Originally Posted by bob caldwell
Is the wedge there to compansate for how the pin mates up to hitch head angle.....height differances of tv's?
The wedge is there to stop the king-pin, and the entire pin arm (right term ?), from turning in the hitch. The wedge sits right behind the king-pin and slots into the slot in the hitch head (that the king pin goes through when hitching up).
This is so the rotation is at the pin box on the 5th wheel, rather than at the king-pin/hitch
The offset of the sidewinder/revolution moves the rotation point 22" behind the king pin.
In a 6'9" bed, with the truck at 90 deg to the camper (which I've never actually had to do), I have about 9" clearance between the rear of the cab and the front/side of the trailer.
A regular non-slider hitch (like the Reese Titan 16K that I use) is height adjustable (5" height range, over 4 stops, iirc)
P.S. Does anyone know if any of the Reese Airborne Sidewinders (which have the shock absorption of the Airborne, with the rotation offset of the Sidewinder), are compatible with the pin-box of the Rockwood ultralites ?
Reese - 5th Airborne Sidewinder
I'm also wondering if it's worth getting the custom-fit wedge, like this one: -
Reese Titan Wedge
instead of using the generic one. (I have a Reese Titan 16K hitch)
P.P.S. I keep a large torque wrench (rated to 250lb/ft) under the back seat of my truck, so I can always check and re-torque both the bolts on the revolution, and the bolts on the hitch frame. I visually inspect every trip, but only check torque every couple of trips.