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Old 07-14-2016, 07:39 PM   #1
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Curt fifth wheel hitch?

looking for some info on the curt fifth wheel hitches...I've heard of Reese and others but after surfing the inter-web, I like the way curt hitches are constructed and the price. I've been out of rving since 2012, but got the bug again. I had a class A but wanted to try fifth wheel camping. My tow vehicle is a 2016 f350 crew cab DRW. I know, people say to purchase the Fifth wheel first, but I haven't decided what I want yet, so I went with something I won't have an issue with weight.
I'm looking at the curt 24 model.

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Old 07-14-2016, 08:08 PM   #2
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I have only used a Curt Q16 with slider, so I have nothing to compare it too, but I am happy with it. I had to learn to make sure I am putting weight on it while hitching in order for the jaws to lock, no other issues. When I would have the kingpin and hitch lined up perfectly, with the plates just sliding on top of each other, the latch would flip back without locking. Once I started letting the bottom of the pinbox hit the hitch about halfway up the sloped portion of the front of the hitch (as the instructions say) it latched and locked fine. Both slider and hitch latches are easy to release and easy to reach.
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:33 AM   #3
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looking for some info on the curt fifth wheel hitches...I've heard of Reese and others but after surfing the inter-web, I like the way curt hitches are constructed and the price. I've been out of rving since 2012, but got the bug again. I had a class A but wanted to try fifth wheel camping. My tow vehicle is a 2016 f350 crew cab DRW. I know, people say to purchase the Fifth wheel first, but I haven't decided what I want yet, so I went with something I won't have an issue with weight.
I'm looking at the curt 24 model.

Thanks
I have a Curt Q20 which I've used on two 5th wheels, 2015 Keystone Fuzion 404 and 2016 Crossroads Carriage 38SB. I have no complaints and it has worked flawlessly plus the company has been excellent to deal with when I had a screw in the skid plate that was sticking up slightly from day one. They replaced the entire hitch without question. Sometimes does not want to release, just requires a little back and forth.
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Old 07-15-2016, 11:53 AM   #4
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I'm happy with the Curt in terms of hitching and towing, but it makes a lot of noise and lube doesn't help. It creeks constantly.
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Do you have the factory fifth wheel prep with pucks? When I compared curt/Reese/b&w side by side, the choice was obvious to me...b&w is made in America, great support, and frankly just looks much better built. I cannot fathom why anyone would pick one of the others over a b&w (unless you wanted an auto slider or wanted an air ride hitch like a Hensley ts3)
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:26 PM   #6
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OP, I feel there is good merit to your thought process.
I'd lean towards a product that will fit the factory frame mounted system if equipped, (puck system).
I'd agree with fitting with a hitch that is as close as possible to your TV's max. capabilities. With that plus safety factor (24K).
LB or SB? throws a wrench in the equation.
Also be mindful of the longer reach pin boxes. Some can touch the bed sides regardless of a slider. In all keep doing your homework with a tape measure.


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Old 07-15-2016, 04:21 PM   #7
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Biggtime:

I have the Curt 20K hitch without the factory setup. I tow a 39' FW at approx 16K lbs. It doesn't chuck, and I haven't experienced and noise while towing. I got it at a very good price from eTrailer and had a local shop install it, so far so good. I've had a Reese 16K before and a Husky 24K slider hitch. As of now, the Curt is head and shoulders better for me, than either of those. This is just my opinion and as others have said, 'your mileage my vary'!

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Old 07-15-2016, 08:25 PM   #8
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B&W is top cabin. Simple solid construction. NO question if you are hitched. 100%US Made.

Curt is Made in CHINA! They only have 4 boots holding the head to the base. B&W has 8 grade 8 bolts. Curt is NOT a simple hitch to hitch. I have hitched an in laws. He saw how simple mine was and stated he wished his was a B& W.

Compare side by side!!!
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Curt is very simple to hitch. Just back in and it clicks in. It has a red/yellow/green indicator so you know if it's hitched. It's 4 bolts but they're torqued very secure. I also heard BW is the best and made in usa but the others are good as well. I got the Curt because it was free with my trailer. If cost is no issue sure go with made in usa
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I have been using the Curt Q24 for several years fulltime across the country, pulling my Jayco Pinnacle 35LKTS at approx. 16.000 lbs. and now my Redwood 38FL at approx. 17,000 lbs.
No complaints, preforms great, good solid hitch, reasonable cost, great support from Curt.
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I have the Q20 and it is one great hitch. I don't think you can go wrong with it.
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Do you have the factory fifth wheel prep with pucks? When I compared curt/Reese/b&w side by side, the choice was obvious to me...b&w is made in America, great support, and frankly just looks much better built. I cannot fathom why anyone would pick one of the others over a b&w (unless you wanted an auto slider or wanted an air ride hitch like a Hensley ts3)
No, I don't have the fifth wheel prep package...
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I have the Curt 20K hitch without the factory setup. I tow a 39' FW at approx 16K lbs. It doesn't chuck, and I haven't experienced and noise while towing. I got it at a very good price from eTrailer and had a local shop install it, so far so good. I've had a Reese 16K before and a Husky 24K slider hitch. As of now, the Curt is head and shoulders better for me, than either of those. This is just my opinion and as others have said, 'your mileage my vary'!

Good luck and pick what's best for you!
It appears you have the same row rigI'm a DIY and I'll be installing the hitch myself, so hopefully I'll be making my purchase soon.
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Biggtime, if you want to go with a Curt hitch, then get one. I've used Curt, Reese, Pullrite, and now B&W Companion 5W hitches. IMHO the Curt hitch is just like a Reese hitch all good hitches for the money. Ford offers a Curt 5W hitch on Factory build order. I personally like the B&W, but that's me, it's not cheep but that's what I wanted this time. Again, get what ever hitch YOU want, your the one buying it. The only thing I'll tell you to get is, a hitch that's rated to pull more than the 5W weighs.
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