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Reese Quick-Install Base Rails Kit Installation - 2013 Ram 3500

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How to Install the Reese Quick-Install Base Rails Kit on a 2013 Ram 3500


Today in our 2013 Ram 3500 Crew Cab, we'll be installing the Reese Quick-Install custom base rails and outboard installation kit for fifth wheel trailer hitches. Part number RP56010-53. All right, so here's what our rails look like now that they've been installed. As you can see, it's a nice, clean look. It doesn't take up very much of our truck bed at all. Covers our width of truck bed nicely.

Being a full 48 inches wide, it allows for us to do a quick and easy installation outside of our truck frame versus having to do it on the inside where the bolts are difficult to torque. So these rails allow us to use a multitude of different adapters. We can use them for fifth wheels, we can use them for gooseneck adapters, or any other accessory that utilizes fifth wheel rails in bed of your truck. These rails are rated up to 25,000 pounds depending upon your application. You'll want to consult with the owner's manual of your vehicle and find out what your vehicle's capable of towing in a fifth wheel or gooseneck configuration and not exceed those limits. All right, the first stop of our installation process is to cut off this box right here on our Ford bed support.

So we just need to take this lower section off. Just make a cut here and a cut here as much as possible with it. We'll do this on both sides. You can see we got as far down off our grinder as we possibly could, so we'll finish it off with a rotary tool. Okay, now that we have that block cut off, we'll repeat the same process on the other side. All right, now we're underneath our truck on the driver's side just behind our fuel tank.

We have two electrical plugs that are clipped to the frame. We need to pop these off the frame. You can use a screwdriver or a trim panel tool like I have here. And two. Remove these two 10 millimeter bolts for our spare tire heat shield.

We already have our spare tire removed just so you can see more. You don't have to remove it to do this, but it does make your life easier. Those two bolts removed, you can find your access hole right there. All right, now we can place our rear rail in position using the appropriate measurements in the instructions coming from the end of the bed. Our truck here today is a short bed, so we're using the short bed measurements. We need a mark where we're gonna drill our holes for our rails. We'll be using the rear most center hole and we'll be using all four of the outer holes. We'll just mark these with a paint marker in the center of the hole. With all five of our holes marked for our rear rail, we can now take our rail and slide it out of the way and drill our five holes. Using a small drill bit to make a pilot hole. Now we can take our frame bracket, temporarily hold it up to our frame and make sure that our pilot holes line up with these two slots here. All right, now that we've verified that our pilot holes lined up, we can remove our frame plate now and the larger holes the rest of the way. I'm using a step bit to enlarge these. Our final size will be a nine-sixteenths. Okay, we're here on our driver's side of our vehicle towards our rear bed support here, on the bottom there's a hole. We'll take our pull wire, go through this hole, route it towards the back of the frame and it'll come out this access hole. We'll take our five-eighths bolt. We'll drop on a conical toothed washer with the teeth facing away from the bolthead and we'll thread it on the pull wire. Place our bolt inside the frame and pull it on up. Take one of our flat washers and place it on the wire. Drop it on down onto the bolt. Now, we'll take our driver's side bracket. We'll thread our pull wire through the hole. Raise our bracket on up. Pull the bolt through. We'll remove our pull wire, place on another flat washer. Now we'll thread on a nut. Okay, we'll get this started a few turns and then we'll repeat the same process on the other side. Okay, now we need to install our frame saddle strap which will connect between our frame and connect to our frame plate on the other side. We use two of our long carriage bolts to do this. We're working on our driver's side right now. There's two wire harnesses that we unclipped earlier. Slide our plate behind them. We'll stick that through our bracket. We'll guide it, make sure it goes through the hole in our frame plate. We got our bottom one in position now. Now we can install our hardware to hold it in place. We'll place a conical toothed washer on and then a nut on both lower bolts. We'll repeat the same process on the other side. All right, now that all of our brackets are loosely installed, we can secure our rear rail loosely to our vehicle using the provided carriage bolts and U-shaped spacers in our bed corrugation where it sticks below the rail so it doesn't crush the bed at all. Slide those in and drop our carriage bolt on down just like that. We'll do that for all five holes. We're here on the passenger side. You can see where our carriage bolts for our back rail went down into our frame bracket. Place a conical toothed washer on and then a nut. We have two bolts on each frame bracket secure. Okay, you can see where our middle one came down. Let's place our washer on and then a nut. Okay, we're on our driver's side now. Do the same thing like we did on the passenger side. With all of our hardware started now for our rear rail, we can tighten down the bolts that hold the rail in place. Now, before we slide our bolt into this hole and install our conical toothed washer and nut, we'll slide our sleave over the bolt, push it back in position, push the bolt on through, install our conical toothed washer on our nut. Do the same on the top one. Okay, now that we had our rear rail tightened down to our brackets a little bit, we went ahead and stuck our fifth wheel onto our brackets so we can position our front rail. We have a pin in place loosely, just so we know where we're gonna put our holes for our front rail. We're on the center of our front rail closest to the cab of our truck. We'll drill a pilot hole here. Now we'll do our two most outer holes on both sides of our rail. Now our two outside holes on our front rail towards the rear of the truck, so this one here and the same hole on the other side of the vehicle, we need to enlarge these out to an inch and a quarter just through the top layer of metal so we'll use a hole saw for that. All right. We'll do the same on the other side of the vehicle. Now, on the passenger side, we're going to need to drill a nine-sixteenth hole through the center of the hole we just made for our hardware to go through. We can enlarge the other three holes to nine-sixteenths. Okay, once all of our holes are drilled we'll drop down our spacers where we drilled our hole saw. We can place our rail back in position now. Drop down our two long carriage bolts where our spacers are. We'll slide in our spacers. Drop down our carriage bolt. We'll make sure it lifts out nice and easy. If it does, reinsert our pins. Okay, you can see where our long carriage bolts came through of our sleave. We'll put a conical toothed washer on and a nut and the other bolt just gets a conical toothed washer and a nut. Repeat the same process on the other side. We'll get the one in the middle, the conical toothed washer and a nut. Okay, we'll tighten down our rails to the frame now. Can move onto our frame brat rails themselves. Okay, we'll snug down our bolt underneath now here. Okay, for our big five-eighths bolt, we'll take a 15 inch socket on our impact and snug this one down. Okay, we'll do the same on the other side. All right, now that we have everything tightened down, we can start torquing our hardware. The half inch bolts that connect our rails to our frame, we'll torque first. Okay, now let's specify the instructions. We'll torque the ones underneath now. Okay, now we'll start torquing out our frame bolts. The smaller half inch bolts get a significantly lower torque amount than the five-eighths, so make sure you pay attention to that. Now we can torque the big five-eighth bolts. Again, these are significantly higher than the half inch ones. All right, now that all of our bolts are torqued to specification, we'll zip tie these two wires that we removed from the driver's side frame rail earlier. I like to include a zip tie just so they don't damaged. Now we'll reattach our heat shield with the two bolts that we're removed earlier. That completes our installation of the Reese Quick Install custom base rails and outboard installation kit for fifth wheel trailer hitches, part number RP56010-53 on our 2013 Ram 3500 crew cab.


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