Curt Fifth Wheel - Fixed Fifth Wheel - C16545-16017 Review

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Review of Curt Fifth Wheel C16545-16017

Today we're going to review part number C16545-16017. This is the CURT Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for the Ford towing prep package. It is a dual jaw design hitch. It has a 24,000 pound weight capacity. This part number is a custom fit part number. It's designed to fit the 2011 and newer Ford Super Duty trucks with the factory installed towing prep package. Now this hitch has the 2-jaw locking system which will provide a 360-degree jaw-to-kingpin contact.

It gives you less rattle, more security than the slide bar models. On the back handle here there's an actual 3-point color-coded indicator system and this will tell you if your hitch is ready to uncouple, couple or tow just by looking at what color is showing and these inaudible 00:00:49 indicators are visible from the cab of your truck. I'm going to rotate this in a minute just to show you how that operates. Also right in the very middle of this hitch is a unique spherical axial bearing which will allow easy pivoting of the hitch head. It will actually give you smooth 360-degree movement, not just front-to-back and side-to-side tilting. It does have some nice built in cushioning which will absorb road shock.

It has a lockable handle right here. It comes with the pinning clip or you could actually put a padlock through if you'd like. The padlock would be sold separately. This will let you secure the trailer to the hitch. The handle is a very short throw single handle operation. The head itself is a self aligning head which will pivot for simple hookup.

It does have three lube points and they are marked. There's a grease fitting right in the middle and one on each side to help lubricate the head. Also it does have a very easy 2-pin head removal. It makes it easy for one person to remove the hitch. Again, I'll show you this when I rotate it but basically you pull the clip here, the clip here, pull the pins out and you can actually take the head out of the crossmember so it makes it easy if you're just by yourself and you want to remove it from the truck bed. You won't be able to pick the whole thing up but if you break it down, you'd be able to remove it easily. It does include this plastic lube plate.

This lube plate is designed to go onto your king pin of your 5th-wheel trailer so when you do hook up, it lets the kingpin slide smoothly into the hitch during the hookup and it also helps prevent any scratching of your hitch head. Also this crossmember has about three rows of holes and that'll actually give you about a 4-inch height adjustment so when you bolt this crossmember to these legs, you could actually get the correct height you need for your hitch head measurement. You hitch head measurement is from your truck bed to the top of your hitch for clearances so it'll give you a range of about 13 inches to 17 inches. Now these legs or feet right here will mount to your Ford's underbed hitch platform. Everything is made of a sturdy steel construction with durable carbide powder coat finish. Again, the application for this is 2011 and newer Ford Super Duty trucks with the factory installed towing prep package. Gross towing weight capacity is 24,000 pounds. The vertical load limit or pin weight capacity is 6,000 pounds. Again, the hitch height you can adjust it is from 13 inches to 17 inches. It does come with a limited lifetime warranty. The first thing I want to show you is how these legs bolt onto your factory installed prep package. If I just turn it to the side and as you'll see down here, basically what you would do is just unclip it right here, pull the pin and clip out. You've got two handles here. If you just pull those handles open about 90 degrees, do the same on the other side, that'll rotate the tabs here and it will release it from the pucks that's in the factory towing prep package. If you do that, you can lift the whole thing out or break it down and take it apart that way. When you go to put it back in, you're ready to tow, just open these up like that, same on that side, drop it in to where these will drop into the pucks in your truck bed. Once it's dropped in securely, rotate these back into place. Put your pinning clip, just line it up with the hole. Put the clip back in there and then it locks the handles in place. You do that on the other side and you'd be ready to go. Now also on the hitch head, I wanted to rotate it to the back just to show you and talk about a few things I had mentioned and show them you. Basically here's the two pins so if you pull one of these clips out, you can pull this pin out, do the same over here. You'll be able to lift this whole head out of the crossmember so it makes it very easy for one person to remove it. The other thing I had mentioned, here's your three-point indicator system. You can see there's a circle right here and it shows you that yellow and means it's ready to be coupled. Green would be tow and red would be it's uncoupled. You don't want to tow anywhere with it. What you're going to be looking for . this where I'm standing would be the cab of your tow vehicle . you can look down and see and look right in here and if it's showing green right now, that means it's all closed around the kingpin and you're ready to go. What I'm going to show you here, pop this off, we'll raise this latch up. What you want to do . they are closed so what I'm going to do is show you that if you just pull out on this handle . when you pull out far enough you can see that it's locked in the open position. It's showing red so it's the uncoupled position. You don't want to go anywhere with it. If you wanted to couple all you've got to do is lift this latch up and when you lift that latch up, it'll drop it into the yellow which means it's ready to couple so the jaws are ready to accept the kingpin. I've got an example here of what the kingpin would be on your 5th wheel. You slide your kingpin in. It automatically hits the two jaws. The jaws go around it and if you'll watch right here, it'll move it into position. It shows green which means now you're ready to tow. It's locked into position. This dropped down to lock the handle and then you can just drop you linchpin through there to secure everything to keep that latch from coming up. A very simple installation. That should do it for the review on part number C16545-16017. This is the CURT Q24 5th wheel Trailer Hitch for the Ford towing prep package and a 24,000-pound weight capacity. .

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