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Just picked up a 2012 F250 SRW. It has what I assume are 5th wheel brackets mounted in it. I know nothing about 5th wheel towing or components. Is what I have worth a damn? No stamped numbers or manufacturer name.
 

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You are correct. If you don't use/have a 5th wheel you can usually unbolt them fairly easily and now you can sell it for a couple hundred etc. If you are worried about the holes just get a plastic bed insert or even better a nice spray on bedliner etc.
 

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You are correct. If you don't use/have a 5th wheel you can usually unbolt them fairly easily and now you can sell it for a couple hundred etc. If you are worried about the holes just get a plastic bed insert or even better a nice spray on bedliner etc.
Good idea. I hadn’t thought about selling it. Might pay for an oil change lol. Who knows, I may need it one day.
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That was way to easy, come on @JustinOOO9 !! I'm going with a M2 50 cal turret mounting bracket, just make sure you purchased a terrorism hunting license prior to use.<img src="http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/images/smilies/haha.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Haha" class="inlineimg" /><img src="http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/images/smilies/rofl.gif" border="0" alt="" title="rofl" class="inlineimg" />
Lol, the neighbors would love that!!
It would make keeping the coyotes away a bit more fun.
 

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I am a mere beginner but I have to add this is different than mine, so I guess all removable fifth wheel hitches are not the same. My hitch is a 15k ultraglide, for a shortbed, 6.5 feet. It needs to be moveable so it can slide back and forth. Yours is an 8 foot bed, so I guess its anchored in one place. The bars on top are a little skinnier, and where it attaches to the frame underneath, mine has a plate that connects both bars for added strength. I also had a spray in bedliner installed to make the bed more resistant to scratches.

As far as keeping it in the bed, the two rails have never bothered me, but if I ever move a fridge it will make it more difficult.

My guess is that it may not be rated to tow what your truck is. I only mention that because when I went RV shopping very few people knew the right answer, but would answer a question to close the deal quicker. They were trying to sell me rigs heavier than my SRW was rated.
 

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I am a mere beginner but I have to add this is different than mine, so I guess all removable fifth wheel hitches are not the same. My hitch is a 15k ultraglide, for a shortbed, 6.5 feet. It needs to be moveable so it can slide back and forth. Yours is an 8 foot bed, so I guess its anchored in one place. The bars on top are a little skinnier, and where it attaches to the frame underneath, mine has a plate that connects both bars for added strength. I also had a spray in bedliner installed to make the bed more resistant to scratches.

As far as keeping it in the bed, the two rails have never bothered me, but if I ever move a fridge it will make it more difficult.

My guess is that it may not be rated to tow what your truck is. I only mention that because when I went RV shopping very few people knew the right answer, but would answer a question to close the deal quicker. They were trying to sell me rigs heavier than my SRW was rated.
Yeah, I agree on the frame brackets looking a bit weak. I expected a one piece bracket for each side like you mentioned. If I ever need it I figure I’ll talk to a trailer/towing company to see what I really have. Though I bet your right, they’ll sell me a “better” package just to close a deal.
 

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I am a mere beginner but I have to add this is different than mine, so I guess all removable fifth wheel hitches are not the same. My hitch is a 15k ultraglide, for a shortbed, 6.5 feet. It needs to be moveable so it can slide back and forth. Yours is an 8 foot bed, so I guess its anchored in one place. The bars on top are a little skinnier, and where it attaches to the frame underneath, mine has a plate that connects both bars for added strength. I also had a spray in bedliner installed to make the bed more resistant to scratches.

As far as keeping it in the bed, the two rails have never bothered me, but if I ever move a fridge it will make it more difficult.

My guess is that it may not be rated to tow what your truck is. I only mention that because when I went RV shopping very few people knew the right answer, but would answer a question to close the deal quicker. They were trying to sell me rigs heavier than my SRW was rated.
Yeah, I agree on the frame brackets looking a bit weak. I expected a one piece bracket for each side like you mentioned. If I ever need it I figure I’ll talk to a trailer/towing company to see what I really have. Though I bet your right, they’ll sell me a “better” package just to close a deal.


That system and the brackets are perfectly safe. Here is a link for 2012 f250 5th wheel brackets without the factory puc system. same exact set ups. I'll admit it doesn'tt look strong but there is actually a lot of strength in just how the truck bed it self it mounted to the frame etc...

https://www.etrailer.com/5w-2012_Ford_F-250+and+F-350+Super+Duty.htm?Style=8+Foot+Bed+without+Factory+Rail+Kit

Appears you have a set up for 16,000lbs and only the 20k+ set ups have the heavier set up like my and the others guys truck etc. I have a one piece large bracket but only 2 bolts in the frame like the two single brackets on your truck etc.
 

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That system and the brackets are perfectly safe. Here is a link for 2012 f250 5th wheel brackets without the factory puc system. same exact set ups. I'll admit it doesn'tt look strong but there is actually a lot of strength in just how the truck bed it self it mounted to the frame etc...

https://www.etrailer.com/5w-2012_Ford_F-250+and+F-350+Super+Duty.htm?Style=8+Foot+Bed+without+Factory+Rail+Kit

Appears you have a set up for 16,000lbs and only the 20k+ set ups have the heavier set up like my and the others guys truck etc. I have a one piece large bracket but only 2 bolts in the frame like the two single brackets on your truck etc.
Yep, that 16k setup from Reese looks similar. Makes sense it’s not the 20k since my 350 is SRW.
 

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That was way to easy, come on @JustinOOO9 !! I'm going with a M2 50 cal turret mounting bracket, just make sure you purchased a terrorism hunting license prior to use.:haha::rofl:
you're crazy! must be coast guard. that's clearly an M134 mini gun mount.
 
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