CrossWing 20K 5th Wheel Hitch for Industry-Standard Rails #16600
- Premium steel construction offers robust 20,000-lb. capacity
- Features patent-pending ShockDrop technology to reduce jerking and jarring
- Reinforced head connection point for superior strength and peace of mind
- Easy, one-person installation and removal (fits industry-standard rails)
- 65% lighter than most traditional 5th wheel hitches (main body weighs 60 lbs.)
- Unique coupling system eliminates guesswork by offering visible contact surface
- Head piece permanently installs onto kingpin
- Head channel guides kingpin into place for easier hookup
- Allows fore, aft and lateral head articulation when connecting on uneven terrain
- Easy-to-reach release handle for ergonomic operation
- Three points of height adjustment from 16-3/8" to 20-3/8"
- Coupling point offset 5" rearward for added turning clearance
- High-grade, powder-coated steel for added strength vs. aluminum
- Tested for safety in accordance with SAE J2638
- Not compatible with X5 adapters
- Patent pending
- Lippert trailer chassis approved. Will not void warranty.
- Capacity limited to lowest-rated towing component
- The 5” offset adds more turning clearance than traditional over-axle 5th wheel hitches, which may lessen the need for a slider. However, each truck-trailer configuration is different. Be sure to review each configuration and always ensure adequate trailer-to-cab clearance when maneuvering.
Guides & Install Sheets
- Product Weight86.650
- Part Type5th Wheel Hitch
- MaterialCarbon Steel
- FinishTEXTURED BLACK POWDER COAT
- Installation Height16-3/8 IN - 20-3/8 IN
- Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)20,000 LBS
- WarrantyLimited Lifetime
- Side Application Type DescriptionNot Applicable
- Shipping Weight86.650
- Mount Type DescriptionNot Applicable
The CrossWing™ 5th wheel hitch is designed to raise the bar on towing. It is engineered to be solid yet easy to handle by combining robust strength with state-of-the-art technology, all while remaining lightweight. Compared to traditional 5th wheel hitches, the CrossWing is 65% lighter with a main body weight of only 60 lbs. And with its lightweight design, assembly and installation are a breeze and can be done by one person with no extra hassle.
Although it is light in weight, the CrossWing's strength and toughness are not jeopardized. It is constructed with tough, premium steel that offers 20,000-lb. weight capacity, and has a reinforced head connection point that provides exceptional strength. Its unique coupling system eliminates guesswork by offering a visible contact surface, and its head channel guides the kingpin into place for easier hookup, saving you time that you can spend on the road instead.
In addition to its strength, the CrossWing is packed with cutting-edge technology that is a step above the rest. It allows fore, aft and lateral head articulation when connecting on uneven terrain, and features ShockDrop™ technology that reduces jerking and jarring for an overall smoother tow. It also contains an easy-to-reach release handle for ergonomic operation, and three points of height adjustment ranging from 16-3/8" to 20-3/8", so an ideal tow experience is easy and simple to attain. Finally, the CrossWing is finished with a premium, carbide textured black powder coating that protects against rust, ensuring this 5th wheel hitch will provide comfortable, superior rides through many miles to come.
Lippert CrossWing Initial Review
I was provided this Curt CrossWing hitch direct from Curt for review and feedback. Thank you
Tow Vehicle: 2011 Dodge RAM 3500 Dually
Tow: 2013 Cedar Creek 38FL – GVW: 16,500 lbs Pin: 2850 lbs – Trailair Pinbox
Shipping: Box arrived with a few minor puncture holes, but otherwise it was well packaged and no contact with the hitch assembly inside the box.
First Thoughts: Product looks well made, good weld quality, and sturdy assembly. Powder coat is even and no scratches. How does this thing get installed? (Then sat down to read the instructions.
Installation: We installed into ISR – which were already installed in the truck bed – We are swapping out a Curt 24Q for this test and review. (Post first pull test – this hitch will stay in the truck unless I find a problem).
King ping swivel mount was easy to complete the install on and requires torque to 85 ft/lbs. If the install took more than 15 minutes, it was mostly just finding the right size sockets.
Hitch install in the bed was easy – one hand carry and drop into the ISR with the spacers/silencers between the hitch and ISR. Setting the hitch height I took a shot and went with the center mounting hole – perfect height for our setup. Setting the hitch bolt took a bit of work as it is a very large bolt/nut and must be torqued to 300 ft/lbs.
Hitch/UnHitch: No major change to the way I backed onto the camper to connect up – centered the king pin swivel mount and backed into the camper leaving about 1” or so – lowered the landing gear and the swivel moved into the lower centering pin and aligned with the locking handle.
NOTE: I did have to air up the pin box a bit – I can’t tell yet if this was due to a change in the way the camper downforce was sitting on the pinbox/hitch or it was just naturally down on air a bit (although we did a 200 mile pull the week before and had set the air)
Unhitch was a slightly more eventful, as I forgot to set the parking brake and so the truck did a bit of a drop and roll, but otherwise no problems sliding out the locking handle and raising the camper of the hitch.
Towing: We have only towed with it one time so far – about 10 miles on city streets, some highway, and dirt road. Turns both left and right with significant potholes. Accelerated and decelerated at someone higher rates than I would normally, and no adverse effects to the setup. No significant change in tow characteristics, although it seems like there was less chucking. Time will tell as we leave for Goshen, Indiana (800 mile tow) in a couple of weeks.
As part of an early adopter program through the Lippert Scouts, I installed the Crosswing hitch in my Ford short bed to replace an automatic slider that was big and heavy. The Crosswing has been everything I need in a 5th wheel hitch for pulling my Grand Design Reflection trailer. Given that I was leaving an automatic slider, I was concerned about turning radius. I can achieve a nearly 90 degree alignment between the truck and trailer which is well beyond any turn I’ve ever made. Curt designed it so that the kingpin is about 5” behind the center of the axle, giving a bit more clearance with the cab. Note that the weight is centered over the axle as is should be. Hitching is easy as the permanently-installed head piece on the kingpin self-aligns with the receiving piece on the hitch. Sliding the locking arm in place is easy and gives you complete confidence that the trailer is securely attached to the truck. No wondering if the jaws closed around the kingpin. My hitch is combined with a Curt RotaFlex pinbox and chucking is virtually eliminated. The main hitch body only weighs about 60 pounds so I can easily remove it to use my truck bed with only the rails left behind. All-in-all I’m very happy with the Crosswing and recommend it highly; just make sure it meets your turn rig’s turn radius needs.