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Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider - Serrated Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs

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Code:   RP30869



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Reese Fifth Wheel - RP30869

With a serrated dual-jaw design and built-in vibration-isolator system, this fifth-wheel trailer hitch offers a superior ride with minimal jarring and chucking. Round-tube slider helps eliminate clearance concerns during slow-speed turns.


  • 5th-Wheel hitch with slider mounts in your truck bed so you can tow your 5th-wheel trailer
  • Cast dual-jaw system provides more jaw-to-king-pin contact than traditional dual-jaw hitches
    • Geared teeth ensure even, secure closure for full 360-degree contact
    • Secure connection means minimal jarring and chucking
  • Round-tube slider allows for required clearance for your short-bed pickup to turn safely at slow speeds
    • Prevents trailer from hitting the cab of your pickup during sharp, slow-speeds turns
    • Inhibits binding and provides smooth operation
  • 9" Wide, 2-point, European-style funnel makes it simple to guide king pin into hitch
    • Works great even if trailer and tow vehicle are not in a straight line
  • 4-Way pivoting head eases hookup, even on unlevel ground
    • 5-Degree side-to-side pivot
  • Smooth, quiet ride created by cast pivot beam
    • Vibration dampeners minimize rattle and noise
    • Wide front-to-back mounting increases stability and reduces wear
  • Improved cab clearance is achieved with offset design
    • Head and pivot beam can be offset by 1" front or rear
  • Lockable handle with cushioned grip makes it easy to ensure proper hookup
    • Visible indicator lets you determine at a glance whether or not king pin is fully engaged in jaw
    • Padlock (sold separately) offers additional security
  • Sturdy, black powder coated steel is corrosion resistant
  • Base rails and installation kit sold separately
    • Works with industry-standard, above-bed rails - Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese and Valley
    • Simplify installation with a vehicle-specific bracket kit (not available for all applications)
  • Lube plate (83003) sold separately


  • Gross towing weight: 16,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 4,000 lbs
  • Hitch height: 14" - 18"
  • Travel: 11" front to back
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: This fifth-wheel trailer hitch will not fit pickups with beds shorter than 6'. It also will not fit trucks with flareside/stepside beds. If using a slider, hitch will not adjust to lowest height setting.

Secure, 2-Piece, Serrated Jaw

Serrated Jaw of the Reese R16

The dual-jaw system on this fifth-wheel trailer hitch ensures full 360-degree contact around your trailer's king pin for a strong, reliable connection. Unlike traditional spring-loaded, dual-jaw systems, the R16 features serrated jaws for maximum security. The geared teeth ensure that every time you use this hitch, the jaws will close evenly to form a perfect circle around your trailer's king pin, providing a consistently tight connection. By surrounding the king pin entirely - with direct jaw-to-king-pin contact - the R16 allows far less movement in the hitch than other fifth-wheel hitches, resulting in minimal jarring and chucking.

Quiet, Comfortable Ride

Vibration Dampener of the Reese R16

The R16 offers several unique features that help to create a smooth, quiet fifth-wheel towing experience. Aside from the two-piece jaw that offers a firm and secure connection, stability is also increased by having a pivot beam with a wide front-to-back mounting configuration. The pivot beam also has a built-in vibration-isolator system that dampens both vertical and longitudinal vibration, the result of which is less noise and a better ride.

Locking Handle and King Pin Indicator

Reese R16 king pin indicator

The R16 features an easy-to-use locking handle with a built-in visual indicator to ensure proper hookup. When the trailer's king pin is in position within the jaws of the hitch, a green indicator button is visible on the back of the fifth-wheel head. This button can be easily seen from the cab of your truck.

Strength and Durability

The R16 was designed with strength and durability in mind. Sturdy steel and various hardened, cast components make up this fifth-wheel trailer hitch that, despite its weight rating, offers commercial-grade towing strength. Extensive testing demonstrated that the R16 is compliant with the criteria (SAE J2638) set forth by the Society of Automotive Engineers for fifth-wheel trailer hitch performance. In addition, this fifth-wheel trailer hitch passed 900,000 cycles in both fatigue and static testing, attesting to its durability.

To increase the lasting effectiveness of your hitch, you can add either a 10-inch or 12-inch lube plate (sold separately). A lube plate provides a smooth surface to help the king pin glide smoothly into the hitch during hookup. It also helps to prevent scratches on the R16's top plate. Grease pockets are integrated into the R16 fifth-wheel trailer hitch so that you can easily maintain the effectiveness of the lube plate.

