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Old 11-09-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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Sidewinder - what do you think?

We just picked up our new Ultra-lite 8289, we are pulling with an F250 short bed. We are considering taking the bolts out to use the sidewinder feature, but the dealer we purchased through couldn't give us any information as to what the benefits are (or aren't) or how to actually make it work.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:04 AM   #2
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If you activate the Sidewinder, you HAVE TO USE THE WEDGE behind the hitchpin. If you are using a slider hitch, you can lock the slider if you activate the Sidewinder. It just gives you more cab clearance when turning real short/tight. Another plus is it allowed me to run a full bed tonneau cover.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:34 AM   #3
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Here's some info: https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...dewinder+hitch
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:38 AM   #4
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Beware though....that depending on your hitch, the wedge that comes with the trailer may not be the greatest...many here that have activated it got the custom wedge over the OEM one with the trailer. I activated ours, but the wedge gave me grief so went back to the standard setup, till such time as I pick up a custom wedge.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:44 AM   #5
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My side winder works great, just something to remember, Under the sidewinder it will list custom wedges for different hitches. Spend the money and get the right one. The generic one work's on most but makes it harder to hook-up. E- trailer carries them all. I have a Husky and it took an sw#4 I think, but I have trouble remembering yesterday. As you can see in my signature we have the same comb.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:51 AM   #6
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My side winder works great, just something to remember, Under the sidewinder it will list custom wedges for different hitches. Spend the money and get the right one. The generic one work's on most but makes it harder to hook-up. E- trailer carries them all. I have a Husky and it took an sw#4 I think, but I have trouble remembering yesterday. As you can see in my signature we have the same comb.
That was my exact situation...worked once hooked up but hooking up was difficult...had to come in perfectly lined up...a real PITA!
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I use a well greased stock wedge with my Reese hitch. Works for me. I do hitch up a road where the trailer wheels and front truck wheels are higher than the pin creating a pinch effect. Grease is your friend with the wedge.

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I never had any problem hooking up with the factory wedge, but the bolts would not stay tight and would let the wedge move. So, I made my own custom wedge with mounting holes and no slots.
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I use a well greased stock wedge with my Reese hitch. Works for me. I do hitch up a road where the trailer wheels and front truck wheels are higher than the pin creating a pinch effect. Grease is your friend with the wedge.

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It's made for a Reese, but with my husky it was real PITA. As always OC can make his own he has the shop and talent, but us regular folk you have to buy what you need, but I think it was $40.00 bucks or so then I still had it machined at a shop because I didn't like it. Now no problem at all.
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