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Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F250 and F350 - Carbide Finish

Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F250 and F350 - Carbide Finish

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Install your fifth wheel trailer hitch in half the time with this custom bracket 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 C16443-204 or order online at Free expert support on all CURT products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F250 and F350 - Carbide Finish. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.
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CURT Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - C16443-204

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


  • 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
    • Installation time is cut in half, compared with universal bracket systems
  • Complete kit includes brackets, rails and hardware
  • Visible rails have carbide finish to match your Curt Q5 fifth wheel hitch
  • Compatible hitches - Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley and Husky 5th wheel hitches

16443 & 16204 Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit with Rails and Brackets - Carbide Finish

Installation Details C16443-204 Installation instructions

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Video Transcript for Curt Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - Custom - C16443-204 Review

Today, we're going to take a look at the Curt custom fifth-wheel installation kit with the carbide finish rails for the Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks. This is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 1999 to 2004 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks with the 6.75 foot bed or the 8 foot bed. On any custom fit part, I always like to recommend for you to go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year model vehicle, and it'll show you if this part will work for your application. These custom brackets, right here, are designed to mount beneath your truck bed. They are what provide the attachment points for your fifth-wheel rails to connect to. These are custom-fit brackets.

They will mount to existing holes in your vehicle's frame, and this will help minimize the amount of drilling that's required, and the installation time is cut in half when compared with universal bracket systems. The base rails themselves, that is what these base rails are what will attach to these mounting brackets. The base rails will sit in your truck bed, and they allow the installation of your fifth-wheel hitch to your vehicle. These are visible above-bed rails. These happen to have a nice, carbide finish to them.

This part includes everything shown here on the table. It includes the two above-bed base rails, the two mounting brackets, one for each side, all the mounting hardware that's needed to install it and a nice set of detailed instructions. This kit will work with fifth-wheel hitches from Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley. That should do it for the review on the Curt custom fifth-wheel installation kit with the carbide finish rails for the Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks.

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Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F250 and F350 - Carbide Finish - C16443-204

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (73 Customer Reviews)

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


Very solid and well built. Installation took me longer than advertised. The instructions were a little vague, but I figured it out. A few extra carriage bolts and flange nuts would have been nice. All in all, everything lined up perfectly when I measured carefully as outlined in the instructions. I towed with it yesterday for the first time, and it worked great!


Easy to install, rebuilt the truck bed the 5th wheel camper was rear ended and destroyed the old hitch.



Easy to install, excellent product. My 14Yo son and I removed the bed, replaced the bed struts and installed the new hitch. Perfect fit


I HAVEN'T HAD ONE PROBLEM WITH MY HITCH. I bought it about a year ago. I arrived sooner than I was told it would and it is still in the box. I never opened it or installed it. But I do plan to.


Thanks Etrailer for great customer service and quick delivery. Received my rail kit in time to install for my weekend trip. Michelle s. Was very helpful in getting me the right part and at a great price.

Walter, R.


rails are working out just fine, no problems at all.


The Product was nice and worth the money, the packaging for shipping was really poor. The shipping was very fast but when we received it, one part was damaged with dents and scratches. We are very unsatisfied with that. We paid 400 for a hitch that is damaged and will rust. The parts in the hitch box were not wrapped for protection. Also, instead of putting it in a box that fit, they staples a million staples to make a box around the factory box. It was very unprofessional.

Pretty upset for the money we spent.


Sorry for getting back so late as we have been very busy here at the shop. As this was the first order from, everything went very smooth with no problems from the original online order to receiving the order delivered in great shape. Great packaging. We will be ordering soon on our next project/repair in a few weeks. Thanks!

2003 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Only pulled camper for 20 miles so far, but hitch seemed to work great! Very easy to install and put together. Took about 3-4 hrs start to finish.


Customer service for product selection and order entry were excellent and focused on my interests and needs. The hitch, custom installation kit, and harness were shipped very quickly and arrived sooner than expected. Everything arrived in excellent condition. Assembly and installation instructions were very clear and specific, and I was able to assemble and install everything with no problems and in a very reasonable amount of time. Total cost was roughly half of what it would have been if I had purchased the products and had them installed by a dealer. I am very satisfied with my experience dealing with, and would highly recommend them to anyone shopping for towing products.

Peter C.


Awesome. The hitch has worked great. Very, Very happy with the purchase,delivery, installation which I did myself, and performance of the product.Thanks again,Ill be sure to refer anyone who needs products you offer to you.


