that in place.

Now for right now you just want to get them in there hand tight and make sure the bracket doesn't fall down. Once you get it nice and snug we're gonna push the bracket all the way back until it bottoms out and we're gonna push it up against the top of the bed as much as we can, making sure it's nice and square and then we're gonna repeat the same process on the drivers side.With our brackets in place, making sure that we have both of them shifted towards the rear all the way and nice and snug, we're gonna take a rather small drill bit and I'm gonna go to the very center of the hole and I'm gonna drill straight through going up into the bed, we're gonna repeat that for the other remaining holes on both brackets.Now we can move into the inside of the bed and we're gonna take our rail and we're gonna line it up with the holes that we drilled on each side. For our forward rail we're gonna line it up with the second hole from the outside, then we can mark our center attachment point. We're gonna be using the one towards the cab so we're gonna go ahead and take a paint marker and we're gonna mark that center attachment point right behind the rail. We can move our rail, drill out that hole, and enlarge the holes to the final size.

I'm gonna take a step bit and I'm gonna enlarge the hole to just a little bit over a half inch so our half inch bolts can fit through. It doesn't hurt to grab one of the bolts and test fit it before you go too big, maybe just a little bit more so I don't have to fight it going in. Now we'll repeat that for all the remaining holes.It's never a good idea to leave exposed metal on your vehicle, we're gonna take a little bit of spray paint and I'm gonna go over the holes that I just drilled to help prevent any kind of rust or corrosion from building up. We can take our rail, line it back over your enlarged holes and we can take our carriage bolts and we're gonna start dropping them through, they go down through the bed.Now any spot that the rail is sitting over a low spot on the bed, there's that corrugation where you've got a high spot and it dips down, you're gonna want take one of these U shaped spacer blocks and lift up the rail and slide it in so that the bolt has a little bit of support and it won't crush the corrugation. You want to go around and check each one and see if it's on a low spot or not and if it is go ahead and slide in one of those spacer block.

