Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish

Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish

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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket and base rail kit. Requires less drilling than universal kits 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 C16428-204 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.


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Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - C16428-204

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket and base rail kit. Requires less drilling than universal kits 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
    • Minimizes drilling
    • Cuts installation time in half compared with universal bracket systems
  • Kit includes brackets, rails, and hardware
    • Galvanic isolators to use on trucks with aluminum beds included
  • Visible rails have carbide black finish to match your hitch
  • Compatible with B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed 5th-wheel trailer hitches
  • Assembled in the USA


16428 Curt Custom Bracket Kit for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches

16204 CURT Universal Carbide Fifth Wheel Base Rails

Replaces 16445-204



C16428-204 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C16428-204 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2017 - 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty 6-3/4 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2017 - 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty 6-3/4 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2017 - 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty 8 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2017 - 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty 8 Foot Bed without OEM Prep Pkg

2017 - 2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty 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 Curt Custom 5th Wheel Kit Installation - 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Today on our 2018 For F250, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt custom fifth wheel installation kit with carbide finish.So here's what our fifth wheel rails look like once we have then installed. These are going to allow us to have a fifth wheel on that back of our truck and tow a fifth wheel trailer safely down the road. Our rails are going to work with most industry standard fifth wheel hitches, like BWM, Curt and many others. Our rails are going to have a power coat finish, deep carbide black, so it's its going to hide those scratches and dirt really well, but it's also going to prevent any kind of rust or corrosion from happening on the rails. Whenever we're not towing, we can pull our fifth wheel hitch out and we can use the bed and have full bed access. Our rails are only going to stick up about an inch and a half from the lowest point on our bed.Our fifth wheel installation kit is going to be a custom design.

So we'll have these custom side brackets that attach to the frame so we can attache our rails to. It's going to cut down installation time very much, 'cause then we're going to have holes already in the frame, and we're not going to have to drill through it.Now one thing that I really like about this kit is that it is again, custom designed for our Ford. Sinc they're coming with aluminum beds, they took that into account. They gave us these galvanic isolators because our plates and the rails are all going to be made out of the steel. When you have two dissimilar metals together, it can cause corrosion.

So they made sure that we won't get that 'cause we'll have this isolator that's going to go in between each piece of metal.As far as the installation goes, it is going to be an extremely straightforward process. We are going to have to drill a few holes in order to get the rails in place, but now that we've seen what it looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin your installation, you'll want to lower down your spare tire so we have a little bit more room underneath later on, but we'll start out on the passenger's side, and we'll grab the frame bracket. So you want to make sure you grab the correct bracket. Each brackets going to have two elongated holes in the flat section. Then we'll have two tabs that are going to be sticking out.

You want the single hole tab towards the back and the double hole tab towards the front, and you want to make sure that those are pointing away from the truck. You'll see if we lift up our bracket, it'll line up with these two holes that are right here in the frame. So now we can grab some hardware and we can get it loosely installed.So we're going to loosely attach it with a five ace bolt and a flat washer. So we'll take our bracket and loosely put it in there for now. We'll line it up with the hole and we'll just let it rest there for now.

