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Old 03-23-2016, 03:37 PM   #1
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Bed liner vs. 5th wheel hitch

Not strictly a towing question, but:

New short bed F-150, installing a (sliding) hitch when picking up the 5.0TA in May. I'd like to have a bed liner, but of course it needs to coexist with the hitch rails. I'm assuming I can install the liner first, and the installer can 'just' cut away the liner for the rails. Or better to put the liner in after the hitch?

Another alternative would be a spray-on liner after the hitch is in -- mask the rails and spray away . . .

I'm going to ask Trademasters (they're going to install the hitch), but thought the collective wisdom here would be invaluable!
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Old 03-23-2016, 04:13 PM   #2
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Not strictly a towing question, but:

New short bed F-150, installing a (sliding) hitch when picking up the 5.0TA in May. I'd like to have a bed liner, but of course it needs to coexist with the hitch rails. I'm assuming I can install the liner first, and the installer can 'just' cut away the liner for the rails. Or better to put the liner in after the hitch?

Another alternative would be a spray-on liner after the hitch is in -- mask the rails and spray away . . .

I'm going to ask Trademasters (they're going to install the hitch), but thought the collective wisdom here would be invaluable!
I would get a spray on liner before your hitch is installed. The hitch installer shouldn't have to remove any of it to install the rails.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:05 PM   #3
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Not strictly a towing question, but:

New short bed F-150, installing a (sliding) hitch when picking up the 5.0TA in May. I'd like to have a bed liner, but of course it needs to coexist with the hitch rails. I'm assuming I can install the liner first, and the installer can 'just' cut away the liner for the rails. Or better to put the liner in after the hitch?

Another alternative would be a spray-on liner after the hitch is in -- mask the rails and spray away . . .

I'm going to ask Trademasters (they're going to install the hitch), but thought the collective wisdom here would be invaluable!
My truck came with a factory spray in bed-liner. It did not and has not created any problems with the hitch. Trademasters installed the hitch.
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I went with a rubber mat cut out for the rails.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:44 PM   #5
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Bed liner vs 5th wheel hitch

Our 5.0TA will be delivered on 12 Aug '16. 2012 Dodge RAM 1500Quad Cab with a 6ft 4in box. I have a "rubber" mat type liner on the floor of the box and the tailgate. I have wondered about the mat vs the rails. At this point I am still planning on the Andersen ultimate hitch. I can see that holes for bolts and likely a couple of strips where the rails are, will likely be necessary. Whether that will be my DIY task after the installation or Trademasters is the question. There is some doubt in my mind that Trademaster will want to mess with it. Padlin can you provide more info on your situation.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:15 PM   #6
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Not strictly a towing question, but:

New short bed F-150, installing a (sliding) hitch when picking up the 5.0TA in May. I'd like to have a bed liner, but of course it needs to coexist with the hitch rails. I'm assuming I can install the liner first, and the installer can 'just' cut away the liner for the rails. Or better to put the liner in after the hitch?

Another alternative would be a spray-on liner after the hitch is in -- mask the rails and spray away . . .

I'm going to ask Trademasters (they're going to install the hitch), but thought the collective wisdom here would be invaluable!
Trademasters also do spray on Line-x bed liner if you have time to have that done as well as them installing the hitch.

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If the "new" F150 is a 2015 with an aluminum body, the steel hitch rails MUST be isolated from the aluminum bed to prevent galvanic corrosion. A spray in bed liner will accomplish this. Therefore, if it is an all aluminum Ford, it would be best to spray in the liner before the hitch is installed. If a plastic liner is used, the rails cannot be on top of it. Same with a rubber mat. With either, some other form of aluminum to steel isolation would have to be used.
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Ethan, I just cut out strips with a razor knife where the rails are, leaves me 3 rubber mats in the bed and 2 4" slices for the trash or whatever. I'll try to remember and take a picture tomorrow. I use a "Bedrug" tailgate mat, kind of a carpet thing.
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Trademasters also do spray on Line-x bed liner if you have time to have that done as well as them installing the hitch.

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I would highly recommend going this route. You could have the Line-X sprayed in before, or just have Tradmasters do it. It not only protects the bed, but the sidewalls too.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:44 PM   #10
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You could have the Line-X sprayed in before, or just have Tradmasters do it.
That makes sense to me, but allow enough time...
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LINE-X sets up in a about 3-5 seconds so it will definitely be ready to go when you pick up your truck. Wait about 24 hours for heavy duty use to allow it to fully cure.
from LINE-X Spray-On Truck Bedliners - Truck Accessories : Frequently Asked Questions
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