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Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 - Carbide Finish

Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 - Carbide Finish

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2020 Ford F-150 - Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 - Carbide Finish

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Install your fifth wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket kit. Requires no drilling and provides a custom fit for your . 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, compared with universal bracket systems
  • Complete kit includes brackets, rails and hardware
  • Visible rails have carbide finish to match your Curt Q5 fifth wheel hitch
  • Compatible hitches - Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley and Husky 5th wheel hitches


16442 & 16204 Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit with Rails and Brackets - Carbide Finish

Item # C16442-204

Installation Details C16442-204 Installation instructions

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Video Transcript for Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - Custom - C16442-204 Review

Today we're taking a look at the CURT custom fifth-wheel installation kit with the carbide finish rails for the Ford F150 truck. This is a custom-fit part. It is designed to fit the 2015 and newer Ford F150 trucks with either the six and a half foot bed or the eight foot bed. On a custom-fit part, I always like to recommend for you to go to our website, use our fit guide. Put in your year and model vehicle, and it'll show if this part'll work for your application. These custom brackets will mount beneath your truck bed. They provide the attachment points for the fifth-wheel rails to connect to.

These brackets are custom-fit brackets. They do mount to existing holes in your vehicle's frame. No drilling is required. The installation time is cut in half when compared with the universal bracket systems. The base rails, these will attach to these mounting brackets, and they sit in the truck bed.

It allows the installation of you fifth-wheel trailer hitch to these rails. These are visible above-bed rails. These happen to have a nice carbide finish to them. This part includes everything shown, here, on the table. It includes the two above-bed base rails, the two mounting brackets, one for each side, all of the mounting hardware, the grade eight bolt hardware. It even includes this galvanic isolator kit.

Basically, what that is it's these polyurethane film adhesive squares and tape. What that's used for, on vehicles that will have an aluminum bed, it is required that all the steel components be isolated from that aluminum bed using this galvanic isolator kit to prevent any corrosion. Basically, you can see the squares have a hole in it, so any time you're putting a bolt in between the steel parts and the aluminum bed, you want to use a square like that. Then they give you some tape which you can run under the rails when you install them. This kit will work with fifth wheel hitches from CURT, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley.

That should do it for the review on the CURT custom fifth-wheel installation kit with the carbide finish rails for Ford F150 trucks.


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Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 - Carbide Finish - C16442-204

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (4 Customer Reviews)

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

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This was a relatively easy install. etrailer will be getting our business again!!



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2018 Ford F-150

Fit perfect, good instructions FAST del ivery



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Ford

I installed this item on a Ford 150 to haul a Reflections 5th wheel by Grand Design. Relatively easy to install and have had no issues with this product. I definitely would purchase this same product again. Saved plenty by installing myself.



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2018 Ford F-150

This is supposed to be a quick install kit. It is not a quick process to install. But double check your measurements and take your time and do it right. It is not hard to install. Be sure to have a long 7/8" open and box end wrench. It says to torque the bolts that go through the bed, but there is no way to get a socket on them due to the frame of the truck.


