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Old 11-13-2014, 10:13 AM   #1521
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I have the Reese 16K and had no issues with it in my F150 pulling the Rockwood 8289ws. I put a donut on it so I don't have to grease it. This is my first 5th wheel so I couldn't tell you any other advise
By putting the donut on it, I gather you did not activate the Sidewinder feature.
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:25 AM   #1522
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By putting the donut on it, I gather you did not activate the Sidewinder feature.
Hello OldCoot, but what is the sidewinder?
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:28 PM   #1523
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It is on the 5er itself. There are two bolts securing the pin box from turning. If you remove those two bolts and relocate the wedge that is bolted behind the pin (after you hook up), it will keep the pin box from turning and allow the trailer to pivot 22" behind the pin. You need to Google the Reese Sidewinder and look at the videos. Once you activate the Sidewinder, you can throw the donut in the garbage. The Sidewinder eliminates the need for a slider and any close clearance with the cab you might have when turning.

If your dealer talked you into buying the slider, he is definitely not a knowledgeable dealer.
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:54 PM   #1524
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:22 PM   #1525
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It is on the 5er itself. There are two bolts securing the pin box from turning. If you remove those two bolts and relocate the wedge that is bolted behind the pin (after you hook up), it will keep the pin box from turning and allow the trailer to pivot 22" behind the pin. You need to Google the Reese Sidewinder and look at the videos. Once you activate the Sidewinder, you can throw the donut in the garbage. The Sidewinder eliminates the need for a slider and any close clearance with the cab you might have when turning.

If your dealer talked you into buying the slider, he is definitely not a knowledgeable dealer.
Wow, thank you very much!! This is something I will definitely look at doing. My Reese has an arm that allows it to slide backwards for better maneuvering, but its not recommended driving that way because the weight is not over the axle (per the hitch installer).

If my salesperson was a little more knowledgeable, I would have bought either the 150 HD or upgraded to a F250 HD TV.
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Wow, thank you very much!! This is something I will definitely look at doing. My Reese has an arm that allows it to slide backwards for better maneuvering, but its not recommended driving that way because the weight is not over the axle (per the hitch installer).

If my salesperson was a little more knowledgeable, I would have bought either the 150 HD or upgraded to a F250 HD TV.
With the Sidewinder activated you do not need a slider as the trailer pivots 22" back from the hitch pin. I even run a full bed hard cover tonneau cover.
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:30 PM   #1527
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With the Sidewinder activated you do not need a slider as the trailer pivots 22" back from the hitch pin. I even run a full bed hard cover tonneau cover.
And this is okay to keep it in this position while traveling? Sorry for the dumb questions but this is my first 5ver.
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And this is okay to keep it in this position while traveling? Sorry for the dumb questions but this is my first 5ver.
Sure is, it is designed to lock the pinbox pin to prevent it from turning as the trailer turns/swivels on another pivot 22" back. Beautiful setup IMO.
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Brighter than day, the label in the pin box tells you to remove the 2 bolts to enable the sidewinder feature. This weekend I'll go out and make sure I have the correct wedge for my Reese Pro 16K and I should be set for next season, Well after I get new tires on TV, 5ver and airbags on the TV. Then I will be almost all set! Thank you!
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It is on the 5er itself. There are two bolts securing the pin box from turning. If you remove those two bolts and relocate the wedge that is bolted behind the pin (after you hook up), it will keep the pin box from turning and allow the trailer to pivot 22" behind the pin. You need to Google the Reese Sidewinder and look at the videos. Once you activate the Sidewinder, you can throw the donut in the garbage. The Sidewinder eliminates the need for a slider and any close clearance with the cab you might have when turning.

If your dealer talked you into buying the slider, he is definitely not a knowledgeable dealer.
OC, I always wondered how you had a tonneau cover on your truck...
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