Originally Posted by ashman
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.