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Reese Fifth Wheel for the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado

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Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 20,000 lbs - 2003 Chevrolet Silverado

The forged, self-latching jaw on this fifth-wheel hitch wraps around your trailer's king pin for absolute security. Wide funnel area and a 4-way pivoting head ease hookup, even on unlevel ground. Rails and mounting kit sold separately.


  • Forged, single-piece, self-latching jaw wraps around king pin to ensure proper connection
    • Design offers superior jaw-to-king-pin contact for maximum security and minimum rattle
  • 9" Wide funnel (rather than traditional, 6" wide funnel) provides larger area for guiding king pin into hitch
  • Extended-length, lockable handle lets you easily secure trailer to hitch with padlock (sold separately)
    • King pin indicator keeps hitch from locking until connection is secure
  • 4" Height adjustment
  • 4-Way head pivot improves efficiency - faster, easier hookup, even on unlevel ground
    • 6-Degree side-to-side pivot
  • 1-Piece legs offer a wide stance for stability
  • Above-bed rails and mounting kit sold separately
    • Fits Curt, Valley, Draw-Tite, Hidden-Hitch and Reese base rails
    • Cut installation time in half by using a Chevrolet Silverado-specific bracket kit instead of the universal kit
  • Black powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • Made in USA


  • Gross towing weight: 20,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 5,000 lbs
  • Hitch height: 14" - 18"
  • Lifetime limited warranty

Note: This fifth-wheel trailer hitch will not fit pickups with beds shorter than 6' unless used with a Sidewinder. It also will not fit trucks with flareside/stepside bed.

Elite Series Jaw

Forged, Self-Latching Jaw

The one-piece, self-latching jaw on this fifth-wheel hitch provides absolute security with its wraparound design. Increased jaw-to-king-pin contact results in not only a stronger connection, but less rattle and movement as well. And the convenient lock indicator on the hitch handle ensures that hookup is complete and secure before you can lock your trailer to your hitch.

Pivoting Head Animation

Pivot Action for Simple Hookup

It's easier than ever to hook your fifth-wheel trailer up to your hitch thanks to the 4-way pivoting head on this Reese fifth-wheel hitch. Front-to-back and side-to-side movement make hookup easy, even on unlevel ground.

30081 Reese Select Plus Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs

Video of Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 20,000 lbs

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Video Transcript for Reese Fifth Wheel RP30081 Review

Today were going to review part number RP30081. This is the Reese Select Plus Single-Jaw Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with the fixed legs. Has a 20,000-pound weight capacity. This hitch uses the Forged, single-piece, self-latching jaw which will provide absolute security with its wrap-around design. The increased jaw-to-king-pin contact will result not only in stronger connection, but less rattle and movement as well. Has a convenient lock indicator on the hitch handle, which will ensure that the hookup is complete and secure before you can lock your trailer to your hitch.

Basically I just want to show you how that operates. If we pull out the pin and clip, the indicator will fall into place. If you pull out on the handle, there is the single jaw, you can watch it open up. If you pull up, itll lock into place. Jaw stays open, now its ready for the king pin to slide up in there.

Right down here, theres a little tab on inaudible 00:01:01 you might be able to see, and that is when the king pin slides into the hitch and pushes onto that tab, it will actually move this indicator. Let me move this so youll be able to see the indicator weve been talking about right over here. Once the king pin is in there, it will push this tab open, which will then allow you to lock the handles. So basically the handles goes, the jaw will close and wrap around the king pin, it will push in on that indicator which will move this lever open, and you can just drop your pin and clip in there, clip it, and that will lock the handle and keep the handle locked so jaw would not open, keeps the king pin in position. The hole is large enough; you can use a padlock for addition security.

We do sell those separately. Now this hitch does use the newer style elite series head, which is a tough, heavy-duty stamped steel head thats used on the elite series hitches, which are usually a little more expensive. It is a four-way pivoting head, as you can see, side-to-side it pivots six degrees and it also moves front-to-back. With it pivoting like that it makes it fast and easy hookup, even on unlevel ground. This head does also have a Zerk fitting here, which might be hard to see, that you can actually put a grease gun on, squirt grease in there, and itll come out underneath and lubricate any of the moving parts on the head.

