Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

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Heavy-duty, custom brackets dramatically reduce the amount of drilling and time required to install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch. Outboard design ensures simple access to mounting points. Brackets, 10-bolt base rails and hardware included. Call 800-298-8924 to order Reese fifth wheel installation kit part number RP56011-53 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.


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Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - RP56011-53

Heavy-duty, custom brackets dramatically reduce the amount of drilling and time required to install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch. Outboard design ensures simple access to mounting points. Brackets, 10-bolt base rails and hardware included.


Features:

  • Installation 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
  • Fast, simple installation with outboard design
    • Extended-length base rails allow for mounting farther out from truck frame
      • Avoids underbed components for easier access
      • Cuts down installation time by more than half compared with universal kits
    • Custom brackets mount to existing holes in truck frame, minimizing drilling and measuring
  • Thoroughly tested kit is compliant with strict Society of Automotive Engineers guidelines
  • Kit includes brackets, 10-bolt rails and Grade-8 hardware
  • Compatible with Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese and Valley 5th-wheel hitches
  • Sturdy, black powder coated steel resists corrosion


Specs:

  • Base rail dimensions: 48" long x 1-7/8" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Reese's outboard installation kit for your fifth-wheel trailer hitch was designed with safety and convenience in mind. Just like the original custom mounting brackets, these brackets install using existing holes in the truck frame, minimizing installation time. The biggest difference with this outboard kit is the extended-length rails. These above-bed rails are 5 inches longer than standard, universal fifth-wheel rails so that they will match up with the mounting points on the brackets, which sit below the bed and outside of your truck's frame. The result is a much simpler installation process, wherein most underbed components can be easily avoided. Because you are working outside the frame rails, you also have easier access with your tools and more room to work, making the whole process less of a pain.


The base rails included in this installation kit feature a standard 10-bolt design. Each of these rails attaches to the underbed brackets with two carriage bolts at both ends. A single bolt is used in the center of each rail to further secure it in your truck bed. The result is a set of base rails that remains firmly in place thanks to 10 points of contact.


This entire installation kit is built to be SAE J2638 compliant and has been extensively tested per specified accelerated-life-cycle criteria for fifth-wheel trailer hitches. The requirements for testing are based on the European-style test of 900,000 cycles, making this testing process among the most thorough and intensive in the industry.



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RP56011-53 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details RP56011-53 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2003 - 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed

2006 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed - excluding Mega Cab

2006 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed - Mega Cab

2003 - 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - 8 Foot Bed

2003 - 2012 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed

2006 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed - excluding Mega Cab

2006 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - 6-1/2 Foot Bed - Mega Cab

2003 - 2012 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - 8 Foot Bed

2010 - 2013 Ram 2500 6-1/2 Foot Bed

2010 - 2012 Ram 3500 6-1/2 Foot Bed

2010 - 2013 Ram 2500 8 Foot Bed

2010 - 2012 Ram 3500 8 Foot Bed




Video of Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches


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




Video Transcript for Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails Installation - 2013 Ram 2500

Today on this 2013 Ram 2500, we're going to review and install the Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard installation kit with base rails, part number RP56011-53. This is what the rails look like when they're installed in the bed of a truck. As you can see, they're a little bit taller and bigger compared to a traditional fifth wheel rails you're used to seeing, but that's a good thing because fifth wheel rails aren't really rated, but these rails are. In fact, it's actually marked on the rail itself according to the slots. These guys are going to be quite a bit longer compared to the original style that you're used to as well. This goes almost all the way to the edge of the fender well, and it makes it a little bit easier underneath the vehicle to install them with the customer fit brackets that go onto the side of the frame.

Now, this rail kit will work with every industry standard fifth wheel that's out there and a lot of gooseneck adapters as well.Let's go ahead and take a look at the places where you can't normally see. Our frame brackets are actually hidden behind the fender panel here on the truck, which is quite nice if your truck has this. It's very easy to install, it basically installs on the side of the frame of the truck. It's a no drill application aside from the drilling if you have to go through the bed, of course, to attach the brackets. But, nothing goes through the frame.One neat little detail is that it accommodates also your parking brake cable and it's hanger.

One other thing I've noticed is that if you use suspension enhancement products on your track that attach to this part here to jounce stop, you have plenty of room to work with and the hitch shouldn't interfere with anything like that.Next, we're going to show you to install this kit on the truck.The first part of our install is get the truck ready to install our hitch. That being said, if you have a bed liner in here, it's a good idea to take that out and get it out of the way. We'll put our hitch in. Next, we're going to mark for our rail right here from the edge of the bed, as described in the instructions, up to here with this measurement. There are two different measurements for long and short bed.

