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Compatibility of Reese Sidewinder with Curt A16 Fifth Wheel Hitch

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Hello, I currently have a Lippert 1621 pin box and a curt 16120 A16 5th wheel hitch fitted to a 2016 Ram 2500 crew cab 6ft bed. Im looking to replace the pin box with either the sidewinder or airborne sidewinder, as it is very close when carrying out tight turns. Please could you advise if these are compatable with my hitch and if I need a specific wedge?

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I have a solution for you, however, neither the Reese # RP34FR Sidewinder or the # RP61422 Air Ride Sidewinder would be compatible with your Curt A-Series 5th wheel hitch due to a new re-design by Curt. That said, I recommend sticking with a fixed hitch that is compatible with Reese Sidewinders, such as the Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 20,000 lbs # RP30928 with the appropriate wedge: # RP44FR for Sidewinder RP34FR or # 201100 for Airborne RP61422.

Keep in mind, if your truck has prep package you'll also need adapter kit # RP30154. If it doesn't have the prep package then you'll instead need installation rails # RP50054-58.

This would be an excellent setup for your short bed 2016 Ram 2500 and would offer plenty of cab/fifth wheel clearance for sharp low speed turns.

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