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Replacement Head Unit for Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs

Replacement Head Unit for Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs

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Curt Accessories and Parts - C16530

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Replacement head unit fits Curt Q20 fifth-wheel trailer hitches.


  • Replaces head unit on your Curt Q20 5th-wheel trailer hitch
  • Provides 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact with dual jaw
  • Ensures secure towing with 3-point, color-coded lock indicator system
  • Pivots for smooth towing and simple hookup
  • Cushioned to absorb road shock
  • Removes quickly and easily via 2 pins
  • Included plastic lube plate lets king pin glide smoothly into hitch during hookup
  • Constructed of sturdy steel with durable, carbide powder coat finish


  • Application: Curt Q20 5th-wheel trailer hitches
  • Gross towing weight: 20,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 5,000 lbs

16530 Curt Q20 Fifth-Wheel Trailer Hitch Head Unit

Video of Replacement Head Unit for Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs

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

Video Transcript for Curt Fifth Wheel C16530 Review

Today we're going to review the Curt replacement head unit for the Curt Q20 5th wheel trailer hitch. This has a 20,000 lb weight capacity. Now this will replace the head unit on your Curt Q20 5th wheel trailer hitch. It does use the 2 jaw locking system right here which will provide a nice 360 degree jaw to king pin contact. Because of that it will give you less rattle, more security than your slide bar models. It does have a nice self aligning head which will pivot for a simple hook up.

This hitch head does use a unique spherical axial bearing underneath here and that allows the easy pivoting of the hitch head and it will give you a smooth 360 degree movement in all directions once you get a load on this, this will move in all types of directions. It won't just go front to back or side to side. It does offer also built in cushioning to help absorb any road shock. On the side if you'll notice, there's 3 rows of holes so when you go to attach this to the hitch legs, you pick whichever row will get you the correct height you need. It gives you a range of 4" height adjustment to get your 5th wheel as level as possible with your tow vehicle. This also has 3 lube points on it with easy access grease fittings.

There's a zerk fitting right down here, one over here, and one over here. They're easy to reach, easy to lube it and maintain it, help maintain the head. Also the nice feature they offer is a 2 pin head removal. The reason they do that is it makes it easy for one person to remove the hitch. Basically what you can do is there's 2 clips right here.

You pull these 2 clips off, pull the 2 pins out, this head will come out of the cross member that it's attached to so it makes it easy for one person to remove the hitch from the vehicle. This handle is lockable. It let's you easily secure the trailer to the hitch with this pin and clip that's included. You can also use a padlock if you like. We do sell those separately on our website. They are listed on the product page as a related project.

The hole is large enough you can put a padlock through there for extra security. The handle itself is a very short throw single handle operation. I'm going to show you that in a minute when we demonstrate the head. Another nice feature on this is the very back of the handle, it has a 3 point indicator system which is color coded and it will tell you if the hitch is ready to couple, uncouple or tow and what's nice is there's a hole here that you can see the color. The reason they do that is right here, this is where your cab would be of your tow vehicle. You can be in your tow vehicle and look out the window behind, in the back of the cab and look at the color and it will tell you what position those jaws are in in your hitch head. Right now it's showing green in there so you can see the jaws are right now deigned to be around the king pin ready to tow. When you do open that handle, slide it open, the jaws open up. It will show yellow in here which means it's ready to couple. Once you go to couple and if by chance it doesn't couple correctly, and this won't slide in, it will show red which means it's uncoupled still so you want to get that fixed before you go anywhere. Now this does come with everything showing here. It comes with this plastic lube plate which will let your king pin, you can install this on your king pin, on the pin box. It helps it glide smoothly into the hitch during hookup and then once it's locked into place, it will all give you a lube plate between the pin box and the hitch head so they don't rub up against each other. It also includes this mounting hardware. You can see the 4 bolts and the washers. That's for when you install it to the hitch legs. Those 3 rows of holes on each side, you use those bolts to attach it to the leg. Now this is constructed of sturdy steel, it has a nice thermal carbide powder coat finish on it. Again, the application on this is for Curt Q20 5th wheel trailer hitches. We have the, they come in 4 part numbers. We have them on our website, they are sold separately. That's part #C16130, #C16131, #C161536, and #C16636. Gross towing weight capacity on this is 20,000 lbs. vertical load limit or pin weight capacity is 5,000 lbs. I just want to show you quickly how the head operates. Here's an example of a king pin, what it would look like on your pin box. Again, you take your lube plate, slide that all the way up onto the king pin just like that. Then what you need to do is go ahead, we took the pin and clip off so just flip open the latch. That releases the handle and as we mentioned, it's a very short throw, you can see, just like that, real simple, the jaws pop open, ready to go. You back up and as you slide the pin box with the king pin on it, slides into the hitch head, you can see as it gets far enough in, it'll push those jaws completely and lock it into place, my handle will slide, it shows green which means you're all good, ready to tow. Just flip your lever up, take your pin and clip, slide it right in, it's locked, keeps the handle from moving, simple as that. That should do it for the review of the Curt replacement head unit for the Curt Q20 5th wheel trailer hitch. This has a 20,000 lb weight capacity.

