5th Wheel Hitch and Rail Options for 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty Short Bed without Factory Rails

Question:

I have a 2016 Ford F250 Super Duty, 6 3/4 bed, Turbo Diesel. The build sheet shows less 5th wheel hitch package but it does indicate the trailer tow prep package. I suspect Ill need to buy a rail kit. I am interested in the Reese Titan 16, #RP30869. I believe the rail kit needed is the #RP50026-58. Am I going the right direction on this?? Are there any other options you might suggest? Thanks!!

Expert Reply:

The Reese Titan hitch # RP30869 you selected is compatible with the rail kit, and the rail kit # RP50026-58 is confirmed to fit your 2016 Ford F-250. The custom rail kit mounts to existing holes in your vehicle's frame and minimizes drilling and install time, so it's a good choice for mounting your Reese hitch. I'd also recommend the Fifth Wheel Lube Plate for the Reese Titan, # 83003. The Reese Titan hitch has a capacity of 16,000 lbs.

Another option you might consider is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Above Bed - 18,000 lbs, Item # DM8550034. This autoslide model eliminates the need for you to get out of your truck to manually operate the slider when you want to make a sharp turn. This hitch would also fit with the Reese rail kit # RP50026-58 mentioned above. The weight capacity of this hitch is 18,000 lbs.

If you need a wiring harness, you might check out the Draw-Tite 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Wiring Harness 7-Pole, # 20110. I've attached a video showing this harness installation on a 2016 Ford F-250.

One thing to keep in mind when selecting a hitch is its weight capacity. You should make sure the hitch weight capacity exceeds the weight of your trailer. However, keep in mind that you may still be limited by the towing capacity of your vehicle, so it's best to confirm that capacity in your owner's manual prior to towing.

I've attached a few review videos of these products as well as an installation video of the base rails on a vehicle similar to yours, a 2014 Ford F-250.

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