bing tracking image

Fifth Wheel Installation - 2002 Ford F-250

content loading

Customers compare RP30051 to these similar products




Products Featured in this Video




How to Install a Fifth Wheel on a 2002 Ford F-250


Today on our 2002 Ford Super Duty, well be installing the Reese Quick Install Custom Base Rails and Install Kit for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches, part number RP50082-58 in conjunction with the Reese Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Square Tube Slider Dual-Jaw, part number RP30051. The first step of our install is taking the rear base rail and setting it up in our truck bed. Using the measurements provided in our install kit, well go ahead and measure it out from the end of the truck bed. Note: this does not include the tailgate. Then well measure from side to side to make sure the base rail is even. The best recommendation is to go off the weld seam of the truck bed.

Then once we have our base rail squarely in position, well need to go ahead and drill out the pilot holes for our mounting hardware. Using a small pilot bit well go ahead and drill out the holes now. Next Ill go ahead and get underneath the vehicle taking our custom side brackets, setting them into position against the frame, and making sure our pilot holes line up with the attachment holes of the side rail. Now that weve verified that our holes will line up with the side brackets, well go ahead and remove the base rail and drill them out to our final size. Using a step bit process, well slowly get larger until we get to the final drill bit size.

Now with all four holes completely drilled out, well go ahead and put our base rail back into position and install our two-inch carriage bolts. Next well go ahead and move underneath the vehicle and begin installing the side brackets. Note: some applications will have the parking brake cable bracket mounted on the outside of the drivers side frame rail. As in this case, well need to remove the bracket, cable, and hardware, to install the side bracket flush with the frame. Well be hanging onto the hardware as well use it to reinstall the bracket.

Well start with the hardware that attaches to the base rail. Well have a U-shape block that will go up against the bed corrugation. You may need to adjust the hatch handle to slide into position. This will ensure a metal-to-metal contact and that we dont crush the bed corrugation when we tighten it down. Next well install a block onto our two-inch bolt, half-inch split lock washer, and half-inch nut.

Well repeat the same process for both attachment points here on the drivers side. Now with our bracket in position, we can go ahead and reinstall the hardware for our emergency brake cable bracket. Take our bolt, slide it in behind the side bracket, then install the cable bracket and nut. Next well go ahead and install the half-inch U-bolt that goes around the forward attachment point for our side bracket. The U-bolt will go from the inside out. Then well install a half-inch conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer facing the side bracket and a half-inch nut to secure it. Well install each of these fasteners finger-tight at this time. Next well go ahead and install the 5/8 carriage bolt, 5/8 spacer block, split lock washer, and 5/8 nut and tighten them down finger-tight. Now with all our attachment point hardware in place here on the drivers side, well go ahead and repeat the same process on the passengers side. Note: some applications it can easier to install the U space block to adjust for the bed corrugation before installing your carriage bolts for your base rail. Next well assemble the Fifth Wheel slider assembly. Well slide our straight piece into the sliders and then followed by the handle assembly. Once in position, well go ahead and install the cotter keys to secure it to the sliders. Next well install the crossmember for our slider assembly. Using the bolts provided with our install kit, well go from the inside out, securing with a half-inch nylon lock nut. Note: at this point you can adjust the head height using the holes provided in the crossmember assembly as per your trailer requirements. Now with our hardware installed, were ready to go ahead and tighten it down. Then well torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with the slider assembly ready, well go ahead and set it in the bed of the truck. Well set it into the rear rail and use it as a guide to put our front rail into position. Well go ahead and install the hold-down pins that will help square up the two base rails with the slider assembly. Next well go ahead and drill our pilot holes for attachment points for the front base rail and then remove the slider assembly and base rail and drill them out to their final size, repeating the same process we did for our rear base rail. Now with the holes drilled out, well go ahead and put our base rail back into position and drop in our hardware. Then well go ahead and install the fastening hardware, repeating the same process we did for the rear base rail; first our block, then our split lock washer and nut. Now with all our hardware installed, we can go ahead and tighten it down. As per the instructions, well start with the base rail fasteners first and then move to the side bracket fasteners. Then well torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our base rails secured, were going to add two additional attachment points for the base rails. It will be center insider attachment points. Drop our carriage bolt in and then get underneath, installing the U-shape block, cover for the bed corrugation, the large half-inch flat washer, our split lock washer, and nut. Then well go ahead and tighten down and torque to specifications. Now with the base rail and side brackets tightened and torqued to specifications, were ready to begin installing the head assembly. First, well need to install the rubber bumpers onto the crossmember with the attachment hardware; a screw and cap nut. Well go ahead and put the screw into the rubber bumper and the bumper through the pre-drilled hole. Then well secure it with the cap nut. Now well move over to the drivers side and repeat the same process. Next well go ahead and prepare the crossmember to install the head assembly. Well remove the ring clasp and large pin in the crossmember, set our head assembly into position, then reinstall the large pin and ring clip. Next well go ahead and install the handle for the locking jaws of our head assembly. The handle will simply slide on and then well install the cotter pin, folding back the tabs of the cotter pin to secure it and reinstalling the lock into position. Next well go ahead and show you the operations of your new Fifth Wheel slider assembly. The jaw handle operates by unlocking it first, pulling out and locking into the open position. Then well go ahead and lock the jaw assembly by returning the handle to its resting position and closing the clasp, locking the jaws in place. To use the slider assembly well simply take the slider handle, turn the indicator pin into the red or unlocked position, and slide our head assembly back towards the rear of the truck, then relocking into the maneuvered locked position. Once weve finished maneuvering the trailer, well simply go ahead and move the slider handle back into the unlocked position, slide the head assembly forward towards the cab of the vehicle, and then relock it in the towed position. That will complete the install of the Reese Quick Install Custom Base Rail and Installation Kit for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches, part number RP50082-58 in conjunction with the Reese Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with Square Tube Slider, part number RP30051, on our 2002 Ford Super Duty.


Info for these parts were:

Employee Joe V
Test Fit:
Joe V
Employee Randy B
Test Fit:
Randy B
Employee Brent H
Test Fit:
Brent H
Employee Zack K
Video Edited:
Zack K
Employee Joshua S
Video Edited:
Joshua S
Employee Andrew L
Video Edited:
Andrew L
Employee Dustin K
Video Edited:
Dustin K
Employee Chris R
Video Edited:
Chris R
Employee Andrew K
Video by:
Andrew K
Employee Cole B
Installed by:
Cole B

At etrailer.com we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.