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Today, we're going to take a look at the Curt Q25 Dual-Jaw fifth-wheel trailer hitch for the Chevrolet GMC Towing Prep package. This has a 25,000-lb weight capacity. This is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the Chevy GMC 2500 and 3500 trucks with the factory-installed Towing Prep package, starting in the year 2016. These legs are designed to drop right into the openings of the OEM under-bed hitch platform. For this video, I've mounted the legs to the crossmember and the head's all installed, so this is how it would look installed in your truck bed.

This does use a two-jaw locking system right here. It provides a nice 360-degree jaw-to-kingpin contact. Because of that, it will give you less rattle, more security than the slide bar models. The head, mounted in this crossmember is on a nice, unique spherical axial bearing, and that allows easy pivoting of the hitch head. It does give you smooth, 360 degree movement, not just front to back or side to side tilting.

It does also give you nice built-in cushioning to absorb any road shock. It is a self-aligning head, and it pivots for simple hookup. The handle is a lockable handle, which will let you easily secure the trailer to the hitch. It comes with the pinning clip. If you want, you can also get a padlock, which we sell separately, that would go through here and give you extra security. The handle itself, when you operate it, is a short-throw single-handle operation.

We're going to show you that in a minute, how that works. Now, there are three lube points on the head that have easy to access grease fittings on the jaws for easy maintenance. There's one right in the very middle, and there's an arrow that points to it. There's a Zerk fitting right under the jaws. That one is to grease the lower bearing.

On each side, there's an arrow and Zerk fittings, one on each side. Those two are to grease the jaw pins. This hitch does offer the three-point indicator system, which is color-coded. This will tell you if your hitch is ready to uncouple, couple or two. This color indicator is visible from the cab, so if your cab's back here, you can turn around and look and see what color is showing. That will tell you the position of the jaws in your hitch head. What I'm going to do now is rotate this, just so we can see the colors we're talking about. If we've got this all turned around here, you can probably see right here is the color indicator. Right now it's showing green in that hole right there. Green means you're ready to tow. The jaws are closed around the kingpin, so you're all ready to go. It's locked into place. If it showed yellow, that would mean it's ready to couple. The jaws would be open. The handle would be out, and you'd be ready to couple up. Now, if it does show red, red means uncouple, so if you ended up trying to couple and it didn't do it correctly and it's showing red, that means before you do anything, you want to check it out to make sure you get it to where it's going to show green. It's green for tow, yellow for couple, and red for uncouple. What I'm going to show you here, we're going to pull the pin and clip the latch, and I'll show you that sharp throat handle. Just like that, you can see now the jaws are both open. You can see it's showing yellow, which means you're ready to couple. I've got an example. This is what a kingpin would look like on your pin box of your trailer. You'll notice as it goes in and closes the jaws, just like that, the handle goes all the way in, shows green, which means you're ready to tow. Then you can close that latch, because the handle's in place. Then just put your pin and clip right back in, and you're ready to go. It's very simple, just like that. This nice indicator, color-coded indicator system will help you see it from the cab. They do have, also, a two-pin head removal here, makes it easy for one person to remove the hitch. Just pull out these two clips, pull out these pins and you can lift the head out of the crossmember. Then you can take the crossmember out, and then the legs. Piece by piece, you could remove it if there's just one person around, you don't have any help. I am going to spin this back and show you that it does come with a plastic lube plate that is included. There we go. This plastic lube plate right here, this is designed to let your kingpin guide smoothly into your hitch during hookup. This will go around the kingpin of your trailer, so as it slides in, it will help it slide in easier. It also protects, keeps metal-to-metal contact between your pin box and your hitch head with this in between it. There is a hitch height adjustment. When you go to mount these legs to the crossmember, there's three rows of legs that you're mounted to. That will give you a four-inch hitch height adjustment, anywhere from about 13 inches to 17 inches. Hitch height is always measured from the truck bed up to the top of the hitch head. Depending where you bolt the legs, to which row of holes, it will give you a four-inch range so you can get your trailer as level as possible with your tow vehicle. The custom feet right here, these are designed to mount into your Chevy GMC truck's underbed hitch platform. I'll show you how they work. We'll rotate it again a little bit, so you can see the lever. This is on each corner, you'll do this. There's a pin and clip you pop out. Rotate that lever 90 degrees. That will rotate that tab, and you'll do that at each corner. Once they're both open, you can drop it right into the underbed prep package that's on your vehicle. Once it's dropped in, you just rotate it back 90 degrees. It will rotate those tabs to lock it into place, and then just put your pin and clip right back in. Again, you'll do that on each corner, so very simple installation. The hitch is a sturdy steel construction, has a nice durable carbide powder-coat finish on it. The specs on that, the application is for the Chevy GMC trucks with the factory-installed towing prep package starting in 2016. Gross towing weight capacity is 25,000 pounds. Vertical load limit is 6,250 pounds. The hitch height, again, we mentioned, is 13 to 17 inches. Just to show you how this handle and the hitch head work again, from the other side, pop off the pin and clip. Rotate the lever, and then just pull your handle right out. You can see it releases just like that. You see the jaws are open. Back here, it will show yellow. You're ready to couple. Let's show it by putting on your lube plate. Again, you want to make sure that lube plate is all the way on your kingpin so when you're going to hook up, it would slide right on just like that, and you'll see the handle goes all the way in. It's showing green, which means you're ready to tow. Flip your lever over, put your pin and clip in, and it's all locked into place. You're ready to go. That should do it for the review of the Curt Q25 Dual-Jaw Fifth-wheel Trailer Hitch for Chevrolet GMC Towing Prep package, with the 25,000-lb weight capacity.

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