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Curt Fifth Wheel - Fixed Fifth Wheel - C16036 Review

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Review of Curt Fifth Wheel C16036

Speaker 1: Today, we're going to take a look at the CURT A25 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch for the Ford Towing Prep Package. Has a 24,000 pound weight capacity. Now, this is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2011 and newer Ford Super Duty Trucks with the factory installed towing prep package. On a custom fit part, I always like to recommend for you to go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year and model of vehicle and it'll show you if this will work for your application.Now, this is a fifth wheel hitch that'll mount in your truck bed, so that you can tow your fifth wheel trailer. This one uses the interlocking two jaw system here, provides a nice 360 degree jaw to kingpin contact.

This will give you less rattle, more security than slide bar models. The head on this is a fully articulating head, moves in all directions instead of just front to back or side to side. Gives you more controlled coupling and a nice, stable, quiet ride. It will self-align for easy hookups, suppresses any road shock and it reduces bothersome towing noise.Now, the handle here, which is used to open the jaws, it's a single throw handle operation to open them. Has a pin and clip here that locks it, keeps it in the closed position if you remove the pin and clip.

To open it, you just pull the handle out, move it back and the jaws will pop open. I'm going to show you in a few minutes how this works.Now, the handle can be locked with a padlock. The hole here that the pin goes through is large enough, you could put a padlock through there for extra security. We do sell them separately on our website. This handle will self-reset to the ready to couple position after you uncouple your trailer.

Go and put the pin and clip right back in.Now, onto those jaws we we're talking about, if you look over here, there's a Zerk fitting, a greased Zerk fitting over there. They got two built-in greased Zerk fittings for easy lubrication of the jaws. Now, the main feature on this hitch, it is a three point color coded lock indicator system. What that does, it ensures secure towing because you'll be able to see it post .. It shows a color and a shape.

By looking at that from the cab of your truck, under the hitch head right here, it'll show you the position of the jaw or tell you the position of the jaws you're in.What I'm going to do here is rotate this around, so I show you as we talk about it. Yeah. I think we got it around, there you go. See it, and you'll notice the colors right under the hitch head here. What's important is you'll be watching right here, this just shows you the different colors and shapes. This is what you'll be looking at. Right now, you see it's showing a green circle. That means the jaws are locked closed, you're ready to tow. There's a yellow triangle. If it shows that, it means the jaws are open. You're ready to couple. I'm going to show you how that comes about.If we remove the pin and clip, and we're going to open the jaws, pull the handle. Slide it back. If you heard the jaws pop open, and there you see the yellow triangle. It means the jaws are open, you're ready to couple. If it shows a red octagon in that, it'll mean the jaws are locked open. It's uncoupled, you do not want to tow in that position. It will usually self-reset from that position. Again, what's nice about this is if you're in the cab, you can just turn around, look at those colors and it'll tell you the position of the jaws.Also wanted to mention this handle right here. This is a one pin head removal, this large handle with the pivot pin on it. If you pull the clip on this side, you can slide that large pivot pin out. It allows you to take out the head, and you can take out the cross member and the legs. Actually, one person could disassemble this if you only have one person there.Again, I want to also mention the hitch height adjustment. Just rotate this around a little bit, so we can show you. Right here, there's four rows of holes on this center cross member, you can see there's two bolts that bolt to each leg. It will give you a four inch hitch height adjustment. Now, hitch height is critical. When you go to tow your fifth wheel, you want it to be as level as possible with your tow vehicle. Depending on your application, it'll give you a range of four inches from 13 inches to 17 inches. The hitch height adjustment is always measured from the truck bed to the top of the hitch head. It'll give you that range for your application if you put it in the correct application.Now, it does include the plastic lube plate, let me spin this all the way around again. There we go. The plastic lube plate right here, this will go onto your kingpin. This will let you slide smoothly into the hitch during hook up, prevents any messy grease buildup. Now, all the hardware is included to install this. Now, for this video, I've attached the legs to the center cross member. I have used some of the hardware, but it will give you all the hardware you need to install it. Comes with a nice set of detailed instructions, tell you how to put everything together and how everything operates.Now, this part is constructed of sturdy steel, has a nice durable carbide powder coat finish to it. To install this into your vehicle, it has the factory system. Let me just show you the handles here on the side. There you go, there's two handles over here and two on that side. To install this, what you want to do is pop open this pin and clip. Rotate these handles out quarter of a turn, 90 degrees, and you'll notice the tabs will move.If you do the two on this side, two on that side, inaudible 00:04:56 drops right into the pucks of your factory system. Once they drop in, you want to lock it into place. As you return these handles, it turns those tabs, locks them into the pucks on your truck bed. Slide the pin and clip through, and that locks the handles. You do the same on that side, so it's fast and easy to install it.A few specs on this again. The application is for 2011 and newer Ford Super Duty Trucks with the factory installed prep package. Gross towing weight capacity is 24,000 pounds. One note, the capacity will be limited to the lowest rated towing component. Vertical load limit on this is 6,250 pounds. We mentioned the hitch height adjustment, 13 inches to 17 inches. One last note I do want to mention, this fifth wheel hitch is compatible with rotating pin boxes such as the Reese Sidewinder, the Reese Revolution, the Fifth Airborne Sidewinder only when used with a wedge. The wedges we do sell separately on our website.One last thing I want to do is just show you how the jaws operate. Down here, I got an example. This is what a kingpin would look like on your fifth wheel. When you go to hook up, the kingpin would slide in between the jaws. You can see when it slides back far enough, the jaws will completely interlock. The handle moves forward, the hole lines up and the main thing is if, again, you look at the color and shape, back here it's a green circle. That means the jaws are locked closed, you're ready to tow. All you have to do is take your pin, drop it through, clip it and the handle's locked. You're all ready to go.Then, to uncouple, just open it up. I'm going to hold onto this, you pull this handle. The kingpin will release just like that. Again, it shows the yellow triangle back here, which means the jaws are open. You're ready to couple.That should do it for the review on the CURT A25 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch for the Ford Towing Prep Package with a 24,000 pound weight capacity.

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