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Replacement Head for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 21K

Replacement Head for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 21K

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Replaces the head assembly from your Demco Recon fifth-wheel trailer hitch. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. 1-800-940-8924 to order Demco accessories and parts part number DM6169 or order online at Free expert support on all Demco products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Replacement Head for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 21K. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Demco Accessories and Parts - DM6169

  • Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • Head
  • Head Assembly
  • Demco

Replaces the head assembly from your Demco Recon fifth-wheel trailer hitch. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security.


  • Replaces the head assembly on your Demco Recon 5th-wheel trailer hitch (DM8550043, DM8550045, or DM8550045-5W)
  • Wraparound, single-piece jaw provides a secure connection
    • 360-Degree jaw-to-king-pin contact
    • Less rattle and more security than slide-bar jaws
  • 3/4" Thick, solid steel locking bar reinforces the connection of your coupled trailer
    • Automatically locks into place when the jaw closes
  • Double-pivot hitch head eases hookup and helps to limit chucking
    • Pivots front to back and side to side
  • Spring-loaded handle with comfort grip allows for simple coupling
    • Tethered safety pin lets you secure the handle in the open or the closed position
  • Sturdy steel construction with rust-resistant black powder coat finish
  • Made in the USA


  • Gross towing weight: 21,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 5,250 lbs

Secure Wraparound Jaw with Locking Bar

Single Dimensions

The single-piece, strong wraparound jaw completely surrounds your trailer's king pin for 360 degrees of contact. This wraparound jaw provides a more secure connection than standard 2-piece jaws that close in on the king pin from the sides. The increased jaw-to-king-pin contact on the Recon hitch offers tighter tolerances around the king pin, which minimizes both rattle and chucking, for a smooth, quiet ride.

A 3/4" thick solid steel locking bar spans the area in front of the jaw. This bar provides an added barrier of protection against accidental disconnection so you can have peace of mind that your trailer is secure. The locking bar is attached to the jaw and to the spring-loaded handle. The bar automatically locks when the jaw closes around your king pin.

Double-Pivot, Cushioned Hitch Head

Side PivotPin

The double pivoting, cushioned head improves your towing experience dramatically by helping to reduce jarring and unwanted noise. Built-in pins allow the hitch head to pivot back and forth and side to side. And hookup is easy because the hitch head will automatically pivot to the proper angle when it comes into contact with your pin box.

Polyurethane dampeners help to cushion the movement from the pivoting head and to reduce towing noise. These dampeners are built into the head assembly to cushion the head's side-to-side pivoting.

6169 Replacement Head for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch

Installation Details DM6169 Installation instructions

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Replacement Head for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 21K - DM6169

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (10 Customer Reviews)

Replaces the head assembly from your Demco Recon fifth-wheel trailer hitch. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security.


The Recon is working great for me. Easy to install into the gooseball in the bed of my truck. I've pulled my 16,000 Lbs toy hauler about 2000 miles so far.
The only issue I have is when I pull the handle to uncouple, when I move the truck forward, the hitch mechanism almost always catches and holds the hitch to the pin. I can see the lever move and slightly pop back in as I attempt travel forward and this results in requiring 2 people to get uncoupled since I have to have someone physically pull on the handle lightly in order to get it to release. I've never had this issue with any other 5th wheel hitch. I still give it 5 stars because it does work great for my 2006 F350 application.
It seems like the handle just doesn't quite come out far enough when you disengage it. It's very close but not close enough but if someone pulls on it then it releases with no problem.


I would've given 5 but I had a order for a used demco recon hitch. Was waiting for order called to find when it was coming. Found out they had been sold earlier. Nobody contacted me about the order cancelation or i still be waiting lol. But still ordered demco recon head got it delivered fast thank u for that.


Fast Service!


Perfect for what I wanted


This is the replacement hitch head that was shipped out promptly following the loss of the original during shipment. Quick response in handling the problem was greatly appreciated.


This fifth wheel plate is very well made, pretty light,and very easy to install. I would recommend this product very strongly


Great service!



Great. Easy to use. Only bad thing is Price.



