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Curt Fifth Wheel C16550 Review

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Review of Curt Accessories and Parts C16550


Today we are going to take a look at the Curt R20 round tube slide for Curt Fifth Wheel trailer hitches. This has 12 inches of travel. Now for this video, I have installed it on the above bed base rails and the installation kit just to give you an idea what this would look like on your vehicle. Now the rails and the installation kit is sold separately. What I would recommend is go to our web site, use our fit guide, put in your year, make, and model vehicle, and it will show you what rails and installation kit you would need for your application. This is designed to work with a Curt fifth wheel trailer hitch rated at 20,000 pounds. The hitch would install right here between these uprights on the slider. Now this is a non-binding slider, provides extra 12 inches of front to back clearance which is required on a short bed pickup to turn safely at slow speeds.

The reason is it will prevent the trailer from hitting the cab of your truck during sharp, slow speed turns. It will slide smoothly on these rounded, non-binding rods that will lock the hitch into position. It is ideal for towing fifth wheel trailers. It will have a large overhang and they are rated up to 20,000 pounds. It does use the wheels. If you will notice right here, the wheels or the rollers as they call them instead of hollow rods like the competition does.

These are designed for use on trucks with beds shorter than eight feet. Now it is not recommended for use on truck beds that are shorter than six feet. This is compatible with fifth wheel above bed base rails from BMW, Curt, Demco, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley 00:01:20. This part is constructed of a durable carbide powder coated steel. It also comes with the four pins and clips that will go in here to attach your slider to the base rails. A few specs on this, the gross towing weight capacity is 20,000 pounds.

The travel again, front to back is 12 inches total. I do want to show you how this operates. Now we don't have the hitch head in here which would give it some weight, makes it move a lot easier, but I still want to show you the slider, how it works. Basically you will just grab the handle here on the driver side, and you pull it out. Right now you are in the towing position so that means it is locked. It will be closest here, this is the cab up here, this would be closest to the cab so you are out on the highway towing. Now when you get to your campground and you need to back it into some tough angles or sharp turns, then you want to be able to gain that 12 extra inches as your slider will move the hitch head back towards the tailgate.

You just pull your handle to unlock it. Pull it out and twist it back towards the cab of the tow vehicle and that will unlock it. Then you will notice that it will slide and when it slides the full 12 inches, there is a notch that that handle will lock it automatically into place and it is locked into maneuvering position. When you are done maneuvering and you are ready to get back on the road and tow again, you want to go into towing position, the same way. You just pull it out, but this time you just turn the handle towards the fifth wheel. The same way, it unlocks it and your hitch head would slide all the way back to the towing position. You can see it locks right into place that way. That should do it for the review on the Curt R20 round tube slider for the Curt fifth wheel trailer hitches with the 12 inches of travel.


Info for this part was:

Employee Zack K
Video Edited:
Zack K
Employee Andrew K
Video by:
Andrew K
Employee Jeff D
Installed by:
Jeff D
Employee Nicholas E
Test Fit:
Nicholas E

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