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Do the Front Bolts in the 5th Wheel Bed Rail Kit # 50043-6008 Attach to the Frame Brackets

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Am I reading the directions right, does the front carriage bolt of the front rail simply tighten to the bed of truck with a piece of square flat steel acting as an oversized washer underneath the bed and not to any bracket? This is strong enough?

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Yes, the forward most holes in the bed rails in the # 50043-6008 kit would just have bolts installed through the bed material and the hat channel underneath. They do not attach directly to the frame brackets.

This is definitely strong enough for the capacity of the bed rails, which are rated up to 18000lbs for the trailer weight or up to 4500lbs for the pin weight. If it would give you more peace of mind, however, we offer a second custom fifth-wheel rail and bracket kit # RP50082-58 for your vehicle, which includes an additional bolt in its hardware kit that is installed in a central hole on each rail. The weight capacity would not change.

Please note that neither kits fit short bed Ford trucks with Flareside or Stepside style boxes.

I am including some links to the installation instructions for the kits, some information on fifth-wheel towing in general and a video showing the # RP50082-58 being installed on a 1999 F-350, if needed.

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