Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails Installation - 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

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How to Install the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails on a 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty


Today on our 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty, we're gonna be taking a look at . I'm gonna show you how to install the Reese Quick-Install Custom Installation Kit with Base Rails for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches.This kit is going to allow us to attach our rail-mounted fifth wheel hitches as well as our rail-mounted gooseneck adapters.Both are sold separately, but can be found here at etrailer.com.As you can see here, our rails are gonna mount to the inside of our bed, and they're not gonna take up a whole lot of space. They're only gonna stick up about an inch and a half.So we're still gonna be able to utilize most of our bed space when hauling things like plywood and drywall. They're gonna be constructed out of a black powder-coated steel. Very durable. And they're gonna resist rust or corrosion.Our hardware is gonna run through our bed and are secured to our frame brackets, which are then secured to our frame rails.

Our frame brackets are also gonna be constructed of a nice black powder-coated steel that are also gonna be very durable and resist rust or corrosion.As you'll see here, each rail's gonna have a couple different slots. This is gonna allow us to use different sized fifth wheel hitches as well as different gooseneck adapters, which is gonna make this rail kit very versatile.As far as the installation process, it's gonna be very simple. The kit's gonna come with all the necessary hardware. The only modification required is to drill a few holes for the hardware holding our rails down.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let me show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, it's a good idea to go ahead and remove your spare tire, to make it a little bit easier.On the inside of our driver's side frame rail, we're gonna have to hoses or pipes that we're gonna have to pull off and move out of the way, or relocate.Take a flathead screwdriver, and we're gonna pop this little holder out of our frame, just like that. We're gonna have an L bracket, looks like this, in our kit, and a small bolt, lock nut, and two small washers.We're gonna take the bolt and one washer and we're gonna line them up with that hole, bolt head from the outside, coming in.

And then on the inside, we'll put on our flat washer and our nylon lock nut.This is gonna help assist us with getting our frame bracket put in place. But we're gonna leave our tubes loose for now. We're not gonna put them on our bracket just yet.Couple things you're gonna need for this next step. Paint marker. You're gonna need one of your base rails.

A tape measure, a drill with an eighth-inch drill bit, and a step bit.Take one of your rails. You're gonna lay it in the bed of your truck, and you're gonna measure, per the instructions, from the edge of your bed here up. And you're gonna make a mark, per the instructions, for your bed size.And then we wanna measure between our wheel wells, the distance from side to side, and get that as even as possible. Go ahead and make a mark here. Just in case I end up moving my rail by accident.Eighth-inch drill bit.

