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Old 01-19-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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Demco / Pullrite auto slider or Sidewinder?

Looking for input on the good the bad and the ugly on each of these.

Iíll be towing 42ft 5ther at about 14,500# with a crew cab Dodge short bed.
2500 pin weight.

I like the idea of the auto slide and the sidewinder, but was wondering your thoughts on this.

Thanks in advance

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Old 01-19-2019, 04:42 PM   #2
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I am definitely biased toward the Sidewinder. Have had them on two different fivers. Once installed, you never have to worry about tight turns again. You can use a basic hitch (100lbs or lighter). You can turn your hitch out of the way when unhooked. The fiver follows closer to the same path the truck does. Backing seems easier to me as the fiver responds faster. You can get the airborne version to easily incorporate air ride.

The reasons I don't like any kind of slider are: they are heavy and difficult to remove, they take up an inordinate amount of truck bed room, they seem to bind when you need them most, as in very unlevel backwoods situations. I don't miss the ones I had at all and will never have another one.

Check out all the videos and writeups on both options and make an informed choice for yourself.

Good luck and happy camping!

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2012 Wildcat Sterling 32RL - w/level up (best option ever)
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Reese Fifth Airborne air ride king pin coupler with Sidewinder
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:20 AM   #3
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I have the Demco Hijacker 18k auto slide and like it alot. It is heavy but it stays in my truck most of the time. I don't really use my truck bed for cargo type stuff anyways. When removing I have the adapter hook that goes in the jaws and use my tractor loader to lift it out. It's definitely a 2 person job if you don't have a cherry picker or some other lift. I like that there is no locking key and can tow any 5er with a standard Pinbox or a TrailAir. I got this one at a great price uses and the previous owner only used it twice. From what I've heard and seen the Sidewinder is awesome as well. Let us know what you choose.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:48 AM   #4
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X2: on the Demco Auto Glide hitch. I purchase one last year after 10 years of using a Reese manual slider hitch. The Demco glide mounted right up to the standard rails I already had in the bed of the truck. You need to specify and purchase side plates that will work with either the puck systems that the newer pick-up trucks offer or the standard rails. If you already have them installed.

The Hitch works great with the TrailAir king pin box no cucking at all takes place. What is nice is the king pin locks securely around the king pin there is no slop between the king pin and jaws of the hitch. The locking bars on the side of the hitch are adjusted to lock on the king pin box solidly.

Now if you do order a Flex AIR pin box or a Morryde king pin box you will need a locking plate since this has the Morryde style sliding plate. This is stated in their instructions when installing.
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