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  • 2021 Ford F-150 Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches
    The 2021 Ford F-150 is the first year of the 14 generation F-150. The Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 # C16442-204 from a 2020 model will not fit. The Demco # DM8552028-71 are a confirmed fit for the 2021 F-150 and the Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Installation Kit w/ Base Rails # RP56034-53.
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  • Which Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Fits 2016 Ford F-150
    The correct Curt fifth wheel rail kit that fits your 2016 Ford F-150 if it has a 6-1/2 foot or 8 foot bed is the # C16442-204. Or we have the Reese fifth wheel rail kit part # RP50087-58 which fits all bed sizes. Both of these are custom fit rail kits which means install time is much less than a universal kit as well as drilling is minimized. I attached an install video for this rail kit for you to check out as well. If you need a hitch as well let me know what length bed you have and...
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  • Parts Needed To Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer With a 2019 Ford F-150
    In order to install a fifth wheel hitch on your 2019 Ford F-150 you will need an install kit, the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16442-204 is what I recommend as it is a custom fit so no drilling into the truck frame is required. If you don't already have a fifth wheel hitch, I recommend the Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16521 for short beds or part # C16120 for long beds. The Curt A-Series is one of my favorite options because it has a dual interlocking...
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  • Correct 5th Wheel Frame Brackets for a 2017 Ford F-150
    In order to choose the correct fifth wheel frame brackets for a 2017 Ford F-150 you'll need to know the brand of the base rails as you cannot mix base rails and frame brackets from different manufactures. Therefore, the best option we can offer without knowing the brand of base rails is a complete kit for which I recommend the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16442-204. The Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit does not require drilling into the frame.
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  • Drilling through the Bed to Install Curt 5th Wheel Installation Kit on a 2015 Ford F-150 Short Bed
    When drilling the holes through the bed to install a 5th wheel trailer hitch installation kit # C16442-204 on your 2015 Ford F-150 you will go from the bottom up. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you that explain the procedure.
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  • Correct Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for a 2019 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    Yes, the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 part # C16442-204 will fit a 2019 Ford F-150 with the 5-1/2' bed as well as those with the 6-1/2' or 8' bed. The Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit does not require any drilling into the frame as it is a custom fit option. If you don't already have a 5th wheel hitch, the Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16120 or part # C16521 is my favorite due to the dual interlocking jaw design which forms a very tight grip...
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  • Which Air Bag Suspension Enhancement Kit Fits 2016 Ford F-150 That Can Also Fit 5th Wheel Rail Kit
    Air Lift makes air bag suspension enhancement that fits your 2016 Ford F-150 short bed with the part # AL57268 and allows an in-bed rail kit/hitch to fit like the Curt # C16442-204 you referenced but the Firestone kit you have now will not work since it installs on the wrong side of the frame rails.
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  • Fit of Curt C16442-204 Industry Standard Bracket/Rail Kit with B&W BWRVK3270 5th Wheel Hit
    Absolutely. The Curt # C16442-204 bracket/rail kit provides industry standard 5th wheel bed rails. Since the B&W # BWRVK3270 Patriot Sliding 5th wheel hitch is also compatible with industry standard bed rails, everything will work together perfectly. If you'd like to install a 7-way trailer connector in the truck bed so you don't have to run the trailer connector cable up over the tailgate, you can do so using part # 20110-010. I've linked to an install video for the trailer connector...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Compatible Helper Spring Options for 2016 Ford F-150
    AirLift offers a Load Lifter 5000 air helper spring kit for your 2016 Ford F-150 that's compatible with a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch, part # AL57385. Adding an optional on-board compressor system like # AL25856 would allow you to add or remove air from the system with a push of a button, even while you're traveling down the road. No need to find a gas station to find a compressor. Air helper spring systems are great when the load on the rear truck axle varies, such as when you use...
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  • Custom 5TH Wheel Install Kit for Valley Base Rails on 2015 Ford F-150
