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B and W 5th Wheel Base Rail Kit Installation - 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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How to Install the B and W 5th Wheel Base Rail Kit on a 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty


Hi there, Ford owners. Today, on your 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install B&W's base rail kit. We've got our B&W Patriot sitting in our rail here. But this base rail should work with all the major manufacturers out there. Whether you've got a CURT, Demco, or other brand, or your Reese, you should be able to still use these rails with those hitches. Now, I do recommend using a B&W one with it just cause you're probably gonna get the best fit and finish with the B&W matching to its rails.

And honestly, I find that the B&Ws usually just fit the best out of all the 5th wheels. They definitely have a very good machining process for constructing their equipment here. I also like the way that the rails are held in place. We've got five fasteners per rail that hold it in place. And some of the competitors like Demco, just use one big bolt per side.

I don't particularly care for that too much, using the single bolt. Just feels like we've got a better, secure rail to our bed with the five bolts. We've got support in the middle unlike the ones that use the big side bolts. And this is also a little bit more flush across the floor cause there are carriage bolts down in there. So, it doesn't obstruct the use of your bed too much.

Those Demco ones are the ones that use the large bolts that go down though the top. Or typically, not even a carriage, they're usually a hex head. They stand up a lot higher. You just get less usability of your truck bed with those styles versus the B&W here cause everything here is very smooth. So, you could still lay Sheetrock and stuff on there.