Also, this head has the nine-inch wide funnel, rather than traditional, six-inch wide funnel. The nine-inch funnel will provide larger area for guiding king pin into hitch. Has the extended-length, lockable handle, lets you easily secure trailer to the hitch with padlock like we mentioned. Has the indicator that we showed you, keeps the hitch from locking until connection is secure. Now also I want to show you if I rotate this to the side, if you look at the crossmember, there are four sets of holes drilled in this crossmember and that is for the hitch height adjustment. Basically there is a four-inch range that you want the height to be correctly above your truck bed. So if you put these bolts and install the hitch in the very top bolts, that would be the lowest height, that would be 14 inches. It would measure 14 inches above your truck bed. If you drop it down to the holes on the bottom, which would be the highest, that would be 18 inches. So 14-to-18 inches, you have a four-inch height adjustment. This does come with the one-piece wide stance legs for stability. Now for this video I actually have the hitch and the legs installed in base rails already that have the mounting brackets on the side. Now those are sold separately, they are not included with this part number. You would need to get the correct base rails and the correct mounting brackets for your application. Now on the mounting brackets that mount to your frame or your truck bed, we do recommend to use the custom-fit ones, and the reason for that is most of them are designed to use existing holes in your trailer frame, so it minimizes the amount of drilling, and it will cut the installation time in half compared to using the universal installation kit. This hitch will fit Curt, Valley, Draw-Tite, Hidden-Hitch, and Reese rails. This is a steel hitch which has a black powder coat finish which will resist corrosion. It is made in the USA. A few specs on it: it has a gross towing weight capacity of 20,000 pounds, has a vertical load limit of 5,000 pounds. Again, the hitch height adjustment is from 14 inches to 18 inches. It does come with a five-year limited warrantee. I just want to rotate it to show you any of the features you might want to see. Heres the indicator and the hitch handle we were talking about. Heres the very back of it. And that should do it for the review on part number RP30081.

Customer Reviews

Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 20,000 lbs - RP30081

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.9 out of 5 stars   (9 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim F.04/08/2011

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I just completed the installation of a Reese 20K 5th wheel hitch (RP30081) using the quick install custom base rail kit (RP50073-58) in my 2011 F350 dually. 11334

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brad J05/17/2012

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Needing something yesterday was an understatement. I was in a bind and called e-trailer for help. I told them what I needed and how bad I was needing it. The orderer was shipped the same day and I recieved it a day and a half later. I cannot say enough about the customer service, selection, at e-trailer. !!!!!superior!!!!!40775

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Cal R.09/04/2012

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Excellent product. Easy to assemble and operate. etrailer made the whole process very easy, and the product was delivered in 4 business days, in excellent condition. Thanks etrailer.53864

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David06/06/2011

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Very satisfied with product and the treatment received from etrailer. I rate this company excellent.16223

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John W.02/02/2011

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Product is as I'd hoped, I've not used it yet though. Installation was relatively simple and etrailer has been nice to do business with.6551

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Cumminsman05/21/2012

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if your hauling over 7 tons there is nothing better than the 20k reese, and etrailer had the best deals. 41171

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don W.06/22/2011

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fast delivery---tracking information excellent--ea to install17701

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Lynn P.05/16/2012

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Hitch is what I wanted. Easy to install. Thanks40719

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: c hagen03/12/2012

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just what I was looking for 33603

