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Old 05-10-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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Reese Revolution vs Demco Slider Hitch

Anyone with experience positive or negative with a Reese Revolution (Sidewinder). I have a short box (5'8") and not sure if I am better off with a Reese Revolution or a Demco Slider hitch with 22 inches of travel. Concern with Demco is it is heavy for removal and added weight in the box but have never heard anyone using the Reese.

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Old 05-10-2016, 03:53 PM   #2
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Lots of folks on here use the Revolution. (Sidewinder)

The only negatives I heard are sometimes the universal wedge isn't always the best choice for the brand of hitch you use so be sure to get the custom wedge that matches.

Also be sure to regularly check the wedge bolt torque. They can (and do) come loose.

Latching the pin box can sometimes be a little frustrating if you don't align the tow vehicle with the pin box. (if angled)

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Old 05-10-2016, 06:40 PM   #3
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With your bed length you are in a very tough spot. I have actually been in your position. Hitches I've owned are Demco hijacker with f350 6 3/4 bed, Rease revolution and Rease manual sided with ram 2500 6 1/2 bed and Toyota 5 1/2 bed. My experience with the Demco in my f350 is awesome, hitch is heavy but love that I don't need a capture plate on the trailer it is part of the hitch head. As for the other setup if you have such a short bed (under 6 foot) I would suggest the Rease Revolution AND a manual slider. I recommend this because while towing with my Toyota Tundra Crew Max with a 5 1/2 bed I dented just above the back window while driving forward. Every time I backed up even with the revolution I had to use the manual slider to get the trailer even further back. Now you may never need the manual slider but again for such a short bed I would rather have the option in the event I need the added distance for a tight campsite or driveway.

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Old 05-15-2016, 07:00 PM   #4
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Just back from our 1st trip in our 5er. With our 1st 5er we got a Reese slider (6.5 box on 2011 F250).
Our new 5er came with a Revolution (sidewinder) pin box, so now I have had experience with both.
The Revolution is by FAR THE better option. It was great being able to back into our site - tight quarters - without having to worry about crunching the cab of the truck and without getting out to engage the slider.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:02 PM   #5
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I had Reese slider in my 5 1/2 Tundra with the Reese Revolution (came on camper 8281SS). Never needed the manual slider, so I replaced the slider part with regular legs and the Reese Revolution and have not had a single issue in 4 years.

IMHO go with Reese Revolution.
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:40 PM   #6
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I had a Reese Revolution for 3 years and it was flawless. Torque on the large nut (swivel) point was too high and the hitch could not bet moved manually meaning you had to back in exactly the same direction you unhooked. After reading the Reese instructions I backed off the nut to proper torque and could now turn the hitch manually to line up with the truck. I had a GMC 1500 with a 5' 8" box. I have since went to a larger trailer with a curved front end and a 2500 with a 6'6" box and no longer need a slider or revolution.

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