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Old 01-12-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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Thinking about installing Reese Sidewinder pin-box pros/cons?

We pull a 2008 Copper Canyon with a 2009 F350 SWB. We have a 16K Reese hitch with a manual slider and the trailer is equipped with the factory extended pin-box. I rarely slide the hitch except to back in the driveway, ect. I do have to be careful as we have a rack installed behind the cab which limits the degree we can turn. So far we have gotten by fine however, I'm concerned that we may encounter contact between the cab and trailer with the current set-up if we (I) aren't paying attention. In looking at solutions I've read about the Sidewinder pin-box and feel it might just save us a problem later. I know the concerns of installing extended boxes on trailers not originally equipped ect, and this product looks to maintain similar geometry as the factory pin box, except for moving the pivot point back. So it looks to me like this would produce the least amount of added stress on the frame. I like the fact that space in the bed isn't taken up by an auto-slider hitch, and the trailer could be pulled conventionally if needed. Any pros or cons to my idea? I read where coupling and uncoupling can be a hassle..please tell me why? I'd hate to speand the money and be aggravated with it. I'd probably keep the Sidewinder and install on subsequent trailers if/when we update this one. Thanks Trent

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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I personally would get a tape measure how and figure out how far it will truly get you out. I believe if your in a full 90 degree turn you still wont be out far enough, also it could be a issue with side wider hitting the side of the box.

For hooking up and unhooking, I dont see a problem personally.

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Old 01-15-2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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I too am looking at the sidewinder. I have a shortbed Chevy and although I have not had a problem yet, I don't want to continue taking chances. I can't believe Reese would develop a product that is unsafe or not properly engineered for their stated purpose. They also have added airborne to their sidewinder that should be the best of all worlds. Good luck in your choice
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:30 PM   #4
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From what I read the Reese won't void the frame warranty like some extensions can. Also there should be no compatability issues with our current Reese hitch. So I'm thinking it might be the most sensable option. I know even with that set up we couldn't acheieve a 90 degree turn, but It'd give me alittle peice of mind. I agree w the previous poster, I need to put a tape on it and see where we're at. - Trent
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