Easy transaction, fast delivery, only issue was needs better packing. The delivery monkeys destroyed the packing Lucky only one parts was damaged and hopefully all the hardware is in the box remains.

1999 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Great price for a decent product. I would have given 5 stars but the instructions are crapy. If your thinking of getting this kit and your a do it your self-kind of person. The 60 minutes install won't work. I spent 4 hours on mine. I was missing one lock washer I think even though it's not called out in the picture. Lay out all your fasteners first! There are two spacer/washers that are thinner than the rest. Make sure you get them in the proper location. The brake fasteners go between the plate and frame. From the instruction, it looks like they pass through the frame. They don't so I will need to remove the left plate to get that right. Other than that it's a great product that could use a better instruction sheet.

Robert S.


I have pulled my 5th wheel over 5k miles since installed. The plates and bolts have not rusted and still look great.

2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This kit is a snap to install, no frame drilling needed on my F250, you should use a tourqe wrench on the attaching bolts to insure saftey. O,reily auto parts lent me one for "free".

2003 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

I ordered the hitch mount for a 2003 F250. When I received it the instructions said it doesn’t fit some 2003 models. Had I known this I wouldn’t have bought it. I had to drill several holes to make it fit and it was missing some hardware. It is not coming back off but I’m less than happy with the misinformation.

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Rachael H.


For clarification according to the installation instructions the fit note regarding 2003 and earlier models was in reference to competitors 5th wheel systems, and not in reference to the vehicle fit. For this kit the passenger side frame hanger will need to have holes drilled for complete installation.


Arrived fast. I installed myself on a 2004 F250; relatively simply, but I did have to drill out a hole in the truck's frame... which would be tough it you don't have a heavy duty drill motor. My existing air bags had to come off first. Took a good 6 hours to install. Overall, I am totally satisfied with the product!

2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Installation of the Curt C16443-204 custom rail kit was a snap on my 2000 F350 dually. The instructions were pretty generic but not to hard to figure out. Once in place it was easy to line line everything up to fit the hitch in and tighten everything down.


Bought these rails for my 5th wheel trail hitch and they out performed my expectations, they lined up with the factory holes in the truck frame and bolted right in and plus they held up to the few time I had to lock up my brakes when I was cut off. For sure i thought I would lose my rig with with the hitch breaking away or the rails giving out but they performed like they're supposed to do. I highly recommend them and more so cause of the great price. Can't be beat!!


Worked perfectly. Great product



Ended up moving to another truck and it was still all new

2002 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Product came without any hardware. Box was undamaged ,just no hardware with it.
I called customer service .They were very helpful and had the appropriate hardware sent out.
A week later the hardware package showed up and installation was straight forward. I started on the passenger side as that is the easiest because the drivers side has brake cables that must be disconnected .My truck is a dually so I jacked it up ,used jack stands,wheel chocks, and removed the wheels. This proved to make the installation much easier. Installation time 4 hours . Took my time. Had to drill a couple of holes for the front bolts to the frame but I am very satisfied . Took off one star for the bolts being missed. Etrailer is great .

by: has become my go-to site for everything. They're communication is excellent. When I asked for my item to be express shipped and they realized they couldn't get it to me in time because it wasn't in the warehouse, they quickly suggested a similar item and had it to me on time. Install on my Curt 5th wheel rails was a breeze and I just placed another order for more items that I would normally purchase from a competitor! Plus FREE SHIPPING and the low price guarantee! How could you go wrong? Thanks Etrailer

2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Great product, fast shipping, great ser vice


Bolt through box were a little short. Bed liner might not have been factored in. But they sent out longer bolts right away. Got the next day or two. Wish it came with a few more measurements on how far apart they should be than just put the hitch in and tighten the bolts down.

Ford F-350 Super Duty

I ordered the Curt Q16 fifth wheel hitch with rails and brackets for a Ford F350. It got here in 7 days over a holiday weekend and fit perfectly. The price was right including free shipping. Thank you.

2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty

the parts got here early and fit nice, easy install


Everything was as described and installation was smooth with the great directions!


I ordered the 5 th wheel rails and mounts person on phone was very helpful, parts was delivered the day he told me on time. Im very happy with the rails and mount for the price I didnt expect that kind of quaility. I cant be more satisfied with my order etrailer, I will be ordering more from you guys at etrailer thanks.


I've had these installed for about a year now. Still working perfectly.
etrailer is a pleasure to order from and good prices.

Gd A.


