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Old 07-18-2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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Reese sidewinder hitch

I have a Reese sidewinder hitch on my toyhauler and a Reese hitch on my truck.I can spend 2 hours trying to hook up but the next time I can be hooked up in less than 10 minutes.Why? Next time it will be a stick of dynamite thrown at the both of them
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:01 AM   #2
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Why are you have so much trouble hooking up?
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Did you set the wedge yourself or did the dealer do it for you? If the wedge is set too deep, it makes hooking up difficult. Is it the right wedge for your hitch combination? There is what's called a universal wedge but it won't work on all hitches. There are also custom wedges specifically for various hitches. Did anyone show you how to hook up using the Sidewinder? It's not the same as a regular 5th wheel hitch hook up.

I suggest you find a reputable hitch dealer. Ask them to check the wedge. Is it the right wedge for your hitch? Is it set right? And ask them to show you how to hook up using a sidewinder. It can be a little tricky until you get the hang of it.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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I agree it should not take 2 hrs to hook this unit up only a few mins.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:03 AM   #5
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Question Re:sidewinder hitch

I had gone back to where I had this hitch installed. According to them everything looked fine but they also played around with my truck and trailer for about an hour. They also had a difficult time when they installed it. After much playing around I was told that a sweet spot was needed to be found and you will have no problems. The hitch on the truck is a floating type so if I'm on a slight angle I should be okay lined up.I couldn't do it no matter what I did. It was to the point off leaving the trailer right where it was and go home. My wife was pretty upset about this fiasco. Where others just hooked up and drove away with their trailers so as you can see I'm pretty upset with this product and supposedly easy to do. It's great for parking in campgrounds but when hooking up its a hit and miss great one time the next a bloody nightmare.
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ashman155, don't give up just yet. Anyone with a Sidewinder can relate to your frustration. I sent you a private message with some advice on how to line up better.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:17 PM   #7
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ashman155, don't give up just yet. Anyone with a Sidewinder can relate to your frustration. I sent you a private message with some advice on how to line up better.
I have even loosed the 4 bolts at the swivel were I could turn the &^%$ thing by hand and usually I still end up taking the wedge off, locking in and pulling the trailer straight and getting up under the hitch and putting the wedge back in--average hookup time about 2 hrs.
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I came across this thread since I'm looking at getting sidewinder/airborne unit. I have come across one post about having to line up straight but this is the first I have seen related to serious hitching problems. What tips have you received for hooking up?
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hookup problems

I am going to try paint marking my hitch and the back window of my truck with some paint lines once I get it hooked up straight and hope that helps, but as of yet I have'nt tried it.
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I came across this thread since I'm looking at getting sidewinder/airborne unit. I have come across one post about having to line up straight but this is the first I have seen related to serious hitching problems. What tips have you received for hooking up?
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