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  • Proper Mounting Position of Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on 2011 Ford F-250
  • When installing a fifth-wheel hitch in the bed of a truck you want to make sure that the jaw of the fifth-wheel sits directly over or slightly in front of the rear axle center. I looked up the instructions for the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, part # RP50082-58. This installation kit states that the center line of the hitch should be approximately 2-15/16 inches in front of the center line of the axle. Your install kit may be slightly different but should be close to the measurements o
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  • Is a Pivot Head Lockout Necessary for Highway Travel with a Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • It is not necessary to lock the head from side-to-side or lateral pivot when towing on the highway. A Pivot Head Lockout is typically used to prevent some trailer sway. If when passing or being passed by large trucks, your trailer rocks laterally, a lockout can stop that. If your trailer does not have this problem then it is not required to use a lockout. That being said using a lockout, even without sway, will not harm the hitch.
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  • Will an 18K Select Plus Fifth Wheel Hitch Fit the Slider from a Reese 15K Hitch
  • You should be able to retain your slider and just swap the 15K head out for an 18K unit. If you have the Reese Kwik Slide Square Tube, part # 30048, you can use Reese Select Plus head, part # 58292. You will also need the head support, part # 58293.
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  • Will an 18k Reese 5th Wheel Hitch Fit the Same Rails as a Reese 15k 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • As long as your current 15k Reese 5th wheel hitch was installed with Reese rails, the 18k Reese 5th Wheel, # 30081, will fit the same rails.
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  • Some Guidelines for Choosing Fifth Wheel Hitch for Fifth Wheel Camper with 9000 lb Dry Weight
  • I would recommend choosing a fifth wheel hitch with your future needs in mind. All fifth wheel hitches do the same thing, retain the trailer king pin. The differences between hitches amount to their weight capacities, the features offered or the method of mounting to the truck. The lowest capacity hitch we offer is a 15K, like the Pro Series, part # PS30093. This hitch would work for you, as your trailer is unlikely to weigh more than that when fully loaded. If you might want to upgrade in tr
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  • Adjusting Height of Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The head portion of the Reese 18K Select Plus Fifth Wheel Hitch is height adjustable from 14 to 18 inches above the floor of the truck bed. To raise the head, remove the bolts that attach it to the support legs of the hitch, and reattach using the upper holes. For safety, you will need at least 6 inches of clearance between the top of the truck side rails and the bottom of the trailer loft. I have included a link to the installation details below.
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  • Is There A Custom Fifth Wheel Install Kit Available for a 1998 Chevy K1500 Pickup Short Bed
  • There is not a custom install kit available for your 1998 K1500. The farthest back I could find is a 1999 when they changed the trucks and started calling them Silverados. You can still use a universal kit, part # RP30035. I would also recommend adding a slider if you are going to install the fifth wheel on a short bed. If not, the trailer could contact the cab of the truck on tight turns. You could use Draw-Tite Kwik Slide, part # RP30048 for a slider. Please note that if you had used the
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  • What Size Truck is Recommended for Towing a 16,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • While there is not a specific truck size required, to maximize towing capacity and minimize wear and tear on the drive train of the truck, I would recommend a full size, 3/4 ton truck like the Ford F-250, Chevy or GMC 2500, or Dodge Ram 2500 Series. I would recommend a truck with the 8 foot bed if possible, which would eliminate the need for a sliding hitch or a replacement pin box for the fifth wheel. That is not to say that other trucks are incapable so you will need to check the towing ca
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  • Which Fifth Wheel Hitch and Install Kit will fit a 2005 GMC Sierra 1500
  • Fifth Wheel Hitches are not vehicle specific. You will want to choose a hitch whose capacity exceeds the weight of your trailer and all gear (including tank contents) placed in it. A standard, non sliding hitch would be fine if your GMC has the 8 foot bed. If you have the 6 foot bed, you will want a fifth wheel hitch with a slider. If your truck bed is shorter than 6 feet, you will need to use a non sliding hitch in conjunction with a Sidewinder Replacement Pin Box. The Sidewinder relocates t
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  • What Type of Grease Is Recommended for Fith Wheel Hitches
  • As a general all-purpose Fifth Wheel Grease, I recommend the UltraLube Biobased Fifth Wheel Grease, part # L10337. Two of the packets would simply be placed on the fifth wheel hitch plate on either side of the funnel, then hitch the trailer. The grease packets will burst on their own. I prefer the Nylon lube plates from Draw-Tite for the head surface, part # RP83001. If you use the lube plate, you can avoid using grease.
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  • How to Alleviate Clicking Noise When Towing With Reese 18k Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch 30081
