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 04-23-2014, 08:53 PM   #71
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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.
5/8" hex or 5/8" shank? If hex, 100ft-lbs is about right, if shank, then you were under torqued and an under torqued bolt will always loosen up.

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Old 04-23-2014, 09:22 PM   #72
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5/8" hex or 5/8" shank? If hex, 100ft-lbs is about right, if shank, then you were under torqued and an under torqued bolt will always loosen up.

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It's a 5/8" bolt with a 15/16" hex and the torque should be for a Gr 5 at 150 lb/ft as stated prior.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:25 PM   #73
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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.
Make sure it is a Gr 5 with 3 hash marks on the head. A type 1 with no hash marks will NOT take 150 lb/ft of torque. If per chance you bought Gr 8 with 6 hash marks I would still not go over 150 lb/ft because the tapped threads were for Gr 5 torque from the factory.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:53 AM   #74
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Thanks OC, the bolts I bought have the same hash marks as the bolts that came with the unit. Three hash marks on the head of the bolt, I'll torque them when I get back out to the RV this weekend.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:05 AM   #75
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I have a 6.5' bed and use a non-slider hitch. However, I did mount my hitch about 1.5"-2" behind the center point of the bed.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:42 PM   #76
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Are you going with modified wedges because you don't like the universal one or is it more a case of the universal not working with your particular hitches?

I installed the universal wedge tonight and it seems to be working fine with my Reese 16k tubular slider hitch. Highly doubt I will ever need to use the slider again with the Reese Revolution activated, never towed with a Revolution so anxious to see how it goes and the difference it makes.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:14 PM   #77
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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.
My hitch swings either side. I spent several trips working white lithium grease in the pivot on the revolution.

I use the universal wedge. When properly lubed it slides in like butter. I also have a Reese Hitch that does mate perfectly every time.



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I had to make a custom wedge because the universal wedge would not work with my hitch a trailer saver BD3. Looked at what was available from Reese and E-Trailer, nothing looked close so I made one.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:17 AM   #79
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Are you going with modified wedges because you don't like the universal one or is it more a case of the universal not working with your particular hitches?

I installed the universal wedge tonight and it seems to be working fine with my Reese 16k tubular slider hitch. Highly doubt I will ever need to use the slider again with the Reese Revolution activated, never towed with a Revolution so anxious to see how it goes and the difference it makes.
The universal wedge has a very bad tendency to move backwards due to the slots and bolts that will not remain tight because of the lock washers on slots which is a no-no even with flat washers under them.
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The universal wedge has a very bad tendency to move backwards due to the slots and bolts that will not remain tight because of the lock washers on slots which is a no-no even with flat washers under them.


Note to self - check the bolts on the custom wedge to make sure they aren't loosening when traveling.
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