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Excessive Noise When Using Curt A16 Fifth Wheel Hitch On 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500


2015 Chevrolet 2500HD truck with 6.5 foot bed 2015 Heritage Glen 336 camper I purchased a 38 foot fifth wheel and the dealer installed the Q 16 hitch in my truck. When I take off and stop there appears to be considerable movement of the pin in the hitch jaws. I have not used a hitch like this in the past however I have driven a tractor trailer for over 30 years so I understand the fifth wheel hitch and how they work. I have also talked with some friends that tow fifth wheel campers and they do not seem to have this experience. I can apply truck brakes and I will feel the movement and hear the pop when the pin moves. I can also hear the same when I am starting to take off. I tried adjusting the trailer break box but nothing helped. I pulled the camper about 350 miles from the dealer home and this was somewhat an annoyance when breaking. The camper is new so I do not see any wear issue with the pin. Is this normal or are there an adjustment for the jaws


Expert Reply:

There is not an actual adjustment that can be made on the A16, part # C16621. The hitch has a pivoting head that is cushioned so a bit of movement may be present when towing. If you can find the source of the noise it can help. It may be caused by the slider or by the jaws on the king pin, or the large pin that is in the middle of the hitch.

You may want to check out the Curt Fifth Wheel Rail Sound Dampeners, part # 16900. These are neoprene pads that fit between the hitch and the rails in your truck bed and help eliminate some of the clanking noises you said you are experiencing.

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