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Old 01-08-2016, 02:14 PM   #1
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Amazing option for 5.0TA hitch

Check this out. This is quite the 5th wheel hitch. Just watch the first segment.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:22 PM   #2
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That's a pretty cool unit and will certainly get the interest of short bed truck owners. Only thing might be the cost.

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Check this out. This is quite the 5th wheel hitch. Just watch the first segment.
So, gonna be adding one soon?
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I didn't watch the video (I have better uses for my limited internet download capacity) but I see it's the Reese Sidewinder. This is a bit obscure, but has been around for a while and has been discussed in EscapeForum before.

Bob posted the same video in Towing escape 5.0 with Toyota tundra, and it was mentioned as Reese's solution for short-bed trucks in 5.0TA with 2015 F150 2.7L 5.5ft bed. As I mentioned in the first of those discussions, I wouldn't use it, but it is obviously widely used with larger trucks and trailers.

This is a thousand-dollar accessory weighing 140 pounds or more (although it replaces the lower part of the pin box, compensating for some of that weight). The eTrailer page gives some details.
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:19 PM   #5
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Also, note this from that eTrailer link for the model suited to the Escape 5.0TA:
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Note: Do not use the 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
The issue is presumably with how the locking wedge fits to the fifth-wheel plate to keep the Sidewinder's pin from rotating the way a fifth-wheel pin is normally supposed to.
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