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How Far Forward Does the Handle Extend on Reese M5 Series 20K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch

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Can you advise how far the locking handle extends past the puck holes toward the front of the bed? Im concerned that it might be up against my tool box. And, can the handle unbolted and turned the other way so that it is facing toward the tail gate rather than the cab? Also, is this hitch compatible with the Reese Sidewinder?

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I went out to our demo area to measure the Reese M5 Series 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30921. From the center of the nearest puck to the end of the handle it is approximately 8 inches.

You technically could turn the handle upside down so that it points towards the tailgate. However, this is not an approved method from the manufacturer because it has not been tested and confirmed.

The M5 Series hitches are compatible with the Sidewinder pin boxes. There is a custom wedge for use with the M5 Series hitches and Sidewinders, # RP44FR, to lock out the trailer pivot point at the hitch so the trailer will pivot at the turret of the Sidewinder.

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