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Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs

Curt Fifth Wheel

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Curt Fifth Wheel - C16130

Heavy-duty fifth-wheel trailer hitch has a dual jaw and color-coded lock indicator for superb safety and security. Self-aligning, pivoting head and included lube plate make hookup a snap. Rails and universal installation kit sold separately.


  • 2-Jaw locking system provides 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact
    • Less rattle and more security than slide-bar models
  • 3-Point indicator system - color coding tells you if hitch is ready to uncouple, couple or tow
    • Lock indicators visible from cab
  • Unique spherical axial bearing allows easy pivoting of hitch head
    • Smooth, 360-degree movement - not just front-to-back and side-to-side tilting
    • Built-in cushioning absorbs road shock
  • Lockable handle lets you easily secure trailer to hitch with padlock (sold separately)
    • Short-throw, single-handle operation
  • Self-aligning head pivots for simple hookup
  • 3 Lube points with easy-to-access grease fittings
  • 2-Pin head removal makes it easy for one person to remove hitch
  • Included plastic lube plate lets king pin glide smoothly into hitch during hookup
  • 4" Height adjustment
  • Base rails and installation kit sold separately
    • Works with industry-standard rails - Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese and Valley
    • Simplify installation with a vehicle-specific bracket kit (not available for all applications)
  • Sturdy steel construction with durable, carbide powder coat finish
  • Made in USA


  • Gross towing weight: 20,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 4,000 lbs
  • Height adjustment: 13" - 17"
  • 10-Year warranty

Secure, Two-Piece Jaw

Q20 Two-Piece Jaw

Unlike slide-bar models, the rounded, two-piece jaw on this fifth-wheel trailer hitch inhibits rattle and movement by securely wrapping around your trailer's king pin, resulting in easier hookup and a safer, quieter ride.

Three-Point Indicator System

Get peace of mind with Curt's color-coded lock indicator. Just look at the indicator - either the one on the handle or the one on the hitch itself - to determine whether the jaw is in the correct position to uncouple (red), couple (yellow) or tow (green).

Q20 Color Indicator System

360-Degree Pivot

Curt's unique spherical axial bearing provides a durable pivot point that allows easy, 360-degree movement of the hitch head. This ball joint is designed for smooth, quiet operation with less clunking and chucking.

Note: Curt Q-Series fifth-wheel hitches are not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution king pins. The extra movement of these cushioned hitches keeps the Sidewinder from functioning properly.

16130 Curt Q20 Fifth-Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs

Video of Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video install fifth wheel hitch 2012 dodge ram c16420 204
Fifth Wheel Installation - 2012 Dodge Ram

Video Transcript for Fifth Wheel Installation - 2012 Dodge Ram

Today on our 2012 Dodge Ram pickup we'll be installing the Curt custom fifth wheel installation kit, part number c16420-204. To begin our install first note we've already gone ahead and lowered and removed the spare tire and both rear wheels. Next we'll need to remove the heat shield. To do this there are a total of five fasteners that will need to be removed. We'll go ahead and remove the fasteners, and set the fasteners and heat shield aside to be reinstalled later. Using the measurements provided with our installation kit, we'll be taking the rear base rail and set it into position.

Now, once we have it centered between the wheel wells, we'll go ahead and double check everything. Then using a yellow highlighter, or yellow paint pen, we'll go ahead and mark the center of each hole and then use a center punching hammer. Next using a 1/8-inch bit, we'll go ahead and pre-drill each one of the holes, and then verify that our pilot holes are in the correct location with the rear bracket and hardware. Now, that we've verified the rear base rail is in place as per the measurement instructions, measuring from center to center, and making sure the front base rail is even inside the wheel wells, we can then go ahead and make our marks for our attachment points using our paint pen. We'll use our center punch and pilot bit to make the original holes.

On the front base rail, we'll go ahead and use the front bracket to verify that the hole is drilled in the proper location and that all our hardware will fit. Once we've completed this, we're now ready to go ahead and enlarge each one of the attachment points. We'll use the step-bit process enlarging the bit as we go. Note, as were pre-drilling and opening up our attachment point holes on the forward row of the rear base rail, you'll need to make sure you drill all the way down through the hat channel. Now with all the holes drilled out were ready to go ahead and install the lower brackets starting with the rear bracket first.

With the bracket in position we'll feed the u-bolt around the frame and secure it loosely with the conical tooth washer and nuts. While installing the u-bolt for the rear bracket on the drivers side it will be necessary to relocate the manufacturers wiring. To do this we'll simply remove the hold-down fasteners that secure it to the frame. This will give us enough room to install our bracket and u-bolt. We'll set the bracket into position, and then install the u-bolt, conical tooth washer, the teeth of the washer facing the bracket, and then the nut to secure it.

