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Installation of Husky Universal 5th Wheel Bracket Kit # HT31563 in 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Short Bed

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I have a 2005 ram 2500 4 door short bed. The instructions for this product on page 7 for the 2002-Present 2500-3500 Long and Short bed advise that you use the two hat channel brackets on the forward rail and never mention any brackets between the hat channel and the frame of the vehicle. I now have my rails installed as these instructions state and I have 2 left over frame brackets. Is this correct?

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Thank you for your recent purchase from etrailer and for your included photo.

The Husky Universal Mounting Bracket Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # HT31563 that you referenced includes 4 brackets, two are straight and two are angled, and all four need to be installed to secure your 5th wheel base rails in your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 short bed. The angled brackets install under the rear rail as shown in the linked photo from Husky's instructions.

Since this is a universal-fit kit, there will be some variances from vehicle to vehicle in the manner of installation. The instructions include separate sections that apply depending on your particular truck make and model. I have sent these in a separate email. Please refer to page 7 where it is noted that an adapter kit is needed for your vehicle.

This kit's part number is HT30607 and it should be up on our site available for order within a day or two.

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