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Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish

Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish

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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket and base rail kit. Requires less drilling than universal kits and provides a custom fit for your vehicle. Includes everything you need for installation. 1-800-940-8924 to order CURT fifth wheel installation kit part number C16428-204 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all CURT products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.
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CURT Fifth Wheel Installation Kit

  • Above the Bed
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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket and base rail kit. Requires less drilling than universal kits and provides a custom fit for your vehicle. Includes everything you need for installation.


Features:

  • Custom brackets mount beneath your truck bed to provide attachment points for 5th-wheel rails
  • Base rails sit in truck bed and allow installation of 5th-wheel trailer hitch
  • Custom fit - brackets mount to existing holes in your vehicle's frame
    • Minimizes drilling
    • Cuts installation time in half compared with universal bracket systems
  • Kit includes brackets, rails, and hardware
    • Galvanic isolators to use on trucks with aluminum beds included
  • Visible rails have carbide black finish to match your hitch
  • Compatible with B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed 5th-wheel trailer hitches
  • Assembled in the USA


16428 Curt Custom Bracket Kit for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches

16204 CURT Universal Carbide Fifth Wheel Base Rails

Replaces 16445-204

Item # C16428-204

Installation Details C16428-204 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles





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Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish - C16428-204

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (65 Customer Reviews)

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket and base rail kit. Requires less drilling than universal kits and provides a custom fit for your vehicle. Includes everything you need for installation.

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After opening the box and realized I had missing parts it worked out perfect. However had to substitute a couple spacers, nuts and one carriage bolt because the box and hardware bag ripped prior to delivery. Luckily my buddy fabricated some steel to take care of the spacers and bought some extra nuts and bolts. Could’ve been worse. I’m happy it’s in and functioning properly. Attached my 16k Reese hitch to it with no problem.


Comments
Working as designed.,I installed it on my 2020 Ford F350 to accommodate a B&W Patriot fifth wheel hitch. My truck did not have a puck system. Directions were clear and concise and it took about two hours between two of us working on it. I highly recommend it if you don’t have a puck system.
Robert - 11/19/2021

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This is the way to go when installing a fifth wheel.
Bolts right up no drilling the frame only to mount the plates in the bed . Way better than the universal kit .



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The kit fit perfectly. Doing it alone was easy, but if you have another person to help will make the job much easier and half the time. You're constantly under the truck then in the truck bed, back and forth, back and forth.



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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This is a wonderful product. Easily installed and worked perfect. Ali instructions were on the money and it looks great on the truck.



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Product was great, all bolts and accessories were included. Instructions were decent but still had to watch video to get the tricks to make it easier. Package came a little damaged and a few nuts and bolts were lying in the box. Could have lost them. Maybe a better bag system to keep the heavy parts together. Other than that, really like the product.


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Outstanding. No issues, works exactly like it should.
Allen - 11/13/2020

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What pleasure it was to order a product that was seamless though the whole process. I was simply impressed, from ordering to installation. Delivery was on time, and arrived in a complete package, as I have received others that weren't. Thank you


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1 year later, Im still impressed by the quality.
Lee R - 03/23/2021

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Worked great son and I installed took couple hours. Fit the way it was designed. Thank you



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I've owned this hitch for over a year now and used it in two different trucks. Quality product with no issues! I would highly recommend this hitch if you're in the market!



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lines up great make installation much e asier


Comments
fantastic easy install great product
Ron - 10/22/2021

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2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Great service everything worked out per fect
Thanks!!!



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Changed Truck models, so ordered this kit from etrailer. Have used these guys before. I had the rails installed professionally, and they work great. It did look simple enough for DYI, however I'm retired and don't bend like I used to.

Have pulled the 5th wheel camper hundreds of miles off and on. Reese Hitch lines up fine with rails, as it gets removed from time to time for other truck use.



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2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Mechanics had some issues installing on Ford 2019 F250 - so cost me a little more but looks nice now done. etrailer staff member very knowledgeable, and item arrived sooner than expected which allowed me to get it installed sooner. Can't wait to hook it up to my new (to me) 2013 Forest River Wildwood Heritage Glen 37 ft 5th wheel trailer. I like that this hitch is lighter than others - I am 60 yr. woman so weight is issue when moving it to use truck for other uses. I can unlock it and move to front of bed and use the rest without someone else's help.



