Reese Sidewinder with Rotating Turret Installation

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How to Install a Reese Sidewinder with Rotating Turret


Today on this fifth wheel camper, we'll be removing the old pin box and installing a new turret and Sidewinder from Reese, product number RP61420. As we said earlier, before we can install our new turret, we have to remove the old pin box. To do that, we'll remove these four bolts on both sides. However, we also have to remove this breakaway switch and trailer wiring before we can remove the pin box. Bolts simply unscrew from their current positions. With all of our electrical components removed, we can remove our four fasteners.

As you can see, we've already removed two fasteners for now. We're going to use a pallet and a fork truck to take it away from the pin box so it's safer to remove the final fasteners. In this case, we'll be using a pry bar to help with the removing of the pin box. With that removed, we will lower the pallet and proceed to assembling the turret. First thing to do is remove the wedge from the bottom of the Sidewinder.

It will line up here with the king pin where we'll tighten it down into position later so there will be no lateral movement with our Sidewinder. Before we set up the turret into the Sidewinder, we're going to take some of the white lithium grease or a spray lubricant. Just hit the top of the Sidewinder just to make it easier to slide our turret on. Once that's in place, we'll install the plastic disc, then well set our top plate and bolt it on. We'll be installing the four 5/8 bolts and lock washers.

With all fasteners installed finger tight, I'm going to use a ratchet to tighten them down, then I'll torque them to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now that all components are properly installed we can install the turret and Sidewinder into our camper using out truck and pallet. To install the turret, we'll be using these bolts with the flat washers on the outside and the conical tooth washer and nut on the inside. Once those are in place, we'll tighten them down. We will lower the pallet, then torque the specifications.

Next, we'll reinstall our electrical box and breakaway switch. Now that the Sidewinder is installed, the next thing we need to do is hook up the truck to the camper and tighten our wedge near the king pin. We have the wedge tight enough so that it cannot be moved by hand but we'll still be able to use a mallet. Now, we'll back up our vehicle into place and lock down the king pin. We will have to take a mallet to knock the wedge into position. We'll first snug down the bolt we can reach that will hold the wedge in position, while we pull the truck away and tighten down the other bolt. Now, we can torque the bolts to specifications. With that, our Sidewinder is ready to go. We'll hook the truck back up and take it for a test spin to see how it works. As you can see, when it turns, the turret is doing all the turning while the Sidewinder stays in a stationary position due to the wedge. And there you have it for the Reese Turret and Sidewinder installed on our 5th Wheel camper, product number RP61420.


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Dennis Battles 12/24/2018

Great video helped a lot 47956

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