Now with the bracket secured, we're ready to go ahead and install the 4 1/2 inch carriage bolt, spacer tube, and then secure it with a conical tooth washer and nut. To do this were going to take our pull wire and attach it to the carriage bolt. We'll feed the pull wire down into the hat channel and out the end of the hat channel. Here we'll go ahead and slide on the spacer tube and feed it up into the hat channel. Note: Some applications, you'll need to open up the lip between the hat channel and the edge of the bed. By simply using a pry bar we'll just go ahead and make enough room to slide the spacer tube into position. Then we'll go ahead and take the open end of the pull wire and feed it out the attachment point hole going through the bottom of the hat channel. Once we do that we'll go ahead and pull the pull wire into position pushing our spacer tube into place in the hat channel lining it up with the carriage bolt and out the bottom access hole. Then we'll install the conical tooth washer and nut. Now we're ready to go ahead and install the rear base rail second row hardware. This will be a carriage bolt that goes down through the base rail, through the bed, through the u-shaped spacer block that will compensate for the bed corrugation, and then through the rear bracket. We'll secure that with a conical tooth washer and nut. Next we'll need to install the carriage bolt and block into the frame coming out the lower portion of the bracket. Using the 1/2 inch pull wire provided with our install kit, we'll go ahead and take the pull wire, feed it through the end of the frame where we have open access. There we'll slide on the block and thread on the carriage bolt. We'll then slide the block and bolt into the frame and pull them into position. Once again we'll go ahead and install our conical tooth washer and nut finger tight just to hold the bracket in place. We'll move to the forward bracket and base rail hardware. Note: To install the forward bracket on the drivers side you may need to relocate the manufacturers ground. To do this we'll remove the ring terminal from the ground stud. To install the forward bracket well put the bracket into position and once again install the u-bolt around the frame securing it with a conical tooth washer and nut. For the second row of the forward base rail, we'll again be using the 1/2 inch carriage bolt, u-shaped spacer block, and be securing it with a conical tooth washer and nut. For the front row we'll be using the 1/2 inch carriage bolt that will go down through the base rail, through the u-shaped spacer block to take up for the bed corrugation, then the square hole spacer block, a split lock washer, and nut. Once we have all of our hardware in place installed finger tight, we'll then go ahead and take our fifth wheel assembly and set it into position making sure that we can set our fifth wheel into our base rails. Once we've verified this, we're now ready to go ahead and tighten it down. We'll start with tightening the base rails to the bed, and forward and rear brackets. Keep in mind with this process, each step we do to one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side. We'll go ahead and reinstall the manufacturers ground. It may be necessary to bend the ring terminal tab out so that it can sit flat to the frame, and then use a self-tapping screw to reinstall it near its original location. Once we've tightened everything down, we'll then torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with everything secured and torqued to specifications, we'll go ahead and reinstall the wiring that we removed earlier on the inside of the drivers side frame rail. We'll go ahead and reinstall the heat shield. With that we'll go ahead and reinstall the spare tire and both rear wheels. Now we'll go ahead and show you how to use the new Curt Q20 fifth wheel trailer hitch with dual jaw, part number c16130. To operate the fifth wheel hitch we'll first need to set it into position onto the base rails and lock it into place with the pins and safety clips. Then we'll go ahead and open up the jaw. To do that we'll remove the safety clip, open up the clasp, and pull towards the outside of the drivers side bed rail to open up the jaw. We can then lock it into position by pulling it fully open and closing the clasp. Then to close the jaw we'll unlock the clasp of the handle and let it retract. This will then allow the spring-loaded jaws to snap closed once they're pressed by the force of the kingpin. Then once the jaw is closed we can go ahead and close the clasp on the handle and rel-ock the safety pin, and we're ready to tow. And that does it for the install of the Curt custom fifth wheel installation kit, part number c16420-204 in conjunction with the Curt Q20 fifth wheel trailer hitch dual jaw, part number c16130 on our 2012 Dodge Ram pickup.

