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Comparing Jaw Types on Fifth-Wheel Trailer Hitches

Question:

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

asked by: Jim R


Expert Reply:

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.

I have provided a link to our FAQ page on fifth wheels.

expert reply by: Brandon M




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Products Referenced in This Question

Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 16,000 lbs


Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 16,000 lbs

HT31326-31314

Retail: $769.90

Price:  $474.90

Product Summary:

Fixed Fifth Wheel
Hitch Only
4000 lbs TW
16000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Premium - Single-Hook Jaw
Double Pivot
14-1/2 - 17-1/2 Inch Tall


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Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Square Tube Slider, Rails and Install Kit - Slide Bar Jaw - 15,000 lbs


Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Square Tube Slider, Rails and Install Kit - Slide Bar Jaw - 15,000 lbs

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PS30129

Retail: $912.65

Price:  $484.60

Product Summary:

Sliding Fifth Wheel
Hitch and Install Rails
10 Inch Fore/Aft Travel
3750 lbs TW
15000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Economy - Slide-Bar Jaw
Double Pivot
13 - 17 Inch Tall


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


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

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RP30869

Retail: $1,543.43

Price:  $899.95

Product Summary:

Sliding Fifth Wheel
Hitch Only
11 Inch Fore/Aft Travel
4000 lbs TW
16000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Premium - Double Jaw
Cushioned Double Pivot
14 - 18 Inch Tall


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