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Replacement Head Unit for Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs - C16530

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (6 Customer Reviews)

Replacement head unit fits Curt Q20 fifth-wheel trailer hitches.

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They got my order in the time they said thank you so much 916472

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Great communication with Tim and very knowledgeable with his help also Very fast shipping !!! Thank You Mike 900085

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The product was exactly as it was described and arrived only a couple of days after I ordered it. Thanks to Greg S. at etrailer.com for all his help and for the great Customer Service over the phone! I would definitely buy from them again and would recommend them to my friends. 715015

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First hitch came Mon. (Damaged unfortunately) spoke to Jackie Wed. replacement arrived Fri. And installed it Sat. ?? Great people to work with!! 429097

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Such an awesome experience.Called etrailer on Wednesday and Jordon was my customer service professional.He was very patient and addressed all my questions and very knowledgeable.I will recommend him to all my friends who need any products that entrailer sells. I had read some posts about the products being delivered in poor condition.I have included pics of how nicely the shipping boxes were and couldn't have been more pleased. The other nice thing is that I ordered on Wednesday and received my Curt Q-20 on Friday. Assembly on the Curt Q-20 took about 30 minutes.Great instructions simple and all parts were in the package. Fabulous job Jordon and etrailer.com.Yall are the best! Steve Boone 349940

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Item arrived on time and as described. Bought this due to needing a taller hitch. Easy to install. Gave me the clearance I needed. This was my third or forth purchase from etrailer.com and haven't had a negative experience or issue yet. 271237