From this edge, we'll measure out, make our mark, we'll do this on both sides of the truck.We'll take our rails at whatever hitch you're using, and we'll scoot it up to the marks. We want to even it up and left and right. Make sure you're still with your marks, and also make sure they're square of each other. Measure the rails diagonally on each side. Now, if your truck has a bed liner in here, do these steps first on top of the bed liner, then take it out and repeat those same steps on the bare bed so when you're ready to your bed liner back in, you know where to cut out around the rails so everything will fit nice and neat when everything is back together.Moving on to making more marks in our bed for our rail, we're going to use these two holes on the outside.

Mark the centers. In the center of the rail, we're going to mark this hole here and do the same thing at the other end. On the rail going towards the front of the truck, we'll mark this one in the center. The same thing on the ends.Moving on, getting our truck ready to install the hitch, we need to get to the fender well here, and remove the fender liner. This will be in the way for the brackets that go behind here. Temporarily, I'm going to take these down. Also helps at this point, to have your truck lifted so the body weight is off the suspension, so you have more room to work with. We have a five-sixteenths socket to remove these fasteners. Now, the lower fasteners you'll probably have to do it by hand using a small ratchet wrench. Now, I can wrestle out the fender liner here, just kind of push and pull to get it loosened up, and get it to come down and then it makes it a little bit easier. We'll do this one more time over on the passenger side.Underneath the truck, the spare tire has to get out of the way to give us access on the inside of the frame for the U bolts that will eventually go in, and also, this heat shield can come down as well. There are two fasteners here we have to remove using a 10 millimeter socket. Two more fasteners located going into this bar right here, going this way. They're kind of a pain to get to, but you'll still need your 10 millimeter socket. Fasteners out of the way, this will come down.On our driver's side, this hanger for our parking brake cable, we need to loosen this up and get it out of our way. We'll use a 13 millimeter socket for this. Behind the driver's side frame rail, this wire harness right here, that goes up towards the front and just behind the tank here, need to loosen that up for our hardware for our outboard brackets. I'm going to use a trim panel tool, just pull the plastic anchors out of the way. We just need to loosen them up. These guys are going to be popped out temporarily too.Needing more clearance for our frame bracket, this part right here has to be removed. It's just there for when they built the truck, but it's not structural anymore, so we're just going to take a cutting wheel and just cut below this original hat channel right here. A saws all will work pretty good, especially with this the sparks coming right back at you.Once you get close enough to the edge right here, you can just use some vice grips or some pliers, just kind of work it loose at that point. This is our driver's side, one more time over on our passenger side.Okay, now we can start installing the hitch. First off, let's move our assembly here out of the way so that we can get to our marks made in the bed and drill them out. I'm going to drill out using a one-eighth inch diameter bit first on all our marks. Take a frame bracket, put it into place and then we'll lift it up and verify the bolt holes on top line up with our holes that we drilled out. We should be good to go.After our power holes are drilled on our driver's side, we'll do it one more time over the on the passenger side. Once we're satisfied with the locations, we'll go ahead and drill them out to our final hole size, which should be about nine-sixteenths. After our holes are drilled out, you want to protect the metal with some paint to match your vehicle or maybe just some good old heavy dose of clear coat will work too.One slight deviation here is that this bushing has to be installed on the second hole from the front of truck on the first rail that's closest to the cab, we have to drill this out to an inch and a quarter. I use a step bit after I made my original hole, just to work up to that size so this bushing can drop in here. However, the bolt has to go all the way through the bottom. We'll have to drill a pile hole here, and another nine-sixteenths hole through the bottom. On the other side of the truck on the driver's side, our hole is pre-existing on that side. Drop a bushing inside and treat everything with some clear coat.What we do on our passenger side, we're going to have to do the same thing over on our driver's side. Same hole from the front of the cab to the second one back. Moving on to our installation of our side brackets onto the frame, it's basically going to clamp into place. This strap here, there's two of them, the narrower of the two goes towards the front of the truck, so it's going to get the long carriage bolt, and the silver bushing is getting installed from the backside in. I'm going to sneak from underneath and push it over the top of the rail like this, make sure we don't have anything that's going to get crushed in there like brake lines or wiring.The clamp is going to reside roughly in this area right here, sometimes the brake lines are in the way, sometimes they're not. In this case, they are a little bit, so you can flex the lines out away from the frame, just enough to give yourself some clearance, and maybe bend this bracket just enough to help you get some more clearance as well. We pull this back, it pulls the lines away from the frame. I'm going to use some vice grips and just grab ahold of this bracket and just very slowly pull it back a little bit, until