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Curt Fifth Wheel - Sliding Fifth Wheel - C16669 Review

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Speaker 1: Today we're going to take a look at the Curt A20 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch, with the R20 Slider for the Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package, and it has a 20,000 pound weight capacity.Now, this is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2016 and newer Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks with the 6-1/2' bed and the factory rail kit. And on a custom fit part, I'd always like to recommend for you to go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle, and it'll show you if this will work for your application.Now, this fifth wheel hitch will mount in your truck bed, so that you can tow your fifth wheel tailor. It's mounted on this non-binding slider to provide clearance that's required for your short-bed pickup to turn safely at slow speeds. It'll give you a slider travel of 12 inches front to back. That extra clearance will prevent your trailer from hitting the cab of your pickup during sharp, slow-speed turns.

And it slides smoothly on the rounded non-binding rods.This is designed for use on trucks with beds shorter than eight foot, and it's not recommended for use on truck beds shorter than six foot.The head on this uses a nice two-jaw locking system here. Provides a 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact, because of that it'll give you less rattle, more security than the slide-bar models.Does have two lube points, with easy to access grease zerk fittings, one on each jaw. Right here, very easy to get to. You put your grease gun right on there and lubricate the jaws.Also, has a fast one-pin head removal, makes it easy for one person to remove the hitch from your truck. Right here, if you just pull this pin, slide this large pin out, you can take that out of the cross member and then take it apart.

So one person could remove it.Now, when you do bolt your cross member to your slider here, it does give you a four-inch hitch height adjustment. So range of anywhere from 18-3/4" to 22-3/4". And hitch height is always measured from your truck bed to the top of the hitch head.And hitch height adjustment is critical, because when you tow your fifth wheel, you do want to make sure it's as level as possible with your tow vehicle. So when you do mount this on it'll give you that four-inch hitch height adjustment.Also, a nice feature on this is the three-point indicator system. It's a color-coding on the handle ...

Oh, actually right here underneath the hitch head. And it's color-coded. It'll tell you if the hitch is ready to uncouple, it'll show red. If it shows yellow, that means you're ready to couple. And if it shows green, like it does now, it means the jaws are closed, you're ready to tow.And what's nice about this, if your cab's right here, you can turn around and look and see the color.

So just by it's visible from your cab, you can turn around and see what position your jaws are in.It does have a nice lockable handle, lets you easily secure the trailer to the hitch. Basically it comes with a pinning clip, but if you wanted extra security, the hole is large enough you could put a padlock through there. We do sell those separately. It is a very short-throw single-handle operation. I'm going to show you that here in a minute.Does come with this included plastic lube plate. The lube plate is nice. That'll go onto your king pin on your fifth wheel. And when you go to hook up, it helps it glide smoothly into the hitch during hook-up.Now to install this into your vehicle, it is a very fast, easy installation. Basically you just drop this into the floor receiver pucks that are built into your factory underbed rails. Right here you just go to each corner, pop the pinning clip, rotate your handle here out 90 degrees, and that'll rotate the tab. You do that on each corner, and once they're all open, all you have to do is drop it right into the pucks. The four pucks that are built into your factory rails. Once they drop in, turn that handle that'll rotate the tab to lock them into the pucks. And then put your pinning clip in to hold your handle into place. Very simple to install and simple to remove.This is built with sturdy steel construction. Has a nice durable carbide powder coat finish to it. Again, the three specs on this, the application we mentioned is 2016 and newer, Chevy/GMC trucks at the Factory Installed Towing Prep Package. Gross towing weight capacity is 20,000 pounds. Vertical load limit, or pin weight capacity is 5,000 pounds. And we measured the slider travel is 12 inches front to back.So, what I'm going to do now is we're going to demonstrate the jaws, and I'm going to demonstrate the slider, how it operates. So for the jaws, here's an example of a king pin, what the king pin would look like on your fifth wheel.So, what you want to do first is pop your pinning clip on your handle. And you can see it's tethered here with the lanyard so you can't lose it. And then you just take your short-throw handle, pull it out, rotate it back, and your jaws you can see pop open. You're ready to hook up.And we mentioned the color-coding. Now if you look at it, it's showing a yellow triangle, which yellow means you're ready to couple. If it showed red, it means it's uncoupled, you're not ready to couple yet.So basically what'll happen is you go to couple, your king pin will slide in between two jaws. Once it gets in far enough you notice the jaws completely close around there. The handle slides up, the holes line up.Let's look at the color-coding. It's showing a round green circle. So you're already ready to tow. Take your pinning clip, drop it through, clip it. Your handle's locked into place. You're all ready to go.And again, just to remove it, pop your pinning clip. You want to hold onto this so it doesn't pop it off, but you just pull your handle, rotate it back, and it shoots the king pin right out.Now, if you get into your camp ground and need to make some tight turns, you want to gain that extra 12 inches of clearance on the slider, the way you would do that, just go over here to your slider, got your slider handle. Right now it's locked in the towing position. It'll say right here, towing position, so that's closest to the cab.So, when you get to your campground, you want to slide that extra 12 inches to the maneuvering position. Just take your handle and pull it out and then turn it away from the maneuvering position. So turn it towards the cab. And when you do that it'll automatically slide to the maneuvering position. And you can see once it gets there, the handle automatically rotates and locks it into place. Now you can do all your maneuvering.Then when you're done camping, you're ready to get back out on the road to tow, just pull this and do the same thing. Turn it away from the position you're going to, or away from the cab. And then it'll slide right into the towing position. Again, lock right into place. Good, simple movement.But that should do it for the review on the Curt A20 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with the R20 Slider, for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Packages. And has a 20,000 pound weight capacity.

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