Then we can move to the inside and loosely install the nuts. These just need to be snug hand tight right now. We're just using this to get everything lined up. Just to make sure that both of them are nice and snug, but not cranked down all the way. With this bracket in place, we're going to do the same thing on the other side.With both brackets in place now, we need to mark the rear hole here. That's going to be one of our attachment points. So I'm going to take a center punch, I'm going to go right in the center and I'll mark it, hopefully making a big enough mark that I can see it up top. We'll do that on both sides.So here we can see where we center punched the bed. We did make a little bit of a dimple right here. We're going to use that dimple so we can line up our rail and make sure everything's in the correct spot. You want to place the rail down on the bed. We're going to place it so that the very outside rear holes line up with our center punches. Then once you have it in, it's not a bad idea to double check that it's nice and centered in the bed. So we can take a tape measure and measure from the end of the rail to the wheel well and double check that it's even on both sides.Now that we have our rail centered over our center punches, I'm going to come back with a small pilot bit and I'm going to drill through the bed and verify that it lines up with the bracket underneath.We come back underneath, we can see that we can see light through the bracket, through the bed, so we know that our hole's in the correct spot. So we're going to go back up top and we're going to enlarge the hole to the final size.With our rail in the correct spot, we're going to go ahead and drill out the three other pilot holes so we can drill all of them out at once. We're going to drill the pilot hole in the center rear spot of our rail. Just come right in the center. Then if we move to the edge, we're going to drill out the other hole that's on the outside of the rail. We'll do the other side as well.Now we can move the rail out of the way. I'm going to come back with a step drill bit. I'm going to enlarge all of my holes to a nine sixteenths. I went ahead and marked the spot on my bit so I won't go too far.I'm going to repeat that for all the remaining holes with have.Never a good idea to leave exposed metal on your vehicle. So, I'm going to come back with a little bit of clear spray patient and cover it up and hopefully prevent any kind of corrosion from happening. Now since our Ford truck has an aluminum bed, we don't want to have the steel rail right against it be that can cause galvanic corrosion. So we want to isolate the two different metals from touching each other. In our kit they are going to give us an isolator strip here. We'll just start by peeling one section of the backing off. They're precut to line up with the rails. They already have holes in them already installed. So we'll just line it up, stick it to the bottom of the rail and continue by removing the backing, making sure that everywhere that's going to touch the bed is covered by this protective material. We'll do that for both rails and both sides of the rail.Since the side plates on our frame are touching the bed as well, we're going to want to remove this. We do have some isolators that we could put on the bottom of the bed. That way if we have to add any spacers or anything, we know that the bed is going to be protected. So we're going to go ahead and remove these plates and put a couple isolating strips everywhere that the bracket is going to be touching the bed.So we're going to take our isolator strip and peel off the backing off one side and try to line it up as close as you can. We'll stick it to the bottom of the bed and remove the other side of the backing. We're going to do that for anywhere that we drilled a hole through the bed so we can make sure that it's protected.We're going to go ahead and line up our rail with the holes that we've drilled. Then get ready to put the hardware in place. From the center hole here, we're going to take one of our shorter carriage bolts, this is going to be a two inch bolt. You ant to make sure you put another isolator strip on the bed itself. So we'll drop our bolts in, going all the way through our rail down into the bed. Then we're going to take two of our spacer blocks. One's going to be slightly thinner and a little more rounded. Then we'll have another one that's U shaped. We're going to slide that underneath the rail making sure that it straddles the bolt. That way it takes up that gap, and we don't have to worry about the bed crushing when we tightening everything down.Then for the rearward outer holes, we're going to be using the longer two and a quarter inch carriages. They're just a little bit linger and we're going to have a lot more of these in our kit. Drop them down, make sure that square engages. Make sure that both of them are in place.Finally, the forward outer holes, we're going to be using the hex bolt that comes in our kit. You want to put a lock washer on there. We'll slide it down, making sure it goes all the way through. The reason why we're using hex bolts here instead of carriage bolts is because this holes goes directly into the hat channel, and we won't be able to get a wrench or a torque wrench in there to tighten it down.I'm going to loosely put the brackets back in place so that we can get all of our hardware in.On the bottom side, we're going to take a round holed spacer. It will go over our bolt and then we'll secure it with a flange nut.For the rear mounting location, you'll notice there's going to be a high spot on the bed because of the corrugation. There's going to be a little bit of a gap there. We need to take up that gap so the bed doesn't crush. So we'll use that same combination of two spacers. We'll go right underneath. You want to make sure that those U's are straddling the bolt. Then on the bottom of the bracket, we'll take one of our square spacer blocks and slide it over the bolt and we'll secure it down with a flange nut. For the mounting point that's in the hat channel, we are going to need to put a isolator in there, but it's going to be rather difficult to get your hand in there to feed it around the bolt, but we're going to have a spacer that's going to go inside. So we can put our isolator directly on the spacer. Just make sure you have the correct way facing toward the bed. Once we have the spacer and isolator in you're going to need to garb an extra set of hands, 'cause somebody's going to have to be in the bed while we hold the handle nut and they tighten down the hex nut from up top.Once you get all your hardware installed on this side, you can go ahead and repeat that for the other side as well.With the rear rail in place, we're going to use our fifth wheel to position our front rail. But if you're using more that one, you need to test fit each one of them to make sure that they're all going to fit properly.We get our rail close, and we can lift up on the fifth wheel until we get it drop into place. We're going to want to push towards the other rail so we can make sure it has a nice snug fit.Then we can come back with that pilot drill bit, and we're going to drill out all the holes for our forward rail.I'm going to go through the outer holes on the edges.Then the center hole, we're going to be using the one that's closet to the cab.Then you want to move your rail and fifth wheel out of the way and we'll enlarge these to that nine sixteenths. We'll take our isolator strip and we're going to put it over the center hole, 'cause just like the other rail, we're going to set this down, and we're going to have a couple spacer that are going to go underneath.So we'll take our two spacers, slide them underneath our rail and line it up with the whole. Again we're going to be using one of the shorter carriage bolts for the center hole. Make sure it goes all the way through. Then we're going to use the longer ones for all the outer holes. Just like the other rail, we're going to take our isolator strip and we're going to slide it over our bolt, so it's directly against the bottom of the bed. Then we take our round hole spacer, slide it over the bolt and secure it with the hex nut. You just want to make sure you position the block to where the isolator's going to cover it and that is not on there crooked touching the bare metal.Now the combination of hardware we're going to use for our front rail is going to the same that we did in the back. We'll use our two spacers that are going to go in between the bed and the bracket. Then we'll but a square spacer block underneath and secure it down with a flange nut. It may help if you come from the inside and slide your spacers in. There is very limited arm space. Again you want to make sure those spacers are straddling the bolt so it will give it that support and won't crush the bed. We'll repeat that for all of our remaining bolts.Then we come back with a three quarter inch socket. I'm going to torque down my hardware that's attaching my rails to my frame plates. We'll find the torque value in our instructions. You want to make sure you torque all your hardware that's attaching the rails to the plates. Then we'll come back and torque down the frame plates.So with our fifth wheel torqued down, all we have left to do is put our spare back, hook up our fifth wheel, and we're ready to hit the road.That'll finish up your look Curt custom fifth wheel installation kit with the carbide finish on our 2018 Ford F250.


