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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Video of Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider - Serrated Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs
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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.
Average Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 Customer Reviews)
by: Ron B.07/17/2013
Super heavy duty. Only thing to make it better. Built it in the U.S.89942
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
Very easy to install. 60963
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