    I recommend using the Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16442-204. It is custom fit for your 2015 Ford F-150 and will not require drilling into your frame. I don't like mixing different rail components because sometimes the bolt holes in your rails don't quite line up with the brackets, so this kit will include new base rails as well. What I recommend when you are installing everything is to leave the hardware loose and place your 5TH Wheel hitch into the rails before snugging...
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  • Custom 5th Wheel Install Kit Recommended for Use with Air Spring Suspension on 2019 Ford F-150
    I appreciate the time you've spent researching all the different products; I'm happy to offer you my expert recommendation to facilitate your purchasing decision. The Curt A16 5th Wheel Hitch # C16120 and the Reese 16K # RP30047 are very similar but I'm going to give the advantage to the A16 because of its interlocking jaws which provide a superior connection, built-in color-coded lock indicator, and built in zerk fittings (easy lubrication points). The Curt Custom Installation Kit #...
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  • Curt Custom 5th Wheel Rails and Brackets for 2020 Ford F-150
    We cannot recommend mixing 5th wheel hitch brackets and rails from two different manufacturers. Brackets and rails from different manufacturers are not tested together so it makes the capacity unknown and there could also be some slight compatibility issues as far as installation is concerned. To use your existing Husky rails # HT30686, you'd need to use Husky Custom Fifth Wheel Mounting Brackets for your 2020 Ford F-150, but they have now been discontinued. Therefore, I recommend the...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2020 Ford F-150 with 6-1/2 Foot Bed and Aluminum Body
    Yes, for your 2020 Ford F-150 with the 6-1/2 foot bed I highly recommend the Curt A16 Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch # C16521. This is an excellent hitch that features an interlocking 2-jaw design so that the jaw mechanism wraps completely around the king pin. This provides an extremely secure connection to the trailer but it also allows for a smooth, quiet ride during travel. You aren't going to get those loud clanks and jarring spine adjustments that you might have experienced with other hitches....
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  • What Air Bags Work With Curt 5th Wheel Brackets on 2018 Ford F-150
    Not all air bags are compatible with an in-bed hitch for your 2018 Ford F-150, no matter the bracket manufacturer. And in the interest of thoroughness, the Curt Custom, No-Drill Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit # C16442 will fit your 2018 Ford F-150, and requires the use of Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails - Gloss Finish # C16104 or Carbide Black Finish # C16204. If you don't have the rails, you can get the bracket kit and base rails in a kit with the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation...
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  • What Is Needed to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer With 2020 Ford F-150 With 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    You can tow a 5th wheel with your 2020 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot bed, but you will need a standard/fixed 5th wheel hitch and a Sidewinder rotating pin box. The reason for that is the Sidewinder will move the pivot point back to the turret, which allows for the needed clearance so your 5th wheel trailer does not crash into your F-150's cab. The correct Sidewinder will depend on your 5th wheel trailer's pin box model number, as you'll need that in order to know the correct fit. For...
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  • Will Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch Allow Backing up With Sidewinder in 2019 Ford F-150 Short Bed
    Although a sliding hitch is not necessary with a short bed truck if you have a Sidewinder, the answer to your question is you can back up with any sliding 5th wheel hitch on your 2019 Ford F-150 when using a Sidewinder like # RP34FR, you simply need to ensure you lock out the slider and you're set. The best option for a sliding hitch if you go that route is the Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Slider # C16521 and for base rails I strongly recommend the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel...
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  • Can Air Bags Be Installed On a 2019 Ford F-150 With 5th Wheel Brackets
    The Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs part # AL57268 if you have a 2WD or part # AL57385 if you have a 4WD will work with the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16442-204 on your 2019 Ford F-150. These are actually your only option as the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2582 will not work with the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit. The same info above can be applied to most 5th wheel install kits as the custom options all install in the...
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  • Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Rails on 2018 Ford F-150
    I have a solution for you, but the # C16428-104 is meant to fit the Ford F-250 and F-350. The custom fit 5th wheel installation kit for the 2018 F-150 with a 6-1/2 foot bed is the Curt # C16442-204 which has custom holes drilled to fit the frame of your vehicle that makes mounting much less time consuming. If you also need a wiring kit, I'm a huge fan of the Bargman 5th wheel/Gooseneck 90-degree adapter # 50-97-410-010 which allows you to install a 7 way connector in your truck bed while...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Needed for 2019 Ford F-150 6-1/2 Bed Towing Forest River with Lippert Turning Point
