Comparing Jaw Types on Fifth-Wheel Trailer Hitches

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What is the difference on 5th wheel jaws. Double/ single. Standard/premium??

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In regards to fifth-wheel hitches, there are a number of jaw types. A slide bar jaw is found on the less expensive hitches, such as the Pro Series # PS30129. This type of jaw is a secure one for your trailer but you will notice some king pin noise and some chucking as the fit is looser. This design will automatically close around the king pin once it is in place where the double- and single-jaw models will not.

The double jaw design is more snug and secure than a slide bar jaw and you will hear less king pin noise. An example of a double jaw design fifth-wheel trailer hitch is the Reese R16 Fifth-Wheel Hitch # RP30869.

Of the jaw designs, the single jaw is the most secure. An example of this type is the Husky Silver Series Fifth-Wheel Hitch # HT31326-31314. This jaw wraps around the king pin providing maximum jaw-to-pin contact the least amount of noise and chucking.

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