Round-Tube Slider

Most often used on trucks with 6-foot beds, this roller helps to eliminate clearance problems during slow-speed turns. When you are towing a fifth-wheel trailer, your hitch must be situated on the cab side of your truck's rear axle. However, at slow speeds you can use a roller to slide the fifth-wheel hitch (and the trailer) toward your truck's tailgate and past the rear axle, creating enough space between the cab of your truck and the trailer to permit less-restricted turning.

Clearance with Round-Tube Slider

30869 Reese R16 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with Round Tube Slider - 16,000 lbs

Video of Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider - Serrated Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs

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Reese Fifth Wheel RP30869 Review

Video Transcript for Reese Fifth Wheel RP30869 Review

Today were going to review part number RP30869. This is the Reese R16 fifth wheel trailer hitch with the round tube slider. This fifth wheel hitch with the slider will mount in your truck bed so you can tow your fifth wheel trailer. The round tube slider will allow for required clearance for your short bed truck to turn safely at slow speeds. It will prevent the trailer from hitting the cab of your truck during sharp slow speed turns, and it will inhibit binding, provide smooth operation. This hitch has the cast dual jaw system which will provide more jaw to kingpin contact than your traditional dual jaw hitches.

Down here it has the geared teeth which will ensure even, secure closure for a full 360 degree contact around the kingpin. That secure connection will mean minimal jarring and chucking. Move the handle up to unlock it, I just want to show you. If you pull the jaws open, thats how it would be open. Just want you to notice this green lever back here.

Basically what that does let me turn this to the back and Ill show you, it is a kingpin indicator. Basically when your kingpin slides all the way in there and the jaws wrap around it to lock it into place, that kingpin will push on that green lever. If youll notice right here when it pushes on that lever this indicator will pop out and show you green. Basically what that does is give you a visible indicator if youre sitting in the cab of your truck, backing up and hooking up, when that kingpin goes in there securely this will pop out and let you know that from the cab of your truck. The handle is a nice, lockable handle.

It has a cushioned grip which makes it easy to ensure proper hookup. Let me just close it. There you go, its closed. Its still in the unlocked position, so those jaws will open. When its in this position, basically youre ready to hook up.

You just back up. When the kingpin comes in it would push these jaws open and again slide in, push that indicator which would pop out to let you know youre hooked up. Once its hooked up, just push this down. The handle, actually on the side Ill show you it does have color coding to help you out. The red means unlocked, points the arrow up. The green means down, which is the locked position that way the jaws will not open. It also specifies on the cross member, same thing, locked and unlocked. With it in the locked position youre ready to tow. When you get to your campsite and youre wanting to unhook, you can basically just lift this up, unlock it, pull it open and then take your truck away from your kingpin. I just want you to also notice here on the side theres a little tab with a hole in it, and on the head theres a hole and a tab also. When you push this down in the lock position, those holes line up and you can actually put a pin and clip through there, or you could actually put a padlock for additional security through there. The padlock would be sold separately. I do want to mention the head on this. It has a four-way pivoting head which will ease hookup even on unlevel ground. Basically as you can see it would go front to back and it goes side to side. Side to side is about five degrees. That four-way pivoting will help hookup on unlevel ground. It also has the wide, or nine inch wide two point European style funnel which makes it simple to guide the kingpin into the hitch, so if youre backing up and the kingpin hits here it would just guide into the hitch and connect. It works great even if your trailer and the tow vehicle are not in a straight line. I also want to show you this blue section right here. Right there, this is the cast pivot beam. Basically what that does is that rides you set that down on to the cross member, put these pins in to hold it into place, and it would ride on the cross member and give you the pivoting action. Also this cast pivot beam try to show you here is actually this wide, but if you can see it actually offsets one inch. You can actually remove this head and then remove your crossed pivot beam, turn it around and it would gain you one inch, if you need the improved cab clearance if your trailers going to be close to the cab of your vehicle, that will help. That one inch front or rear will help any clearance. I also wanted to show you on the side here, these yellow sections here, thats hard rubber, and that is actual vibration dampener which will minimize rattle and noise. Theres one on this side and one over here. Those are installed to help cut down on the rattle and the noise. This hitch is a sturdy steel hitch and it has a black powder coat finish for corrosion resistance. I am demonstrating this hitch on rails, base rails and the mounting brackets, but they do not come with this part number. The base rails and the installation kit will be sold separately. On the mounting brackets that attach to the frame of your vehicle, we do recommend to go , if theyre available for your vehicle, the custom install brackets. The reason that is is they will use the holes already in your truck frame and it will cut the installation time in half when compared to a universal bracket kit. This hitch will work with the industry standard above bed rails made by Curt, Draw Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese and Valley. Another feature on this head I wanted to mention to you is these pockets for grease. Basically if you put grease in there that would help lube the connection of your bed to your trailer. A few specs on this, the gross towing weight capacity is 16,000 pounds. The vertical load limit or the pin weight is 4,000 pounds. It does have a hitch height adjustment of four inches. I just want to show you that on the side here. If you look on the cross member, theres four sets of holes, so when you install this cross member to the slider legs, if you put these bolts into the top holes that would be the lowest position which is 14 inches above your truck bed. If you put these bolts in the bottom holes that would raise it up to the highest position which would be 18 inches, so anywhere from 14 to 18 inches, theres a four inch height adjustment you could make. These slider legs do travel front to rear 11 inches. This does come with a limited lifetime warranty. I do also want to show you how the slider legs would work on this. Rotate it all the way around, and if youll see on the side here, theres a color coded diagram, and it would show you theres an indicator pin on the handle. Right now what Im going to do is pull this tot eh red or the middle position, and that is the unlock position. What that basically does is unlock your slider legs. It would allow them to move 11 inches front or rear. When you get to your campsite and youre wanting to back your trailer or fifth wheel, whatever, into your campsite, if you just pull it this way to where the pin indicates the maneuvering position, thats the locked maneuvering position. Basically what that will allow is your legs to slide 11 inches toward the tailgate of your truck or toward the trailer, and then they would lock into position and not move. What that would do is give you more distance between your cab and your trailer, so when youre doing sharp angled turns in a camps site, you wont have any interference problems. Now when youre done camping and youre ready to get on the road and tow you do not want to tow with that all the way in the maneuvering position because youre behind the rear axle of the truck which you do not want to do. What you want to do is just move this handle all the way that way to where it says Locked Towing Position the indicator pin indicates, and that position will allow those legs to slide those 11 inches back toward the truck cab. What that will do is bring the trailer closer and position it over the rear axle of your truck. That way when youre towing you want that tongue weight to be over your rear axle. You dont want it to be extended out behind it. That should do on the part number RP30869. This is the Reese R16 fifth wheel trailer hitch with the round tube sliders.

