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5th Airborne Custom Wedge for Signature and Elite Series, and Select Plus Fifth Wheels

5th Airborne Custom Wedge for Signature and Elite Series, and Select Plus Fifth Wheels

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Reese Accessories and Parts - SWW-01

5th Airborne Custom Wedge for Reese Elite, Signature Series, and Select Plus Fifth Wheels


  • Designed to work with the Sidewinder and 5th Airborne Sidewinder
  • Replaces universal wedge that comes with Sidewinder and 5th Airborne Sidewinder
  • Custom wedge is designed specifically for:
    • Reese, Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch Signature Series and Elite Series hitches (RP30142, RP30143, RP30144, RP30871, 30059, 30085, 30847, 40847, 40285, and 40259)
    • Reese, Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch Select Plus hitches (RP30081, RP30083, and RP30084)
    • Reese OEM hitch for Ram towing prep package (RP30160)
  • Wedge prevents pivot at fifth-wheel hitch jaws

SWW-01 - 5th Airborne Custom Wedge for Signature Series, Select Plus, and R20 Fifth Wheels

SWW-01 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details SWW-01 Installation instructions

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Video Transcript for Reese Fifth Wheel King Pin SWW-01 Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're taking a look at the Fifth Airborne Custom Wedge. This replaces the universal wedge that came with the Sidewinder and Fifth Airborne Sidewinder. This wedge is designed to prevent pivot at the fifth wheel hitch jaws. The custom wedge is designed specifically for the Reese, Drawtight, and Hidden hitch signature series and elite series hitches. Also, works with the Reese, Drawtight, and Hidden hitch select plus hitches, as well as the Reese OEM hitch for Ram towing prep packages.It is made from a durable steel construction. Features a black powder coated finish to keep it protected from rust and corrosion, and it does come with new hardware.

Now, if you need installation instructions, you can find those located on this product's product page at, and that'll walk you through the installation process step by step.That's gonna do it for today's look at the Fifth Airborne Custom Wedge.

Customer Reviews

5th Airborne Custom Wedge for Signature and Elite Series, and Select Plus Fifth Wheels - SWW-01

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (12 Customer Reviews)

5th Airborne Custom Wedge for Reese Elite, Signature Series, and Select Plus Fifth Wheels

- SWW-01

I wish I had done the 3 years ago I had a 15k Reese with a uni-wedge, man what a hard time I had with hook-up and disconnection I almost wanted to stop using my 5th wheel. With this 18k custom under mount in a F250 and this correct wedge I was connected in 2min and disconnected in 1. I love trailering again 115276


Went on a 10,000 mile trip and this wedge made my life so much EZer. I still love it.e-trailer is the best!! Had a blowout, needed a tire could not find one in any store, we were passing the area on a Sunday no less I was met at the side door with a tire.

JohnnyT - 01/31/2015


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I recently purchased a new truck which required a different fifth wheel hitch. When I tried hooking up my camper it would not connect to the new hitch, no matter how I tried. I contacted "etrailer" by phone and was greeted by Crystal S. She immediately recognized my problem and recommended a different "wedge" that mates properly with my new hitch. The wedge was shipped out immediately, and i was provided a tracking number. The wedge showed up the next business day. I installed the new edge and it locked in the first try. Thank you "etrailer" and Crystal S. Vince Igo 562386

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The current wedge design is hugely improved over the one I received 3.5 years ago. That earlier one just failed leaving my 5th wheel to wander about and almost caused total loss of control of my 2500 HD and 9000 lb 5er. The first one did last 20,000 miles but once the lack of welds was visible, I'm lucky it lasted 1000 miles. There was less than 1/4 square inch of weld material between the part that bolts to the hitch and the part that contacts the hith. The new one has 10 to 20 times that. If I can revisit this review, I'll add photos. 570089

- SWW-01

Delivered earlier than expected. 546709

- SWW-01

works great 490351

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This product fit perfect for the sidewinder and the reese 5th wheel hitch 428064

