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Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Roller - Slide Bar Jaw - 16,000 lbs

Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Roller - Slide Bar Jaw - 16,000 lbs

Item # 16516
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Sturdy, secure fifth-wheel trailer hitch has a dual-pivot head with Permalube bushings and a slide-bar jaw for a smooth ride. Non-binding slider ensures proper clearance during slow turns. Rails and universal installation kit sold separately. 1-800-940-8924 to order CURT fifth wheel hitch part number 16516 or order online at Free expert support on all CURT products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Roller - Slide Bar Jaw - 16,000 lbs. Fifth Wheel Hitch reviews from real customers.
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CURT Fifth Wheel Hitch - 16516

  • Sliding Fifth Wheel
  • CURT
  • Above Bed Rails
  • 16000 lbs GTW
  • Economy - Slide-Bar Jaw
  • Double Pivot
  • 4000 lbs Vertical Load
  • 12 Inch Fore/Aft Travel
  • 15 - 17 Inch Tall

Sturdy, secure fifth-wheel trailer hitch has a dual-pivot head with Permalube bushings and a slide-bar jaw for a smooth ride. Non-binding slider ensures proper clearance during slow turns. Rails and universal installation kit sold separately.


  • 5th-Wheel hitch mounts in your truck bed so you can tow your 5th-wheel trailer
  • Auto-locking, slide-bar jaw mechanism provides superior security
    • Rear tension bar works with slide bar to clamp around king pin, minimizing rattle and movement
    • Lockable with padlock (sold separately)
  • Non-binding slider provides clearance required for short-bed pickups to turn safely at slow speeds
    • Prevents trailer from hitting the cab of your pickup during sharp, slow-speed turns
    • Slides smoothly on rounded, non-binding rods
    • Designed for use on trucks with beds shorter than 8'
      • Not recommended for use on truck beds shorter than 6'
  • 4-Position height adjustment for multiple towing applications
  • Dual-pivoting head with 10-degree lateral movement for simple hookup
    • Permalube pivot bushings increase hitch life and reduce maintenance
  • Anti-rattle skid plate provides smooth, quiet ride
    • Nylon lube plate (sold separately) will help to prevent scratches on skid plate and to let king pin glide smoothly into hitch during hookup
  • Simple installation with base rails and installation kit (sold separately)
    • Compatible with B&W, Curt, Demco, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed base rails
  • Sturdy, steel construction with carbide black finish


  • Gross towing weight: 16,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 4,000 lbs
  • Roller travel: 12" front to back
  • Hitch height: 14" - 17"
  • 5-Year limited warranty

E16 5th Wheel Jaw

Simple, Secure Hookup

With a dual-pivoting head that offers 10 degrees of lateral movement, the E16 fifth-wheel hitch makes hookup a snap, even on unlevel ground. Once the king pin slides into the hitch, the auto-locking, slide-bar jaw secures it in place. A unique feature of the E16 is the rear steel tension bar within the jaw that activates upon hookup to clamp down on the king pin, providing a tighter grip that maximizes security and minimizes rattle.

R16 5th Wheel Roller

Non-Binding R16 Roller

Specially designed for trucks with 6' to 8' beds, this non-binding slider 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.

16516 Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Roller - Slide Bar Jaw - 16,000 lbs

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Installation Details 16516 Installation instructions

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Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Roller - Slide Bar Jaw - 16,000 lbs - 16516

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (448 Customer Reviews)

Sturdy, secure fifth-wheel trailer hitch has a dual-pivot head with Permalube bushings and a slide-bar jaw for a smooth ride. Non-binding slider ensures proper clearance during slow turns. Rails and universal installation kit sold separately.


Bought hitch last spring, put over 3000 miles on it, still works great. A big plus is that you can remove the top half separately. This makes it much easier to install the hitch with 1 person. It rattles a little bit but nothing major. The slide part work great.


Successfully installed this hitch even in a RAM Box. I did remove 2" from the handles so I have the proper clearance for the RAM box. That shortened length hasn't changed my ability to unlock the hitch for either function even being 5'-8". I do think this installation method with U-bolts that go around the frame is easier than the 1/2 ton version I installed which pulled knurled bolts through the factory frame holes to hold the support brackets.

Still Working Great
Kory - 05/24/2019


Curt makes a high-quality product at an affordable price. Tammie at etrailer was extremely helpful in finding alternative rails when they were back ordered. She found alternative rails and that allowed me to get setup for the camping season. I have never been disappointed with etrailer.


It’s been really great owning this hitch, I would give it 5 stars but, the nuts that are in between the bed and the upper frame rail -so suck to get to. However post installation it has had zero issues.


Installed nice no instructions on the right rear front bolt on a 2017 3 quarter ton Ram pickup rear end mounted were they wanted you to put the bolt on the coil suspension Dodge

I half to disconnect all the pins and lift hitch out with trailer because I can not get the king pin to release when its hooked up I tried everything so Im not pleased with this hitch?
Jim - 06/13/2019


Although I haven't pulled my new fifthwheel camper yet. The unit seems like it should be pretty easy to maintain. A little grease here and there. Only time will tell. Installed everything in about 4hrs. Above rail kit, hitch, and wiring.

