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Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails and hardware included. Call 800-298-8924 to order Husky fifth wheel installation kit part number HT31408-686 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Husky products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.
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Husky Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - HT31408-686

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  • Above the Bed
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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails and hardware included.


  • Installation kit lets you mount your 5th-wheel trailer hitch in the bed of your truck
  • Mounting brackets install beneath truck bed to provide attachment points for above-bed base rails
  • Base rails provide necessary mounting points for 5th-wheel hitch
  • Custom-fit brackets mount to existing holes in your vehicle's frame
    • Minimizes drilling and measuring
    • Reduces installation time
    • Avoids known obstacles along your truck's frame
  • Compatible with Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese and Valley above-bed 5th-wheel hitches
  • Sturdy, black powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • 2 Base rails, brackets and hardware included
  • 1-Year warranty

31408 Husky Towing Products Custom Fifth Wheel Mounting Brackets

30686 Husky Towing Products Universal Above-Bed Fifth Wheel Base Rails

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

Customer Reviews

Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - HT31408-686

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (3 Customer Reviews)

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails and hardware included.

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Always good service and quick response time with etrailer. Thanks! 619812

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Overall the system was easy to install. The only problem that I had was one bolt on each side of the frame bracket was too large and would not go through the factory drilled hole in the frame. I replaced it with a smaller bolt and everything lined up great. Much easier for an average do-it-yourselfer since most people do not have a welder to attach the brackets to the 239507

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2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty

I bought a custom fifth wheel hitch for my new f250. It was delivered on time and fit very well, instructions were very simple to comprehend. Thanks H. 134982


