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2011 Ford Super Duty with 5th-Wheel/Gooseneck Trailer Tow Prep Package

What is the Trailer Tow Prep Package on the 2011 Ford Super Duty?

Ford and towing industry leader Reese teamed up to package this option on the 2011 Super Duty truck. Now you can get Reese's Elite Series fifth-wheel and gooseneck rails installed at the Ford factory before you buy the truck.
Fifth Wheel Gooseneck Image and Link

What is the advantage of getting the Tow Prep Package over shopping and purchasing the rails on my own?

The convenience of not having to install it after you buy the truck.

What do I need before I can tow?

You will need to purchase a fifth-wheel hitch or gooseneck ball - depending on the trailer you will be towing.Generally, a fifth-wheel hitch is used for campers, whereas a gooseneck hitch is needed for industrial and agricultural applications such as construction and farm equipment. Most, but not all, horse trailers use a gooseneck hitch.If you know that you will be towing different types of trailers, Reese's Elite Series system is exactly what you will want, because you can easily and quickly switch between fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitches with no need to modify.

If I want to install this system after I buy the truck, what do I need?

Use part number RP30126 if you only want to pull a fifth wheel.Use part number RP30138-26 to give you mounting locations for a gooseneck and fifth wheel (this is the setup you will get from the factory tow prep package from Ford). The only exception is this part comes with the gooseneck ball where, when you buy from the factory, you will need to purchase the gooseneck ball separately.

What are the features of a Reese Elite Series hitch over other, standard hitches?

Under-Bed System

  • No exposed rails
    • Frame-mounted crossmember leaves your truck bed flat, giving you a finished look and maximum cargo space
  • Small Power Puck mounting holes sit flush with truck bed
Reese Elite Underbed Rail Image and Link

5th Wheel Hitch:

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  • Features:
    • Easy-to-use, single-piece, self-latching jaw wraps around king pin to ensure proper connection and prevent rattling
    • Extra-wide funnel provides larger area for guiding 5th-wheel king pin into hitch
    • King pin indicator on handle keeps hitch from locking until connection is secure
    • 4-Way pivot head for fast, easy hookup, even on uneven terrain
      • 4-Degree, side-to-side pivot
    • 7-Way wiring harness included for in-bed hookup
    • Highest-quality construction
    • Wide footprint for extra stability
    • Quick-lock Power Puck system allows easy mounting and removal of hitch
    • Extended-length, lockable handle
    • Black powder coated steel construction
Reese Elite Hitch Image and Link


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    • To convert aftermarket Elite Series Rails (which out of the box will work with fifth wheels) to work as a gooseneck hitch, use RP30138.
    • If rails are factory installed, use RP30137.
  • Features:
    • Pop-in ball fits securely and is easy to insert and remove
    • Lift and turn integrated lever to unlock and remove ball
    • Locks with built-in ball-bearing system
    • 2 Safety-chain hookups included
      • Attach directly to Power Pucks built into gooseneck rails for simple mounting and removal
    • Rubber cover keeps ball hole free from dirt and debris when ball is removed
    • Steel construction with e-coat base and powder coat finish
Reese Elite Accessories Image and Link

How can I use a standard fifth-wheel hitch with the Reese underbed tow system?

You can purchase an adapter (RP30156) that mounts on the Power Puck system of the Reese underbed fifth-wheel hitch. Like typical fifth-wheel rails, the adapter rides on top of your truck bed and includes slots that allow you to install a standard fifth-wheel hitch. With this adapter, you can still use your existing fifth-wheel hitch.
Reese Underbed Adapter Image and Link
Reese Underbed Adapter in Use Image and Link
The above illustrations show how all the parts work together. The picture on the left shows the anchors of the adapter lined up to fit into the pucks of the underbed hitch. The picture on the right shows a tab of the standard fifth-wheel positioned to drop into a slot of the adapter.

How does Reese's Elite Series compare with their Signature Series tow system?

The Signature Series is being phased out of production in favor of the Elite Series. The Elite and Signature Series are visually identical but have a couple of small differences. Elite has a taller mounting foot - this allows for the underbed rails to be mounted farther below the truck bed.Elite Series hitches include a 7-way wiring harness for an in-bed hookup.Because the rail kit mounts lower on the 2011 Ford Super Duty truck bed than on earlier Ford truck models - resulting in greater space between the rail and the truck bed -- Reese's Signature Series 5th-wheel hitches will not fit the 2011 Super Duty without a taller adapter foot (RP58419).
Reese Adapter Parts Image and Link
Updated By: Dani S.Last Updated: 3/1/2021



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