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Old 07-17-2012, 08:09 PM   #51
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I have been having problems with my side winder hitch. One time no problem hooking up the first time then I can spend up to 2 hours trying to hook next.I have lined up lining it up properly raising the trailer lowering it to no avail I have a Reese hitch I have gotten so upset about this late departures to the next. Spot that I'm all most ready to get a stick of dynamite to throw at truck and trailer please help.Thanks
The trailer should always be low enough to slide up the ramp on the hitch (usually about 1-1/2" at least). You cannot have the trailer high enough that is just barely touches the slide and then lower it. I've tried and it just won't work for some reason or other.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:37 PM   #52
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I have been having problems with my side winder hitch. One time no problem hooking up the first time then I can spend up to 2 hours trying to hook next.I have lined up lining it up properly raising the trailer lowering it to no avail I have a Reese hitch I have gotten so upset about this late departures to the next. Spot that I'm all most ready to get a stick of dynamite to throw at truck and trailer please help.Thanks
Few things to check:

1) Ensure you have the proper wedge. You mentioned you have a Reese, so the standard wedge should work, but you may want to contact Reese to be sure.
2) Make sure to grease the sides of the wedge as well as the plate on the hitch really well. This makes things slide into place so much easier.
3) Make sure your wedge is adjusted properly. To do this, with the fifth wheel unhooked, loosen the bolts on the wedge. Hook up, then tap the wedge forward to be snug. Then tighten the bolts, unhook the trailer, then tighten the bolts completely.

I have a Sidewinder as well as a B&W Patriot hitch and have no issues hooking up. My first couple times were a little slow, but after that, I greased the wedge and hitch really well and things just slide into place. Hooks up the first time every time.

Good luck!
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:02 AM   #53
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My dealer told me to get a white disk to put around pin so the sidewinder would slide into the hitch better. made sense. no metal on metal. I took the time to cut out the shape of the wedge so the disk would form fit all nice and snug. Bad move, waste of money. Before I had a chance to install it I had all kinds of issues hooking up ( I posted here: 911 hitch problem). I called reese the next morning and he walked me throught the wedge RE installation so it would work. All good. Then I mentioned the plastic disk. He quickly responded NO, do not use it. Reese does not encourage the use of the disk. Could not return it since I trimmed it so into the garbage it went. Little grease on the hitch and the king pin, readjusted wedge and voila, its all good. Someone above wrote you need to vome in low (sidewinder to hitch) and since I have been doing that, hook up is a breeze even on uneven ground.

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Old 07-18-2012, 08:14 AM   #54
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My dealer told me to get a white disk to put around pin so the sidewinder would slide into the hitch better.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:19 AM   #55
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Rule one. Dealer's don't know squat about your camper. You will know more after a year reading here than any tech in their shop.

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Old 07-18-2012, 10:45 AM   #57
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I really like my Sidewinder and have no issues hooking up. I had seen a video when I was first thinking about one in the video they said the same thing as dunnnc about having the sidewinder lower. I like the fact that if you are in a tight site you can move the Sidewinder and come in at a different angle makes for quick hookups. I spray mine with lithium grease (both kingpin and hitch) about once a month so everything slides together nice and easy.
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Just think how much simpler life would be if y'all just had long-box trucks!
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I have been having problems with my side winder hitch. One time no problem hooking up the first time then I can spend up to 2 hours trying to hook next.I have lined up lining it up properly raising the trailer lowering it to no avail I have a Reese hitch I have gotten so upset about this late departures to the next. Spot that I'm all most ready to get a stick of dynamite to throw at truck and trailer please help.Thanks
The more I read about the issues with the Reese Sidewinder, the more satisfied I am with my Husky 16 KS hitch - no need for custom wedges and all the other added things that need to be done before the Sidewinder worls properly.

The only thing I added to my Husky is a lube plate.

When I am properly hooked up, the red portion of the handle is pulled in and no longer visible and a short pin painted green protrudes out telling me I am good to go - just make the electrical hook up and connect the breakaway cable.
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The more I read about the issues with the Reese Sidewinder, the more satisfied I am with my Husky 16 KS hitch - no need for custom wedges and all the other added things that need to be done before the Sidewinder worls properly.

The only thing I added to my Husky is a lube plate.

When I am properly hooked up, the red portion of the handle is pulled in and no longer visible and a short pin painted green protrudes out telling me I am good to go - just make the electrical hook up and connect the breakaway cable.
Like anything else, if set up properly, there should be no issues. I've had no issues with mine at all. I bought a wedge for $35, had it installed when I picked up the trailer, and the only thing I have done since is to grease it and spray a little WD-40 where it pivots.

The issues that I have seen seem to be due to improper set up.
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