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I found the quality of materials to be excellent. It has held up very well in use and in exposure to weather. My only negative is it is more difficult to disconnect my fifth wheel from my truck than other hitches I have had. Every thing must be perfect height, front to back center, and angle to get it to release.



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Great experience with e trailer. Package arrived on date it said it would. Package was divided so that I could carry it in 3. Just overall guest experience and definitely will use them again. Already looking at some other products.



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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Installed easily on my 2017 F250 6 3/4 bed with common tools. Installation instuctions are poorly written but installation is simple once you understand the concept. Prior Ford years you install front rail first measuring from the rear of the bed. This kit installs completely different I guessing due to the aluminum bed. The rear 5th wheel bracket installs first and make sure the front hole aligns with the center of the bed support. I used a punch to verify hole alignments. All holes aligned perfectly on mine. I installed by myself and dropping the spare tire helps. I did not remove rear tires.



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2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Install went pretty good. Parts fit good on my 2018 F-250 King Ranch. Like most of these things, it would help to have long, skinny fingers, not sausage fingers like mine, but all in all it went well. The only reason for 4 stars is because the included instructions could have been clearer. *Installation Tip - Put the self adhesive Galvanic Isolator squares on the bottom of the bed BEFORE installing any bolts.



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Followed the installation as shown on the video and it went in just as described. Everything fits and the holes line up perfectly with the factory holes on the frame. It is working perfectly



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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This is the third time I've ordered one of these kits. They are perfect for anyone who can handle a wrench, a drill and a tape measure. Without these kits, it would be necessary to spend much bigger bucks to have a hitch installed. Extremely satisfied with product and quick service.



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Brackets made install easy



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2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty

I purchased this product to install in a 2019 F350 the kit included everything needed to complete the install which took me a little over 2 hrs I would suggest one watch the tutorial before starting the process I had a few question about the product before making my purchase and spoke to Wayne who was very knowledgeable I would not hesitate to make another purchase from this company



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Very happy with product and very happy with performance. Thank you! I plan on purchasing from you in the future.



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Ordering was a breeze, shipment was extremely prompt and I was notified with a tracking number. Watching the installation video for this hitch rail installation gave me the confidence to do it myself and save the $350.00 that my local shop charges. I have not yet installed as I am waiting to get my bed liner sprayed in this week.
If the need arises I would not hesitate to order from e-trailer again.



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I have several curt products and would suggest them to anyone who is shopping for quality and dependability as well as value



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Solid and easy to install. If your not familiar with fifth wheel parts and think these things look cheap from the pictures your wrong! These brackets are very thick and solid and matched my truck perfectly. Great buy if you don’t have the added factory setup



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Easy installation and has worked great with no problems.


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Ask the Experts about this CURT Fifth Wheel Installation Kit