Now all our carriage bolts came through our brackets, you're gonna take a square spacer block, slide it over the bolts, then we're gonna take a flange nut and secure it. Now you want to be careful not to push the bolts back up into the bed, you want to make sure it's fully seated so you have enough room for that nut to grab. Just push the bracket up and we can attach the nut.If you're having a little bit of trouble getting everything on it could be because the carriage bolt isn't fully seated so a trick to get it seated all the way is if you just take a nut and you drive the nut on it'll suck that carriage bolt in, giving you a little bit more room. Let's thread on the nut, grab a three quarter inch socket, drive it in, you can see that it draws the bolt down and we can loosen it up and insert the block. Now we have a little bit more room with the bolt sticking out so we can get the nut started and we'll repeat that for all the remaining fasteners.Now that we have our forward rail in place we can go ahead and grab our base or our slider and we're gonna use that to make the measurement for our rear brake. Now if you're using more than one base or more than one fifth wheel it's a good idea to go ahead and test fit those that way you know that everything's gonna fit in there nicely. We're just gonna lift up our rail and our base and slide it over so we can get it in the mounting tabs. Once you have it in you're gonna want to grab the rail itself and pull back towards the tailgate so we have a nice, secure fit and then we're gonna mark out all our holes.In the rear rail we're gonna be using the very inside for our holes and then one in the center we're gonna be using the one towards the tailgate. Now again just gonna take a small drill bit and I'm gonna drill right in the center of the hole all the way through the bed and we'll repeat that for all of our remaining holes. Now for our forward holes on our rear rail we're gonna have to get an extra long drill bit because we're gonna have to go through the bed and then through the hat channel to make it all the way through.I drilled my one-eighth hole and I'm gonna come back with a larger, longer drill bit so I can go all the way through the hat channel and we're gonna do that for both forward holes. Then we're gonna grab our long 9-16ths drill bit and we're gonna enlarge all the holes to a 9-16ths and that long drill bit's gonna help out that way we can go all the way through the hat channel, making it a lot easier. We'll repeat that for all of our remaining holes. With all the holes drilled I'm gonna go ahead and slide my rail back into position.Here's the hole that we drilled on the drivers side through the hat channel, now the reason why we drilled the hole all the way through is that bolt's gonna come all the way to the bottom but we're gonna need to have this spacer block inside our hat channel so we don't crush it when we tighten everything down. To make things easier on ourselves we're gonna grab a step bit and we're gonna drill that out to a seven-eighths inch that way we can slide the support bracket inside the hat channel. You may want to periodically stop and check and only drill out once you can get this in place. Once we can get our spacer in place we're gonna come back and put a little bit more spray paint to cover up the bare metal.Now we can see that our spacer block is gonna be bigger than the hat channel itself. I'm just gonna put a mark where it's gonna be about even and then I have to trim our spacer block down. Now you can use a grinder, a cut off wheel, or anything you have to trim that off but we are gonna have to trim both of them so they can fit inside the hat channel. Now on the passengers side we are gonna have this exhaust bracket here so we're not gonna be able to get a step bit in far enough where at the angle that we can get our spacer block in. Because of that that's why we only need to drill the bottom out so that the hardware can come through so we're gonna leave the outside of the frame and meet up with our hat channel and feed our spacer block in from the side.I'm gonna take a magnet and I'm gonna push my spacer block into place and once I get it fairly close I'm gonna move back underneath and make sure that it's line up and I'll take a screwdriver to help me line it up. You can see my spacer block is right here, put a screwdriver in there just to hold it in place so I can remove the magnet. Now we can move back up top and start dropping all of our hardware through. To help you out you might want to use a screwdriver going through the rail and through the bed to hold that spacer in place. Now since it's in a weird position and that exhaust bracket is in the way we're gonna take one of our long hex bolts, followed by a flat washer, and very carefully you want to remove the screwdriver, make sure we don't knock the spacer over, and then we're gonna feed our bolt through, the screwdriver will help you get it lined up, make sure you go all the way through that spacer block and drop it all the way though.Four our three very rear mounting points we're just gonna take our half inch carriage bolts and drop them down just like we did with the forward rail. Then finally we're gonna have one long carriage bolt and we're gonna drop through the drivers side forward mounting point and then go back underneath, put our spacer in this inside, and get our hardware in place. Don't forget if it's on a low spot you want to grab another one of these U spacers and slide it under so that it won't crush the bed. You may need to kind of lift up a little bit just to get that spacer in place, make sure it goes all the way around the bolt. We'll go around and make sure that we get this in place and any of the low spots on the bed.Over here on the drivers side frame rail you just need a flathead screwdriver and we're gonna pop that connector holding the wiring harness down to the frame, you want to move it out of the way. We can take our tube spacer and we're gonna slide it around the bolt going to the hat channel and push it into the hat channel and just kind of push it to the side so that the bolt will keep it in place. Just like the forward rail we're gonna grab our bracket, since this is the drivers side this is gonna be the larger of the two brackets, gonna have to just kind of move the wiring harness around a little bit so we can get our bracket in place.Once you get your bracket in place we're gonna loosely secure our bracket again with those M14 bolts and the conical tooth washers, making sure that they face towards the frame and the bracket. Just gonna loosely put them in that way we don't have to worry about the bracket falling down. Just like the forward bracket I'm gonna take our spacer block and a half inch flange nut and loosely secure it to our bracket. We'll repeat that same process on the other side.Because of the position of where this exhaust bracket is it holds it in place and where our bolt goes through the hat channel we're not gonna be able to easily to get this bolt and plate in place. We're gonna grab an extra set of hands and have them pull the bolt up and we're gonna get everything in place sneaking in through the side here I'm gonna have them thread it in from the top.We're gonna go ahead and snug down all of our hardware and per the instructions they'll want us to snug and tighten down the bolts that are attaching the rails to the bed first so using a three quarter inch socket we're gonna snug up all the vertical bolts first. With all the brackets tightened to the rails we're now gonna tighten the brackets to the frame. We'll be using a 19 millimeter socket and snug them all down. I'm gonna come back with a three quarter in socket and torque the rails to the specified amount in the instructions, we'll repeat that for any remaining hardware.Then we come back with our 19 millimeter socket and torque the brackets to the frame and we'll repeat that for any remaining frame bracket bolts. With our rails torqued down we can go ahead and reinstall the bolts that will hold our heat shield in place. Now all we have left to do is put our spare tire back and that'll finish up our installation.That'll finish up your look at the Curt custom fifth wheel installation kit for Ram trucks, part number C16427-204 on our 2018 Ram 2500.


