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Curt 5th Wheel Hitch Adapter Rails Review

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Review of the Curt 5th Wheel Hitch Adapter Rails

Hey everybody, how's it going Today, we're gonna be going over the CURT OEM 5th wheel rail adapter. Well, this rail adapter here, is gonna allow you to mount a fifth-wheel hitch, that mounts using above bed industry-standard rails into your truck here, with the factory prep package. Now, I know a lot of you guys, who've been fifth-wheel towing for a while. You already have a fifth-wheel hitch that you really like, but you've just recently upgraded trucks, that now has the factory prep package. Now, there are some fifth-wheel hitch options that mount directly to the factory prep package. But let's say you don't wanna buy a new fifth-wheel hitch you just wanna be able to reuse your old fifth-wheel hitch.

Well, that's where this rail adapter comes into play. On the top of our fifth-wheel hitch rail adapter, we're gonna have three rectangular cutouts. There's gonna be three on these on each side, and on both rails. So, these are what we're actually gonna mount our fifth-wheel-hitch too. Now, the majority of fifth-wheel hitches, are gonna be secured in these center rectangular slots but there are some of the other accessories such as gooseneck plates that install in these closest ones.

And there's also some older fifth-wheel hitches that install on the outside ones. In regards to compatibility, It's gonna work with any above-bed industry-standard mounted fifth-wheel hitch. Now there's several manufacturers that make these because they all make them to the industry standard. There's gonna be ones from Reese, Draw-Tite, Husky, Valley Industries, CURT, BMW. There's tons of manufacturers that make fifth-wheel hitches for those above-bed rails.

So, if you have any of those you're gonna be able to use them. Now in regards to truck compatibility, this adapter can actually be configured one of a few different ways. It's gonna be compatible, with the Ford OEM factory prep package as well as the Chevy, and GMC OEM factory prep package. So, our adapter is very easy to get in and out of the truck bed. All we need to do is, on each side remove this pin here, pull it out then just rotate our two handles 1/4 of a turn and then we'll just simply lift up and out of the truck bed.

I will say, our adapter does have some weight into it. They really can't make these things out of aluminum, they can't really make 'em lightweight because they need to withstand a lot of stress. So, I would say this whole adapter here is around 70 pounds. It's not something I would wanna move in and out of my truck every day, but it's still manageable for one person and it's really not too bad. And then, when we need to secure the adapter it's pretty much just the same few steps in reverse very easy, very fast. Rotate the handles into position, insert your pin, repeat on the other side, then you'll just drop your favorite fifth-wheel hitch into position, and we're done. For the exception of our hardware and our handles, everything is gonna have a nice durable black powder-coated finish. And trucks with a spray-in bed liner, it blends in really well there. But this is kind of an abused item, I mean, we're gonna be taking our metal-fifth wheel hitches that are very heavy, we're gonna be banging that into those. So, there is a potential to scratch the paint there but this powder-coat here, it is gonna be very hard to scratch. So, we're not gonna worry about exposing the metal underneath from rust and corrosion. So, this is something we could even keep in our truck bed here. Even if we don't have any sort of tonneau cover. We don't have to worry about this thing getting wet or the sun beating on it, it's very durable, that powder-coated finish is gonna protect this for a long time. So again, our adapter is gonna add a little bit of weight to our set it up, but it's really unavoidable. And it's also gonna add a little bit of height as well. So, usually, fifth-wheel hitches give you a hitch head height range, and we need to add two and a half inches for this, for our adapter. So usually, you're measuring from the top of the base rail to the top of the skid plate. So again, you'll just need to add some measurement there. Now, this can create an issue for certain trucks and trailers. It really just depends on your particular setup here. Thankfully, the hitch head height is actually adjustable on most fifth-wheel hitches and you can adjust the pin box within these side plates there. So, usually, you can adjust one or the other, to get your trailer level again. But it is important to note, that the adapter does add height. So in regards to capacity, our adapter here is gonna be rated at 25,000 pounds for the gross trailer rate rating. And it also has a downward force or a pin weight rating of 6,250 pounds. Now, there's not many fifth-wheel hitches that mount to the above bed rails, that are gonna be rated for higher than this. So, really not something you need to worry about but you will need to keep that in mind. In summary, I really like this adapter here. It's gonna allow you to use your old fifth-wheel hitch without spending all that money again. So, this particular one, unlike some of the other options on the market it's really innovative because it actually can be adapted or configured a different way, to suit different truck beds. So, whether you switch trucks, you have multiple trucks or you just want the adaptability, that's what this is gonna offer you. So overall, it's one of the best options on the market for transferring those older fifth-wheel hitches into the newer trucks, with a prep package. And that's gonna do it today, for our look and installation of the CURT OEM 5th wheel rail adapter..

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