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.
5th-Wheel trailer's pivot point is moved an extra 22" toward the rear of your tow vehicle so that you can easily make 90-degree turns, even with a short-bed pickup truck
No need to get out of your truck, throw a switch, push a button or mount a 5th-wheel slider
Trailer tracks more closely to the truck for better driveability
Fully enclosed, custom-tuned air spring in air ride trailer coupler - cushions and absorbs shock
Reduces longitudinal shock (chucking) by nearly 60 percent
Decreases vertical shock by 44 percent
Relieves stress on coach frame
Reduces vibration inside coach, protecting its contents
Sidewinder-and-turret assembly bolts onto your 5th-wheel trailer pin box
King pin connects to standard 5th-wheel trailer hitch and allows easy hookup and disconnect at any angle
Included locking wedge prevents king pin from rotating
Some 5th-wheel hitches may require custom wedge (sold separately)
1-Piece, streamlined construction
C-Channel design of the Sidewinder provides more stability and strength than standard pin box
Able to support heavier loads
Made in USA
Designed for use with the following pin boxes:
Fabex 500, 503, 520, 530, 560 and 765
Lippert 1116, 1716 and 0115
RBW 7019 and 7028
Weight capacity: 19,500 lbs
Clearance: see formula below to ensure proper clearance
3-Year limited warranty
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
The 5th Airborne Air Ride Coupler with Sidewinder
The rotating turret attaches to the pin box on your trailer to provide a new pivot point 22" behind the king pin.
The rear mounted, heavy-duty shock absorber reduces chucking and relieves stress on your trailer frame.
The air spring provides a smooth ride for both your truck and trailer. Because it is fully enclosed, it's protected from UV exposure and shielded from road hazards.
The reversible, adjustable king pin locking wedge (not pictured) prevents pivot at the 5th-wheel hitch.
The king pin connects to the 5th-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed.
Up to 90-Degree Turning
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.
King Pin Locking Wedge Locations for Specific Hitches
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:
Curt Q5 5th-wheel trailer hitch
PullRite SuperGlide 5th-wheel trailer hitch
Reese Trail Boss 5th-wheel trailer hitch
B&W 5th-wheel trailer hitch
Colibert 208BW 5th-wheel trailer hitch
Hi-Rise gooseneck-to-5th-wheel adapter by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Bulldog and Reese
Any other gooseneck-to-5th-wheel adapter
61413 (5AS02, 61300 and 61301) Fifth Airborne Side Winder Premium Fifth-Wheel Air-Ride Coupler
5th Airborne Premium 5th Wheel Air Ride King Pin w/ Sidewinder and Turret - 19,500 lbs - RP61413
Average Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars (1 Customer Reviews)
by: Joe C.08/22/2011
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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
I am having trouble getting my Reese Signature Series 5th wheel hitch and the sidewinder to release when Im unloading the trailer. I was told to spray a couple of places but that hasnt made any difference. Ive greased everything like Im supposed to and the wedge is installed per instructions.Does anyone have a solution? If so be sure to let me know.
comment by: George B. - 4/20/2013
Sometimes there can still be tension between the kingpin and the jaws of the hitch which makes release difficult. Some have gotten in the habit of putting the truck in reverse to make sure the pin is off of the jaws before they set the landing gear down and un-hitch.
Patrick B - 4/25/2013
Ask the Experts about this Reese Fifth Wheel King Pin
The 5th Airborne with Sidewinder, part # RP61413, will come with the proper wedge for your Reese 16K slider hitch. The custom wedges are provided for other fifth wheel hitches that require a different wedge shape. view full answer...
A good starting point for pressure setting is 80-100 psi (Do Not Exceed 120 psi). Air should be added until the skid plate is level. If the ride is too soft, add more pressure. If the ride is harsh, remove pressure. If the pressure adjustment cannot maintain a satisfactory ride, reposition the air spring. When repositioning the air spring if the pin weight is heavy move it rearward and if the pin weight is light move the air spring forward. Directions for air pressure and moving the air spring view full answer...
Does the unit maintain pressure? If not, there may be a leak. But it sounds to me as if the skid plate is not level or you may have too much weight on the hitch. Start with 80-100 psi (but do not exceed 120 psi). Add air until the skid plate is level. If the ride you experience is too soft (keeps bottoming out), add more pressure. If the ride is too rough, remove pressure until you reach a comfortable medium between too soft and too hard. We call this the Goldilocks Phenomenon.
If adjusting view full answer...
Because the Fabex 316 pin box is a tube constructed pin box, there are no Sidewinders that will fit it. Since the GMC Sierra has a 6-1/2 foot bed, a Sidewinder may not be needed, a slider hitch may offer enough travel to give you clearance to safely make 90 degree turns.
In order to move the Signature Series 5th wheel hitch to your 2011 GMC Sierra 2500 Short Bed, you will need to get the Under-Bed Rail and Installation Kit, # RP30868. I have incldued a link to the installation instructions fo view full answer...
The maintenance the Sidewinder recommends for your Sidewinder is:
BEFORE EACH TRIP:
1. CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT: Check that condition of all of your towing equipment and keep it in top condition. 2. Check that the torque of the (4) cap bolts is 45 ft-lbs.
3. Check to see that all bolts are properly tightened.
4. Check wedge engagement in the fifth wheel jaw, refer to wedge adjustment portion of installation instructions.
1. For ease of hookup; frequently lubricate the wed view full answer...