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Reese Quick-Install 5th Wheel Base Rails Installation - 2016 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Reese Quick-Install 5th Wheel Base Rails on a 2016 Ford F-150

Speaker 2: Today in our 2016 ford f-150 we will be installing the Reese quick install custom base rails and out board installation kit for fifth wheel trailer hitches. Part Number RP56034-53.Speaker 2: All right this is what it looks like installed with our fifth wheel head sitting on top of it. Lets go ahead and we'll take that off, and we'll show you what the rails look like just inside the truck by them selves. As you can see there's only five bolts for each rail. Two on each side, and one in the middle, one towards the back of the truck, and one towards the front of the truck. The two bolts on the outside of the rails go to the frame brackets, which are bolted on to the frame of our truck using two bolts each.

It's a fairly easy installation, you only have to drill ten holes, there is no drilling of the vehicle frame required at all. So that's a bonus, these rails will allow us to attach multiple devices such as goose neck adapters or fifth wheel heads. Now that we've gone over some of the features of these rails we'll show you how easy it is to install a fifth wheel head onto them. Our particular adapter that we're using here today we'll install into two spots, the outer most location on our fifth wheel rails, this one here and this one here. The same on the back side, as you can see there's a total of six slots on our rails here for multi use adapters. It all depends on which particular brand and set up you're using.

Now with the help of an assistant, we'll drop in our fifth wheel adapter. Then we can set our head on top of it. Fully drop our hitch pins in to this slot here. Push them out, and secure them with a coder pin. Now that we've gone over the features of our fifth wheel hitch rail adapters we'll show you how to install them. Now the first thing we need to do is lower our spare tire to begin our installation.

All right with our spare tire lowered and the cable removed we'll just drag it out of the way. Now on the under side of our rails here, we need to place these plastic strips on to prevent any reaction from having two dis-similar metals. Because the bed of our truck here is aluminum versus steel. As you can see there's little indentations in it. Four of the bolts will punch through, so what we're going to do.

