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Old 03-17-2014, 11:02 PM   #15
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Just make sure you use high strength bolts.
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1st update

I called Etrailer before work this morning. They said the kit is going to be about $86 dollars + $22 shipping, but, they are out of stock. They would have to order, then, I could expect to get them in between 2 -3 weeks.

I made the calls to the RV Dealers. All said they would have to call me back shortly. Some did, some didn't. For the ones that did call back, prices for the brackets were $81, $124, and $146. They also quoted me install prices of $350, $385, $650, and $500-$900(depending on my set-up).
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I bought my rails,brackets and bolts from an RV dealer. RBW uses the same parts kit as Reese. That is what I got and everything fit perfect.
I did mention the Reese products to them, and they all agreed about fitting RBW. Thanks cpaulsen.
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I made my own brackets, from 3/8 x 3 plate, under the bed which attached to the frame. Welded nut plates (1/2" hi test nuts) on the underside of these brackets. I can quickly spin the bolts out of the cross brackets to remove the whole hitch. Makes for a clean bed when not towing. Positioned center of pin 1/2 inch forward of center line of axle.
That's bad*** (I mean fantastic), oldbeek. I don't have welding skills, so I may ask a friend to throw some welds on after the brackets are installed.


I am considering having the professionals install it, on Friday, so that there is no question if it's properly done and no mistakes by me.
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Just make sure you use high strength bolts.
Thanks for responding, caissiel.

I'm considering having the pros do it Friday.
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Best idea!

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Does this hitch use ISR (industry standard rails)?
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thanks for responding, Tim. I think it's going to be for the best, Safety-wise.

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Does this hitch use ISR (industry standard rails)?
I don't know the answer to that. I did get the hitch from a 1997 f250 long bed, though.

I decided to go with a little mom-and-pop shop that's been around for as long as I can remember, in the same location.

Thanks for chiming in, jesilvas.

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The look like ISRs, but without measurements, hard to tell. And you are definitely missing installation hardware.
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The look like ISRs, but without measurements, hard to tell. And you are definitely missing installation hardware.
what measurements do I need to check to find out whether they are ISR's?

I noticed the missing hardware When I looked at the owners manual online.

I'm just missing the L brackets and bolts to the frame, am my correct, Or, do you see other stuff that's missing?
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Just need the L brackets. Could have them weld the hi-nuts to the L brackets before assembly so you can spin the bolts off from the top without help holding the nuts underneath. Used little rockers wear on the slide bar that slides in behind the 5th wheel pin. This will cause a clunk on take off and stop. I built mine back up by welding hardface on it. Also where it rocks sideways, The metal wears as it should have been thicker. Mine had wear after 70,000 miles of towing. If it has all the wear mine had it was not such a hot deal. Check it out.
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If your hitch is similar to a Reese an install kit is available with long bolt and spacers to go thru the frame on your truck. Only if you have a Ford. My last F250 (2005) I installed the hitch in about one hour and got the kit from my local parts store. If you pay shipping I think I have the lower brackets for chev, dodge
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I installed my RBW on my Chevy pickup and used it for 5 years....then bought a Superduty. Used all the same brackets to install with all new bolts. Worked just great.
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Brackets, spline bolts into the frame, nuts, washers, threaded bolt fish wires.
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Brackets, spline bolts into the frame, nuts, washers, threaded bolt fish wires.
I was imagining those hardware parts would come with the bracket kit. I was thinking you might have seen something else than the kit. Thanks jesilvas

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I installed my RBW on my Chevy pickup and used it for 5 years....then bought a Superduty. Used all the same brackets to install with all new bolts. Worked just great.
thats good to know that the RBW isn't just limited to a specific brand. Thanks cpaulsen

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If your hitch is similar to a Reese an install kit is available with long bolt and spacers to go thru the frame on your truck. Only if you have a Ford. My last F250 (2005) I installed the hitch in about one hour and got the kit from my local parts store. If you pay shipping I think I have the lower brackets for chev, dodge
The shop that I've chosen to go with said they had the bracket kit. Thanks for responding stink

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Just need the L brackets. Could have them weld the hi-nuts to the L brackets before assembly so you can spin the bolts off from the top without help holding the nuts underneath. Used little rockers wear on the slide bar that slides in behind the 5th wheel pin. This will cause a clunk on take off and stop. I built mine back up by welding hardface on it. Also where it rocks sideways, The metal wears as it should have been thicker. Mine had wear after 70,000 miles of towing. If it has all the wear mine had it was not such a hot deal. Check it out.
I'll look at the locations you mentioned. Thanks for the info oldbeek.


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Used little rockers wear on the slide bar that slides in behind the 5th wheel pin. This will cause a clunk on take off and stop. I built mine back up by welding hardface on it. Also where it rocks sideways, The metal wears as it should have been thicker. Mine had wear after 70,000 miles of towing. If it has all the wear mine had it was not such a hot deal. Check it out.
Oldbeek,

Thursday evening, I checked out the locations you brought up. It's All Good. There was minimal wear, possibly 1/16", on the slide bar. and the other location, maybe 1/32".
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