    In order to tow a 2020 Forest River 5th Wheel with Lippert Turning Point Pin Box using a 2019 Ford F-150 with 6-1/2' bed you will need to use a fixed 5th wheel hitch. I recommend the Curt A20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16140 with the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16442-204. The Curt A20 has a dual interlocking jaw system which forms a tight grip on the kingpin therefore allowing a smoother ride and a one pin head removal system that allows for one person to remove...
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  • Recommended Replacement Galvanic Isolators For Curt Rails In 2019 Ford F-150 Aluminum Bed
    We do have the replacement Galvanic Isolators for Curt 5th Wheel Hitches that come with the rails and brackets to protect the aluminum bed from galvanic corrosion with part # C83FR. However, brackets are vehicle specific because they line up with the holes in the frame of the truck so you may need to replace the brackets that go with the rails. If your rails are not Curt rails I recommend to replace both the rails and the brackets. If you need to replace the brackets and rails for the...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for Ford F150 w/ Aluminum Bed Compatible With Rotating Pin Box
    I'd be happy to help with that. I'd recommend the Curt A16 5th wheel hitch, which features a fully articulating torsion head for controlled coupling and stable towing. The torsion inserts reduce shock and help curtail noise. The hitch head can be detached using one pin, so the hitch can be removed in pieces which makes it easier for one person to handle. The hitch use a unique interlocking jaw system that grips the king pin completely around its circumference which further reduces shock...
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  • Airlift Loadlifter 5000 or Airlift Ride Control for 2019 Ford F-150 and 1,400 lb Pin Weight
    The Airlift Ride Control Air Helper Springs # AL59570 are not compatible with an in bed hitch, so your only option is to install the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 # AL57385, or the Air Lift LoadLifter Ultimate # AL88385. The custom brackets on the LoadLifter 5000 are specifically designed to not interfere with a custom 5th wheel installation kit, like # C16442-204 for your 2019 Ford F-150. Although it may seem like it's a bit of an overkill for your pin weight, the great thing about air...
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  • Recommended Curt A-16 Slider 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ford F-150 6-1/2 Foot Bed
    The Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Slider - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs # C16521 has an upgraded jaw system that interlocks to provide more security but it also seems to have less jaw damage as you mentioned. We have not had reports of jaw issues with this model, so it seems to have been corrected. If you don't already have the 5th wheel rails, I recommend the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 - Carbide Finish # C16442-204 which has custom brackets confirmed...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch & Air Bags For 2020 Ford F-150
    We can get your 2020 Ford F-150 set up to tow a 5th wheel trailer, though in regards to capacities, that depends on many different factors, including axle ratio and wheelbase so I recommend taking a look in your owner's manual for the specifics. So let's go ahead and get started with the hitch and air bags, and the best set up for your truck is from Curt: - Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16120 - Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F-150 # C16442-204 I love this...
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  • Difference Between Hitch Position When Curt and Reese Fifth Wheel Rails are Used on 2018 Ford F150
    Some hitches like the B and W Companion hitches have adjustable head positions from front to back to allow more clearance as needed. The difference between the Reese # RP56034-53 and Curt # C16442-204 would be the different relative jaw position to the hitch rails that either brand typically uses. Both of these kits are custom fit kits that will install much quicker than universal kit and will minimize drilling.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Mounting Bracket/Rail Kit for Installing Curt Q16 Hitch 2020 Ford F-150
    For a Curt 5th wheel install bracket/rail kit for your 2020 Ford F150, I'd recommend the Curt # C16442-204. This kit is compatible with the Curt Q16 5th wheel hitch you referenced. I've linked to a product description video for you. If you wish to install a 7-way trailer connector and wiring harness in the truck bed, I'd recommend # 50-97-410-010.
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  • Fifth Wheel Frame Brackets For 2018 Ford F-150 6-1/2 Ft Bed For Curt Rails
    The bracket kit for the 2018 Ford F-150 6-1/2 ft bed to install Curt rails in the bed is part # C16442. The entire installation kit with the rails is part # C16442-204. The C16442 brackets do not fit a 2010 Ford F-150 6-1/2 ft bed. The brackets for a 2010 are part # C16441. The entire installation kit is part # C16441-204.
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