So far so good. Hitch is working as it should.
Jeremy D - 07/12/2017


Ask the Experts about this Curt Accessories and Parts

  • How To Use a Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch On a 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 with Pucks
    In order to use the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer on a 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 you can remove the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch Head part # C16530 and attach it to the Replacement Base for Curt Q20 for Chevy/GMC Pucks part # CU53FR. This is a fixed hitch base which is the only one available at this time. That said, it should still work even if you have a short bed truck since the puck system was moved further back on the new models but to be safe it would be best to measure first.
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  • Is Premature Wear An Issue with the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
    I have personally not heard of anyone having the same issues you are with the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch after such a short amount of time. I even searched though some of our reviews and also was not able to find any other instances of said issue. That said, if you purchased this hitch from us then I will see what we can do to go about getting you a warranty replacement. If Curt stated they would not warranty the hitch due to what they said was caused by overloading then options are...
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  • Part to Convert Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch to Ford Factory Prep Type Installation
    You can use your Curt Q20 5th wheel hitch from your 2015 F-250 in your 2017 F-350 dually by using Curt's 5th-Wheel Hitch Legs for Ford Super Duty Towing Prep Package # C16017. This kit allows conversion of the hitch from standard rail installation to the Ford factory puck type install.
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  • Replacement Head for the Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch
    The part # C16530 that you referenced would be the correct replacement head for your Curt Q20 hitch # C16536.
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  • Parts Needed to Change Curt Q20 to Sliding Hitch for Short Bed on a 2016 GMC Sierra 2500
    To use the Curt Q20 Hitch Head # C16530 with a roller system for the short bed on your 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 you simply need the Curt R20 Round Tube Slider # C16550 if you have the industry standard base rails. If you by chance have the OEM puck system then you will also need the Adapter Rails # C16023 which fit into the pucks and provide attachment points for the R20 slider. You may also need some replacement hardware like part # C16125-SK4 for the installation.
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  • Will the Curt Q20 Head Work with the Curt Q5 Base
    Yes, the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Head part # C16530 will work with your Curt Q5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Base part # 16125-SK13. Therefore, you don't need to buy an entire new hitch as you can just replace the head.
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  • Could Curt Q24 Head be Replaced by Q20 Hitch Head
    Yes, the Q20 head part # C16530 could be used to replace a Q24 hitch head.
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  • Is Side to Side Movement of the Head of a Curt 16k Hitch Normal
    I spoke to my contact at Curt and he informed me that you actually have a 16k hitch because they never made a 18k hitch and since yours has an axial bearing that would indicate that you have the 16k. He also informed me that side to side movement of the head of the hitch is normal and is actually considered a feature of the hitch that allows it to be coupled and uncoupled on ground that isn't perfectly level. Also, it provides a smoother ride quality. As long as you aren't overloading...
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  • Are Curt Q- or E-Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches Compatible with Sidewinder Pin Boxes
    The Curt Q-series 5th wheel hitches are NOT compatible with Sidewinders! They are compatible with the E-series Curt hitches though. I checked your order and you did get a 16K E-Series hitch and wedge kit # 30861. The key with the wedges is that they need to be installed exactly as the instructions state. Any other orientation will not work. If the 5th wheel trailer is not tracking straight then the wedge is not in the right position or has come out of the right position. In some...
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  • Removable Bushing Placement On Shaft of Curt Q20 Head Unit
    Yes, this sliding bushing on the Curt Q20 # C16530 that you're referring to is a removable bushing (which is why it slides) and is completely normal. I've attached the section in the instructions where it refers to this bushing. Figure 10 (shown in the attached picture) says in regards to the placement of the bearing- Ensure that the machined bearing retainer and the removable bearing retainer are against lower bearing assembly. Both sit inboard of mid-section bearing shaft cradles during...
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  • Does Replacement Curt Q20 Hitch Head # C16530 Come with Install Bolts
    We do not carry the replacement bolts and washers or the Replacement Head part # C16530 but the good news is that this kit comes with the bolts and washers needed so if you lost yours you wouldn't need to source them elsewhere.
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  • Is the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Compatible with a 2005 Ford F-250
    I do have a few options for you but the Replacement Head Unit for Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16530 will not work with the Husky 16K Roller for Silver Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # HT32220 on your 2005 Ford F-250. If you would like to use the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16130 on your short bed truck then you would also need a Sidewinder pin box. In order to recommend a pin box for you I would need to know the make and model of your current pin box...
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  • Can Curt Q20 Head Be Used on Mopar 82213823 Slider Base
    The Mopar 82213823 5th Wheel Hitch is essentially a re-branded Curt Q20 so you can indeed replace its head with the Curt Head Unit # C16530. This will attach to your existing Mopar sliding base without issue. I have included a short video review on this product below that you can check out as well.
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  • Leg/Slider Kit That Can Fit Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch
    The Curt Q20 fifth wheel head unit part # C16530 can fit a few leg kits depending on the application. For standard fixed legs for a long bed truck you'd want the part # C16904 or for a slider base # C16550 and you'd be set.
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  • What Fifth Wheel Rail Kit is Needed to Install Curt Q20 Hitch in Bed of 2019 Ram 1500 Classic
    To install your Curt Q20 fifth wheel hitch # C16530 in the bed of your 2019 Ram 1500 Classic you'd need a set of industry standard fifth wheel rails designed to fit your truck. For that we have the Reese kit part # RP50142-58 which is custom fit for your truck and also is same design Curt hitches fit. A custom install rail kit will minimize drilling and install in much less time than a universal kit so it's what we recommend the highest.
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  • Can Curt Q20 5th Wheel Head Install on E16 Base for More Height on 2015 Ford F-350 w/Prep Package