- SWW-01

Delivery great. Part worked. 324696

- SWW-01

This wedge is a big improvement over the universal wedge. It is thicker in the ramp area, providing more support. Product was not in stock and it took the manufacturer much longer than 60 days to deliver inventory. Erika @ etrailer kept me apprised of the status of the order and contacted me immediately upon receipt in-house. Great customer service! 314754

- SWW-01

I recommend this! Makes hooking up so much easier! Be sure to torque it down every so often. It did loosen up after a cross country trip. 294988

- SWW-01

Just what the doctor ordered. Easy to install and made for a much more secure connection of my 5th Airborne Sidewinder hitch box to my new Reese signature series 5th wheel hitch. 165514

- SWW-01

Wedge appears to be the correct one for my sidewinder. 117333

- SWW-01

Product was as described and should work great. I have been using the universal wedge. However it does allow a small amount of side to side movement which I don't like. Don't know what Reese paints these with but it is tuff. I wish I could get the same stuff on my pickup. I would recommend this product and to anyone. 104885


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  • Since the trailer comes with the Reese Revolution pin box you will need a fixed hitch, not a slider, and a custom wedge to match the hitch. The wedge prevents the trailer from turning at the hitch so that it turns 22 inches further back allowing you to make tight turns without needing a slider. For a hitch that fits directly into the factory prep package on Ford trucks including your 2017 F-350 I recommend the Reese Elite hitch # RP30142. And for a custom wedge use # SWW-01.
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  • Is Custom Wedge Needed for Reese Sidewinder Pin Box # RP61422 Used with 18K Reese 5th Wheel Head
  • I see that you recently purchased a Reese Sidewinder # RP61422. Thank you for doing business with etrailer. You will find a better fit if you use a custom wedge with your Reese Elite Series hitch. Custom wedge part # SWW-01 from Reese is designed for your specific application. This will give you a better fit at the hitch jaws and prevent them from binding. The instructions for this item are linked for your reference. You may still need to use a mallet or hammer to coax the wedge into...
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  • Recommendations For Hooking Up 5th Wheel Trailer With Reese Elite Series and 5th Airborne Sidewinder
  • There are a few things you can do to make hooking up to your fifth-wheel trailer easier. Beginning with the wedge, you will want to make sure that the wedge is not touching the king pin. If it is touching, you will need to adjust it. Also with the wedge, if you are using a standard wedge, it will fit, but we do have custom wedges that will fit better. I would recommend using the 5th Airborne Custom Wedge, part # SWW-01, which is designed for Elite, Signature and Select Series 5th Wheel...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Towing Setup for a 2017 Ram 1500 with a 5-1/2 foot Bed
  • Since your 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 has a box that is shorter than 6 feet you will actually need to go with a stationary 5th wheel hitch and then change the pin box on your trailer to a Sidewinder pin box. There are no sliding 5th wheel hitches that will allow you to make a 90 degree turn with a truck that has a box under 6 feet. The Sidewinder takes the pivot point on your towing setup and moves it from the king pin back 22 inches to the rotating pin box. We have a selection of Sidewinders...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Rails And Hitch For 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD And Custom Wedge
  • For your 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with 6-1/2 foot bed, you have two option for rails. Above bed rails that are the standard for many years, or an underbed rail kit that is similar to the new factory puck system. For the newer style under bed rail kit, you would want the # RP30868 compatible with the Reese Elite Hitch # RP30142. This will use custom wedge # SWW-01 for your revolution pin box. The benefit is this system gives you a completely clean bed when not using your 5th wheel...
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  • Recommendation to Fix Loud Banging From Trailer When Using Mopar 25K 5th Wheel Hitch on Ram 3500
  • From your description it sounds like you are experiencing chucking and jarring. This is the result of the Mopar 25K 5th wheel hitch not having a snug fit around the king pin. When you take off or slow down there is a little movement in the jaws of the 5th wheel hitch. We have 2 of our 5th wheel hitch options that are excellent at combating chucking and jarring. The Reese Select Plus Series uses a single jaw design. This will provide full 360-degree contact between the jaw and the...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Install Kit for 2018 Toyota Tundra 5-1/2 Foot Bed with Air Bags