I have enough room between my brake lines and my frame.This strap with the bolt going through and then the silver bushing, that will sit okay for now, just like that, to the back here. Same thing except the wider bracket, the two inch wide one, and also it gets, this time, a black bushing. To help hold this bracket up, you can use vice grips on this edge right here that goes into this hat channel. That will hold it up for me and I can run my bolt through the other side. These guys will get a lock washer and a nut.Now, the fasteners that go on the bottom are going to be exactly the like the same as the ones on top. The black bushing on the bottom going towards the back, silver bushing and a lock nut and washer. Once we have all the hardware all loosely installed on this side, we'll go ahead and repeat that same process over on the passenger side. We'll slide our rails back into place, over the holes we drilled out, then we can install our hardware. The short carriage bolts will go through here, through the hole, but you'll notice there's a natural gap right here due to the ribs on the truck, you need to use these spacer blocks to go in between.You'll probably have to have an extra set of hands move the bracket on the bottom to help line these guys up. Make sure it seats fully through here and the spaces around the bolt as much as possible, and repeat for the other side. Now, on this side, your spacer won't be as close to the bolt as the first one was, but that's okay. We just need to get as close as possible.Remember, our bushing will take care of the spacing here, so I don't need that lock. Just make sure you use the long carriage bolt, and it drops in through, out the bottom. The last one going towards the front of the cab, again we'll get the block, and we'll run a bolt through. Our driver side is done, one more time over on our passenger side.The hardware we just dropped down, we'll add a conical tooth washer and a nut. Now, you notice the teeth on the washer, they always face towards the hitch. Put them up just like that, and then follow it up with a nut. We'll repeat this going all the way down the line. Let's do the bolts in the middle, again we'll need that one spacer block and drop our hardware through the short carriage bolt. We got the one on the back rail done. We'll do the same thing up front.All our hardware is installed, now it's time to tighten it. What I like to do is just get the frame bracket going to the frame just finger tight, just enough to hold it against the frame, and then I'll tighten the bolts going from the rails down to the frame bracket so it brings it straight up and so I don't have to worry about moving the rails around as we tighten down. We need a three-quarter inch socket for this hardware.One thing you want to make sure of is that these holes on the frame bracket match up with the pre-existing holes so eventually we can put our bracket back on for the parking brake. We'll turn our attention back to the bolt from the center of the rails, one more conical tooth washer and a nut. Let's go ahead and follow the same process, using our torque wrench and tighten down the bolts as described in the instructions.Our hitch is fully installed, time to put all our pieces back together on the truck. Our wire harnesses will plug back in to the original spots. For a big wire harness here, there's not much else really we can zip tie to so I'm going to bring it underneath the bar here, tuck it up here and then I'm going to just slip my zip tie underneath this connector right here, and use it to hold it back in place. Don't be super tight, I just need to keep it from moving around, that's all we need to worry about. Parking brake cable bracket can go back into place. Heat shield for the spare tire will go back up in place. Fender liners can go back into place. And finally, we can put our spare tire back up into position.That will finish it for the Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard installation kit, part number RP56011-53 on this 2013 Ram 2500.


Customer Reviews

Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - RP56011-53

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (6 Customer Reviews)

Heavy-duty, custom brackets dramatically reduce the amount of drilling and time required to install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch. Outboard design ensures simple access to mounting points. Brackets, 10-bolt base rails and hardware included.

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2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Instructions were great & installation was easy. High quality parts that looked great and are holding up well. Etrailer and Cequent (Reese's parent co.) are both great companies to deal with - extremely knowledgeable and helpful with the products they sell. 295058



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Fantastic product and service. This was exactly what I needed and it arrived on time and in perfect working order. You guys ROCK! 668872



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2007 Dodge Ram Pickup

Great fit, works just as it should. Very fast service and shipping 557484



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We got off on a rocky start because the parts weren't correct in the box but that wasn't etrailer's fault.. Etrailer went above and beyond to correct the problem and I greatly appreciate it.. product fits great and I'm very pleased. Fair price also.. Will do business with etrailer again 339350



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Love it! 221641



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I installed this rail kit in about 4 1/2 hours including cutting out the bedliner. The instructions were perfect. It fit great. The staff at e trailer led me to this model kit and I'm glad they did. Great product 174784


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