I'd probably recommend still putting maybe a piece of plywood or something down, but it shouldn't make any gouges or anything in it when you go to slide it on and off. It's very smooth, very thick powder coating on it. So, you don't have to worry about it rusting or corroding. And again, those manufacturers that use those big bolts, you are definitely gonna need some scrap wood to throw in here before you put any Sheetrock or anything cause if you go to slide it out, it's just gonna tear them up with those other styles. So, that's why I really like the B&W ones. They fit very nicely. They install pretty easily. It's pretty straightforward. And if you wanna follow along with us, we'll show you how to get it installed. We'll begin our installation here in the back of our truck. Go ahead and grab one of your rails. We're gonna need that to line things up. So, go ahead and set it back there. After you've got your rail in here though, we are gonna need to determine where it needs to be positioned in the truck. And you're gonna be measuring from the rear of the bed to the distance outlined in your instructions. And when I say the rear of the bed, I'm talking about here, not the tailgate. So, when you lower down your tailgate, the lip of the actual bed is what you're gonna measure. And then go ahead and place your marks there. I've already gone ahead and put some marks at that location. After you've got it marked, you do wanna make sure you get it centered, side to side. So, go ahead and take your measurement side to side, and verify that those are the same. And if all that looks good, then we can go ahead and start our drilling process. We're gonna start with a small bit first. Drill with that like an eight-inch bit. That way, we can just verify that our holes are gonna line up properly. Cause if it's a small enough hole that you drill in there, you can see this got like a spray-in bedliner. You can take some silicone and smear it in that hole, and it'll make it just kind of patch it right up again. So, that's why we don't wanna go just straight into the larger size. So, now that we've got it set up where it needs to be, I'm gonna use a marker to help me mark it. I'm gonna use a center punch to center it as best I can in the middle of the holes. And then we've got our small bit there on our drill. So, I'm gonna go ahead and start with my paint stick cause it kind of helps to outline it a little bit better after you hit it with your center punch. The black really hides it, so if you got a lighter color. Now, the holes that we wanna mark are the ones on each side on the far edge. So, we're marking those down in the center. We're gonna mark the rearmost one here in the middle. And then, of course, we're gonna do the other side. All right, so we got those all marked with our paint stick. Now, we'll take our punch and there's a lot of different punches out there. If you wanna use your hammer, you can. I like this style. It's spring loaded. You get a little more control with this style of punch. So, you can just kind of push it in place. And even though we moved our rail a little there, our punch stayed in the position it needed to be in. And after you punch it, you have a nice little a hole there. I like to hit it just a couple of times in that same hole just to make sure it's obvious for my drill bit and helps my drill bit center better. And now, we're just gonna do this for the remaining ones. All right, we've got every one of those marked. So now, we'll switch to our drill and go ahead and drill that out. Go ahead and get our rail out of the way. So, we'll get our middle one done first here. And now, you do wanna be careful when drilling below. I've already gone ahead and looked underneath to make sure there was no components there, but just double check yourself. You could have components close by to where you need to stop your bit pretty quickly after it passes through to keep it from damaging any components. All right. And then now, we're gonna do the remaining ones. So now, we've got each one drilled out. I went ahead and I'm leaving the drill bit for that one there. Just back down through the hole. We're gonna grab our side plates. We're gonna lift them up there and make sure they line up with our holes. Be a little bit easier to see that it lines up if you got one of your bits kind of going down through it to help you determine that it's gonna slide right up there, through there pretty easily. So, we're gonna head to the passenger side here and grab our passenger side rail, and just hold it up there to make sure it looks good. Take the bracket for the passenger side here that's gonna have the two angled edges aiming towards the outside that are towards the rear with only a single one angled out in the front. And we can see our drill that goes down pretty much right through the center of our attachment hole there. So, everything's looking good here. We line up with our holes in the frame. So, we're just gonna check the other side the same way. And if the other side looks good, then we'll get up and enlarge those to 9/16 in size. Once we've got it all drilled out to the larger size, we're gonna take our vacuum, clean up all the mess that we've made here. And now, to protect the holes from corrosion, we're gonna hit them with a little bit of black spray paint. You can also use clear coat. We're just gonna protect each one of those. We'll do our middle and our other side as well. And once you get those all cleaned up, we can just set our rail back in place. We're gonna take five of the carriage bolts that come in our kit and drop them down through the holes that we had just drilled. So, we're now underneath on the driver's side here. We're gonna lift our driver's side plate up in just a moment and slide it up to where it lines up over our bolts there. So, just bring that into place. Try not to push your hardware back up into the frame when you're sliding it up there. All right, once you get it slid up there, we're gonna take one of the hex bolts that comes in our kit, place a flat washer on it. We're gonna slide it through this hole there. That'll support the front weight for you. And then we're gonna take two more nuts, two of the nuts that comes in our kit and we're gonna thread them on the bottom of the carriage bolts that we thread down. Now, these are just gonna be here for temporary just to help hold it up cause I can't quite lift it high enough by hand. Holding it here to get it to line up with our rear hole here. It just has to go further up. It's not uncommon if your truck's a few years old that it might be sagged down a little bit, depending on how you've utilized your truck. So, it looks like our bed's just pushing down a little bit so our hole's not quite lining up. But we can use the nuts here to help us draw that into place so we can get our bolt inserted there. So, we've got just a ratcheting wrench here. We're just using a 3/4 inch just to snug this thing down some. And again, this is just temporary to hold it up there so we can get our bolt through. Okay, I think that should be high enough for us to get the bolt started through there. Yeah, so we we're able to get our bolt through there. So now, we're gonna head to the other side of the frame, so we can put on the other hardware that goes on our side bolts here. So, there you'll see our bolt where it passes through the frame. Just hold it while you place on another flat washer on the other side followed by a lock washer. And then finally, get your nuts started on there. And we just need it hand-tight at this time. That's good. We still need to be able to move that around. So now, we're going to head to the other bolt here on this side and we're gonna get that one started the same way. So now, we're gonna do the passenger side. The passenger side's basically the exact same thing. The only small difference here is with the bolt for the rearmost hole. Rather than getting a washer like the other ones did, this one's, I'm sorry, this is the frontmost hole. It's gonna get one of these plates on it. So, just grab that. And that's gonna slide through your frame. Go ahead to the other side of the frame and we're gonna use the same hardware as we did on the driver's side to secure it on this side. So now, we can go back and the nuts that we had removed, or the nuts that we had temporarily installed on there, we can go ahead and put the rest of the hardware in place. So, for these, we've got these U-shaped spacers. Those we need to put in between. This is gonna keep us from crushing the bed. See if we can't get the other side in. And it can be difficult to see but we got the spacer slid in there. We did have to pry this down with a little screwdriver a bit to get it to go in there. This is what the spacer looks like. It's sitting just like this around the bolt just facing like that but it's on top of the gray piece to take up that space where the corrugation is, where it's raised a little bit. Anywhere where it's raised, that's gotta be in there to take up that gap so it doesn't crush. So, once you get that in there, on our bolt, we're then gonna place a spacer, a flat washer, a lock washer and a nut. So, we should have plenty of space at that point. To help ensure that it's gonna stay up like this, we're gonna take this other nut and loosely install it on there. That'll help ensure it doesn't wanna drop back down when we loosen this up to be able to put the other piece on there. And once you get one of these on, the other one should install pretty easily cause it'll already be pulling it up. All right, we've got our washer on there. At this point, we're just gonna repeat the same process for the remaining four bolts that we've got installed here, which includes this side, the other side plus the middle. We're gonna grab our 5th wheel and we're gonna set it on the rail, lining up the pegs here at the back with those in the rail. And then get it to drop right in there. So, once we get this side dropped in here in the back, we can now grab our other rail and we'll set it here in the front underneath. That way, we can use our 5th wheel to line it up for the front rail. Slide my rail underneath until the legs of my 5th wheel drop down into the base. And you might have to maneuver it around just a little bit here to get it to line up. There we go. It dropped down in there. So now, we're gonna use our 5th wheel here as kind of a template for our front rail here. While it's all set up like this, we can mark our holes and drill it out. It's gonna be the same as our rear rail, those outer ones as well as that center one. But instead of the center one towards the rear, we want the center one towards the front now. We are gonna go ahead and slide our pins into our 5th wheel before we start to drill just to ensure that everything is as close to being centered and setup as it can be. So, everything kind of slides together nice and easy. So now, we're gonna slide our pins in. So, we're going just underneath our 5th wheel. Slide it until it's all the way through. Do that for all four of your legs until you get it all the way slid through like that. Now, you don't have to put the clip in yet if you don't want. We just wanna make sure that our pins are in there. So that way, it's making it as centered as possible. And now, at this point, we're just gonna do a quick visual. Just make sure it looks like it's center. Everything looks good there. So now, we can go ahead and mark and drill our holes. And we're gonna drill these out just like we did our rear base rail. We're gonna mark it in the middle straight down. Mark this one as well. We'll then take our center punch, line it up in the center there. Hit it a couple of times. And now that we got our pilot holes drilled, we of course, wanna check underneath to make sure everything looks like it's lining up. And if it all does, then we're just gonna go back and drill them on out to the larger size now. And just like our front holes, we're gonna clean these up and use some paint to seal up the holes. Go ahead and put your rail back in place, pin it back in, and you can drop your hardware down through. We're gonna secure it down below just like we did with the rear rail. So, don't forget about those spacers that you need to place under your corrugation. We can now go back and tighten and torque all of our hardware to the specifications outlined in our instructions. You'll wanna do the bed bolts first where it passes through your base rails and then your side plates through the frame after. You'll wanna use a 3/4 inch socket to tighten it and you may need a 3/4 inch wrench to hold the side plate bolts when you're tightening those as well. And that completes our installation of B&W's base rail kit on our 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty..


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