Customer Reviews

Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider - Serrated Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs - RP30869

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating5.0 out of 5 stars   (4 Customer Reviews)

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Super heavy duty. Only thing to make it better. Built it in the U.S.89942

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Very happy with the quality of the product. Mostly I was impressed with the speed of the delivery. Very impressive. Installing it today. Will let you know.63146

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Very easy to install. 60963

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Easy install once rail system was installed. Fast shipping and good price by etrailer! 47634

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Expert Answers about Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider - Serrated Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs - RP30869                                           Do you have a question about this Fifth Wheel?

  • Will Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Round Tube Slider Fit a Short Bed 2011 Chevy Silverado
  • The Reese R16, # RP30869 can be used in your 2011 Chevy Silverado. It also fits the standard above the bed rails. If your truck is a 1500, use custom installation kit # RP50064-58. If it is a 2500 or 3500, use # RP50066-58. I have included link to the installation instructions and videos for each kit for you.
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  • Compatibility of Reese R16 Fifth Wheel Hitch # RP30869 with Older Round Tube Sliders
  • According to my contacts at Reese, the new R16 Fifth Wheel Hitch is unfortunately not compatible with older round tube sliding units or leg assemblies. The R16 with Round Tube Slider, # RP30869 is compatible with your existing Reese mounting rails installed in your truck bed. I have linked you to the installation instructions.
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  • Troubleshooting 5th Wheel Trailer Bucking When Towing with a 2009 Ford F-250 and a Reese R16 Hitch
  • Typically, bucking has to do with the pin weight of the fifth wheel trailer and the suspension of the truck. The height of the hitch can also have an effect on bucking. If the Reese R16 hitch is at a different height than your old hitch, then that could explain the bucking you are experiencing, especially if it is at a lower height. It is important to ensure that you are towing your trailer level with the new hitch. There is not really a simple process to eliminate bucking other than troubleshoo
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Cover for a Reese R16 Hitch
  • The cover that we carry that is most likely to fit the R16 is # CA80116. It measures 24 x 24 x 18 inches. A specific cover made just for the R16 is not available.
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  • Will the Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit in Husky Above the Bed Rails
  • The R16 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30869 will fit industry-standard, above-bed rails from Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese and Valley. At one time Husky was part of Valley so it is possible that it will fit the Husky rails. To determine fit I have included a picture that shows the measurements and spacing of the rails that will fit. Compare these to your Husky rails.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
  • With the 5.6 foot bed, a sliding hitch will not provide enough clearance between the trailer loft and the rear of your cab for your to make sharp turns. You will need to use a standard, non-sliding hitch in conjunction with a Sidewinder replacement pin box installed on your fifth wheel. The non-sliding version of the R16 hitch, part # RP30866 would be a great choice for you, as long as the fully loaded and ready to tow weight of your fifth wheel does not exceed 16,000 lbs. You will also need
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  • Compatibility of Reese Revolution Pin Box with Reese R16 Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The Reese R16 is indeed compatible with the Reese Revolution (OEM version of the Sidewinder). Typically, a non-sliding fifth wheel hitch like the # RP30866 is recommended for use with a Revolution, but if you use a sliding hitch, make sure that the hitch remains in the forward towing position at all times. Sliding the hitch rearward will place too much of the fifth wheel pin weight behind the rear axle. This can lighten the front truck axle to the point where steering and braking performance