  • I spoke with my contact at Reese about the clicking noise you have been experiencing while towing, and they did confirm that the locking jaw is made to have some slack or play to allow for the pin to rotate, so it should not fit too tightly around the king pin. To alleviate the clicking sound, the best approach would be to adjust your brake controller to ensure that the braking on your 2007 GMC Sierra and the braking on your trailer are as closely synced up as they can be. When you press the
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  • Availability of a Fifth-Wheel Hitch Installation Kit to Install A RBW Hitch in a 1999 Ford F-350
  • The easiest way to install the RBW fifth-wheel in your 1999 Ford F-350 would be to use a Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, item # RP50082-58, in the bed of your pickup. This installation kit is the easiest to install and does not require nearly as much drilling as a Universal Installation Kit, item # RP30035 (see instructions link). Using the rails from your original RBW installation is not recommended because you would be mixing another
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  • 5th Wheel Rail Position and Reese 5th Wheel Slider Unit for a 2000 Chevy Shortbed Pickup Truck
  • I do have some directions that will explain the 5th wheel installation rail position for your 2000 Chevy shortbed Silverado (characterized by more rounded off head lights) Pickup linked below. You will need to look at page 9 of the instructions. If you have a C/K series (characterized by more rectangular head lights), you will need to look at the instructions for the universal kit, # RP30035, page 5, also linked below. If you have a short bed truck, using a siding hitch is recommended, in
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  • Will the Reese 20K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30081 Fit in RBW Lil Rocker Rails
  • There is only one set of tab holes in the Lil Rocker rails, so the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs, item # RP30081, may fit if those tab holes are spaced at 20-1/2 inches on center. You will need to consult RBW to see if the RBW rails and installation kit are rated to handle the weight capacity that you require of them, with a 20K Reese hitch installed. The safest recommendation is to use the Reese installation kit and rails, like the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation
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  • Which Fifth Wheel Hitches will Fit a 2011 Ford Super Duty with 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • The Fifth Wheel kit that Ford offers as an option on the 2011 Super Duty is designed to be used with the Reese Elite Series, either part # RP30142 or part # RP30143. There is not a rail kit available for using a standard rail mount hitch like RP30081 in conjunction with the fifth wheel package from Ford on the 2011 Super Duty if it has the factory prep package. I have included a link below that explains the various options available for the 2011 Ford Super Duty.
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  • Calculating Clearance Between 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Short Bed Cab and Gooseneck Horse Trailer
  • The gooseneck horse trailer is best towed using a gooseneck trailer hitch. For a gooseneck hitch, I recommend the Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation Kit, # 9464-35. With this hitch installed you can flip the ball over when not in use to have full access to the bed floor. I have included links to the installation details and a video installation on a similar vehicle. When towing a gooseneck (or 5th wheel) trailer with a short bed truck like your 2006 Dodge Ram 2500, the
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD With 5th Wheel Prep
  • It looks like the 2011 Silverado models have an increased fifth-wheel towing capacity, so I would recommend going with a hitch rated up to 20000lbs, to take advantage of the upgrades they have included on the new models. The Reese fifth-wheel hitch # RP30081 would be a good choice for your application, and this can be installed using custom fifth-wheel rail installation kit # RP50066-58, which will mount to the existing holes in your truck frame. Luckily, Chevy even made some changes to the
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  • Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with a Short Bed 2011 Ford F-150 With or Without Factory Prep Package
  • You can tow a 5th wheel trailer with your 2011 Ford F-250, short bed. A Short bed will require a slider unit or, in some cases, depending on the width of the fifth-wheel trailer you will need a stationary hitch and a sidewinder. If your truck has the pre-installed 5th wheel prep package, which includes underbed 5th wheel rails installed at the Ford factory, you will need to use the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, # RP30144. I have included a link to the installation
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  • What Size Fifth Wheel Hitch Can Be Used On A 2006 Ford F150 King Ranch Short Bed
  • As far as safest fifth wheel hitch, all of the hitches I have will meet or exceed the industry standards (V5,VS,CSA and SAE J684). All of the hitches are inspected for quality and workmanship. You will want to choose your fifth wheel hitch by the trailer weight capacity and what features you will want in that hitch. To determine the maximum weight fifth wheel you can tow with your 2006 Ford F150 King Ranch short bed you will need take your Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) on your truck. Th
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  • Can I Mount an Old 5th Wheel Hitch In 2011 Ford F-350 with Hitch Prep Option
  • There is a mounting adapter available you can use to mount your existing fifth-wheel hitch in your 2011 Ford F-350 with underbed hitch prep package. Checkout the Reese Rail Kit Mounting Adapter, part # RP30156. This adapter will allow you to mount non-elite series fifth-wheel hitches to hitch prep option in your Ford F-350. Before this adapter was available, the Elite Series hitches were the only hitches that would work with the hitch prep option from Ford. The reason is because the hitch pre
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