  • Custom Fit Curt Brackets for 5th Wheel Rails on 2018 Ford F-250
    For your 2018 Ford F-250 the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish # C16428-204 is a fit. Since you just need the brackets, you will use # C16428 which is just the brackets, their hardware, and the rail hardware but without the actual rails.
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  • Will Steel 5th Wheel Rails Cause Corrosion on Aluminum Bed of 2017 Ford F-250 Short Bed 4x4
    There are a couple of layers of protection between the steel rails in a 5th wheel installation kit such as # C16428-204 and the aluminum bed in the 2017 Ford F-250 4x4 short bed. First, the rails are powder coated so this powder coat is the first layer of protection between the steel rails and aluminum bed. This kit also comes with galvanic isolation rods that go between the rails and the aluminum bed so that the rails and bed won't be in contact with each other. Take a look at the installation...
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  • Does Curt 5th Wheel Installation Kit Have a Weight Capacity Rating
    We have asked Curt about this before. They have told us that there 5th wheel installation kits such as # C16428-204 do not have their own weight capacity since they are part of a system. The other part of that system is the 5th wheel hitch and the capacity of it is what you will need to go by.
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  • Does Curt Fifth Wheel Rail Kit C16428-204 Fit 2018 Ford F-350 Dually
    Yes, the Curt Fifth Wheel Rail kit part # C16428-204 fits the dually and non-dually versions of the 2018 Ford F-350 like what you have. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Do I Need Isolator Tape When Installing Curt Fifth Wheel Rails In Ford Bed With Spray In Bed Liner
    The spray in bed liner of your 2018 Ford F-250 will protect the aluminum bed from the steel rails when you install Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford part # C16428-204 so you won't need to use the galvanic isolator tape on the bottom of the rails. You are correct that you need to use the isolator tape on the underside of the bed when you install the brackets because the underside is aluminum.
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  • Curt Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit that Fits 2019 Ford F-250 with Curt E16 Hitch
    For your 2019 Ford F-250 that has a set of Curt rails you could use the bracket kit part # C16428 which is custom fit for your 2019 Ford F-250 and would work with your Curt hitch. The full rail kit this bracket is from is the part # C16428-204.
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  • Curt 5th Wheel Hitch Install Kit Rail Location for 2017 Ford F-250
    The actual position of the bed rails can vary according to which manufacturer's frame bracket you're using. Since most folks tend to order the brackets from the same manufacturer as the hitch, I'll assume unless told differently that you're using the Curt # C16428 frame brackets with your Curt bed rails (you always want to ensure that the frame brackets and bed rails are from the same manufacturer so the capacity of the installation isn't compromised). The rails for this kit mount so that...
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  • What Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit Fits Curt Rails for 2019 Ford F-250 Short Bed
    I checked with Curt just now and they have a set of custom install brackets for your 2019 Ford F-250 short bed that will work with your current Curt rails. For that you'd want the part # C16428 and you'd be set. If you didn't have the rails already you'd instead need the part # C16428-204. This will allow your Curt 16k hitch like the part # C16521 to install in the bed of your truck. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2019 Ford F-250 with Curt Rail Kit Installed
    The Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit # C16428-204 you referenced provides a set of industry standard fifth wheel rails so you have many hitch options that will fit. Since your 2019 Ford F-250 is a short bed you would need a slider hitch to allow you to have the needed turning clearance. So for that I highly recommend the Demco Hijacker AutoSlide hitch part # DM8550034 as it slides automatically as you make tight turns to provide you with the turning clearance you need. Most slider...
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  • Will Curt Universal 5th Wheel Install Kit Work On 2019 Ford F-350
    I do have an option for you but the universal fifth wheel install kits won't work on a 2019 Ford F-350, you must use a custom one which are all outboard meaning the frame brackets attach to the base rails outside the frame. This is because there is no room for this inside the frame rails. The universal kits wouldn't have long enough base rails to mount outside the frame. I recommend the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford part # C16428-204.
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  • What Rails do I Need to Use my Curt Fifth Wheel in my 2019 Ford F-350 Without Prep Package
    The correct rail set for your 2019 Ford F-350 with the long bed non prep is the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford part # C16428-204. The legs of your Curt Q5 fifht wheel are designed to drop directly into these rails as they are industry standard. I've attached a video for you to check out on the installation process. It is on a 2018 F-250 but it will be an identical installation. Check it out!
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  • Correct Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for a 2020 Ford F-250
    The correct Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for a 2020 Ford F-250 is part # C16428-204 which is a direct bolt-on fit to the frame. This will then work just fine with a Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch.
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  • Can 5th Wheel Rails Be Installed In A Truck With Rusty Bed?
    Based on the pictures you provided, it looks like the bed supports are pretty much rusted through. While surface rust is not an issue, rust to the point of deterioration is and you would want to fix the rust first. While 5th wheel rails like the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish # C16428-204 mount to the frame and then mount to the above bed rails, there are sill a few bolts that go through the bed and bolt to the bed floor itself. I would not install a...