Customer Reviews

Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ram Truck - Carbide Finish - C16427-204

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (92 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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Great customer service... I keep coming back because of there customer service. I can find it cheaper on [online store] but the customer service is above and beyond. Just picked up new hubs and wheel and tire assemblies for my double ski trailer...Again great service and free shipping.... Hally and Lindy were both very friendly and went above and beyond. That kind of customer service is rare in todays market...Thanks again... 716262



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product was excellent , the you tube video was very helpful , bolts 1 3/4 x 1/2" could be longer. due to spray liner in bed 659994



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2016 Ram 2500

It’s pretty simple it’s a bracket your bold on a truck but at the end of the day the bracket fit great instructions were awesome and the buying experience was awesome I do it again if I had to 491498



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Before even starting the install I was sure to read the directions a couple of times to make sure this was something I wanted to attempt on my own. I hadn't installed a hitch before but had assumed since it was a custom kit it wouldn't be too difficult. The directions stated that the total install time for the diy'er was 180 mins. I read through and took note of all the tools I was going to need. What I would have REALLY appreciated was a "tools required" list at the top of the instructions. I thought I had all the tools needed but at the very end when you get to the rear rail you need a 7/8" bit for the bottom of the bed support. I advise you have one at the ready. I had to hone it out with my 9/16 which was a giant pain. Everything else went really smooth. On my particular application I had a real hard time torquing the front right bed bolt on the rear rail to spec (110ft-lbs) as the mount for a cross-bar makes it nearly impossible to fit a torque wrench in. (I ended up having to use 3/8" drive extensions to go up inside the bucket and torquing it from the bottom. Total time:(including a couple of breaks, meltdowns, and a bunch of swearing and a 2yr old hiding dad's parts) 180 mins. Touche' Curt Mfg., touche'... Experience level of installer: None This is something that the average person can do. Make sure to watch all the helpful videos here on etrailer.com, read through the directions before starting, and make sure you have all the necessary tools to help ensure your installation goes as smooth as possible. 121928


Comments
Rails work flawlessly. Between two hitches and a GN adapter all have fit without any problems.
Joel P - 03/25/2015

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Dodge Ram Pickup

Product is good. I had some issues on the installation on the drivers side of my ‘16 Ram 2500. The bolts didnt seem to be long enough for me to use the washer and nut. I consider myself pretty handy, I work on my own cars, I have a sufficient amount of tools and special tools. In the end I managed to get the rails installed. The rails are compatible with the Ram OEM M20 Hitch. Natalie was outstanding when I asked her about compatibility and she advised that Curt is the manufacturer of the Ram M20 hitch, Ram just rebrands it with their stickers. 569112



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2018 Dodge Ram Pickup

Installed kit myself in about 2 hrs. on 2018 Ram 2500. Works great I used it about 6 times and no issues. Would recommend this. 594600



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2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

Thank you for such a fine product!! We installed the fifth wheel hitch in my 2015 RAM 2500 Mega Cab without any problems. It took us 5 hours to complete the installation and all the brackets and bolts went in without an difficulties!! 374471



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2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