Customer Reviews

Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs - C16130

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.7 out of 5 stars   (3 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: mitch g07/08/2012

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I purchased this hitch when I upgraded trucks. I now have a long bed and have no need for the old DrawTite slider I used in my shortbed. WOW what a difference in towing this hitch made. Just completed a 12 hr pull from Oklahoma to Colorado and this hitch along with my TrailRide kingpin box made the ride so smooth it was easy to forget the 5er was even there. Easy/secure connection. Absolutely NO king pin rattle or chucking like my old DrawTite. Uncoupling took me a few tries, but i figured it out. The king pin has to be at just the right height to allow disengagement. Like others have mentioned, the box it came in was trashed, but the contents were unharmed; not even a scratch. Its a heavy item for carboard and who cares what the box looks like. It just gets thrown away anyhow. Would ABSOLUTELY recommended! !!!!!! Great product. 47108

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill S04/16/2014

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So far, I rate working with etrailer folks as excellent. I can't say that about the package for shipping. It was a mess--think of a hard boiled egg that has been dropped and rolled on the floor. The box resembled the shell of that egg! Some minor scarring which I repainted to prevent any rust forming. The legs were literally bouncing around in the box which caused the scarring. I haven't used the hitch yet but from all appearance it will do a great job. I did hook and unhook from the 5th wheel with no problem. Bill S 125386

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve D.03/05/2014

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It is exactly what I wanted and arrived today like promised. I am a very satisfied customer... Thank You118575

Ask the Experts about this Curt Fifth Wheel
Expert Answers about Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs - C16130                                            Do you have a question about this Fifth Wheel?

