Thule TracRac SR Sliding Ladder Rack Installation - 2019 Ford F-150

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How to Install a Thule TracRac SR Sliding Ladder Rack on a 2019 Ford F-150


Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Sliding TracRac Ladder Rack System, on our 2019 Ford F-150. So what sets this ladder rack apart from most is the fact that it comes with these rails, which goes on the side of the bed of your truck, and just makes it super easy to remove. All you've got to do is just take this screw out and slide them off if you're not using them. And also, it's actually extremely easy to move.

We just undo these knobs here, and if we're not using, or hauling anything, you can slide them all the way back, so you can still have all of that capacity of the bed of your truck. If you have a fifth wheel, slide them to your cab and you can still use it.So our track here is going to be made of aluminum, so it's going to resist against rust and corrosion, and it also has a nice finish to it as well. In regards to our ladder rack, it's also going to be aluminum. It's going to have a nice finish to it as well, and it's going to get you about 1250 pounds of weight capacity. So in regards to the weight capacity, it's actually quite high compared to some of those that I've dealt with in the past.

The reason being is with this track system, it's going to be sitting more so on the meat of the top rail of the bed of your truck. Usually, some of them actually just clamp onto the inside lip of your rail. But this one, we actually have a tonneau cover on to of it. That is another plus with this ladder rack system. A lot of them you actually can't use when you have a tonneau cover installed, but this one you can, which is super, super nice, and that's pretty much what gets you that weight capacity.

It sits on the meat of the bed of your truck, just so it leaves room still for your tonneau cover.A lot of you guys are wondering how height this is going to add to your truck. So from the bottom of our track here, all the way to the top is going to be about 27 and five-sixteenths inches. From the roof of our cab, to the very top of our bar, we are going to have about five and a quarter inches of clearance. So even if you had, maybe, a kayak, or something, that has a little bit of bow down, if it doesn't exceed that measurement, you won't have any contact with the roof of your truck. And these crossbar tie-downs are also super easy to move as well.