Ask the Experts about this Husky Fifth Wheel Installation Kit

  • Husky Fifth Wheel Rail Brackets for 2008 F-450 King and Rail Dimensions
    Your truck definitely had a set of industry standard set of fifth wheel rails in it so I am confident we can get you replacement rails but we need to know what brand brackets are on there. Could you get pictures of the brackets under the truck bed or see if you have a brand you can see there as well.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Brackets and Base Rails for 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    We have Husky brackets that fit your 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty, but the part number you asked about only fits certain model year Dodge trucks. Instead, for the correct fitting Husky installation kit and matching base rails (since you cannot mix and match install kits and rails) you need the Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # HT31408-686.
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  • Installation Time for Husky 5th Wheel Hitch of 2011 Ford F250 Short Bed
    Husky Towing estimates about a 3-1/2 hour install time for someone experienced in fifth wheel installation. Reese offers the # RP56016-53 install kit which lists a 3-1/2 hour install time, because no drilling is required to install the frame mounted brackets, which certainly would save some time. Curt offers the # C16424-104 which requires no drilling and has an estimated install time of about 2-1/2 hours. Any of the three installation kits mentioned above would be compatible with...
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  • Husky Fifth Wheel Hitch Mounting Brackets/Rails for 2011 Ford F250/F350
    As long as your Husky sliding fifth wheel hitch is compatible with Industry Standard 5th wheel bed rails with mounting tabs that measure 22 inches apart center to center front to back and 10 inches, 20-1/2 or 29 inches center to center measured side to side the # HT31408-686 rail kit will be compatible. This particular rail kit fits 2008-2016 Ford F250, F350 and F450 models. I've provided a photo of the measurements mentioned above superimposed on a set of bed rails.
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  • Recommended Pins To Attach Fifth Wheel Hitch To Husky Bed Rails
    Standard pins like part # 6014 can be used to attach a fifth wheel hitch to your Husky rails. The pins measure 1/2-inch diameter and 3-1/4 inches long and will work well with your rails.
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  • Install Kit for Husky Fifth Wheel Hitch on 2012 Ford F250 Super Duty
    Since a fifth wheel hitch is not a vehicle specific item, you can certainly use the Husky slider from your older truck and install it in your new F250. You will need a new install kit, several fifth wheel hitch manufacturers make custom install kits that would be compatible including Husky, Curt and Reese. The Husky kit is part # HT31408-686. If you would prefer Reese, then you can use # RP56016-53 or for Curt, # C16424-204. Each kit includes the frame brackets, bed rails and all necessary...
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  • Will Valley Power Pull Extreme 5th Wheel Hitch Fit Husky Base Rail Kit HT31408-686 in 2008 F-250
    Husky 5th Wheel base rail installation kit # HT31408-686 is indeed a confirmed fit in your 2008 Ford F-250 with 6-3/4-foot bed. This custom-fit bracket and base rail kit will take less time and requires less drilling for installation in your F-250 than a comparable universal-fit rail kit like # RP30035. This base rail kit will work with any 5th wheel hitch designed for installation in industry-standard rails (ISRs). The (discontinued) Valley Power Pull Extreme 25K hitch is designed for...
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  • Parts Included with Husky 5th Wheel Hitch Install Kit # HT31408-686 for 2012 Ford F350
    The Husky Towing Custom Base Rail Kit you referenced, part # HT31408-686 includes the frame brackets, bed mounted rails, and all necessary hardware. The install kit, less the bed rails is available as part # HT31408. If the bed rails off of your old truck are the Husky brand, you can reuse them. We don't recommend using frame brackets and bed rails from differing manufacturers. They have not been tested together, and therefore their weight capacity would be unknown. If you do not...
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  • Husky Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2008 Ford F-250 Short Bed
    I checked with Husky Towing and the difference between the two fifth wheel kits part # HT31408-686 and # HT31412-686 is the vehicles the two are designed to fit. There is a bit of overlap between what the two kits will fit though and I think that is where the confusion comes from. The 31408 fits 08-16 Ford F-250/350/450 Super Duty, whereas the 31412 fits 05-16 Ford F-350 plus 08-09 F-450 Super Duty (except 11-16 Diesel Pickups). Since you have an F-250 you would then want the part...
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  • PullRite and Husky 5th Wheel Hitch Compatibility with 2012 Ford F-250 with 6-1/2-Foot Bed
    Since your 2013 Crossroads Cruiser Aire CFL28CS 5th wheel has a dry base weight of 6885-lbs it is well within the 12K capacity of the PullRite 3100 Slider. However, this hitch is a fit only for 1/2-ton trucks; it is not usable in your 3/4-ton F-250. I confirmed this with PullRite. You will therefore need to either re-use your 16K Husky hitch or install a new one. I suggest a custom install kit for the new 2012 truck. Custom kits reduce installation time compared to universal-fit types....
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  • Recommended Base Rails for Using Existing Husky 5th Wheel Hitch with 2015 Ford F-350
    Your existing Husky fifth wheel hitch is compatible with industry-standard, above-bed base rails. To use this hitch with your new 2015 Ford F-350, I recommend installing the Curt Custom Installation Kit # C16424-204. This will include the base rails and custom brackets that will use existing holes in your truck's frame for a much easier installation process. The base rails are compatible with your Husky hitch and are a bit more economically priced when compared to the Husky rails designed...
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  • Below-Bed Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on 2014 Ford F-250, F-350 Super Duty
    The only rail Husky offers for their sliding hitches for your 2014 Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty is the Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit # HT31408-686. These rails are above-bed rails. Reese, Demco, and B&W offer below-bed rails for their sliding 5th wheel trailer hitches for your F-250 or F-350. I recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider # DM8550022 and the Underbed Rail and Installation kit for Demco Hijacker Underbed Mount Series # DM8551000....
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  • Custom Mounting Bracket Kit Needed to Install Husky Universal Base Rails in 2013 Ford F-250
    You are correct that the custom installation brackets you had on your Chevrolet would not work on your 2013 Ford F-250, but I am happy to point you in the direction of the correct installation brackets. As long as the above-bed rails that you have are the Husky Universal Base Rails for 5th Wheel Hitch # HT30686, the Husky Custom Mounting Bracket Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches # HT31408 is what you will need to install the rails in your 2013 F-250. The hardware needed to install the brackets...
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  • Husky Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Short Bed