Been 2 yrs with these installed and perfoming as they should. No problems, No worries. Thank you etrailer

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See what our Experts say about this CURT Fifth Wheel Installation Kit

  • Weight Capacity of Fifth Wheel Rail Kits by Curt
    With fifth wheel rail kits our manufacturers state that the rails will have the same ratings as whatever hitch is installed in them. This means the rails are rated higher than basically any hitch that could fit them and the types of trucks they are designed to fit.
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  • Will Husky 16k Hitch Fit Curt Rail Kit # C16443-204
    Yes, the Curt fifth wheel rail kit part # C16443-204 that you referenced will work with your Husky 16k fifth wheel hitch. The rails of this kit are industry standard rails which is what your Husky hitch is designed to work with.
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  • Where do the Spacers Install, Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16443-204 2003 Ford F-350
    The square spacers go between the rails and the truck bed where the bolts go through that attach to the nuts on the under side of the bed. They should be placed in the lower corrugation in the bed. Sometimes, a hole for the bolt has to be drilled in the side of one of the raised corrugations. In this case, you can use an angle grinder and trim the spacer at a 45 degree angle so that it will fit. So you would have a bolt going through the rail, then the spacer (which is between the rail...
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  • Compatibility of the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit with the Husky 16K 5th Wheel Hitch
    The Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit, # C16443-204, is conformed to fit a 2002 Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty. If your Husky 16K hitch can be installed on industry standard rails, then the Curt base rail kit will work well in your Ford truck. The kit mounts under the bed and will make installation easier with less drilling than the universal rails.
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  • Are Center Bolts Required for 5th Wheel Rails in Curt Installation Kit in a 2001 Ford F-350
    We do recommend installing the 2 center bolts in Curt 5th wheel installation kit # C16443-204 for your 2001 Ford F-350 though it is not required. The center bolts add additional stability and considering the weights involved with 5th wheel towing it is a good idea to have them especially if towing above 16,000 pounds.
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  • Correct Curt Custom Brackets for Curt Base Rails on a 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    The Curt Custom Brackets # C16443 are what you need to use for your 1999 Ford F-250 as the Custom Brackets # C16448 are for 2005-2010 Ford Super Duty models. You can combine this bracket kit with the industry standard base rails as part # C16443-204 on our site. This kit will fit whether you have the long or short bed.
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  • Which Air Bag Suspension Kit Fits 2000 Ford F-250 with Fifth Wheel Rail Kit
    We have an air bag suspension enhancement kit that fits your 2000 Ford F-250 that is also compatible with an in-bed hitch with the Firestone part # F2550 but the Air Lift you mentioned is not it. There isn't a longer bolt solution or anything else that would allow it to work. The Curt bracket kit part # C16443 is correct for your truck as well or we have it with the rails part # C16443-204.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Rail Kit With Custom Brackets For 2003 Ford F-250
    The Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F250 and F350 - Carbide Finish, # C16443-204, is a confirmed fit for your 2003 Ford F-250. This is a standard rail kit with custom brackets and hardware I recommend for your application. This rail kit is compatible with 5th wheel hitches from Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley and Husky. I've attached a review video for you.
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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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  • Do You Need A 5th Wheel Hitch To Install 5th Wheel Base Rails?
    Yes, you can absolutely install the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F250 and F350 # C16443-204 on your 2004 Ford F-250 without the 5th wheel. If you're interested in a 5th wheel, the Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Roller # 16516 will work great for you, and is compatible with the rails you just ordered.
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  • Mounting Brackets for Curt E16 5th Wheel Hitch on 2004 Ford F-250 Short Bed
    The complete base rail kit that is designed to fit your 2004 Ford F-250 short bed and will work perfectly with the Curt E16 hitch is the part # C16443-204. This includes both the base rails and the custom brackets that will use existing holes in the F-250's frame rails to cut down on the needed drilling during installation. For just the brackets that are included in this kit you would use part # C16443. If you already have a set of base rails please keep in mind that we typically recommend...
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  • Curt A16 Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2000 Ford F-350
    The Curt A16 fifth wheel hitch part # C16120 is a really solid hitch. It's very easy to use, has a wide height range, has a pivoting head, and a jaw design that holds the king pin tightly. You get a lot of hitch for the money with this which is also really great since it's not too expensive. Then for a rail kit a custom kit like part # C16443-204 is the way to go as it will minimize drilling and install time.
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  • Could Curt Q25 Fifth Wheel Hitch Fit 2003 Ford F-250 for Car Hauler Towing
    As far as fifth wheel hitches go the Curt Q25 # C16265 does have a higher capacity at 25,000 lbs which would be a great option. But you'd have to consider the weight of the trailer you plan to tow plus the weight of the cars as well. This is just the hitch though. You will need to install a rail kit in the bed of your 2003 Ford F-250 as well so that the hitch has something to attach to. For that you would want the # C16443-204 which has been confirmed as a fit for your truck and would...
