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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Just purchased a 2018 f-250 with the 6 3/4 bed with factory fifth wheel prep. Will I need a sidewinder or slider to put my 2017 Jayco HT in a 90 degree turn? Thank You!

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You can use either a Sidewinder pin box or a sliding 5th wheel hitch to achieve a 90 degree turn with the 6-3/4' bed on your 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty.

The most hassle-free setup would be to install a Sidewinder on your Jayco and then use a stationary 5th wheel hitch in your F-250. By using a Sidewinder you won't have to get in and out of the truck to unlock and lock the sliding feature on a 5th wheel hitch. We do have autosliding 5th wheel hitches but they are significantly heavier than a stationary hitch.

If you let me know what the pin box number is on your Jayco I can verify which Sidewinder you need to use as they are pin box specific. For example, the Sidewinder part # RP61420 is a replacement for the common 1621 and 0719 pin box numbers.

The 5th wheel hitch that I recommend using for this application is the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30142 which fits directly in the puck system you have and is rated for 18,000 lbs. It features a 4-Way pivoting head and a single jaw system that makes connecting and disconnecting your trailer much easier. This hitch has an adjustable height of 14" - 18".

The Elite Series hitch weighs about 140 lbs but the head alone weighs just over 40 lbs. If you remove the head then you only have the legs left which will weigh under 100 lbs making this a great lightweight option. When used with the Sidewinder pin box you want to use the custom wedge part # SWW-01 for a snug fit.

Let me know if you would rather go with a sliding 5th wheel hitch and I can make a recommendation for you.

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Jon G

Question:

Thanks for the reply Jon. One more quick question. The 2018 F-250 4x4 sits up pretty high already. Would that be the reason you recommended the Reese Elite over the B&W hitch? The Reese seems to lower about 2” more than the B&W. Thanks again.

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Actually the reason I recommended the Elite Series is because last I had heard B&W said that you couldn't use the Companion with a Sidewinder. I was looking through our updates to see why they had said that and it looks like their stance changed as long as you have the puck system.


If you would rather go with the B&W Companion # BWRVK3300, which has a similar weight to the Elite Series, then you need the wedge part # SWW-06 to use with the Sidewinder.

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