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Old 12-29-2013, 10:10 AM   #31
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I have a 6.6 ft bed on my F250 and went with the B&W OEM that fits perfectly in the pucks of the Ford 5th wheel prep. I preferred the build design of the B&W, but one thing to be aware of; the revolution wedge cannot be used with the B&W, the pin throat is too big. Having said that, I have not yet had any problems with clipping my cab on turns, you just have to keep in mind not to make very sharp turns.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:36 AM   #32
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you will enjoy that truck for a long time!!
as far as a short box.....if you don't or can go with a slider hitch then try one of these
Sidewinder 5th Wheel King Pin with Rotating Turret - 19,000 lbs Reese Fifth Wheel King Pin RP61421
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:56 PM   #33
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I have a 6.6 ft bed on my F250 and went with the B&W OEM that fits perfectly in the pucks of the Ford 5th wheel prep. I preferred the build design of the B&W, but one thing to be aware of; the revolution wedge cannot be used with the B&W, the pin throat is too big. Having said that, I have not yet had any problems with clipping my cab on turns, you just have to keep in mind not to make very sharp turns.
I asked about the compatibility of the Reese Revolution and the B&W 3300, and got this answer back.

Compatibility of the Reese Revolution Sidewinder and the BandW RVK 3300 Hitch | etrailer.com

I've never tried the wedge, but it appears to be usable with the B&W. The Reese Revolution pin on the Forest River products is just another name for Sidewinder.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:33 PM   #34
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I asked about the compatibility of the Reese Revolution and the B&W 3300, and got this answer back.

Compatibility of the Reese Revolution Sidewinder and the BandW RVK 3300 Hitch | etrailer.com

I've never tried the wedge, but it appears to be usable with the B&W. The Reese Revolution pin on the Forest River products is just another name for Sidewinder.
There us a sticker attached to the plate if the 3300 hitch advising not to use a wedge. The wedge that came with my sidewinder was too small to fit in the hitch plate throat. I would suggest checking with turnoverball.com to make sure no warrantee rules are broken.
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:18 PM   #35
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I don't plan to ever use the wedge, but on further discussion with etrailer I found out that it's OK to use the wedge with the RVK 3300 but not the RVK 3000. The B&W hitches come with the base and top, the top is the same with both the 3000 and 3300, but the base with the 3300 is apparently designed stronger, hence the 20000 lb rating rather than the 18000 lb rating for the RVK 3000. I now see the RVK 3000 has been replaced with the RVK 3500 which has a higher rating, so perhaps the wedge is allowed with the 3500. What I was told is the warning sticker not to use the wedge is for the head used with RVK 3000 users. Below is a copy/paste of an email from etrailer.

Hello Fred,

Your hunch is correct about the head on your RVK 3300 fifth wheel hitch. B&W uses the same head on the 3000 and 3300. The heads and bases for these two hitches are actually manufactured individually and paired at a later time. I confirmed with my contact at B&W that the sticker you see about the wedge is put on all of the heads when they are manufactured because, at that point, they do not know what base the head will be paired with.

The reason that the 3300 is compatible with a sidewinder and the 3000 is not is because of the attachment style that you mentioned (4 latches vs 1 gooseneck). The 4 latches of the 3300 hitch are strong enough to handle the additional stress that a sidewinder places on the hitch and mounting brackets over a single gooseneck attachment.

I confirmed that it is okay to use a wedge with your hitch with B&W.

Thank you,
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:59 PM   #36
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Lots of talk about wedges. So what's a wedge and what does it do?
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:16 PM   #37
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Lots of talk about wedges. So what's a wedge and what does it do?
The wedge is part of the Reese Revolution that locks the king pin in place at the hitch and then allows it to rotate at the pin box on the camper. It's a great solution for short bed trucks.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:55 AM   #38
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The wedge is part of the Reese Revolution that locks the king pin in place at the hitch and then allows it to rotate at the pin box on the camper. It's a great solution for short bed trucks.
I saw this is person today at a local RV dealer. I was told it eliminates the need for a slider hitch in the box for short beds.
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I saw this is person today at a local RV dealer. I was told it eliminates the need for a slider hitch in the box for short beds.

Yep.
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We are looking for a new 5er and not sure weather a slider will be required for our SB. We just bought a F350 that has the factory 5th wheel set up so with the available Reece inbed adaptor I will be able to us my existing Reece Pro 15k hitch. Sounds like the Revolution might be a solution for me should a slider be suggested by the dealer.
I see they have the "Airborne" which is supposed to help reduce chucking. Anybody with experience with this and is it worth the extra cost?
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