Customer Reviews

Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish - C16428-204

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (17 Customer Reviews)

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket and base rail kit. Requires less drilling than universal kits and provides a custom fit for your vehicle. Includes everything you need for installation.

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I found the quality of materials to be excellent. It has held up very well in use and in exposure to weather. My only negative is it is more difficult to disconnect my fifth wheel from my truck than other hitches I have had. Every thing must be perfect height, front to back center, and angle to get it to release. 600292



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2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Install went pretty good. Parts fit good on my 2018 F-250 King Ranch. Like most of these things, it would help to have long, skinny fingers, not sausage fingers like mine, but all in all it went well. The only reason for 4 stars is because the included instructions could have been clearer. *Installation Tip - Put the self adhesive Galvanic Isolator squares on the bottom of the bed BEFORE installing any bolts. 469605



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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Installed easily on my 2017 F250 6 3/4 bed with common tools. Installation instuctions are poorly written but installation is simple once you understand the concept. Prior Ford years you install front rail first measuring from the rear of the bed. This kit installs completely different I guessing due to the aluminum bed. The rear 5th wheel bracket installs first and make sure the front hole aligns with the center of the bed support. I used a punch to verify hole alignments. All holes aligned perfectly on mine. I installed by myself and dropping the spare tire helps. I did not remove rear tires. 439931



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Ford

I went to the web page first and had some questions about what type of mount I needed for my 2019 Ford. I called the 800 number and talked with Christina. She was very knowledgeable about the products and what I would need. It did not take long to order the parts and I received the parts in two days. I could not believe it. Great service no time wasted being transferred. I would shop there again no questions asked.. Thanks Chrissy 585924



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Nuts & bolts could be packaged better, they were scattered in box. Luckily nothing was missing. Otherwise seems to be good product. 660175



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Fairly easy to install, was able to do everything by my self. 658063



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Great service from e trailer 652582



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Good hitch for money, it took me about 4 hours by myself to put hitch in. I am not fast but I want it done right.Used it one time so far works good. 647541



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Ordering was a breeze, shipment was extremely prompt and I was notified with a tracking number. Watching the installation video for this hitch rail installation gave me the confidence to do it myself and save the $350.00 that my local shop charges. I have not yet installed as I am waiting to get my bed liner sprayed in this week. If the need arises I would not hesitate to order from e-trailer again. 617774



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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This is a wonderful product. Easily installed and worked perfect. Ali instructions were on the money and it looks great on the truck. 603122



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2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty

looks like good quality materials, however contents were pretty scratched up and parts bag open upon arrival. looks like they dragged it around under the forklift for awhile before shipping. 578756



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2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Super fast. Great product. Recived product as ordered 549099



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2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

great product 515341



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Perfect Fit, a lot faster than drilling the frame the old school way. 502897


Comments

Still working great no problems at all.

