Curt Q24 5th Wheel Hitch – Product Review


When we bought our 5th wheel and our 2014 Ram 3500 dually tow vehicle we needed a reliable and easy-to-operate hitch system to tow our RV down the roadways together safely.  After several hours of research, we chose is the Curt Q24 fifth wheel hitch (#16245) manufactured by Curt Industries.

We’d rather have too much hitch than not enough to safely pull our 18,000 pound (gross weight) triple axle Heartland Cyclone Toyhauler (hitch weight 3000 pounds).
There are many other manufacturers for fifth wheel hitches up to 20,000 pounds, but we felt we wanted a proven, reputable company
that could provide a hitch that could tow over 20,000 pounds. Curt’s Q24 made sense to us.
Curt 16245 Q24 Hitch
It has 2 unique safety features that instill confidence in the hitch.  First, there is
a window on the hitch lever assembly that shows green when the hitch is ready to pull, yellow when the jaws are not locked properly, and red for when the hitch is not ready to pull.  Second, there is a locking arm that clips and pins over the handle assembly to ensure the hitch remains securely locked for safe towing.
Here’s a short video showcasing the Curt Q24:

Specs for the Q24 from Curt’s website:

  • Ideal for towing 5th wheel trailers up to 24,000 lbs.
  • Spherical axial bearing for unimpeded head movement and smooth, quiet towing
  • Dual jaws provide 360-degree kingpin contact
  • Three-position coupling indicator is clearly visible from truck cab
  • Self-aligning head offers a wide opening for easy coupling
  • Mounts to all industry-standard base rails
  • Operates using a short, lockable handle
  • Three grease fittings for easy lubrication
  • Includes a polyethylene lube plate to eliminate messy grease deposits
  • Meets proposed SAE J2638 testing standards
  • Protected by a highly durable carbide powder coat finish
  • Backed by a 10-year limited warranty

Notes:

  • 5th wheel hitch weight ratings are limited to vehicle manufacturer’s stated capacities
  • Includes 5th wheel legs, pins & clips
The Curt Q24 is the heavyweight champion of 5th wheel hitches. With a gross trailer weight capacity of 24,000 lbs. and a vertical load limit of 6,000 lbs., the Q24 is capable of handling the heaviest of 5th wheel trailers, including deluxe RV and oversize campers.
Something that sets the Q24 5th wheel hitch apart from competitive models is its spherical axial bearing. Instead of having a set of rods on which the hitch head can pivot, the Q24 uses a spherical bearing to allow the hitch head to pivot in virtually any direction. This means smoother turns, a quieter ride and less strain on your towing equipment and truck.
The Curt Q24 5th wheel trailer hitch also features dual-locking jaws, a self-aligning head, single-handle operation and a three-position coupling indicator. It comes with a durable carbide powder coat finish, a 10-year warranty and meets proposed SAE J2638 testing standards. This 24K 5th wheel hitch comes with a set of standard 5th wheel legs that are ready to mount into your truck bed with a pair 5th wheel rails and brackets.

 Our Review:

We ordered our Curt Q24 from Amazon.  The hitch was delivered to our home in 3 days and I was immediately impressed with the ruggedness of the hitch.  Equally, the fit and finish were outstanding and the literature to operate and maintain the hitch were thorough.   I scheduled an installation with a local
trailer dealer in Lexington, Kentucky.   Once installed, we patiently waited for delivery of our Heartland Toyhauler.
Four months later, upon accepting delivery of our Heartland Cyclone, we began using our Curt Q24 to pull our new home on wheels.  The hitch
worked flawlessly and was easy to grease and maintain.  However this is not where the story ends…
Approximately 18 months after installing our Curt hitch we noticed the hitch becoming more difficult to latch and release.  We disassembled the hitch head
in accordance with Curt’s well written instructions and cleaned and greased to
entire assembly, but this did not make the hitch function as well as it had
when it was new.
We placed a phone call to Curt Industries about our hitch issues.  After discussing our hitching and unhitching procedures, Curt’s customer service deduced that the hitch head was failing.  Because of our nomadic schedule,  Curt Industries quickly shipped us an entire new hitch head assembly that arrived in three (3) business days.
They did this without us ever providing proof of purchase (I told them place and date of purchase from Amazon) and only requested that we send the old hitch assembly back to Curt Industries so they could dissect it to find out why it failed.  They paid for all costs including shipping.  We installed the new head and we are back to flawless hitching and unhitching.
We are so impressed not only with their product, but also their customer service, product satisfaction and guarantee.
Disclaimer:  This review reflects only our opinion of usage.  We were not compensated in any way by Curt Industries to write this review.

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