  • Will the CURT Q20 5TH Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit in Reese Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch Rails
  • The Curt Q5 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # C16130 will sit in Reese, Curt, Draw-Tite, and Hidden hitch rails. If you have rails made by any of these manufacturers, the Curt hitch should install without any problems.
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  • Compatability of Fifth Wheel Hitch in Reese Rails on a 2003 Ford
  • Your RBW 15,000 pound hitch should fit in the Reese rails unless they are installed improperly. When the hitch was installed on the F-550 it may have been tightened down with the gooseneck adapter installed and the rails are just out of position for your fifth-wheel hitch. If the hitch you have is not fitting by a small amount I would try to loosen the mounting bolts on the rails and then install the fifth-wheel hitch. After you have the hitch installed you can then re-tighten the mounting bolts
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  • Installation instructions for the Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500
  • To determine the mounting location for the brackets and rails in the bed of your 2003 Dodge Ram 3500, you will need to measure 28-3/8 inches from the rear edge of the truck bed towards the truck cab. This will be the location of the rear most edge of the rear rail. This measurement will get you started and from there you will need to follow the installation instructions that come with the hitch. For the 2003 Dodge 3500 you can use the CURT Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, part # C163
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  • Will a Sidewinder Replacement Pin Box Work with the Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch, while an excellent fifth wheel trailer hitch with a locking jaw and 3 point indicator system, does not have a wedge available. We do not recommend using a sidewinder with a Q20 hitch because it is cushioned and the Sidewinder wedge wears out the rubber bushing in the hitch head. If your truck has an 8 foot bed, you could change out the sidewinder and keep the Curt Q5. If your truck bed is 6 foot or shorter, a sidewinder is a necessity, so in that case, I would
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  • Availability of a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Installation Kit for a 1998 Dodge Ram 3500
  • We actually list several 5th wheel trailer hitch installation kits for a 1998 Dodge ram. I have included a link below. Just select your bed size to see the available options. The Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch, # C16130, will sit in Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese and Valley rails. You can use Reese Universal Installation Kit, # RP30035. I have included a link to the installation details for reference.
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  • Installation Kit # RP50064-58 Recommendation for a 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with a 6.5 ft Bed
  • This Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16130 is designed to work in Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese and Valley rails. So you could use Reese Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # RP50064-58 as a rail kit in your 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with a 6.5 foot bed. I attached installation instructions for you to check out as well as a video of this product being installed onto a very similar vehicle to what you have.
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  • Will the CURT Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Install into Reese Rails
  • Yes, this Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16130 will work on Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese and Valley rails, so it will work in the Reese rails that are in your truck bed.
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  • Comparing the CURT Q20 and Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches
  • The CURT 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, # C16130, is a good trailer hitch. It features a 2-jaw system that is very secure and it has a unique pivoting head which allows for a more comfortable ride. It is on par with the rest of the pack in terms of performance and quality. It will fit in CURT, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese and Valley above the bed 5th wheel rails. However, the Reese Elite Series, like # RP30142, is in league of its own. The main benefits of this hitch are the forged, s
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  • Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Recommendations for a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD Diesel Long Bed
  • I will be happy to help you choose the best 5th wheel hitch for your 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD. First, you will need an installation kit. there are a couple of kit options, universal kits and custom kits. I always recommend a custom kit if available because there is much less drilling involved, the underbed brackets are designed to fit the frame rails of the truck, and installation time is greatly reduced when compared to universal kits. The kits we carry that have above the bed rails include th
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  • Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 Long Bed
  • If ease of hitching and road noise are important issues for you then yes, the Curt hitch # C16130 would be a good choice for you based on that. Although the # RP50064-58 would work as a rail kit we usually recommend sticking with the same manufacturer rail kit as hitch that you plan on using. The reason for this is that the manufacturers test their fifth wheel hitches on their rails. For a custom rail kit to use with the # C16130 in your 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 long bed you would want a Cur
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  • Can a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch be Installed on a 2006 GMC Sierra with an Underbed Gooseneck Hitch
  • It is highly unlikely that you will be able to install a 5th wheel trailer hitch in your 2006 GMC Sierra as long as the gooseneck hitch is installed. The problem is that a 5th wheel hitch installation kit will require the same or some of the same mounting locations as the gooseneck hitch so they would interfere with each other. What you can do is use an adapter to fit on the 5th wheel trailer to use with the gooseneck hitch. There are a couple of different options. If you have a Lippert 0719
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  • How to Determine Which 5th Airborne Coupler or Sidewinder Will Fit a Trailer Pin Box
  • In order to determine the correct 5th Airborne coupler for your pin box or to determine if there are other options that will fit, you will need to take some measurements of your pin box. I have included a picture that shows the measurements I will need to determine if there are any models available.
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  • Can a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch be Installed on an International 4300 Truck with a Utility Service Bed
  • It is possible to install a 5th wheel hitch in a truck that has a service bed depending on the type of service bed. If the service bed is the type that has all the doors and storage on the sides and is much larger than a regular side rails on a truck bed, you will not be able to install a 5th wheel hitch. If the service bed is more like a flat bed, it is possible to install a hitch. It would be a custom installation that would have to be performed by a qualified professional. The hitch I reco
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  • Will a Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit RBW X18 Rails
  • The Curt Q20 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16130, works with industry-standard rails from Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese, and Valley. These rails have mounting slots that are 22 inches apart on center front to back. Side to side there are 3 sets of mounting slots that are 10, 20-1/2, and 29 inches apart on center. i have included a picture showing the measurements. You will need to measure your RBW rails to determine if the Curt hitch will fit.
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  • Head Pivot Ability of the Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16130
  • The Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch, # C16130, has a 360-degree pivoting head, not just front-to-back and side-to-side. The single pivot heads only allow the head to move front-to-back and the double pivot heads will allow front-to-back and side-to-side pivoting. The Q20 uses a unique spherical axial bearing which allows the head to pivot a full 360 degrees. The head also has built-in cushioning to absorb road shock.
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  • Is the Curt Q20 Hitch Compatible with a MOR/ryde Pin Box
  • From the research I did it looks as if the MOR/Ryde Pin Box System utilizes an industry standard king pin so it would have no problem being used with a Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch # C16130.
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  • How is the Height Adjustment Measured on the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • When measuring the height of a 5th wheel hitch it would be from the top of the truck bed corrugations to the top of the head. The Q20, # C16130, is height adjustable from 13 to 17 inches. Since the X5, # 16310, sets in a gooseneck ball hole but the rails would be no higher than regular rails, it does not add height. To get the proper height setting you would need to know the distance from the top of the bed side rails to the bottom of the trailer overhang. You need 5 or 6 inches of space to b
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch and Installation Kit for a 2013 Ram 3500
  • I have a solution that will allow you to pull a fifth wheel trailer with your 2013 Ram 3500, however, it appears that Pullrite does not have an installation kit that will fit the 2013 Ram 3500 for the SuperGlide hitch at this time. There has been quite a controversy over the 2013 Ram OEM fifth wheel packages because it was released before there were any compatible fifth wheel hitches or adapters available. Dodge also changed the design of the 2013 Ram trucks which required changes to aftermarket
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  • Is the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch Compatible with a TrailAir Pin Box
  • The Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch, # C16130, is compatible with a TrailAir pin box as well as other air ride pin boxes. It is not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution pin boxes because they do not pivot at the fifth wheel hitch. Instead they pivot using a turret at the opposite end of the pin box. To prevent the Sidewinder or Revolution pin boxes from pivoting at the hitch, they use a wedge just behind the king pin that locks the pin box in one position at the hitch head. This wedge can dam
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  • Fifth Wheel Options for a 2013 Ram 3500HD with Factory 5th Wheel Prep
  • The only option we have for 2013 Ram 3500hd trucks with the hitch prep package at this point is to first use a Reese Rail Kit Mounting Adapter # RP30154. This will allow a standard fifth wheel hitch to be installed in your truck. Since you have a short bed truck you are going to need to get a hitch with a slider. For that I recommend the Reese 16k Slider Hitch # RP30075. This hitch has a round tube slider which operates much smoother than a square tube slider and has a 2-jaw locking system th
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