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Fontaine's new H7 top plate designed for severe duty

Fontaine Fifth Wheel designed a new top plate, the Fontaine H7, specifically for severe-duty applications.

The H7 replaces the H5092 and X5092 Series and combines them into one fifth-wheel system. Like the 7000 Series, the H7 features a cast-steel housing and the Fontaine No-Slack locking system, the only trigger activated self-adjusting locking mechanism in the industry.

“Our mission with the H7 was to simplify our severe-duty product line into one cast-steel fifth wheel system that uses our most up to date No-Slack locking system,” said Mike Randolph, vice president of sales and marketing in North America.

Fontaine’s exclusive fifth-wheel lock self-adjusts in order to accommodate for wear and variations in kingpin geometry, so drivers get a snug, secure, hassle-free connection as they move from trailer to trailer. The design also reduces shock inputs into the frame when braking and accelerating, so drivers get a smoother ride and components last longer for lower maintenance costs.

The H7 is rated up to 70,000 pounds for a vertical load, with a drawbar pull rating up to 200,000 lbs, and has the option of being blocked (no-tilt) from the factory, making it ideal for logging, heavy-haul, oil-field, mining and other severe-duty applications.

“The beauty of the H7 fifth wheel is that it offers a majority of the same working parts that you find in our current No-Slack 6000- and 7000-series top plates, so the need to keep additional replacement parts in field will be greatly reduced,” said Paige Petroni, VP of aftermarket.

For more information, call customer service at 800-874-9780 or email [email protected]

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