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  • Compatibility of Curt 5th Wheel Base Rail Kit on 2019 Ford F-250 with PullRite SuperGlide Hitch
    The PullRite Superglide 2900 uses the industry standard rails. For your 2019 Ford F-250, the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish # C16428-204 is a confirmed fit that will be compatible with your hitch as well as your vehicle frame. You may also want to consider adding the Hopkins Endurance 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness with 7-Pole Plug # 41157 to give you an easy connection access in the bed of your truck for a clean look.
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  • Can Curt Fifth Wheel Clear Top of Bed on 2017 Ford F-250
    The Curt A16 # C16521 is going to give you the highest available hitch setting, though it still is not going to give you a 7 inch clearance over the top of your 2017 Ford F-250's bed. If you need additional clearance to stay level, you would want to consider a king pin replacement; I've added a link to our page with all of our replacement king pins for you to take a look at. The Curt # C16521 will install into the truck bed of your '17 F-250 with the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation...
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  • Best Budget 5th Wheel Hitch for 2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty
    For a 5th wheel hitch that is well built, comes from a brand you can trust and won't necessarily break the bank, I highly recommend the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16130, rated for 20,000 lbs. What I like about this hitch is that it features a 360 degree cushioned head so you'll experience a relatively smoother ride on top of the solid double jaw connection that's much more secure and rattles significantly less than standard slide bar models. The hitch head can be removed with...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-250 Short Bed
    For a fifth wheel rail kit for your 2018 Ford F-250 short bed truck the Curt custom rail kit part # C16428-204 would be what you'd want. It provides you with industry standard rails that nearly all hitches are designed to work with and is a custom install kit which means it will install without frame drilling and in much less time.
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  • Recommended Base Rails for Mounting 5th Wheel Hitch in 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    The item you linked to is the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford, # C16428-204. This fits both the 8 foot bed and the short bed configuration of your 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty. If the 5th wheel hitch you are wanting to install requires Industry Standard Rails (ISR), this # C16428-204 is my recommendation as they are a custom fit installing without drilling required. If needed, I suggest the Curt 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Custom Wiring Harness w/ 7-Pole Connector for Aluminum...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-350 Long Bed without Prep Package
    For your 2018 Ford F-350 with the long bed I recommend the Curt A25 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16180. This is an excellent hitch that features an interlocking 2-jaw system and a fully articulating head that both contribute to a really smooth ride when towing your trailer. The head in particular is what sets this hitch apart from a lot of alternatives as it will do a great job of actually suppressing road shock and reducing a lot of that standard towing noise. Its self-aligning design will...
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  • Curt Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for 2022 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    I would be happy to help you find a fifth wheel hitch for your 2022 Ford F-250 Super Duty. I recommend the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch item # C16245. This 24,000 lbs hitch has a dual jaw and color-coded lock indicator for safety and security. The dual jaw locking system provides 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact this allows for a secure coupling that is far superior to to slide bar models. This feature also helps to reduce rattle and vibration. You will also want the Curt Custom...
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  • Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for 2022 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    The custom brackets for your 2022 Ford F-250 that are compatible with the Curt Q20 5th wheel hitch item # C16536 are the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford item # C16428-204. These rails are designed to work with 5th wheel hitches that fit in the industry standard rails.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for 2017 Ford F-250 Short Bed
    For your 2017 Ford F-250 short bed without the factory fifth wheel rail kit the Curt under-bed rail system part # C16428-204 is a confirmed fit and will work well. Custom install kits like this are the way to go as they allow you to install them in about half the time as a universal kit and they minimize drilling as well. I attached a link to the install instructions below and there's no mention of having to raise the truck bed off of the frame to install the kit. That's a step more common...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch Rails For A 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    You're talking about the rails for your 5th wheel hitch. I recommend the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish Item # C16428-204. They are a custom fit for your 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty so you won't have to drill into your frame to install it. It's compatible with B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed 5th-wheel trailer hitches.
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  • What Base Rail Kit is Needed for 2021 F-250 Short Bed
    The Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter, # AM3200 will mount to your 2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty on industry-standard fifth-wheel rails. I suggest the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford - Carbide Finish, # C16428-204. You can install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket and base rail kit. It requires less drilling than universal kits and provides a custom fit for your Ford F-250 Super Duty. Everything...
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