  • I am assuming that your 2018 Toyota Tundra 5-1/2 foot bed does not already have any sort of 5th wheel rails so the first thing we ill need to look at is an installation kit. Looking at how the various air bag kits install on your truck it doesn't look like they will interfere with 5th wheel frame brackets so that is good. You can use Demco installation kit # DM8552020-71. This will allow you to place the hitch so that when the trailer is attached the king pin will be centered over the...
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  • Sidewinder for Lippert 1116 Pin Box and Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch 2012 Ford F-350
  • The Reese Sidewinder, # RP61411, is a fit for your 2011 Keystone Raptor with the Lippert 1116 pin box. It is rated for 19,000 pounds gross trailer weight. And the Sidewinder is compatible with the Elite Series 5th wheel trailer hitch. The Sidewinder comes with a universal wedge but for a custom wedge for the Elite series hitches use # SWW-01. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you and a link to our informational article on Sidewinders for you.
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  • Best Base Rail Kit and 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2017 Ram 2500 with the RamBox
  • Since your 2017 Ram 2500 has the RamBox you will be limited to using a trailer that is equipped with a Sidewinder or a Revolution (the OEM name for the Sidewinder) pin box. This will keep the pin box stationary and allow the trailer to turn via the rotating pin box. A standard pin box will not be able to turn with the limited inside your truck bed because of the RamBox. We do have 5th wheel base rail kits that are compatible with your Ram. The standard kit is part # RP50054-58, while...
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  • Which Sidewinder Wedge Fits an Older Reese 18K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • Honestly your best bet would be the universal wedge that is included with the Sidewinders. It is # 201100 if you do not already have it. If your 18K Reese hitch has a part number on it anywhere it would be easy to determine if one of the custom wedges will fit. For example, # SWW-01 fits the following Select Plus and Signature Series hitch models: 30142, 30143, 30059, 30085, 30847, 40847, 40285, 40259, 30081, 30083 and 30084. Wedge # SWW-03 fits Select Series hitches 30046, 30049,...
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  • Difficulty Unhitching Sidewinder From Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch
  • I spoke with my Reese representative, who had a couple of suggestions for you. If the problem is that the jaws of the hitch keep slamming shut before you can pull the king pin free, Reese has a Technical Bulletin that addresses this issue, I'll forward the bulletin to you in a separate email. Another possibility is that you might be using the wrong wedge on your Sidewinder. The Sidewinder comes with a universal wedge that fits many different hitch set-ups, but the wedge designed specifically...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Towing Setup for a 2017 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot Bed
  • Since your 2017 Ford F-150 has the 5-1/2 foot bed you will want to use a Sidewinder with a stationary hitch. For any truck bed that is shorter than 6 feet a sliding 5th wheel hitch just doesn't provide enough clearance for you to take tighter turns. A Sidewinder has a rotating turret which moves the pivot point from above your 5th wheel hitch back 22 inches to where the pin box installs on your trailer. To choose the correct Sidewinder that replaces your pin box you will simply need...
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  • Custom Fit Above Bed 5th Wheel Base Rails and Installation Kit for 2014 Ford F-150, 5-1/2 Foot Bed
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  • Custom Sidewinder Wedge for Reese 18K Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch
  • Although the # 201100 universal wedge that's included with the Sidewinder will work with Elite Series hitches, the wedge that's specifically designed for them, part # SWW-01 would be a better fit. You can see the installation instructions for the wedge by clicking the provided link.
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  • Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for Use with Sidewinder Pin Box
  • Sidewinder and Reese are both made by the same company so the two work well together regardless of which model you go with. I really like how well the Select Plus part # RP30081 secures to the king pin of the hitch so it would be what i would recommend. The custom fit Sidewinder wedge for this hitch then is the part # SWW-01 which will give you the best fit possible.
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  • Leland 7910 Sidewinder and Compatible Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation
