Will the Reese Base Rail Kit # RP30035 from a 2015 F-150 Fit a 2016 F-250

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I have a reese 5th wheel 15k pro series hitch, part number 30099 with rails part number 30035. It was mounted in my 2015 F150. Traded in fir a 2016 F250 superduty. What rails will i need to mount this hitch in the f250 as the ones from the F150 dont seem like they will work or will they?? Bed is 6 3/4 ft. Also it seems like the rv dealership that installed the hitch in the F150 kind of used 1 different frame bracket to get it to mount to frame so not sure if i would trust them to remount in my F250 so will probably do it myself with some help. Thank you

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So I do have some good news. The Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit # RP30035 that you referenced is not compatible with your 2015 Ford F-150 as is. An extra bracket would be needed for the installation which you can see in the Kit # RP30035-31 on our site. In comparing both part numbers, if the extra bracket in the second kit looks like what you have on your F-150 then the dealership did the right thing.

With that being said, the Kit # RP30035 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Ford F-250. This does not include that extra bracket that was required for your F-150. If you choose to reuse this bracket kit then you will need new hardware which you can order with part # RHK. You will just need to choose the manufacturer and input the part (30035) and we will send you the hardware you need.

If you plan on selling your F-150 you may be able to get a little more money if you sell it with the rails installed because if you remove them that will leave some holes in the bed and frame. Should you go that route then I recommend installing some custom rails like part # RP50026-58 which install quicker than the universal rails that you have. They install using existing holes in the frame of your F-250 which you can see in the attached video.

Another thing to note would be the 5th wheel hitch that you have. for pickups that have a bed shorter than 8 feet it is recommended that a sliding hitch be used. This will help to prevent trailer-to-cab contact in those tight turning situations. If you don't already have a sliding 5th wheel hitch and you would like to get one just let me know and I can make a recommendation.

Lastly, if you don't already have a 7-Way installed in the bed of your F-250 then I recommend using the Bargman # 50-97-410 to ease trailer hookup.

I have attached some additional installation videos and instructions for you to check out.

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