Originally Posted by dcheatwood
"Another benefit of a sidewinder: you do not have to be so ~precise~ when you back up to hookup. One of you guys back the truck and when close the other can move the sidewinder left/right to align it with the receiver - easy peasy!"
While agree with most of your take on the revolution pin, the above statement has not been my experience. It seems that I have to be more accurate than before for 2 reasons.
1. I can't move my pin by hand. Its too stiff.
2. If not in perfect alignment the wedge won't slide into the hitch.
Perhaps my wedge is too snug a fit but it is as manual describes.
Wish mine was like yours.
Sent from David's RAZR M.
Hmmm...so it seems @ 50% of us (you and OC included) *can't* move the sidewinder arm while the rest of us (myself included) can. One has said he used to be able to move it but now cannot.
This drives the Scientist in me CrAzY!!
So, off to Reese I went and got this:
How the Sidewinder Works
- Sidewinder Pivot Point - 22" behind the king pin
- Rotating Turret - king pin specific, it attaches to the pin box on the trailer
- Universal King Pin Wedge (not pictured) - prevents pivot at fifth wheel hitch
- Fifth Wheel King Pin - attaches to the hitch in the truck bed for towing
- Sidewinder Arm - is universal and available in 4 styles (16K, 16K with Air-Ride, 19K and 19.5K w/air-ride)
Now, since a sidewinder is meant
to pivot at the turret (#2 in the picture), it stands to reason that it should turn freely (as long as that does not result in vertical movement)
Then again, I am not a Reese engineer.
Folks, I think this would be a EXCELLENT discussion topic at Goshen - as OC mentioned, the Reese Engineers are in attendance - so who do we have to suggest this topic to in order for it to be put on the Agenda?