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Fifth Wheel Hitch Frame Mounting Brackets for a 2003 Ford F250

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Will the pro series 15K fifth wheel hitch rails on a 01 dodge 1500 work on a 03 f 250 super duty crew cab? Just the rails not all the hardware.Thanks

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The mounting rails that sit in the truck bed that provide the connection point for the hitch can be reused, but you'll need new frame mounting brackets (unless you've used a universal mounting kit like # RP30035) and hardware, as the hardware is meant for a one time use only.

For the Ford, I'd recommend going with the Reese custom install brackets, part # 50043, which included the hardware to mount the brackets to the truck frame. To attach the bed rails to the frame brackets, you'll need the # RP58430 hardware kit.

This assumes you're using Reese bed rails. It's not recommended to mix brands of be rails and frame brackets, as there's a danger that you'd end up with an unknown weight capacity. If your bed rails are from another manufacturer, I'd recommend getting the whole install kit that includes the bed rails, frame brackets and all needed hardware, part # 50043-6008.

I've linked you to the installation instructions for the bracket kit. If you needed a 7-way installed in the truck bed, you can do so by using # 40167. I've linked you to a video showing the wiring being installed on a 2004 F250.

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