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Old 07-09-2016, 04:41 PM   #1
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Question Reese Sidewinder do i have a problem?

I just got back from a 4k mile trip pulling my 2016 Rockwood 8299BS that has the factory installed Reese sidewinder / revolution hitch. First i want to say that i really like this setup in my 2015 Ram 2500 SB CC. I have had absolutely no issues hitching or unhitching. the question i have is there is a gap at the rear of the king pin upper and lower plates. My cat scale weights are well below max so there is not an issue of overloading. i have not lubed the king box just the wedge and B&W hitch jaws. I suspect that i need to check the torque on the big nut but have not done so yet. any replies would be helpful thanks
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:47 PM   #2
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Here you go. 80 lb/ft and then tighten to be able to insert cotter pin.
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do you suspect that this is from normal wear and not another issue as well? has anyone else experienced this and re-torquing solve it.
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Mine had a gap when new and it hasn't changed in 4+ yrs and over 40k miles.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:03 PM   #5
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I would contac Reese and send them a picture,just to be sure.Mine,on our other 5er,had a similar gap.Not quite as big as yours looks.
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Mine has the same gap. I think it is normal.


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Old 07-09-2016, 10:06 PM   #7
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do you suspect that this is from normal wear and not another issue as well? has anyone else experienced this and re-torquing solve it.

Mine is the same as yours. On two pin boxes I have had. No worries. Same as OC has said. About 20,000 kms
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Second post.

I would just drop by your dealer for a check on torque. You are still under warranty by the looks of it.
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Does your truck have the factory installed 5th wheel prep with the 4 holes in the bed of the truck or are you using the B&W turnover ball system? The B&W system is not supposed to be used with the sidewinder hitch.

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Old 07-10-2016, 07:40 PM   #10
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NINEBACK The B&W Patriot 5th wheel hitch uses the standard setup like most other and hooks to rails in the bed. understand the incompatibility with the B&W Companion that attaches to the turnover ball goose ball and no i do not have the puck attach points.
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