We just our track knobs, just push it up against your ladder, tighten it down to keep it into place. Then we can go ahead and ratchet strap it down. We can utilize this, as well, to tie it down.So we can actually even use this, right here, as a tie-down point, if we would like, like that. Or if we're tying something down low, we can use that as well. A lot of options here, but for now, I'm just going to use this. So these bars are going to be about an inch and five-eighths thick, so if you have attachments that will wrap around that bar, you can use those. Also, we do have T-tracks that we can utilize as well, kayak carriers, canoe carriers. You can even do a couple of cargo baskets, maybe even one of those awnings for your vehicle, whether you're just watching your kid play baseball and you use want a little bit of shade. Literally, a lot of different stuff we have here at eTrailer that you can put on these as well, not just ladders.So, all-in-all, if you're in the market for a ladder rack, I would highly, highly suggest grabbing the kit that comes with this track here, just because it's going to give you a lot more weight capacity, super easy to move up and down, so you don't have to wrestle with it. And on top of that, you can still have your tonneau cover installed. And like we said before, you got a gooseneck, you can still use that too, just slide these on up, and use your truck how you want to.So to get our track installed, what we're going to do is we're going to have a metal plate, and then this rubber spacer here, and obviously the bolt that goes through the bottom of this. And then, also, we are going to have a little plastic washer there. Once we get all that into place, just seat it down into this little hole here, and what's going to happen is, as we tighten it, it's going to spread this rubber out, like this, and it's going to keep it nice and securely into place. It's going to be the same exact thing for the other side of this rail, and the other side of our bed here. And you do want to get a longer Allen wrench to tighten it down.So once we're done with that, we can replace, or install, our cap here. It's going to be a pretty tight fit, get a nice water seal. And then, of course, little cap that goes over the gap that we tightened down that bolt with. So now what we want to do is go ahead and grab our towers here. We are going to have two that are going to be oriented for the right side and two that will be oriented for the left side, so make sure you grab a pair. Then you can go ahead and grab this part here, it's labeled part D, in the instructions. Put that on there, like so, and then we're going to go ahead and grab these longer bolts here. And those are going to slide in there, like so. They should go really easily in there, before they start tightening down. If you are feeling something different, be sure to just jump from one to the other to make sure that you're not binding this thing up. We want to make sure it gets there nice and flush, and you can tighten it down. And they'll be the same exact thing for all of the four towers we have.So now what we want to do is take the shorter little bolt here with the red Loctite, and our square, and all we got to do is put the square part towards this side of our tower. And you only want to thread it in enough just so it stays there, and we can do the same exact thing for all four of our towers. So now, we're ready to slide it onto our track. Just be mindful that these are going to be angled towards the inside of your truck bed and, obviously, the Thule facing out. And just make sure that these bottom parts here are going to be facing the same way. So, for example, we're going to slide this on here. It goes on pretty easily. Once it does that, we do have a little stopper, and you can just thread that in, and that's just going to prevent it from coming completely off the track.So I'm using the inside rail for these, and both sides have this longer part on the bottom facing towards the back of the tailgate. Just make sure they're nice and symmetrical. And then, what we can do is, go ahead and throw our big bar up. One thing to take note, notice the shape here, and notice how nicely it flushes up with the shape of our rail. So that's going to be the right side to do it on. And, obviously, the underneath isn't going to have that same pattern, so you guys can see the wrong way to do it, and the right way to do it. It sits in there real nice. You might need to grab an extra set of hands, but I'm going to try to do it myself today. They are pretty light. Push up on them and slide it through. And do the same thing with this side.And it wouldn't be a bad time to get the measuring tape out, just to make sure they're nice and even. And if so, then we can go ahead and tighten them down. So now that we have our rail up into place, we do need to put another one of the square nut, and one of our bolts through. There's a little part of the channel that's thicker than most, so you can actually get it up in there. And since I'm installing this alone today, that's how I did it, just because to get all four of these to go into the track while loading it up by yourself might be a little difficult. Just know you can do it both ways.So now for our angle supports, all we really need to worry about is making sure that this raised part here, that's going to end up going right there. We're going to take another one of those square nuts and one of our bolts, the shorter ones with the Loctite on it, and we are going to thread that through, like so. Just thread it on a little bit, and then there's going to be an opening over here, and that's how we're going to get it into the track. Slide it down, and then we are going to have. I'm going to utilize one of our longer bolts to go into the side here. And you can go ahead and tighten these down too, along with the ones up top.So now we can go ahead and repeat that same exact process for the outside track. So now we're going to go ahead and install these, right here. One thing we need to note, there is going to be a track here. We're going to have to slide into this track, and we're also going to grab the hardware included in our kit, and it's going to go, like so. Like that, and make it slide in that track, followed by the second one. And there's going to be eight knobs that come with this kit, but the ones that are female, that's the ones we're going to use for our knobs up top. And you can do that for all four of these brackets. And once we get them installed, there's going to be two per rail. One thing we want to do, we want to make sure that flat side is facing in.So now we can go ahead and put our caps on, and notice that the tab here has a threaded hole. So what we want to do is make it to where it's going to slide over this part here. Get all evened up. There's going to be a hole underneath. What I would suggest is either grabbing an extra set of hands to balance that, because it's not going to stay there on its own, or get a magnetic bit. I'm using a hex bit here, not magnetic, but I think I can get it done.So now we're pretty much done. All we really need to do is install our knobs here. But before we make sure we tighten everything down, one thing you want to note, make sure, obviously, you have both of them on different tracks, and you want them to be facing inward. This way, you can have this bar closest to your cab, all the way. And then this bar closest to your tailgate. And all there is to it is just threading this in, and that's just going to prevent it from sliding out whenever you have heavy loads on top of there. And if you haven't already, put in these stoppers, and tighten them down.Well everyone, that's just about all you really need to know about the Thule Sliding TracRac System for our 2019 Ford F-150.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Tristan S.

Could you please tell me which exact tonneau cover that is? I have a 2016 Ford F-150 with a 5’6” bed.

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Reply from Chris R.

The cover you see is the BAK Revolver Tonneau - which works PERFECTLY with the TracRac SR Ladder Rack. For your 2016 Ford F-150 with the 5-1/2 foot bed, you'll want the BAK Revolver # BAK39329 .

Reply from Tristan S.

BAK 39329 Revolver X2

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