View Poll Results: What method are you towing your 5W camper with your Short-Bed TV?
Slider Hitch 34 57.63%
Pivoting type hitch (Reese Revolution/Sidewinder) 21 35.59%
Other (Such as a tow hog?) 4 6.78%
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:12 PM   #61
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Tow Vehicle is 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Megacab 4x4 6.7 cummins with short bed. My 2014 Rockwood 8289ws has the Reese Sidewinder on it from the factory and it works very well. No clearance issues and I can turn 90 degrees under it. Only problem I had was mechanics at dealer where I bought were clueless on how it worked and setting it up. When I got home I called Reese and talked to someone in tech support who told me the proper way to set it up with the wedge and also told me they come with a universal wedge (part that goes in the throat of the 5th wheel) but they also sell a specific wedge for the different brands of hitches. I bought a spray can of white lithium grease and have sprayed the throat of the hitch and the plate and jaws plus the sides of the wedge. Made it lock up much easier then when dry. Even all our Frog strangler rains we get in south LA has not washed the grease off.
Same here Hank -- I think the Reese is such a new hitch that the mechanics have not learned correct installation - was the same case with my dealer. However, they contacted Reese and got all the correct parts for me - and even fabricated the OC Wedge Mod to boot

One thing we Reese users seem to be divided on is weather ot not your hitch can be moved by hand - left or right of center?

Some (myself included) can go so far as swing the hitch under the bedroom

Others cannot budge their hitch.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:04 PM   #62
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Hi, I am looking at the purchase of a 5'er to tow with my 2012 F250 crew cab, 4x4. I am looking at the Silverback 29RE that is listed as having a dry weight of 9790 lbs and a pin weight of 1615 lbs. Does anyone have experience with this type of combo? If so, how does it pull and are your weights within limits? Do you have air bags? Thanks for the info...
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:37 AM   #63
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Hi, I am looking at the purchase of a 5'er to tow with my 2012 F250 crew cab, 4x4. I am looking at the Silverback 29RE that is listed as having a dry weight of 9790 lbs and a pin weight of 1615 lbs. Does anyone have experience with this type of combo? If so, how does it pull and are your weights within limits? Do you have air bags? Thanks for the info...

My rig is 10200 dry weight and 1850 pin. Loaded in 11500 and 2250 kingpin. My f250 sagged a little out of level so I added bags. Wow! I will never tow without em again. I'm within trucks spec and truck handles and pulls extremely well. You should be fine.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:56 AM   #64
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I've had airbags on my last 3 trucks.
I tow my trailers or a boat every other weekend and
I simply can't imagine having a TV without them.
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:57 PM   #65
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Sidewinder on a Reese 16k.No worries on my aram 5 1/2 foot bed.I'll hit the rear fender on the side corner of 5er first.

As a extra,can't budge my Sidewinder by hand,but moves like butter going down the road.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:07 PM   #66
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Sidewinder on a Reese 16k.No worries on my aram 5 1/2 foot bed.I'll hit the rear fender on the side corner of 5er first.

As a extra,can't budge my Sidewinder by hand,but moves like butter going down the road.
Same with my Silverado with 6.5' bed and Sidewinder won't move by hand but works great.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:37 PM   #67
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:27 AM   #68
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The revolution king pin hitch on our unit will still move by hand but it takes allot more effort now from when it was new. Got little more than 3k miles on it now, if I lean on it pretty good I can still move it. I have had to re-torque the bolts on the wedge several times, got loctite on the bolt threads now, will see what happens
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:17 PM   #69
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The revolution king pin hitch on our unit will still move by hand but it takes allot more effort now from when it was new. Got little more than 3k miles on it now, if I lean on it pretty good I can still move it. I have had to re-torque the bolts on the wedge several times, got loctite on the bolt threads now, will see what happens
Do you have the factory universal wedge? Are you actually torqueing or just tightening? I torque my 5/8" Gr 5 bolts to 150 lb/ft and they've never come loose in 2 yrs. I do check them about every time I hook up. I have a custom made wedge.
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:04 PM   #70
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Custom wedge here, they do not make a custom wedge for my hitch (Holland / Binkley head) and the universal wedge that came with didn't fit like I thought it should. I made a wedge out of a 2" x 4" piece of lumber, located and drilled the holes. Mounted and hooked up for a test fit, (several tries). Took it to a machine shop and had him duplicate my prototype. $75.00 later ended up with a solid piece of steel 1 1/2" thick the shape needed. Couldn't ask for a better fit. That being said I torqued the 5/8" X 2 1/2" to 100 #ft, I'll take it to 150 #ft along with the loctite should do it.
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