Brackets and rails were of high quality and were a perfect fit on my 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 HD, using the factory frame 'jig' holes for attachment . INSTALLATION NOTES: I looked up eTrailer's installation Video on the Dodge-specific custom brackets (in this case on a 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 HD). It was invaluable! It stated the task would take 1 and 1/2 hours for an expert; 3 to 4 hours for a novice. I am NOT an expert but have torn down and rebuilt an engine, replaced clutches and transmissions, and done brake jobs on my vehicles. Being admittedly slow because I want to be thorough (I wanted NO mistakes in drilling the holes needed into my new truck's bed), the task took about 3 days. THE ISSUE: Though the under-bed brackets were perfectly made, there are two differences between the 2014 Dodge shown in the video (which I suspect was Gas engine equipped) and my 2015 Dodge 2500 (Cummings Diesel). - CLEARANCE BETWEEN DIESEL FUEL TANK AND FRAME appeared to be MUCH less on my 2015 Dodge than the fuel tank on the 2014 Dodge (Gas?). The front left (in front of rear axle) frame bracket installation was WAY more difficult than in the video due to this clearance issue. A standard Torque wrench head with socket could not be fitted over the forward-most bolt due to this clearance issue between the Diesel fuel tank and the frame. I finally broke down and used a 'breaker' bar/socket combo and a piece of pipe to get that particular bolt tightened within a reasonable range of the proper torque. - The rear axle suspension in the 2014 Dodge installation in the video was different than my 2015 truck. A significant mounting bracket for the new torsion bar was attached to the right-rear portion of the axle. I was adamantly against temporarily removing it (not even sure if I could have -- I THINK it was welded in place). Again clearance issues made installation of the right rear bracket quite a challenge for me. Still I applaud eTrailer for making a high-quality kit that fits the bill! 310005



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My Husband and I installed the Fifth Wheel Kit ourselves and it was easy. We followed the directions and had it done in an afternoon, just in time for camping. We went out camping about 6 times this year and the trailer pulls great. 574562



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Yes we love our c16427-204 rails and we also have the curt A16 fifthwheel that we purchased , it's a great system. We haul our 35ft fifthwheel camp. 735317



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My order came quickly, all the packages were intact, the 5th wheel and mounting kit were exactly as described, it installed easily and functions properly. Very satisfied with my purchase . 718625



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2017 Dodge Ram Pickup

Excellent product, super easy install took about an hour. Parts fit they way they were explained in the directions. Would recommend this product to everyone. Also it was delivered very quickly and arrived when they said it would! It was installed on a 2017 Ram 2500 Mega Cab. 718421



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Perfect fit! A second pair of hands will make this install much easier. I had my 10 year old help me and it was a breeze to install. Detailed instructions are included with the kit but do your self a favor and watch the available videos offered by etrailer first to give yourself an advantage! I'm very particular with my vehicles and OCD when it comes to installing anything on them! start to finish with a kid helping hold things in place was 3.5 hours; not bad for a father son team! 717988



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Easy install 713770



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Had local company install fifth wheel hitch rails. No issues. As advertised. Very quick free shipping. Ordered via phone. Pat C was awesome. 708254



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Fit like a charm. Holding up like it is supposed to. 703720



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it all went in like it said works good 692642



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Quality product and perfect fit for my truck. All of my purchases from ETrailer over the years have been more than satisfactory. 686486



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Haven't had a chance to use the hitch yet but I got it installed without too much trouble. It took about 4 hours to install, the frame mounting brackets and rails, at a leisurely pace. The unit seems to be very sturdy and it is certainly built heavy. I'm looking forward to testing it out soon. 652239



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good product takes a while to install but you want to take you time to install being you will be hauling your heavy trailer. worked great with my Anderson hitch 642658



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2016 Dodge Ram Pickup

The install was pretty straight forward watched the video a couple of times too. I have a 2016 ram tradesman short box and the drivers front bracket was a little tighter then it looks on the video but a couple of scraped forearms and a couple of buckles later it was in. Well done gentleman. Fit was like a glove and I will buy again if I need too. 641484



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Nice and heavy duty. Haven't installed yet. 640434



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Works great for replacement rails 625538



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easy install. work great 570223



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Easy install looks great 565928