    I have a fifth wheel rail kit I can recommend for your 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 with a 6 foot bed, but the # HT31408-686 is for Ford trucks. Instead the Husky Rail kit you would need is the part # HT31413-686 which has been confirmed as a fit. This is a custom install kit that will minimize drilling of your vehicle and will install much faster than a universal kit so I would recommend it for you. I attached an install video. Since you have a short bed truck you will need to use a slider...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for 2012 Ford F-250 with Air Lift Air Bag Kit
    Based on the pictures you sent in and the location of the Air Lift mounting brackets your best option for a fifth wheel rail kit is going to be a universal kit like the part # RP30035 which will fit around either side of your air bag kit and work well.
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  • Is Drilling Necessary to Install Husky Towing 5th Wheel Bracket/Rail Kit on 2016 Ford F250
    According to the installation instructions found on Huskytow.com for the 31408 frame brackets, the frame brackets themselves utilize some existing holes in the truck frame, but you will need to drill a 9/16 hole on both sides for each bracket. You will also need to drill through the truck bed to connect the bed rails to the frame bracekts. Keep in mind that the bracket kit which we offer as part # HT31408 doesn't include the bed rails. The bed rails and brackets are available as a kit as...
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  • Husky Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-350 Short Bed
    For your truck the recommended Husky fifth wheel bracket kit is the part # HT31408. The part # HT31412 that you referenced has not been confirmed as a fit so I cannot recommend it for your truck. If you needed the rails as well you would need part # HT31408-686.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Installation Kit Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F250 Diesel
    I checked with Husky and the only rail kit they recommend for your 2014 Ford F250 is the Husky Fifth Wheel rail kit part # HT31408-686. Their custom fit kit part # HT31563 is not recommended by them so I cannot recommend it for you. For a similar universal rail kit that has been confirmed to fit your vehicle I would recommend the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # RP30035. This kit has been confirmed to work with Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley and Husky hitches. Between...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Mounting Kit for 2013 Ford F-350
    For a 2012 Ford F-350 that is NOT equipped with the factory fifth wheel tow/prep option, the correct Husky Towing Fifth Wheel Hitch Install Kit would be part # HT31408-686. This installation kit uses existing holes to bolt to the truck frame, but holes to attach the bed rails to the frame brackets will need to be drilled through the truck bed. The rails are considered industry standard, and are compatible with Reese, Draw-Tite, Valley, Husky and Curt fifth wheel hitches. No additional bracketry...
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  • Do the Husky Fifth Wheel Rails and Installation Kit # HT31563-686 Require Drilling into Truck Frame
    The Husky Custom Base Rail Kit # HT31408-686 will install using the existing holes in your 2013 Ford F-250 Crew Cab Short Bed. Since this is a custom fit bracket you will not need to drill holes into the frame of your truck. The Husky Universal Base Rail Installation Kit # HT31563-686 that you referenced is not a custom fit, and it will likely require drilling into the vehicle frame for installation.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Base Rail Kit for 2017 Ford F-250
    The Husky Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit # HT31563-686 referenced in your question is a universal base rail kit that will indeed require drilling for installing the brackets. For a no-drill installation, as well as a drastically reduced installation time, I recommend going with a custom-fit base rail kit. While the Husky # HT31408-686 that you also mentioned is a custom-fit kit, it is not confirmed to fit your 2017 Ford F-250. For your F-250, I recommend the Reese Quick-Install...
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  • Will a Husky 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Install Kit for a 2013 Ford F-250 Fit a 2016 Ford F-350
    The Husky 5th wheel installation kit for both a 2013 Ford F-250 and 2016 Ford F-350 is # HT31408-686. If that is the kit you have then you can use it on the new 2016 F-350. If you have a different kit let me know what it is and I can see if it will fit your 2016.
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  • Will the Husky Universal Mounting Bracket Kit # HT31563 Work in a 2010 Ford F-350
    Yes the Husky Universal Mounting Bracket Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # HT31563 will work for installing a rail system in a 2010 Ford F-350. This is a universal fit kit and will require drilling into the frame of your truck in order to install the base rails for a 5th wheel hitch. Please note this kit does not include the rail system, for a 5th wheel hitch to attach to in the bed of your truck. If you would like a custom fit rail install kit you could use the # HT31408-686....
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Options for a 2014 Ford F-350 Short Bed
    Starting with 5th wheel installation kits for your 2014 Ford F-350 short bed there are universal and custom kits. The difference is that a custom kit will require no drilling into the truck frame to install the brackets. A universal kit will require drilling. For a universal kit we have # RP30035. For custom above the bed install kits there are more options. You could use # RP50026-58, # C16424-204, or # HT31408-686. For custom below the bed kits you could use Reese kit # RP30126...
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  • Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2013 Ford F250 Shorbed Diesel
    All of the parts you are considering are compatible with each other and would work great on your 2013 Ford F250 Diesel with a short bed. The Sidewinder like you referenced is compatible with the Husky Hitch part # HT31326-31314. You are correct, since you have a Sidewinder you won't need a slider hitch. The rail kit part # HT31408-686 is also the correct rail kit for your truck since it has been confirmed to fit your year/make/model plus it is compatible with the diesel engine trucks.
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  • Will Airbags Work with Fifth Wheel rails on my 2016 Ford F-250
    I have a good solution for you however the Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitchespart # HT31408-686 is not going to work with airbags. Instead you want to use the B&W Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # BWRVK2401 and the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Rear Axle part # F2597 that offer 5,000 lbs. of leveling capability or Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle part # F2703...
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  • Husky Custom Mounting Bracket Kit for a 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    The Husky Custom Mounting Bracket Kit # HT31564 that you referenced is for a 2004-2014 Ford F-150. Since you have a 2011 Ford F-250 you'll need the Husky Custom Mounting Bracket Kit # HT31408 instead. If you don't already have the Base Rails # HT30686 then you need the complete Base Rail Installation Kit # HT31408-686. This gives you an industry standard base rail kit for 5th wheel towing.
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