Differences between Curt Q20 Slider Hitch and Reese R16 Slider Hitch

Question:

Hello, I have a couple of questions. I have a 2008 Ford F250 Crew Cab Short Bed truck and I will be pulling a fifth wheel with a CGWR 11,250 Hitch weight is listed at 1,137. I am looking at getting either a Curt Q20 Slider Hitch or Reese R16 Slider Hitch. Other than the obvious differences between the hitches Towing weight, load limit, what are some of the less obvious differences such as hitch height with slider, difference between 4 way pivoting head and 360 degree pivoting head, jaw locking mechanism, sliders does Reese lock in place when extended to the rear, hitch weight how easy is it to remove from truck, etc? My other question is I like the value of the Curt custom rail kit for my truck C16448-204. The Reese hitch will work with Curt rails but will it work with the Curt custom rail kit C16448-204 specifically is the spacing between the rails correct?

Expert Reply:

To address your concern about the compatibility of the Reese R16 Slider Hitch, # RP30869, with the Curt Custom Rail Kit, # C16448-204, they are compatible with each other. The above bed base rails that are used with the Curt Custom kits are the industry standard above bed rails that are used by Reese and other fifth wheel hitch manufacturers.

The custom aspect of the Curt rail kit is the brackets. There is no drilling (into the frame) required to install the custom brackets and they will have the same spacing and placement as the Reese Custom Install Kit, # RP50082-58. You will have no problem using the Reese R16 Slider Hitch with the Curt Custom rail kit.

When comparing the Curt Q20 Slider Hitch, # C16536, with the Reese R16 Slider Hitch, there are a few differences. Including the slider legs, the Q20 hitch weighs approximately 250 lbs. The R16 slider hitch is about 100 lbs lighter than the Q20 slider at 150 lbs. Both hitches can be taken apart in pieces making the removal and installation easier, but the R16 hitch will be significantly lighter.

Another difference between both hitches is the height adjustability. The Q20 slider hitch is adjustable from 17-1/2 inches to 21-1/2 inches above the truck bed floor. The R16 slider hitch is adjustable from 14 inches to 18 inches above the truck bed floor. This is important to consider because you always want to tow your trailer level and you want to choose a hitch that 1) allows the trailer to be level, and 2) allows you a minimum of 6 inches between the bottom of the trailer loft and the top of the bed rails.

To determine this, you will want to have your truck and trailer on level ground. Measure from the ground to the truck bed floor and from the ground to the bottom of the king pin plate on your fifth wheel trailer. The difference between those measurements will determine the height that the hitch should be set at to tow your trailer level and reduce the possibility of sway or chucking.

There are no huge difference between the 4-way pivoting head of the R16 and the 360-degree pivoting head of the Q20. Both heads have the ability to tilt side to side and for and aft making it easier to hook up if you are not on level ground, but the head of the Q20 is slightly more versatile for odd angles. Please note, the Q20 head is not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution pin boxes.

Both hitches use a dual jaw system that is much more effective than the traditional slide bar or single jaw designs, but I personally prefer the jaw of the R16 hitch. The R16 jaw is serrated, keeping an even connection around the king pin each time. I have also found that the king pin connection indicator on the R16 hitch is easier to identify that the indicator on the Q20 head. The indicator on the R16 hitch will stick out indicating a secure hook up, where the Q20 indicator is inside the head and can be difficult to see when backing up.

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