What Above Bed Base Rails Will Fit 2004 Ford F-250 SD With Husky Fifth Wheel

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I bought a used truck the use to have a 5th wheel set up in it. There are stains on the bed line from where they sat, 4 drilled holes in the bed for each rail, and brackets underneath. Bolt holes are about 1 1/8 from the outside edge of rail stain on either end east to west and are 4 1/4 center to center north to south. edge of rail stain is about 32 inches from south lip of bed and the 2 rails would sit about 22 about center to center. I would assume the Reese 30035 rails or Curt 16200 would work? Are they all built alike? Seeing as the holes and frame brackets are already in place, and I have a husky 5th wheel head, I just need to figure out what rails were in there before so its a simple bolt in. Attached is drawing of my measurements. as Im measuring off the stains in the bed some measurements may differ +/- a little. Thanks for the help

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Thank you for the diagram, it was very helpful! In the attached picture I have the measurements for both the Reese # RP30035 and the Curt # C16200 universal base rail kits that you referenced. Although universal base rail kits are basically the same, you will see that there is a bit of a difference in the bolt hole center measurements.

I have both of the installation instructions attached so you can see the mounting position for the rail closest to the tailgate of your Ford F-250 SD. For an 8 foot bed the rail closest to the tailgate has a 32-1/2 inch distance which is real close to the 32 inches that you measured.

The most important factor when installing your Husky fifth wheel head is that you do not bolt down any of the rails until you lay out where both of the rails should be positioned. Use your Husky hitch to get proper spacing and help square up the rails so the hitch goes in and out easily. Since you already know that you have a 22 inch center to center then you should be fine, but to make sure lay it all out first.

We always recommend using the correct rails with their accompanying brackets and hardware. For safety, you will need to remove the brackets under the bed of your truck and reinstall the new brackets that match the rails that you purchase.

Both of the aforementioned universal rail kits are compatible with Husky fifth wheels.

I have attached a brief installation video of the Reese kit on a 2002 Ford F-250. I have also attached a FAQ article with fifth wheel installation tips.

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