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Recommended 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Capacity for a 16,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer

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If yor load weighs 16,000 are you ok with a 16k hitch or should I go with a 20k

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For a 5th wheel trailer that weighs 16,000 pounds you will definitely want to go with at least an 18K hitch or higher. A 16K hitch could easily be overloaded so a buffer of 2,000 pounds in this case is the much safer option.

My top picks for 18K and 20K hitches:

If your truck has a 6 to 6-3/4 foot bed I recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Above Bed - 18,000 lbs Item # DM8550034. This hitch slides automatically as you drive to give you 14" of additional clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Pivoting head allows easy hook up and helps to limit chucking.

If your truck has a long bed I recommend the Curt A20 # C16140. With a dual-jaw design, built-in cushioning, and easy-to-see king pin indicator, this fifth-wheel trailer hitch offers simple hookup and a secure connection that ensures a superior ride with minimal jarring and chucking.

I have linked videos of these hitches for you. If you can tell me what truck you have, the bed length, and if it has 5th wheel rails yet I can make some more recommendations. If it doesn't have 5th wheel rails or a factory prep package are you interested in above the bed rails, under-bed mounts, or both?

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