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Old 07-28-2015, 10:31 AM   #41
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The do (at least they did at one time) make a heavy rubber mat for the bed floor. Had one in my 99 dually.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:16 PM   #42
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As said above, get a heavy rubber bedmat and cut the rail holes in it. They are usually about 3/8 thick, should make the transition smoother from floor to rails. Cut up plastic liner and place in trash. I've used the plastic liners with the rubber mat, and now have the spray in liner with the rubber mat. Second is the best of both worlds.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:23 PM   #43
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I would spray a liner material in box.....install rails as per spec leaving spaces between....It is much easier to hose out/clean any mud-straw etc when there is space below rails
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:38 PM   #44
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As said above, get a heavy rubber bedmat and cut the rail holes in it. They are usually about 3/8 thick, should make the transition smoother from floor to rails. Cut up plastic liner and place in trash. I've used the plastic liners with the rubber mat, and now have the spray in liner with the rubber mat. Second is the best of both worlds.
Hitch rails should not be installed over any rubber mat. They should be installed metal to metal on the bed floor with nothing but maybe a spray in liner under them.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:51 PM   #45
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Need it, no I don't think so but nice to have I would say so. I don't have one in the bed of the truck, no problem for me.
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:38 PM   #46
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Hitch rails should not be installed over any rubber mat. They should be installed metal to metal on the bed floor with nothing but maybe a spray in liner under them.
Understood and agreed.
I cut slots in my drop-in bedliner for the rails.
Just wondering if something else between the bedliner and the bed, might help protect the bed itself more, since others have indicated that the drop-in liners are not good for the bed itself (would still cut around the rails)
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:24 PM   #47
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Hitch rails should not be installed over any rubber mat. They should be installed metal to metal on the bed floor with nothing but maybe a spray in liner under them.
OC, not quite sure how you missed the "cut the holes out for the rails" part. I was suggesting that the rails would be more "flush" with the bed floor if the mat was cut out to fit around them. Guess maybe it wasn't clear enough, but the mat should be cut to fit around the rails, not bolted under them. Some were saying that cutting the bedliner it may need to be screwed to the floor to not buckle once cut. 3/8 rubber will lay flat. Certainly wasn't suggesting to mount the rails over the rubber. That would be well, dumb.

I remove my rubber mat, or roll it up to install the 5th wheel. I have not cut it because I like a fairly flat floor with no holes when it rolled out.
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OC, not quite sure how you missed the "cut the holes out for the rails" part. I was suggesting that the rails would be more "flush" with the bed floor if the mat was cut out to fit around them. Guess maybe it wasn't clear enough, but the mat should be cut to fit around the rails, not bolted under them. Some were saying that cutting the bedliner it may need to be screwed to the floor to not buckle once cut. 3/8 rubber will lay flat. Certainly wasn't suggesting to mount the rails over the rubber. That would be well, dumb.

I remove my rubber mat, or roll it up to install the 5th wheel. I have not cut it because I like a fairly flat floor with no holes when it rolled out.
Didn't miss it, it said cut for bolts, not anything about cutting for the rails.
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As said above, get a heavy rubber bedmat and cut the rail holes in it. They are usually about 3/8 thick, should make the transition smoother from floor to rails.
That's what it was...............
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That's what it was...............
Rail holes, nothing about the rails themselves, just holes, no slots.
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