Difference Between Curt Q24, Q25 and A25 5th Wheel Hitches for Ford Fifth Wheel Towing Package

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My 2019 Ford Super Duty has the fifth wheel towing package so it has the puck system. I'm looking at the Curt 5th hitches but wondering what is the difference between the Q24, Q25 and A25 hitches? I can't really tell offhand.

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That's a good question and the only difference between the Curt Q24 # C16545-16017 and Curt Q25 # C16039 fifth wheel hitches for your 2019 Ford Super Duty with the Fifth Wheel Towing Package is the head unit: the Q25 head is rated for 25,000 lbs while the head of the Q24 is rated for 24,000 lbs due to its slightly reinforced square body. That said, both of the hitches have legs that are rated for 24,000 lbs, which means the towing capacity of both remains 24,000 lbs.

The Curt A25 # C16036, on the other hand, has the same 24,000 lb capacity, but apart from that is different in a number of significant ways and is the hitch I highly recommend going with. The most important difference is in the jaw system, as the A25 has interlocking jaws while the Q Series hitches do not. What this means is that the A25 is always going to have complete contact with your trailer's king pin so there is going to be less play and rattling for more enjoyable ride.

The A25 also has a color-coded indicator system which is going to tell you when the hitch is ready to tow (the jaws are locked closed), couple (the jaws are ready to receive the king pin), or uncouple (the jaws are locked open so you can pull away from the trailer). This system makes it convenient to use and also gives you peace of mind that the jaws are completely locked in place when you are getting ready to tow.

The other significant difference is that the A25 is able to be used with a Sidewinder or the OEM Reese Revolution (both of which will require the use of Sidewinder Wedge # C16992) while the Q Series is not (the head of the Q Series is designed where there is too much movement to be safely used with a Sidewinder/Revolution).

Each of these hitches will fit the puck system of your 2019 Ford Super Duty, though the best option is the Curt A25 # C16036. Additionally, if you happen to need 5th wheel wiring, the correct harness for your truck with the prep package is the Bargman # 54701-007-010. I have added links to video reviews for you to check out as well.

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