Curt Fifth Wheel C16520-16020 Review

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Today we're going to take a look at the Curt Q16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with the slider for the Ford towing prep package and this has a 16,000 pound weight capacity. This is a custom fit part and is designed to fit the Ford F250 and F350 Super Duty Trucks with the 6-3/4' bed and the factory rail kit starting with the years 2011. On any custom fit part, what I always like to recommend is to go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle and it will show you if this will work for your application. This 5th Wheel hitch will mount in your truck bed so that you can tow your 5th Wheel Trailer. The part that I'm describing would be the hitch head on the slider. Basically what I'm demonstrating is I'm putting it on this display stand that has the under bed rails that would be on your Ford truck just to show you how it installs, how this would look. This is how it would look in the truck bed of your vehicle. The built-in slider, right down here, this will provide the clearance that's required for your short bed pickup to turn safely at slow speeds.

Slides very smoothly on these rounded non-binding rods. Basically, it will allow you to move 12" from towing position to maneuvering to get you that clearance. The slider handle which will lock and unlock the slider itself does use a color coding system to show when it's locked or unlocked. Basically the green ring will show right over here right now because it's locked in the towing position. When you pull the handle out and unlock it, a red ring will show right over here around the rod to show you that it's unlocked.

It gives you a good indicator of the position that the slider is in. The head itself uses a two-jaw locking system. Because of that, it'll give you the 360 degree jaw to kingpin contact and that'll get you less rattle, more security than a lot of the slide bar models. On the head itself, it does use also a color coding back here to let you know . A 3-point indicator system that'll tell you if it's ready to couple, uncouple or tow and basically these colors are visible from the cab of the truck. You'll be able to look behind you out the back of the cab and see the color that's showing, it'll tell you what the jaws of the hitch head, what position they'll be in. Let me try to rotate this just to give you an idea what we're talking about.

If I spin this all the way around, I think we get it enough there you'll be able to see right underneath the head itself, you'll see the three indicators and then this is where the color would show. Right now, it's showing a round green, means the jaws are closed and locked ready to be towed. When you open this and you're ready to hook up, it'll show a triangle that'll be yellow and that'll mean that it's ready to be coupled. By chance, if you go to couple and it doesn't couple correctly, it would show the hexagon and in red that'll mean that it's uncoupled. Those three colors showing will dictate you can look out the cab and it'll show you what position those jaws are in. You want it to be ...

For towing, you want to have the green showing. That's means it's correctly coupled and ready to go. Now the head on this is a fully articulating torsion head for controlled coupling. Gives you a nice stable quiet ride. You can see, pretty much goes any position you like. The handle itself is lockable. Right now it has the pin and clip that comes with it. It is large enough you could put a padlock through there if you'd like for extra security. The handle itself is a short throw, single handle operation. I'm going to demonstrate that here in a minute just to show you how that operates. The head is a self-aligning head which will pivot for simple hook up. Now also they make this easy for one person to remove the hitch from the truck bed and they do that by, if you pull this clip out, this large pivot pin, pull the large pivot pin out. You can remove the hitch head from the cross member and then you can take the cross member and slider out of the pucks in the truck bed to give you the full access you need. It's made for one person to remove it from the truck. This part also includes the plastic lube plate. We do recommend you use this. It's made to be put on your kingpin and once you put it on the kingpin it'll help it glide smoothly into the hitch during hook up and it also protects this hitch head from any damage. Now, installing the slider into the under bed system it's pretty fast, pretty easy to do. Basically what you'll do is just drop the slider into the four receiver pucks that are built into your Ford factory under bed rails. These rails is what you would have on your truck. All you'll have to do is pop the pin and clip off, open these handles 90 degrees and when you do that that turns those tabs in there that'll unlock it from the rails. You do the same on that side, you'll be able to lift that right out of there and then you'll have the full access to your truck bed. When you go to install it, leave these open on both sides, drop it into the pucks, turn it 90 degrees, that'll rotate that tab and lock it into position in each puck. Then again for security, put your pin through the handle and then put it through the hole in there and then through the second handle and then lock it and you can see it holds the handles in position so they don't loosen out and open up. This whole hitch and slider is a sturdy steel construction. Has a nice carbide black finish to it. A few specs on this, the gross towing weight capacity is 16,000 pounds. The vertical load limit or pin weight capacity is 4000 pounds. The amount of travel, in other words the amount this will move from the tow position back to the maneuvering position, is 12" to give you that clearance. What I'm first going to start with is to demonstrate the hitch head, how this works. Basically what you would do, and I am going to have . I got a kingpin sample here just to show you this is what the kingpin would look like. This would be attached to your pin box on your trailer. What you'll first want to do is unclip the handle. We'll pull down on the clip, pull the pin out, and your handle's released. You can see now to open it all you have to do, it's a very . As I mentioned it's a short throw single handle. Just pull it, pull it back, boom both jaws open up and you're ready to go. Just like that. What you want to do then is we'll take our lube plate. We'll go ahead and push it onto the kingpin. Again, just push it all the way down on there. Then what you'll do is this'll be the pin box, so when you're sliding the hook up . See if we can get this to close, does use some . Once it slides all the way in, you can see once it's all the way in you notice the handle slides into the locked position. The dual jaws are both around it to give you the total 360 degree contact. Then what you'll do is drop your pin and clip in or if you want to use a padlock do that and that would lock it and you're ready to go. Now if you pull into the campground and you want to get out of the tow position, put it into the maneuvering position . Let's go ahead and finish locking this just for safety sake. Now you're going to move the slider. What you'll want to do is go ahead and take this handle and just pull it out. Now to put it into maneuvering position, you want to pull the handle and then move the handle towards the cab of the vehicle. We'll pull it and then push it that way. It might be hard to see but there's a red ring now showing. That means it's unlocked. With the slider unlocked and as you move, you'll notice that the whole hitch head will slide. When it gets to maneuvering position, it'll hit the groove, lock into position, the handles lock. Look over here, it's a green ring, means it's locked. You're in the maneuvering position, you can do sharp turns and get your trailer wherever you need it. Once you're done and you want to get back on the road and tow, you want to move that hitch, 5th wheel hitch head closer to the cab, pull out . The only thing you have to do for it is move the handle towards the trailer. Pull it out, move it that way, and what that would mean is then as it goes back in closer to the cab, the towing position, boom it'll lock into place. Simple as that. That should do it for the review on the Curt Q16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with the slider for the Ford towing prep package and it has a 16,000 pound weight capacity.

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