5th Airborne sidewinder replaces your 5th-wheel trailer's king pin and alters the pivot point of your rig, enabling you to make up to 90-degree turns. Enclosed air spring in pin box absorbs shock and adjusts for a smooth ride.
Use the formula below to ensure that there will be enough space between your truck cab and trailer when you are executing a 90-degree turn with the 5th Airborne Sidewinder installed.
(A + B) - C = Clearance
A = Distance from center of 5th-wheel hitch jaw to truck cab in inches
B = Length of Sidewinder arm in inches (22")
C = Width of trailer in inches divided by 2
If you are using the 16,000-lb 5th Airborne Sidewinder, then B = 22"
If the distance from the center of your hitch to your truck's cab is 36", then A = 36"
And if your fifth-wheel trailer is 102" wide, then C = 51"
102/2 = 51
(36 + 22) - 51 = 7" of clearance
It is now possible to turn your short-bed truck 90 degrees without having to worry that your trailer will collide with the cab of your truck. The universal king pin locking wedge included with this Sidewinder prevents your trailer from turning or pivoting at the fifth-wheel hitch. Instead, the rotating turret at the end of the Sidewinder allows turning and pivoting to take place an additional 22 inches away from the cab.
1. Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese (15K, 16K and 20K Select Series); Husky; Owens; Valley; and similar units
2. Reese Signature Series, Elite Series and similar units
3. Holland and similar units
A. Bolt locations
B. King pin
Custom King Pin Locking Wedges: The included universal wedge prevents the king pin from rotating in most fifth-wheel trailer hitches. Certain hitches, however, require a custom wedge (sold separately).
Note: Do not use the 5th Airborne Sidewinder with any of the following:
Average Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars (1 Customer Reviews)
by: Joe C.08/22/2011
Finally got this installed and out for a quick test ride. Can't even tell the trailer is back there anymore. Big improvement on cab comfort. This bugger is big and heavy, make sure you have some help available. I used a transmission jack in the bed of a truck to lift the assembly in place and hold it there while bolting in. I think it would take 3-4 people to do it by hand. There are some folks online complaining about hook up. I haven't had an issue as long as the truck is close to perfectly inline with the assembly. Finally, when my kit arrived, it was missing the turret assembly. The folks at etrailer shipped a new one out right away, no hassles, no issues. They will have my business again.22488
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