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  • What Is the Correct Curt 5th Wheel Install Kit for a 2001 Ford F-350
    The Curt Universal Fifth Wheel Base Rails with Installation Kit part # C16100 will fit your 2001 Ford F-350. However, as this is a universal install kit it will require you to drill holes in your frame. If you don't want to drill holes in your frame then you can use the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16443-204 instead which is a custom install kit therefore it won't require you to drill any holes in your frame.
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  • Recommended Base Rails For A 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    For a 2003 Ford F-350 you'll need the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F250 and F350 # C16443-204 in order to mount your Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch # C16130.
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  • Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit Recommendation for a 1999 Ford F-250
    Actually the Curt fifth wheel bracket kit you would need is the part # C16443. The # C16448 that you referenced is not compatible with your truck so I would not recommend it for you. If you needed rails as well you would want the part # C16204 for just the rails or part # C16443-204 to order a kit that includes both.
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  • Correct Curt Manufacturing 5th Wheel Install Frame Brackets for 2000 Ford F350 w/ 8 Foot Bed
    For your 2000 Ford F350, the correct frame mounting bracket kit would be part # C16443. For the frame bracket/ bed rail kit, use part # C16443-204. If you already have Curt bed rails, you can certainly use the # C16443 by itself, but we don't recommend using frame brackets and bed rails from different manufacturers. They WILL fit, but since they haven't been tested together, using brackets from one manufacturer and rails from another could yield an unknown weight capacity, which would...
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  • Can You Install 5th Wheel Rails on 2008 Ford F250 4WD With Airlift Airbags
    Yes, you can install a Curt Custom Install Kit with the Air Lift Airbags, but rather than the part number you referenced you will actually need the kit part # C16448-204 for your 2008 Ford F-250 With the way your Air Lift Airbags are installed, they are using the existing hole in your trucks frame which is the same hole that the brackets for the custom install kit use but the brackets for the install kit will mount on the outside of your frame rail while the top bracket for your airbags...
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  • Will Curt Q16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit Fit Ford Super Duty
    The Curt Q16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16120 and the Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16443-204 are a confirmed fit for your F-350 Super Duty. I am sending a link to the a video review of the Curt hitch, as well as installation instructions for the hitch and the custom install kit. I am also including a link to all 5th wheel hitch kits that are a confirmed fit for your vehicle. If you have a 7-way on your truck and want to add an extra 7-way to the truck bed then you can use...
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  • Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for 1999 Ford F350 DRW
    We have what you need and it will work with both hitches. You will not need to change the above bed rails for your 1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty if you install ISR (Industry Standard Rails) which pretty much the only currently available option. Any hitch made in recent years by a major brand will be ISR except for those made specifically for the respective OEM puck systems. ISR is named so because they are the most popular pattern so are now referred to as the "industry standard." Industry...
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  • Will a Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch Fit in a Curt Rail Kit
    Yes, the Curt Rail Kit part # C16443-204 that you referenced has the industry standard rail dimensions so a Reese Slider like the part # RP30075 would fit and work well in this rail kit.
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for 2002 Ford F250
    For a 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty, I suggest the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, # C16443-204. You can more easily install your fifth wheel trailer hitch in about half the time with this custom bracket kit, it requires less drilling than universal kits.
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  • Does Curt 5th Wheel Bracket Hardware have to be Replaced to Install Air Bags on a 2014 Ford F-250
    Personally I would have gone with the longest breaker bar I could get in there. You wouldn't have needed strength so much as leverage. But that is a moot point since the bolts have been removed. Now we have to get you the right hardware! But, the Ride-Rite kit # F2597 for your 2014 Ford F-250, does come with bolts, nuts, and washers that go through that center hole in the frame and 5th wheel brackets. So the center bolts from the 5th wheel install kit are the only ones that needed to be...
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  • Parts Needed For Towing a 5TH Wheel Camper Behind a 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    First you will want to install a set of 5th wheel rails using the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16443-204 on your 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4wd. This kit includes custom mounting brackets which greatly reduces any drilling required on the frame as well as the in bed rails to accept a hitch. You will need either a Slider # 16516 5th wheel hitch if he has a short bed truck or a Fixed # C16115 5th wheel hitch if he has a long bed truck. Both these hitches are rated for trailers...
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