Best 2019 GMC Sierra 3500 Fifth Wheel Hitch Options

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Best 2019 GMC Sierra 3500 Fifth Wheel Hitch Options


Today, we're going to be taking a look at the best fifth wheel rail kits for the 2016 to 2019 GMC Sierra 3500. These are all going to be above bed rail kits here. Here we have one from BMW, this one's going to be from Curt, and we also have one from Reese. Now, all of these are custom fit applications, so these are specifically designed for your truck. That means you're going to eliminate the need for drilling holes, welding, or basically any major modifications.Now, the way these work, essentially, we mount these in our truck. Our side plates are going to be underneath the bed, and our rails are going to be above the bed.

That's going to give us our attachment points on each side so we can slide our fifth wheel hitch in and properly secure it. Now, these are going to work out with Valley, Reese, BMW, Draw-Tite, just about any type of fifth wheel hitch out there. You can see it's going to have the three different sizes to allow those to work.Now, both your BMW here and the Curt, those have the smaller of the rails. I like the idea of these, because these are going to take up less room in the bed of your truck. I think the Curt's going to be the shortest.

BMW's just slightly taller than that. And once we look at the Reese, these are significantly taller than what both of these are. Essentially what that means is with these sticking up in the bed of your truck, you're going to have to accommodate for that. So as you're putting items in and out or something like that, you'll have to know that likely they're going to get hung up on the rails as you're sliding them in and out.Now, if you don't like the idea of that, we do have several solutions available. Basically what you'll do is purchase a gooseneck.

You can mount that underneath the bed of your truck so it's completely unobstructed when you're loading and unloading things, and you compare that with a fifth wheel companion. BMW makes a companion, but there are several others made to work with the Curt here, or the Reese here, where you can slide it in and have that gooseneck ball stick up so you can make your coupler connection with a gooseneck or with a fifth wheel. So just kind of something to think about there.As far as the width of the rails, the Reese are going to be the widest. There's a reason behind that. Essentially these bolts that we use to secure our rails to our brackets, these are going to be slightly outside of our frame.

Generally, the Reese is a little bit easier to install, just because it's easier to torque those bolts down.The Curt and the BMW, these have narrower rails, the BMW being the narrowest, but essentially what that means is when we tighten down these bolts, the frame is going to be located just below those, so it makes tightening them a little bit more of a challenge, not a huge difference one way or the other, but definitely something you'll want to keep in mind.Now, as far as weight ratings go, that's going to be limited by two things, none of which of those are going to be our rails. Essentially, you want to look at the towing rating on truck, and you want to look at the weight rating on the fifth wheel you're going to be putting into the rails. Whichever one of those are lower, you want to use that one as your max. The rails that we have here in the kits are designed to exceed the capacity of your vehicle, so use the truck or the fifth wheel, whichever one's the lowest.We've talked about all the major differences you're going to have in these fifth wheel rail kits, but some of the minor differences are something you might want to keep in mind. The Reese has kind of a gloss black finish. Looking at the Curt here, it has more of a matte black finish. This is going to look very similar to a lot of the trim that you see on the trucks. I think both of the black ones are going to blend in really well with the sprayed-in bed liner, as well. The BMW, it definitely stands out. You can definitely tell a BMW product. It's got a nice glossy gray powder coat finish. This tends to be a very resilient finish, just like what we get with the Curt.Now, something to think about, and it really doesn't matter which kit that you choose, but the way the bed's prepared is going to change the way your install is going to work. For a painted steel bed or for a spray-in bed liner, these can install just right on top of it. If you have a drop in bedliner, you're either going to have to remove that bedliner, or you'll have to cut rectangles in it to allow our rails to fit up through. The only thing that kind of discourages me from doing that is when you're sliding your pins through to connect the fifth wheel to your rails, sometimes that drop-in bedliner will get in the way.Now, as far as which one's going to be the right one for you, there's not huge differences in each one. They're designed to do a job, they're custom fit, so they're designed for your application. I think as far as looks, quality, personally, I liked the BMW, like that it's made in the USA. It's just going to stand out versus a lot of the other ones out here. As far as ease of installation, I think the Reese is going to be the one to go with, just because the nuts are going to be a little bit easier to get to and tighten down.And that's going to complete our look at the best fifth wheel rail kits for the GMC Sierra 3500. We hope the information we gave you is helpful in you deciding which one's going to be the right one for your application.


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