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Comparing Reese 5th Wheel Installation Kits for 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 8-Foot Bed

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I have a new 2016 Silverado 3500HD 8foot bed. I have a Reese R16 fifth wheel hitch that looks like the newer Titan hitch. I want to buy the Reese custom fit rail kit for it but there seems to be 2 models and not sure what the difference is. I am looking at RP50066-58 and RP56001-53. This truck does not have the factory fifth wheel attachment package.

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The two Reese custom-fit 5th Wheel base rail installation kits you referenced, parts # RP56001-53 and # RP50066-58, both fit your 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 8-Foot Bed without Factory Rail Kit. The difference between them is that kit # RP56001-53 is an outboard kit with longer rails and brackets that install on the outsides of the frame rails, which means a slightly easier/shorter install and a slightly higher price. Installation videos for both kits are linked for you.

For a wiring harness for the truck bed you can use part # 50-97-410 from Bargman. This is a simple plug-in installation at the existing bumper-mounted 7-way.

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