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  • Will a Reese R16 Sliding 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit in B and W Above the Bed Rails
  • The Reese R16, # RP30869, fits in standard above the bed rails. Standard above the bed rails will have 3 sets of mounting slots on the tops of the rails. The Reese hitch will set in the middle set of slots. They should be 20-1/2 inches apart on center. And front to back they should be about 22 inches apart on center. If the B and W rails you have measure the same then the hitch will fit. I have included a picture showing the standard above the bed rail measurements for you.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-350 and 14K Trailer
  • The Reese R16 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30869 is an excellent choice. Having put one of these together myself I can tell you this is a stout hitch. The 16k capacity is more than enough even for the fully loaded weight of your trailer. This is the slider version of the hitch, typically used on short bed trucks to provide clearance to make tight turns. If you have a long bed you would use the fixed version, # RP30866. You will also need an installation kit. I reocmmend the custom install
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  • Will the Reese R16 5th Wheel Hitch and Slider Install in Reese Rails
  • Yeah, as long as you have the Reese above-the-bed rails in your 2013 Ford F-250 then the Reese R16 5th Wheel Hitch # RP30869 that you referenced would work well for you and would install easily in your existing rails.
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  • Will Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Work with a Mor/Ryde Pin Box
  • The Reese R16 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30869 accepts industry standard king pins which are used on all 5th wheel trailers so it will work with the hitch. But there are some limiting factors. For example, this R16 is a slider hitch. If the pin box you are getting is one that locks out the pivot point at the hitch and moves it back, you can still use this hitch but do not slide it back. That puts too much stress on the system. If it is an air ride pin box and not an extension like descri
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  • Weight of Reese R16 Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch and Install Brackets/Rails
  • Minus the packaging, the Reese # RP30869 weighs right about 160 lbs. The # RP50140-58 install kit weighs right at 60 lbs for a total of about 220 lbs. If you do not already have a 7-way installed in your truck bed, you would also need a Fifth Wheel/Gooseneck Wiring Harness, part # 41157. I have linked you an install video for the bracket kit and the wiring.
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  • Comparing the Reese 16K 5th Wheel Slider Trailer Hitches # 30869 and 30075
  • The Reese R16 5th wheel slider hitch # RP30869 is the better hitch compared to # RP30075 for a few reasons. First, the R16 has a different jaw design. Both have a dual jaw but the way they work is different. The R16 jaws pivot at the opening and each jaw has teeth that interlock with the other jaw. This creates a more secure connection with less chucking. Many of the R16 components are cast steel compared to the plate steel used by # RP30075 The R16 also has vibration dampeners for a smoother
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  • Will Reese Titan 20K Hitch Work With # RP30092 Slider On 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 Short Bed Pickup
  • I spoke with my contact at Cequent about a fifth wheel system for your 2013 Dodge Ram 3500 with the factory tow system. If you wish to use the Pro Series Fifth Wheel Slider w/ Rollers, part # RP30092, the Reese R20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # RP30867 hitch will not work due to the mounting bolts. I do have an option for you. The Reese Replacement Double Pivot 20K Head and Head Support, part # 30118 will work with your # RP30092. The holes are slotted on the # 30118 and will allow it to m
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  • Will the Reese R16 Slider 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit a 2013 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • Yes, you can use the Reese R16 5th wheel trailer hitch, # RP30869, on your 2013 Ram 2500 short bed. For an installation kit the best option to fit the hitch and for ease of installation use # RP56011-53. You can also use installation kit # C16426-204. These are both custom installation kits that require less drilling and install time compared to universal installation kits. The hitch has 11 inches of travel. To make sure this is enough for you to safely make 90 degree turns without hitting th
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