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Closing Jaws on Curt A16 5th Wheel Hitch

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Hello, I just finished installing the A16 hitch in my 2018 Silverado with the factory puck system. I pulled the handle to check operation and it opened to the ready to couple position just fine. My question is how do I get it to reset to closed since I wont be picking up my fifth wheel for another two weeks? Thanks

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To get your Curt A16 5th Wheel Sliding Hitch # C16521 or A16 fixed hitch # C16520-16025 to close the jaws, you simply need to apply pressure to the back of the jaws where the king pin would connect. Do not use your hand for this as you could get injured, but you can use a section of tubing or a large wrench or screwdriver for instance to allow the pressure to close your jaws.

The only reason to close your jaws is to keep tension off the springs in the head but even in a worst case scenario leaving the jaws open for 2 weeks won't damage your hitch.

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