    First, the Curt Q20 hitch head # C16530 does indeed fit base # C16017 for your 2015 Ford F-350 with the factory prep package. It is height adjustable up to 17 inches. If that is not enough then that does not necessarily mean that you have to get a new hitch. On most 5th wheel trailers you can adjust the pin box up or down where it mounts to the trailer. If adjusting the pin box height is not enough or you can't adjust it then to get more height you would need to replace the hitch....
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  • Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2016 Ram 2500 Long Bed with Factory Prep Package nad 18K Trailer
    For your 2016 Ram 2500 long bed with the 5th wheel prep package I recommend Curt 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16530-16021. This hitch will fit directly into the prep package and it is rated for 20,000 pounds so it can handle the 18,000 pound trailer. The hitch also has a cushioned head for a smoother towing experience. I have included a link to a video review of this hitch for you.
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  • Transferring the Curt Q 20 From 2018 GMC to 2019 Ford F-350 with OEM Puck System
    You'll still be able to use the head on your Curt Q20 # C16530 so all you will need is a new set of legs that fit your 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty with the OEM Puck system installed, which are part number # C16017 . You may want to look at adding a 7 way connection into the truck bed of your new F-350 with the Bargman 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90 Degree wiring harness # 50-97-410-010 if it doesn't already have one. This harness T's in from the factory 7 way on the back of your vehicle and adds...
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  • Popping Noise Coming From Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
    There are several parts on the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16130 that need greased regularly; one zerk on each side of the head, one zerk in the center of the jaw, and the cam on the locking jaw mechanism. I have attached a photo that shows each of these points for you but also make sure you are using the appropriate grease type as this is important as well. If the issue is still not fixed once you have greased all of the above components then the next thing you will want...
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  • Does Curt 5th Wheel Round Tube Slider Fit 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty With OEM Prep Package
    I am happy to verify that yes, the Curt 5th Wheel Round Tube Slider for Ford Super Duty Towing Prep Package # C16020 is compatible with your 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty with the OEM prep package. It will fit directly in the puck system and is compatible with the following Curt 5th wheel hitch heads: - Replacement Head Unit for Curt E16 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16515 - Replacement Head Unit for Curt A16 and Q16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # C16520 - Replacement Head Unit for Curt Q20...
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  • Do the Replacement Top Clips for 20k and 24k Hitches Fit on the Curt Q20
    Yes. I checked with Curt and the Replacement Top Clip for CURT 20K & 24K Fifth Wheel Hitches # C16914 has been confirmed to fit on the Q series hitches- so it will fit on your Curt Q20 # C16530.
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  • Can Q20 Hitch Head be Installed on New Leg Kit to Fit OEM Puck System on a 2014 Ram 3500
    Yes, you can install your Q20 Hitch Head # C16530 onto the R20 Round Tube Slider # C16550 to give you the sliding version of the Q20 # C16536. To install this to the OEM puck system on your 2014 Ram 3500 you'll also need the Adapter Rails # C16022.
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  • How to Convert a Stationary Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch to a Slider Hitch
    Yes, the Curt R20 Round Tube Slider # C16550 that you referenced would take your Q20 fifth wheel hitch part # C16130 and make it a slider hitch like part # C16536. You would need to take the head of your hitch (# C16530) and then install it on the # C16550 like in the video that I attached.
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  • What 5th Wheel Hitch Heads Can Be Used With The Curt R16 Round Tube Slider on a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500
    If you just have the Curt R16 Round Tube Slider part # C16560 then you will also need a hitch head and set of base rails and frame brackets. This will then provide you with everything you need to attach the trailer to your tow vehicle. For a 5th wheel hitch head you have three different options, the Replacement Head Unit for Curt E16 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16515, the Replacement Head Unit for Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # C16520, or the Replacement Head Unit for Curt...
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  • Finding Replacement Parts For a Curt 5th Wheel
    Good news, I can help you find the replacement parts for your Curt 5th Wheel. As long as Curt sells a particular part as a replacement we should be able to get you the part for your Curt Slider # C16536. We have several replacement parts already listed for the Curt Q20 # C16130 and will continue to grow as demand and availability of the item is requested. The Curt Q20 you purchased has a warranty, but we know that it doesn't cover normal wear and tear. We try to connect the...
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  • Which Head Units fit Curt 5th Wheel Hitch Legs?
    Only certain Curt head units will fit the Curt 5th Wheel Hitch Legs # C16026. Those are the Curt E16 # C16515, A16 # C16520, Q20 # C16530, and A20 # C16540. I've left a video review of these legs for you to take a look at as well.
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  • Compatibility of Curt Legs for Ford OEM Rails # C16017 with Older Q20 Hitch Head
    The Curt OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch Legs for Ford Super Duty Towing Prep Package # C16017 will work on a Q20 5th wheel head unit # C16530. The older 2010 manufacturing date will not impact the compatibility. You will still be limited to the 20,000 lb capacity of the hitch head instead of the 24,000 lb capacity of the legs.
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  • Weight of 5th Wheel Hitches Not Including the Packing/Shipping Materials
    We do not list a net weight in the specs for every single item we ship but we do indicate a shipping weight for all products. This shipping weight will appear on each individual hitch page, below the price field. For instance, the linked page displays all sliding 5th wheel hitches that are suitable for your 2013 Silverado 2500 with 6-1/2-foot bed. The first hitch listed, the Curt Q20 # C16536, has a shipping weight of 248-lbs without the base rail installation kit # C16411-204 which...
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  • Will Curt Hitch Legs Work With Tuff Tow Fifth Wheel Hitch
    The Curt OEM 5th Wheel Hitch Legs for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package # C16025 will fit in the pucks of a 2017 GMC Sierra, though they are not compatible with a Tuff Tow hitch. The legs are designed to work with head units # C16515, # C16520, # C16530, # C16545 and # C16565. I have added a link to our page with each of the fifth-wheel hitches that are compatible with 6-1/2 foot bed 2017 GMC Sierra 3500's that have the factory rail kit.
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