Fontaine Fifth Wheel has introduced a new lightweight slide bracket assembly it said reduces weight from a prior model without sacrificing strength.

The LWB replaces Fontaine’s ATB slide. It accepts a variety of Fontaine No-Slack top plates, including model 6000 stamped steel, model 7000 cast steel and model 7000CC cast steel, low-lube.

“We’ve designed the LWB to be lighter than its predecessor without sacrificing capacity or strength,” says Aaron Puckett, Fontaine Fifth Wheel director of fleet sales. “Our R&D team used computer-aided design to develop this bracket’s smaller footprint that uses steel reinforcement in key areas to provide greater durability and strength. As a result, the LWB is more robust than the ATB slide.”

Mounting heights start at an industry low of 6 3/4 in. and go up to 10 1/4 in. According to Fontaine, the LWB’s Quad-Lock four-point locking system increases the locking surface area to provide greater stability and improved wear characteristics. The two-inch increment positioning capability provides greater versatility for improved payload distribution. Its greaseless bracket liner offers consistent lubrication, reduces wear and diminishes maintenance costs.

 The LWB is rated up to 55,000 lbs. vertical load and 150,000 lbs. drawbar pull rating.