We're gonna drill right down through the center. Gonna make sure before you do any drilling, you check underneath to make sure you're not gonna be drilling into any of the components that are underneath the bed of the truck.We're gonna do the same thing with the four remaining holes. With these on the outside, you notice it kind of falls right on this edge. Take a drill bit, go at an angle like this, and when you start getting in, then you can pull your drill bit up and go straight down.You can see I've got a little screwdriver. I'm gonna push it down in the hole like this and I'm gonna go down and put my frame bracket on to make sure that my holes are lining up correctly.I'm gonna go ahead and loosely install my hardware, just to hold my bracket in place, so we can take a look at it and see if there's any adjustments we need to make.inaudible 00:04:33 we're using to hold it in place. You're gonna have a bolt that looks like this. It's already gonna have a washer on it. And this is gonna be on the inside, on your frame rail. Again, we're just loosely installing this right now because we wanna make sure that our holes are in the right position before we drill them out all the way.Where my screwdriver is coming down here, where I drilled my pilot hole, it's actually a little far back. So if I open that hole up to the correct size, my hole's actually gonna be over this edge. So what we're gonna do, we're gonna go back up and we're gonna drill that hole about a quarter-inch forward from where we originally did.Now, going ahead and move my initial hole back, just a little bit. Now we're gonna go ahead and open them up to the proper size. I'm gonna use a step bit. Keep in mind, you're using a step bit. If you go into the hat channel, the step bit is only going to open the hat channel or the lip of the hat channel, a little bit. So you may need to get an actual nine-sixteenth drill bit to drill through that hole to make the bottom side just as big as the top.I'm gonna do that with each one of our holes.It's a good idea to take some spray paint and cover the bare metal on each hole to prevent any rusting later on down the road.Set our rail in place. Carriage bolts. Put them into the holes that we just drilled.You'll notice where our bed, the corrugation rises here where our bolt is coming through and drops on each side. What we don't want is when we tighten our bolt down, for that center part, or that raised corrugation, to flatten out.So what we're gonna do is we're gonna put one of our half-moon spacers right in by the bolt, under this hat channel. But what we need to do is we need to bend this down just a little bit to give us a little extra space.Then we're gonna take it. You wanna be able to slide it in to where you can get that around that bolt. Just like that. You're gonna do the same thing, this bolt and the two on the other side.So for our center one, we're gonna have a spacer block like this. You'll notice how I have it slid in, that raised corrugation. And I actually had to push the bolt up, slid it in, and then drop my bolt back down through. You want it to sit just like this. Then we're gonna do the same thing with the other rail when we get it installed. Once you get that in, conical tooth washer, just like this. You wanna make sure that the teeth are facing up like that, and then you're gonna put on your nut.Three-quarter inch socket. We're just gonna snug these bolts up. What we want is we want our rail to pull up. So snug it up against the bottom of the bed. Snug your bolts up just enough where it holds it, 'cause when we put our hardware on these bottom bolts, on these, we wanna be able to pull it up tight as we can.Next we're gonna put our hardware onto our bolts coming down from our bed. Now, if you'll notice, there's not a whole lot of space here. We're gonna have to put on the spacer block, conical tooth washer, and a nut. And the reason we don't have space, 'cause we bent that outer lip of that hat channel down. So what we need to do is we need to push it back up.I'm gonna show you a little trick. We're gonna use this block and just the nut, for now. We just want enough to grip the teeth on there. Three-quarter inch socket. See how that flattens that out Plenty of room.Now, spacer block, conical tooth washer, teeth facing up, and then the nut. Now I'm gonna snug this one up, take this nut off, and then put my conical tooth washer on over there. Then we're gonna repeat that same process for our other side.Take your second rail, go ahead and lay it in the bed of the truck. You're gonna take your unassembled fifth wheel base and you're gonna put it into your mounted rail that you already installed and then you're gonna set the back rail in place. Make sure you're centered. And that's gonna give us our marks to drill our next holes.Just make sure you check underneath, make sure you're not gonna drill into anything, especially on this side here. This is our driver's side. Our fuel tank sits right here. You just wanna make sure when you drill that, don't push the drill bit down in there. You could take a chance of going right into the gas tank.Once you get your holes drilled, go ahead and put your fifth wheel base back into position. Go ahead and install your hardware. Now we're gonna go underneath and we're gonna install our hardware underneath the same way we did the ones here in the back.Next we're gonna tighten and torque all of our hardware. We're gonna start by tightening all of our bolts that run along the bottom of our bed, from our frame bracket. And then we're gonna torque them to the specification in the instructions. And then we're gonna tighten and torque the bolts that are running from our frame bracket through our frame.Once you get all your hardware tightened and torqued, don't forget to reinstall your two hoses here onto your bracket.The last thing we need to do is reinstall our spare tire and we're ready to go.That'll do it for our look at an installation on a Reese Quick-Install Custom Installation Kit with Base Rails for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches on our 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty.


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Hugh Sherrod 04/28/2019

Video did not show the installation of brackets are there holes already in frame or do you have to drill them? 54598

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Rachael H 05/24/2019

This kit is composed of a custom fit frame bracket kit # 55026 and the in bed rail system # 58058. It doesn't look like there is drilling needed to install the frame brackets to the truck, there should be existing holes on the truck frame that would be used. I have included a link to the installation instructions for your referenced. 48926


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