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  • Which Sidewinder Wedge Works With a 2006 Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • The Sidewinders come with a Universal Wedge, # 201100, which should work on your Reese 16k trailer hitch. If you have a Reese Elite, Signature Series or Select Plus Fifth Wheel hitch, you can use 5th Airborne Custom Wedge, # SWW-01. I also noticed that you mentioned using the Sidewinder with a slider. While the use of a Slider is not prohibited with a Sidewinder, the slider will need to remain in the locked, towing position when using the Sidewinder.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit for 2016 Ford F-250 for Use with Sidewinder
  • For basically the same thing as the Ford Rail Kit for your 2016 Ford F-250 that will cost much less we have the Reese Elite Rail Kit part # RP30126. Reese actually makes the Ford rail kit so it's essentially the same thing. The Reese Elite Hitch part # RP30871 will then be your best option for a hitch. It's about as lightweight as a fifth wheel hitch is going to be, it will fit the rail kit well as it was designed for/with it, it has an excellent jaw design and works great with a Sidewinder...
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  • Sidewinder Pin Box and 5th Wheel Hitch for Jayco Eagle 5th Wheel Trailer
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  • Since your trailer has a Reese Revolution pin box (which is the best way setup for a truck with as short of a bed as you have), you need a fixed hitch that attaches to a rail kit in four places. The Companion style hitch like you mentioned which attaches through the gooseneck ball shank cannot be used with the Revolution pin boxes. The Reese Select Plus # RP30081 that you referenced would be a great choice but you'd need a rail kit installed in the bed of your truck. If you can get me...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation and Sidewinder for 2019 Ram 1500 Classic with 56 Bed
  • In order to pull a fifth wheel trailer with your 2019 Ram 1500 Classic with a 5'6" bed you are going to need to use a fixed fifth wheel hitch and a Sidewinder. For a fifth wheel hitch I strongly recommend checking out the Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30081 because of its highly secure single-piece jaw that latches onto your king pin, ensuring complete contact and minimizing the amount of rattling. It also has a pivoting head and 9" wide funnel to make hooking up your...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit and Base Rails for 2016 RAM 1500, 6 Foot Bed w/o ECODiesel
  • For your 2016 Ram 1500, 6 foot bed without ECODiesel, you will want the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP50142-58. This is a custom fit installation kit for your truck, and I confirmed it is the correct fit with my contact at Reese. I have linked the installation instructions for the kit for you. The 20K and 24K Curt Q Series 5th wheel hitches are not compatible with a Sidewinder, but the Curt A16 # C16120 can be used with...
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  • Will a New 5th Wheel Wedge Be Needed For a Sidewinder Pin Box and a Reese OEM 5th Wheel # RP90160
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  • Can a Reese Sidewinder be Used with a Curt Q25 5th Wheel Hitch
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  • Is a Sidewinder Pin Box or a Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch Better for a 2018 Ford F-250 with a 6-3/4' Bed
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Select Plus Fifth Wheel Hitch Not Connecting to Sidewinder
  • Are you using the correct wedge part # SWW-01 to attach your Sidewinder to the Reese Select Plus part # RP30081? It sounds like the latch won't close unless you "high pin" it which basically means that the hitch isn't actually connected the trailer. Otherwise the problem could be that the wedge is installed too far forward and is prohibiting the hitch from connecting to it.
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  • Reese Hitch and Sidewinder Recommendation for 2019 GMC Sierra 3500 Short Bed with OEM Rail Kit
  • Since we know you have a Rota-Flex pin box on your trailer we also know that there is a Sidewinder that can fit as a replacement. We do need to know more info though to determine which specific Sidewinder you need. You'll need to look for an LCI number like 1621, 1116, 1716 etc. and we'll know which is the correct fit. If you have a Lippert 1621, 1621HD or 0719 you'd want the part # RP61420. If you have a Lippert 1116, 1716 or 0115 you'd want # RP61410. Both of these have a 16k...
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  • Base Rails and Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2013 Ford F-150 With 5-1/2 Foot Bed
  • Yes, the Reese Quick-Install Custom Bracket Kit # RP50081 will fit your 2013 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot bed; you will need to use Base Rails # RP58058 with this kit. The brackets and rails can also be purchased together at part # RP50081-58. Keep in mind that towing a fifth wheel with a 5-1/2 foot bed will require your trailer have a Sidewinder, and for the fifth wheel hitch you use to be a fixed hitch that is compatible with a Sidewinder. For this I strongly recommend the Reese Select...
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