We'll just peel back one corner real quick like, make sure we get it nice and squared up. Then we'll start working our ways towards the other side, like this. So we'll press it down once we get it started, make sure it's going to stick nice and good. You may notice that it's segmented out, so you can do one section at a time with the paper. So once we have it across, all the way. Let's press it down and make sure it seals nice and good. We'll do the same for the other three. Okay, I measured out from the edge of our truck bed here. According to the instructions where the rail will need to go. I temporarily set a piece of tape here in place so we can line up the edge of our back rail with that, so we know where it goes. So we're going to take one of our rails here. Slide it into position like so, we will center it between the seem. Making sure everything lines up. All right with our rail centered up in our bed here and in the appropriate spot, we'll take a center punch, we'll go through the back center hole here. We'll mark it, with that center punch. We'll drill out with an Eighth inch drill bit. Now we're going to use a paint marker and mark the center of the other holes we're using. We use the outer most holes on both sides. Now we can get our rail out of the way and drill out our holes completely. Okay, with our holes drilled we'll double check and make sure how everything looks underneath. Now you may have noticed we have taken our wheels off at this point in time. You don't have to do this, you can do this with the vehicle completely on the ground. With no hack underneath it or anything. The only reason we did this is so you viewers at home have a better look at what we're doing. So we're going to take one of the pull wires that's included with the kit and we'll run it through this hole right here and just to the left of it on the inside of our frame there's a larger hole. The wire will come out the back of that, or you can see it on the inside of the frame rail how it comes out just to the side of where our brake hoses are. Now we'll take one of these carriage bolt spacer plates that's included with our kit. Put it over our pull wire, and then one of the carriage bolts that's an inch and three quarters long. We'll thread it one there, and we'll push it inside our frame. All right, now for another pull wire. We'll insert it through this big hole right here, and we'll go out and grab it from the large oval hole on the side of the frame. So we'll go out this large axis hole here right behind these brake lines, we'll thread on this large round spacer plate. Then another one of those red carriage bolts, and then we will insert it into the large oval hole. Now we'll take our bracket here on the drivers side. Just have a second set of hands just to help out. It's not very heavy, you can probably do it your self. Stick our pull wire through, and we'll pull our bolts on out like so, and then we can install our hardware. So we're removing our pull wires off our carriage bolts at this point in time. We'll install our conical tooth washer here with the teeth facing towards the frame bracket. Then install our half inch nut. All right on the passenger's side there's a heat shield here. You'll just need to peel it back, and you can tuck it up inside the frame like so. Now we can install the rail on our passenger side. Now that we have our side rails installed one the frame, we double checked our pilot holes on the ends and made sure everything lined up, it did. We'll go ahead and start enlarging our holes to the final diameter of nine-sixteenths. You can just use a nine-sixteenths drill bit. In my case I'm using a step bit because it's a little bit faster. We'll actually switch the step bit, I had it marked here. Right here towards the end where nine-sixteenths is with a paint marker. Okay, it's about nine-sixteenths right now. Just go down a little bit further to make sure we're all the way through the bed. Okay, perfect. We'll do the same for the other four holes too. Now with all of our holes enlarged, we'll take our rail and we'll slide it back over the holes we drilled. We'll drop down some of the carriage bolts, you may need to tap it a little bit with a hammer. All right, now we're on the passenger side of our vehicle, we got our bolts from the rail coming through our frame bracket. Take a conical tooth washer, and a nut and we'll loosely get it installed just to help support the rail up in place. Just like that, now we'll go to the other side and we'll do the same. We're leaving them loosely installed right now because we have to slide in our spacer plate still. We've got give of these galvanized spacer plates laid out, we'll take some of these plastic sleeves here and we'll cut them in half. Peel off we'll stick it on one edge. Like so, and we'll cut out the center and we'll be using these anywhere the spacer plate here is going to be touching the aluminum bed. So if we're going up underneath we'll have the plastic edge facing the bed so it won't cause any corrosion. Right now we need to do this to five of them. We'll install it here on the front rail and we'll take a second one with no plastic backing on it and stick that above it. Then you lift on it a little bit to get it to slide in, just like so. With those installed and squared away we can go underneath the bed and put our spacers in that we need down there. Take one of our spacers here with no coating on it, slide it back around the bolt like so. Take one of our coated ones with the coating facing the bed. We'll slide it on top of it. Just like so, we'll do the same thing with the other bolt right here. We set the fifth wheel head that we'll be using today on our back rail and we'll use this so we can measure where our front rail is going to go. So we'll lift up on our fifth wheel head and we will get our front rail into position. Now just like the rear rail we'll do the two outer most holes on either side. We'll do the same thing on the other side of the rail. We'll also do the center hole on the rail that faces the front of the truck. On the back rail we use this one, on the front rail we use this one. Okay we went ahead and lifted our fifth wheel head off and moved our rail forward a little bit. Now we can enlarge our pilot holes. Again I'm just using my step bit. Or if you have a nine-sixteenths drill bit go ahead and use that. Now it's always a good idea once you have your holes drilled to take a vacuum and get rid of the shavings. Now we'll slide our rail back into position over our holes like so. We'll drop our bolt down through our center hole here. Then we'll do our outer ones. We went ahead and put our fifth wheel head back on our rails just to put some weight on it to hold everything in place while we finish up installing all of our hardware. Just like we did on the rear rail we'll take this plastic cover spacer here, put the plastic towards the bed and then we'll put our other spacer right above it. Now just like we did for the other ones, we'll slide in our U-shaped spacer plates between the frame bracket and the bed of the truck. With all of our center plates now in we can work on installing the rest of our hardware. The center bolts, get a conical tooth washer and a nut. Same with the other one which is hidden behind this heat shield right here. Okay with those two started we'll do the ones in the frame in the front now. Again we use a conical tooth washer and a nut. We'll do the same with the other side. All right now we have all of our spacer plates in, we can tighten down our hardware using a three quarter inch socket. We want to start with the bolts that attach the rails on the frame to the top rails. All right we'll do the same on the other side. All right now that we have these tightened up on both sides we'll go ahead and tighten these down. Then we'll do the same on the other side. We'll go ahead and torque them down to manufacturer specifications. We'll do the same for the six bolts on either side. Then all we need to do is just two more bolts to tighten on this installation. The two center bolts on the rails. We'll do the other one underneath the installation up here, and that will complete our installation of the rails. All right now that our rails are installed we can go ahead and secure our fifth wheel attachment point here. They attach using standard half in diameter hitch pins here. So we'll just slide one through, then take your coder pin and you secure it. That completes our installation of the Reese quick install custom base rails and outboard installation kit for fifth wheel trailer hitches part number RP56034-53 on our 2016 ford F-150.



With this rail kit on the 2916 f 150 can you still install air bag suspension afterwards?

Les D.


Yes, for a 2016 F150 you can use airbags, like the LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs # AL57385, as they mount under the frame rails.

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