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    Yes, the Demco Hijacker Autoslide that is designed for industry standard rail kits like what the part # C16427-204 provides will work great. You'd want the part # DM8550034 for an 18k hitch or the part # DM8550035 for a 21k hitch.
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  • Recommendation for 5th Wheel Hitch on 2014 2500 Ram Longhorn Mega Cab with Short Bed
    I would recommend the Curt E16 5th Wheel Hitch, # 16516, and Installation Kit, # C16427-204, for your 2014 Ram 2500 Longhorn Mega cab when towing the your trailer. This sliding fifth wheel hitch has a gross tow weight rating of 16,000 pounds and a tongue weight rating of 4,000 pounds. The vehicle specific bracket installation kit requires no drilling by mounting to existing holes in your vehicle's frame. The RamBox is a cargo management system, similar to toolboxes, which is built into...
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  • Installation Instructions for Curt A16 and Custom Fifth Wheel Base Rails on 2018 Ram 2500
    The Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Slider # C16521, along with the Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16427-204 that is confirmed to fit your 2018 Ram 2500, is an excellent system and a great choice for towing your fifth-wheel trailer. I have attached the complete written installation instructions for these base rails and this hitch on your truck. The custom brackets that are included will use existing holes in your Ram's frame that will eliminate drilling and greatly reduce...
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  • 5th Wheel Slider Hitch for 2016 Ram 2500 Diesel Short-Bed
    Your 2016 Ram 2500 diesel certainly has the grunt required to tow a trailer that weighs half its rated towing capacity, but since you have a short-bed pickup you will need a slider type hitch that will give you the necessary clearance between the cab and trailer to make tight turns. If your short bed has the factory 5th wheel rail kit you can use the superb 20K B&W hitch # BWRVK3670 which drops right into the 4 pucks in the bed. This slider gives you a full 12-inches of travel to give...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Rail Install Video for a 2015 Ram 2500 Long Bed
    Actually yes we do, the Curt Fifth Wheel Rail kit part # C16427-204 has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Ram 2500 long beds without hitch prep and we shot a video that shows this kit being installed on a 2014 Ram that I attached for you to check out. The install will be the exact same for the 2015 model as it will for the 2014 that is in the video. For a 20k hitch to fit those rails I would recommend the Curt Q20 hitch part # C16130. This hitch has a great jaw design that will provide...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2014 Ram 2500 to Use Husky Fifth Wheel Hitch
    It sounds like you actually have Husky above-bed fifth wheel rails in your 2000 Ram 2500 since Husky does not make an under-bed rail kit. All you would need to use your current hitch in your 2014 Ram 2500 is the correct Husky Rail Kit part # HT32556-686. This has been confirmed as a fit for your truck and would work well with your current hitch. However, I might have a better priced option for you to consider. The Curt fifth wheel rail kit part # C16427-204 costs considerably less...
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  • Is Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch Needed When Using Reese Revolution Pin Box
    If your new Jayco 5th wheel trailer has a Reese Revolution pivoting pin box installed (these are also known as Sidewinders) then you will NOT need a sliding hitch in your 2014 Ram 2500 Mega Cab. Short bed trucks towing 5th wheels need one or the other but not both. You will want to select a standard fixed 5th wheel hitch to use with your Revolution. The Revolution actually offers MORE clearance than almost all slider hitches can, 22-inches. Most slider hitches give you from 10- to about...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch for 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 with RamBox and 6-Foot Bed
    A short bed truck by itself can pose a challenge for 5th wheel towing due to the limited front-to-back clearance between the truck cab and the trailer's overhang. When we add the Rambox feature we also add another complication: reduced side-to-side clearance. Hitch makers like Reese, Curt and B&W discourage use of 5th wheels in such trucks; that said, there are those that have satisfactorily installed 5th wheels anyway. The best solution for the turning clearance problem in such trucks...
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  • 2017 Ram 2500 Compatibility with 35 Foot Long Toyhauler
