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Curt Fifth Wheel - Sliding Fifth Wheel - C16541 Review

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Review of Curt Fifth Wheel C16541


Today we're gonna take a look at the Curt A20 Dual Jaw Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with the R20 Slider and a 20,000 weight capacity. Now for this video I show it sitting on the above base rails and the install kit to give you an idea what this would look like in your vehicle. The install kit and the base rails we do sell separately. Now this fifth wheel hitch will mount in your truck bed so that you can tow your fifth wheel trailer. It uses a non-binding slider here to provide an extra 12 inches of clearances which is required for short bed trucks to turn safely at slow speeds, and that prevents your trailer from hitting the cab of your truck during those sharp slow speed turns. It does slide very smoothly on these rounded non-binding rods.

This is designed for use on trucks with beds shorter than 8 foot, but it's not recommended for use on truck beds that are shorter than 6 foot. The jaw system right here is an interlocking two jaw system which will provide a nice 360 degree jaw to kingpin contact. Because of that it'll give you less rattle, more security than a lot of your slide bar models. The head on this is a fully articulating torsion head, gives you controlled coupling and a nice stable quiet ride. It will self-align for easy hookup, helps suppress any road shock which will reduce bothersome towing noise. If you look on each jaw, there is a grease cert fitting.

There's two of them, one on each jaw. They're built in on the jaws for easy lubrication. The other nice feature on this, they do a fast one-pine head removal, which means if you pop this pin out and slide this large main pin out, you could take the head out of the cross member and then take the cross member off so it makes it easy for one person to remove the hitch from the truck. When you do install the cross member to the slider, there's three rows of holes, and that'll give you a four-inch hitch heighth adjustment, so anywhere from 17 1/2 inches up to 21 1/2 inches, and the hitch heighth is measured from your truck bed to the top of the hitch head, because you want to make sure when you're towing that your fifth wheel and your tow vehicle's as level as possible. This handle is a nice short throw single handle operation. It is lockable. It comes with this pinning clip that you can pop out the pinning clip and then you just pull the handle out.

Now the hole is large enough that you could actually put a padlock through there for extra security. We do sell padlocks separately on our website, and then just lock it. Drop the pin, clip it, you're ready to go. Now the main feature on this is the three point indicator system right back here. It's color coded, and it tells you if your hitch is ready to couple, uncouple, or tow, and it does it by colors, so what I'm gonna do is just turn this around. And what's nice about it, those lock indicators, the colors, are visible from the cab of your truck, so while you're in the cab backing up to hook up, you can watch the colors to make sure what position the jaws are in.

Now that I've got it turned around you can see there's the chart, and right now you'll see it showing a round green mark. That means the jaws are completely around the kingpin and you're already okay to tow. So if you go to open this, and it shows you what they mean. The red is uncouple, green is tow, yellow is couple. You'll notice here if I pull the pinning clip out, take this handle, pull it, rotate it, the jaws open, you can see it moves to a triangular yellow, which means then you're ready to couple. By chance if you go to hook up and the jaw's closed but it shows red, that means it's still uncoupled so you want to go back there and check there why it didn't couple correctly. You always want to make sure when the kingpin slides in that it goes to the round green that means you're ready to go. Here's the handle for that large pin that goes through if you need to remove the head. Let me just rotate this back around. Now this hitch will come with the plastic loupe plate right here. This goes onto your kingpin. It'll let the kingpin glide smoothly into the hitch during hookup. Also comes with the four pins and clips that are used to attach the slider to the base rails. This is a very simple installation. Now as I mentioned, the base rails and the custom installation kit is sold separately, and what I would recommend is you can go onto our website to go to our fit guide, put in your year, make, and model vehicle, and it'll get you the correct base rails and custom installation kit to use this hitch on your vehicle. This hitch is compatible with fifth wheel above bed base rails from BMW, Curt, Demco, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley. This hitch is a sturdy steel construction. Has a nice durable carbide powder coat finish over it. Few specs on this. The gross towing weight capacity is 20,000 pounds. Vertical load limit or pin weight capacity is 5,000 pounds. The slider travel we mentioned is 12 inches front to back. That hitch heighth again that can be adjusted anywheres from 17 1/2 inches all the way up to 21 1/2 inches. Now what I want to do is first demonstrate the head. I have an example. This is what the kingpin would look like on your fifth wheel trailer, so when you're going to hook up, you can see it'll slide right in between the two jaws, and when it gets in far enough, the jaws completely surround the kingpin. The handle goes up, the hole lines up. You can take your pinning clip, drop it right into place, clip it, and it's locked and ready to go. Again, if you look at the color indicator back here, it's showing the round green which means, ready to tow, you're hooked up good. Now to show you how the slider operates. The slider, you just have this main handle here on the driver's side, and what you want to do, right now it's locked in the towing position, which means it's closest to the cab, so you can be on the highway towing. When you get to the campground and you need to back and do some sharp angles, you want to put it to the maneuvering position. That gets you that extra 12 inches. Just pull this handle out and just turn it towards, move that handle towards the cab, and that'll unlock it, and then you'll see as it goes into the maneuvering position, just like that, it locks into place. Now you've gained that extra 12 inches you can maneuver around. When you're done maneuvering and you're hooking up, ready to get back on the road and tow, all you have to do is again pull it out, but this way turn it towards the fifth wheel. Now you're gonna slide into the towing position. Just like that, it moves the 12 inches and then automatically locks into place. Now you're ready to get on the highway and tow the fifth wheel. But that should do it for the review on the Curt A20 Dual Jaw Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with the R20 Slider, and the 20,000 pound weight capacity.


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