Hi all, first I will apologize upfront for the long post..
I just need to jump in and voice a concern about the R16 hitch as well.
I have had one for about 20 hours of towing a 8500lb rig and replaced the slider once and the isolators twice.
This hitch has the potential to be extremely dangerous mainly due to the original isolators but please read on....
The hitch has a list of obvious flaws in engineering including
- jaws too thick to accommodate a lube disc (jaws catch on bottom of pin with 3/16th inch disc in place making connecting and disconnecting success a coin toss at times)
- excessive (1/2") front to back play in the side to side pivot pin
- green "locked" indicator not functioning when using a lube disc(bottom of pin about 1/16th inch too high due to disc),
- slider up and down play
- no lockout on slider handle.
Now in saying all this....Reese has made upgrades to all of these issues and are now marketing it as a Titan.
They have redesigned the isolator, shaved some meat off the bottom of the jaws, changed the indicator pin and inserted spacers in the slider to take away some of the play there as well as a pin lockout for the slider handle.
I strongly urge whoever has these original hitches to contact Reese and nicely explain any dissatisfaction and see where it goes from there.
One of the biggest mistakes that Reese made was not to place a total recall on the old ones and supply complete new ones to the people that paid hard earned cash for this product.
I am slightly annoyed that I had to do the digging to have this fixed but am also very pleased that Reese's customer service ended up being second to none.
Just my 2 bucks worth...Cheers