See what our Experts say about this Demco Accessories and Parts

  • Replacement Head For Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch DM8550045
    I confirmed with Demco that Replacement Head # DM6169 is indeed the correct replacement for your Demco Recon 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550045. This replacement head is made in the USA and is coated in a strong rust-resistant powder coat paint. I have included demonstration videos for these products to further explain the uses and features.
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  • Replacement Hitch Head for Demco Recon for Recessed Balls # DM8550046
    Yes the Demco Recon hitch head part # DM6169 is the correct replacement for the Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter for Recessed Ball # DM8550046 that you referenced.
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  • What is the Weight of the Demco Recon Hitch Adapter # DM8550045?
    Never fear! The Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs # DM8550045 weighs about 150 pounds.
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  • How Much do the Individual Pieces of the Demco Recon Weigh
    The head of the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550043, which can be found as part # DM6169, weighs about 47 lbs. The base, which is part # DM6180, also weighs in at about 47 lbs. This puts the total weight of the Recon just under 100 lbs.
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  • Dimensions of Demco Hijacker SL Base Mounting Pins and Compatibility with Demco Recon 21K Hitch Head
    The Replacement Pivot Base Assembly for Demco Hijacker SL Series Flat Deck 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM6148 will normally use the Replacement Double Pivot Head Assembly for Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # DM6076. According to my contact at Demco, that 1 inch diameter pin that connects to the head will be compatible with the Recon 21K head # DM6169 you referenced. The head is smaller but the attachment with that 9 inch by 1 inch diameter pin makes them interchangeable with the...
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  • Are Demco Recon Replacement Head and Base Units Same as Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch DM8550043?
    The Demco Recon # DM8550043 is made up of Head for Demco Recon # DM6169 and Base Assembly for Demco Recon # DM6180. These two parts will give you the complete fifth wheel hitch but in two separate orders; otherwise it is the same thing. I've added links to video reviews of both parts for you to check out.
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  • Wedge for a Lippert Turning Point and a Demco Recon 5th Wheel Hitch
    The 6169 number you provided comes back to the Replacement Head for Demco Recon # DM6169. With the picture you provided, it looks like you have the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550043. The wedge that you would need to use with your Lippert Turning Point is the 5th Airborne Custom Wedge # SWW-05. While the # SWW-05 wedge does not specifically list the Turning Point, we have had customers in the past let us know that this was a fit for their Recon and Turning Point.
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  • Weight of Reese Select Plus and Demco Recon 5th Wheel Hitches
    I checked with Reese and the Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30081 weighs 120 lbs. The Demco Recon # DM8550043, weighs just under 100 lbs, as it is composed of Head Unit # DM6169 and Base Assembly # DM6180. Not only does the Recon weigh less, it is designed as a two-piece system to allow the easy removal of the head unit and base. If your concern is quickly installing and removing the hitch you are definitely going to want to use the Recon. This hitch will install to industry-standard...
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  • Does Demco Recon Fifht Wheel Hitch Minimize Chucking and Rattling?
    The two parts of the Demco Recon # DM8550043, which are the head unit # DM6169 and base assembly # DM6180 each weigh approximately 50 lbs. This is a very lightweight hitch but still has a 21,000 lb capacity and vertical load limit of 5,250 lbs. The Recon # DM8550043 offers a double-pivoting head as well, from front to back as well as side to side in a manner much the same as other premium fifth wheel hitches. It also has polyurethane dampeners built into the hitch head to soften the side-to-side...
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  • How Much Does the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3305 Weigh
    The shipping weight of the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3305 is 152 lbs so it will be just under that after you remove the packaging. Although it is still pretty hefty, the head unit part # BWRVC3006 can easily be removed off of the base unit # BWRVB3305 to help make moving the whole hitch more manageable. The head unit itself weighs in at about 70 lbs so it is almost half of the weight of the whole hitch. If you would like something that is a bit lighter then you can use...
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  • Weight of Head Unit and Base of Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch
    The Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550043 is made up of the Head Unit # DM6169 and Base Assembly # DM6180, with each piece weighing 50 lbs, making this most lightweight, easy-to-handle fifth wheel hitch available. In terms of locking it the only security measure is a Base Rail Lock # C23256 which locks the hitch to your base rails. There is no way to padlock it to prevent someone from releasing the hitch, though you'd have to be extraordinarily unlucky for someone to just walk...
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