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Old 01-11-2016, 12:22 PM   #11
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It's interesting to hear all of you using the Sidewinder/Revolution pinbox with a 5.5' box. I was told it's not recommended for anything less than a 6.5' box.

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:28 PM   #12
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I'd say the only think to look at are the previous posts about using the wedge, lubrication and torque of the mounting bolts. Everything is posted in the library on this site, including diagrams. I've had mine with a 8289 ws since 2014. Initial issues hitching and un hitching were due to my inexperience, but common for many users. Sure pulls straight and great.

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:38 PM   #13
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Cool Reese revolution pin box

I am very pleased with the added manoeuvrability this style of hitch provides. However, there is one very annoying issue I have with mine. It squeaks and squeals as it moves. I have tried squirting lithium Grease into the plate where is moves but nothing works. Anyone else have this problem?
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Old 01-11-2016, 01:14 PM   #14
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Go up on youtube and check out the REESE videos on the Revolution/Sidewinder. It will dispell a lot of misinformation about this pinbox including the one about not being compatable with Curt hitches.
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Old 01-11-2016, 01:23 PM   #15
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I have it, hitch replaced free last year at goshen due to a seized pin. Works great! Need to keep it lubed and not dry like some people here say, direct from Reese techs.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:30 PM   #16
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Revolution pinbox broken wedge nut weld; not repairable.

We traveled with a SuperGlide for several years with an Alpen Valhalla and at 14k, it pulled like a dream with our shortbeded F250. Traded to a 2014 Flagstaff 8528IKWS--lighter, but equipped with the Sidewinder/Revolution we traded out for a 14K standard hitch.
While the Superglide was always easy to hitch up on the Valhalla, the Revolution required a very lined up orientation in order to lock in clearly. We had learned to work with this, but found it to be an on-going hassle.
But, ultimately (by May, 2015) the pinbox actually sheared a welded nut inside the nose of the Revolution pinbox and we could only tighten one of the two bolts for the wedge. Under tow, this broken nut could have lead to two swivel points on the hitch & pinbox--and untenable situation.
We were stranded, but near Tom Johnson's in Marion, NC, where we had originally bought our Flagstaff.
So, under their advice, we unhitched & locked the Revolution back into its "Transport" mode--basically turning it back into a standard pinbox. In order to tow, we ultimately replaced our 14K Reese with a new Superglide (now smaller and fitting on the already installed universal bed rails) and continued traveling extensively through October, 2015. Easier to hitch, pulls easy, straight, and confidently.
I just felt you needed another view of the Revolution--Tom Johnson's repair group said that they had seen that shearing of the welded nut only once or twice before.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:37 PM   #17
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Same thing happened to Glenn J. awhile back. Sent him a new pin-box
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:40 PM   #18
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X2 on all the above.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:43 PM   #19
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Just Installed----------------

Just installed the Sidewinder pin box on my 2011 Rockwood. Had to modify
the existing bracket on the camper by cutting off about 3" of the RV brackets in order to get the 6" clearance between rails and bottom of camper. I had used a Super Glide hitch in my F-150 which weighs close to
400#. When I upgraded my TV to a F-250, I decided to go with the sidewinder pin box. The 16K hitch in my F-250 weighs 1/3 what the Super Glide does. Pulls great with the sidewinder Pin box. I can remove the 16K Reese hitch very easy form the bed of my TV now.
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Old 01-11-2016, 05:10 PM   #20
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Did you pick up more turning clearance? (over the Pull-rite)

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