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Recommended 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Short Bed

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I am planning on installing the Reese 30076-016 15K fifth wheel slider hitch on my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 with 6 foot bed. I understand I need special brackets. Please advise correct brackets, part number and where to purchase. Thank you.

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You actually have two options for installing a Reese 5th wheel trailer hitch on your 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 short bed and you can get them both right here at etrailer.com. First, I recommend using the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit, # RP50040-58. This kit includes the custom fit brackets that will reduce the amount of drilling that needs to be done to install the kit. This will save you a lot of time and effort. The estimated install time is 2-1/2 hours. The kit also comes with the necessary hardware and rails. I have included a link to the installation details below.

You can also use Reese Semi-Custom Base Rail and Installation Kit, # RP30035-023. The benefit of this kit is that it is more economical than the custom kit. However, the trade off is you will be required to do more drilling and it will take almost twice as long (4 hours) to install. I have included a link to the installation details for this kit as well.

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