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Old 07-18-2012, 12:16 PM   #61
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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.
Just what is this "custom wedge" or "wedge" that I am seeing regarding this hitch?

I don't have one and was never told I needed one and the Husky manual doesn't refer to one.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:24 PM   #62
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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.
FYI, the Sidewinder doesn't even require a lube plate. The Sidewinder has nothing to do with the hitch. Any hitch will work with the Sidewinder. It just has to be set up properly and comes with everything you need. The dealers just need to do something really out of the ordinary. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. My Reese 16K works just fine, as do 99% of all the hitches. When I hitch, the handle comes out and goes in, flip the lock and that's it.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:27 PM   #63
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Just what is this "custom wedge" or "wedge" that I am seeing regarding this hitch?

I don't have one and was never told I needed one and the Husky manual doesn't refer to one.
B47, it sounds like you are not familiar with the SideWinder. Go to the following link, and watch the video: Pin Boxes - Reese
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:32 PM   #64
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FYI, the Sidewinder doesn't even require a lube plate. The Sidewinder has nothing to do with the hitch. Any hitch will work with the Sidewinder. It just has to be set up properly and comes with everything you need. The dealers just need to do something really out of the ordinary. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. My Reese 16K works just fine, as do 99% of all the hitches. When I hitch, the handle comes out and goes in, flip the lock and that's it.
dunnnc - don't misunderstand me here, but lately there have been several complains (and some non complaints) about this hitch and I am just trying to learn about the hitch.

What lock do you "flip" when hooking up? Mine is automatic - the red handle goes retracted and the green pin protrudes.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:43 PM   #65
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B47, it sounds like you are not familiar with the SideWinder. Go to the following link, and watch the video: Pin Boxes - Reese
fordman - thanks for link. I guess the reason I didn't know about the Sidewinder is because our RV salesman said to be sure to buy a TV with at least a 6 foot bed for towing our Silverback 29rk. We listened and brought a 2012 Ram 2500 with a 6 foot bed and it works great.

The video said the Sidewinder was for shortbed TV's. Just trying to learn and once again - my Husky works great.

BTW - our Silverback has a factory installed decal on the front cap saying "90 degrees plus turns"
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:44 PM   #66
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dunnnc - don't misunderstand me here, but lately there have been several complains (and some non complaints) about this hitch and I am just trying to learn about the hitch.

What lock do you "flip" when hooking up? Mine is automatic - the red handle goes retracted and the green pin protrudes.
It is a little tab that you can flip over and insert a lock in to keep inquisitive fingers/hands from doing things that shouldn't be done. I take it that yours has no such safety device?
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:49 PM   #67
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It is a little tab that you can flip over and insert a lock in to keep inquisitive fingers/hands from doing things that shouldn't be done. I take it that yours has no such safety device?
Boy the things a guy can learn on this forum.

I don't recall seeing or reading about a flip tab on mine. I will check again.

Thanks.
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fordman - thanks for link. I guess the reason I didn't know about the Sidewinder is because our RV salesman said to be sure to buy a TV with at least a 6 foot bed for towing our Silverback 29rk. We listened and brought a 2012 Ram 2500 with a 6 foot bed and it works great.

The video said the Sidewinder was for shortbed TV's. Just trying to learn and once again - my Husky works great.

BTW - our Silverback has a factory installed decal on the front cap saying "90 degrees plus turns"
B47 you need to understand that the Sidewinder does not come as an "Add on" feature, it is standard equipment on our trailers. Don't understand the comments and comparisons without a working knowledge of both.

The advantage to the Sidewinder is it does not require a slider, automatic or manual, which in most folks mind is a big advantage.

Oh, and I have a 6.5' bed and pull with a full hard cover tonneau cover in place.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:05 PM   #69
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Sidewinder in affect moves your pivot point rearward in bed to simulate a slider hitch in maneuver position.
Instead of the camper pivoting at the hitch it pivots 2 foot back under the pin box.
This help?
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Sidewinder in affect moves your pivot point rearward in bed to simulate a slider hitch in maneuver position.
Instead of the camper pivoting at the hitch it pivots 2 foot back under the pin box.
This help?
20" to the rear to be exact.
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