Dwayne - 05/02/2019

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2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Helen M. was great to work with. Product good, but instructions are poor, especially for aluminum beds. Need to be more clear, prepare to take on and off to make sure installing is correct for aluminum beds. 500649



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Everything was great except the 2 thicker spacers that went on the bottom side of the bed inside the bed crossmember were 2 wide and it bent the bed when I tightened the bolts and it cracked the paint. Other then that the install was pretty smooth. Just a little frustrated to have crack paint on a brand new truck. 485700



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As advertised 474580


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  • Parts Needed to Tow a 25,000 Lb 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2018 Ford F-350
  • I do have both gooseneck and 5th wheel hitch options for your 2018 Ford F-350 but you will need to choose between one or the other. As you mentioned, the B&W Companion part # BWRVK3500 for fixed or part # BWRVK3400 for sliding is only rated at 20,000 lbs. They do make adapters like part # 16310 but they also only have a 20,000 lb towing capacity. The correct B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch for your F-350 will depend on if it is 2WD or 4WD. If your truck is 2WD then...
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  • What is the Best Truck for Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You are doing the right thing by doing the research first. There is a lot of conflicting information out there so let me break it down for you and I will provide some part recommendations at the end. Basically, if you want to tow a 5th wheel trailer, the best trucks are going to be long bed 3/4 or 1 tons like a Ford F-250/F-350, Chevy/GMC 2500/3500, or Ram 2500/3500. Half ton trucks could work but are not nearly as capable as the larger trucks. A long bed for sure is something you will...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch For Towing Capacities Of 2017 Ford F-350
  • Yes, your 2017 Ford F-350 Diesel has a GVWR of 9,900-11,500 lbs and a GAWR at the rear of 6340 lbs and 5250 lbs at the front. The GCWR is 28700 lbs, so with your 5th wheel trailer tow capacity between 20,600 and 21,500 lbs, you are well within your ratings to tow a Montana High Country 5th Wheel. For a 5th wheel hitch if you have the factory prep package, I recommend the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Ford OEM Legs - Dual Jaw - 24,000 lbs # C16545-16017. If you don't have...
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  • Removable 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ford F-250 Short Bed without Factory Rail Kit
  • For your 2017 Ford F-250 short bed without the factory rail kit, I recommend taking a look at the Curt A20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16541 along with the Custom Installation and Base Rail Kit # C16428-204. This is an excellent sliding hitch that features an interlocking 2-jaw system for a secure connection to the trailer and a fully articulating head for easy hookup and a stable, quiet ride. It has a 20,000 pound towing capacity and 12 inches of slider travel for cab clearance during sharp...
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  • Installation of 5th Wheel Rails for 2018 Ford F-250 4x4 with 6.5 Foot Bed
  • The B&W Custom Mounting Brackets for Patriot 5th Wheel Above Bed Base Rails # BWRVR2401 will come with installation instructions but is not the correct fit for your 2018 Ford F-250. You will instead want the # BWRVR2402 for 2017 and 2018 models. The # BWRVR2401 is the fit for 2011-2016 models. I've attached some photos of the installation details for your 2018 F-250 to assist.
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  • Difference Between Curt A20 and Curt Q20 for 2019 Ford F-350 Short Bed
  • The biggest difference between the Curt A20, part # C16541, and Q20, part # C16536, is the way the head pivots. The Q20 pivots 360 degrees using a spherical axial bearing. This creates smoother rotation of the head and therefore the ride between truck and trailer. The other difference is the warranty. The A20 has a limited lifetime warrant on the hitch with a 10-year warranty on the roller. The Q20's warranty is a 10 -year limited warranty.. With either hitch use part # C16428-204...
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