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5th Wheel Replacement Rails and Hardware for a Reese 18K slider Hitch for Use on Multiple Trucks

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I have an 18k Reese slider and valley rails but lost the brackets and bolts. I have a 97 ford f150, 96 dodge ram 2500 and a 2006 ram 2500. Is there a bracket kit I can use for all trucks and if not what are the kits and prices for each truck. Thank you.

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I would like to caution you that the mounting hardware for the base rail install kits is only intended to be used for one installation. It is not recommended to re-use any mounting hardware.

You will want to install a bracket and rail kit in each of your trucks to be used with your 18,000 pound Reese Slider 5th wheel hitch.

For your both your 1997 Ford F-150, and your 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit would work # RP30035. This kit will work if you have either a short bed or a long bed for either your 1997 Ford F-150 or the 1996 Dodge Ram.

For your 2006 Dodge Ram is the Reese Semi-Custom Base Rail and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP30035-023 would be your best option. This base rail and installation kit has an additional mounting bracket that is specifically intended for use with a 2006 Dodge Ram. Please refer to the alternate instructions link for the installation of this specific kit. This kit is considered a fit to your truck regardless of truck bed size and cab options.

The Valley part that you mentioned above # V55120 is not considered a fit for your 1997 Ford F-150 truck, it is considered a fit for 1999 - 2004 Ford F-250 and F-350. Also, Valley has gone out of business, so their products are no longer available.

I have included links to the parts mentioned above, and a couple of videos of product installation on trucks similar to yours.

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