After the first pull of the camper. I noticed the slop some people commented on. It allows a little more back and forth shifting than expected but was not bad. I havent heard any rattling though. Overall I would buy again. Hitch seems solid and easy to maintain. The sliding function works well. Although I will rarely use it its nice have when needed.
Bruce c - 10/04/2022


I have a short bed truck, and using the Curt 16516 system Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Roller, will give me the added clearance I will need for tight turns and maneuvering. Curt's instructions were fairly clear, and parts were well defined. These products are extremely well-made.

Once again, etrailer shipped quickly. Their communication and customer service are great. Thank you etrailer team. I am now ready to get my rig on the road.


An overall great hitch. The slider is very useful when backing into tighter spots with a non-longbed truck.


Easy to to use. Does the job. Only down side is it has some play so you feel some movement when taking off and stopping.


While the jury is out on pulling with this 5th wheel hitch, etrailer did a really nice job promptly shipping my order. The unit is exactly what I expected and installed onto my base rails quite nicely. Thanks guys.

by: 06/03/2022

After watching the video it easy to install. Little more play in the slider than expected hopefully it will be okay.

It is normal for a Slide Bar Jaw 5th wheel to be quite noisy because its not quite a snug fit around your king pin. Double jaws are better, and single jaws are the best, as it wraps around the king pin the tightest.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/10/2022


This hitch installed easily into my pickup, and pulls my camper just fine with very little road noise. My only complaint is the shipping. My first delivery was damaged during shipment to the point where it had lost most of it's hardware. etrailer sent me out a replacement unit which all made it to my house, but the boxes were still very damaged and were starting to develop holes in them.


This is my first hitch. I decided to go this route after finding out the dealership wanted over 1500 to install rails hitch and plug.
Install was not too aweful bad I did the install in about 4 hours of everything. I took my time so nothing would be screwed up. The install videos where awesome and very discriptive.


First of all shipped the hitch the same day ordered and I recieved it the next day. Outstanding! The hitch installation went well however the directions could be better. Just installed and haven't towed yet. So far very pleased.


Easy to use sliding and kingpin locking, the sliders and jaw have higher tolerances so there is a bit of chucking. I put around 15k miles on in the year that I've had it and the slider and jaw mechanisms still lock and release like new.

After a year, there is now around 10k towing miles on this hitch, and it still looks and performs like new.
Josh - 03/23/2022


I ordered on a Monday and got the equipment on Wed. I started the installation Wed after noon. Finished Thur. about 11:00 am. I did all the work myself with a little help from my son on holding the U bolts. I am 75.5 years old and had no trouble with the instructions. Thanks. PS Added the Jeep picture for fun.


Great kit. Bolted together quickly! The boxes being heavy caused holes to be punched into the boxes. This caused a nut to go missing for the hitch release handle.


Excellent product. Customer service from Etrailers is spot on. Buy from these people because you will need to talk to someone again.


Excellent product. Installation wasn't to bad, did take some time but overall wasn't horrible. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but works flawlessly. I chose this hitch for two reasons. 1. It's a simple yet reliable design from a great manufacturer. 2. I needed the lower height adjustment than the Q series offered. My '06 dodge doesn't have any aftermarket suspension parts but I do run 285 70/17 tires and it does sit a little bit higher. Glad I did because the lower height adjustment is almost perfect. I highly recommend getting a lube plate to go with any fifth wheel hitch, very cheap and no mess. As far as goes. This is the best place I've ever ordered from. Great communication and very fast shipping. The hitch arrived days faster than expected even with the bad weather delays. You can't go wrong with this item or this company. I will definitely be ordering from here in the future and will be buying more Curt products.

This is the best hitch Ive ever used. Very simple and smooth. Not one issue so far! Would buy it again!
Arron M - 02/19/2017


First, the service etrailer provided was Excellent! The sales person spent at least 30 min on the phone answering my questions and helping me pick the correct product. Once I had the correct product they in [shipped] two days. I was able to install the hitch in time for my planned trip and the hitch works great. I am towing a 12k + pound fifth wheel and have had no issues with the hitch.

The Curt sliding hitch has worked great, no issues. E-Trailer is very helpful, I buy everything through them. Tom
Tom - 07/15/2020


The hitch is easy to put together as I have a 2016 2500hd I had to bolt it inn the very top holes to clear my box. There seems to be alot of plat in the king pin lock a clank and clunk starting and stopping. Id buy from etrailer again they are a great company this product was built for what I paid its a middle of the road hitch. I will upgrade at some point

It works I don’t care for the hitch after a year. There is to much slack in the hitch and no adjustment. Don’t like the handle you have to turn just right to disconnect. Wouldn’t buy it again matter of fact gonna switch it out this year as I don’t like it.
Myron L - 05/09/2018


Very good instructions on how to assemble. Very pleased with the product.


Package came in pieces.Missing parts...very disappointed considering I spent alot of money and all the packages were ripped open and apart...

I am sorry as I can understand that it would be disappointing to receive hitch like this one damaged. I will definitely let our shipping department know and have our customer service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 06/20/2022


I have owned this trailer hitch for a year and it works great. No issues.

I have owned this hitch for 2 years now and no complaints. A couple of non-critical bolts came loose, but I lock-tighted hows that for a made-up verb? back in place.
Tom M - 02/03/2022


Great hitch good instructions to install. Works well with lippert turning point hitch if you buy the proper wedge for this hitch to help eliminate extra movement towing with the standard lippert wedge. Like having option to tow traditional or with lippert 5th wheel hitch while using this Curt hitch.

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