    For your 2017 Ram 2500, I recommend the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ram Truck # C16427-204 along with the Curt A25 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16180 which is a confirmed fit. This combination is rated for up to 25,000 lbs which will be more than your vehicle and trailer ratings. To give you your specific towing capacity, I will need more information to assist. I need all the model info as Loredo can be many of the trim packages, the cab size, the bed length, the engine...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch Options For 2015 Ram 2500 Truck With Short Bed
    With the size of your new trailer I recommend a Sidewinder to replace the pin box. You can use the formula to calculate the distance you would get with a sliding fifth wheel hitch versus a Sidewinder, that will let you execute a 90 degree turn. The formula is (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from center of fifth wheel hitch jaw to truck cab. (since you do not have a fifth wheel installed you can measure from about 1 or 2 inches in front of the center of the axle) B = Length...
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  • Will Pullrite Super Glide Work With Curt or Reese Fifth Wheel Base Rails on 2018 Ram 2500
    The only Pullrite Super Glide fifth wheel hitch that will work with either the Curt # C16427-204 or Reese # RP50054-58 custom base rails is the Pullrite that is the ISR Series (the ISR stands for "industry standard rails"). Though we do not carry these hitches I believe that would be the 2700 or 2900 models of Super Glide. As for the price difference there are regular fluctuations based on a number of factors but it isn't quality or hardware. Both these install kits come with the hardware...
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  • Compatibility of 5th Wheel Hitch with Tool Box/Transfer Tank in 2015 Ram 2500 Mega Cab 4X4
    You can compare the installation instructions for a sliding 5th wheel hitch to determine if there will be enough space for it along with the tool box/transfer tank you have installed in your 2015 Ram Mega Cab 2500 with 6-foot bed and no factory rail kit. With Curt base rail install kit # C16427-204 the position of the front-facing edge of the front base rail on a 6-foot bed will be 54-1/4-inches from the rear edge of the truck bed (not the tailgate) as shown in the linked diagram taken...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2015 Ram 2500 Short Bed
    Yes, the Curt fifth wheel install kit part # C16427-204 that you referenced is designed to fit your 2015 Ram 2500 with a 6-3/4 foot bed. This kit will not require you to drill the frame of your truck at all either so it would work well for you. I attached an install video for the rail kit as well. Since you have a short bed truck you will need a slider hitch to allow you to make tight turns. For that the Curt Hitch part # C16536 would work well. This hitch has a 20k capacity, an excellent...
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  • Will Curt 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit Fit a 2016 Ram 2500 with Factory Air Suspension
    I did some checking at Curt 5th wheel trailer hitch installation kit # C16427-204 does indeed fit the 2016 Ram 2500 with the factory air suspension system. And that goes for short and long bed models. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. If you do not already have a 5th wheel hitch I recommend the Curt 20K hitch # C16130 for a long bed or # C16541 for a short bed. The Curt hitches are a great value and both of these models have cushioned heads for improved ride...
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  • Compatibility of PullRite SuperGlide 3600 with 5th Wheel Rail Brackets on 2017 Ram 2500
    The Curt Custom 5th Wheel Bracket Kit for Ram Truck # C16427 is a fit for your 2017 Ram 2500. It is intended to be used with industry standard rails like # C16204. The rails you have pictured are not industry standard, so I can't confirm or deny a fit with those rails. We don't carry PullRite products, but based on some research there is an adapter (#71376) for industry standard rails like the kit # C16427-204 for other hitches with these super rails. We don't carry that adapter...
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  • Can a Fifth Wheel Hitch be Used With Weather Guard Toolbox on 2016 Ram 2500?
    According to my research the Weather Guard 126-5-02 is 20-1/4" from the back of your 2016 Ram 2500's cab to the front of the toolbox though please be sure to measure to verify this. Then, to figure out if you will have the clearance, what you can do is use the attached diagram of the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ram Truck # C16427-204. You will notice with an 8 foot bed on a Dodge Ram 2500 there will be a dimension of 55-7/8" from the front rail (closest to the cab)...
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