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Old 09-14-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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A friend is looking at buying a Reese slider it has a round tube slider, verses a square tube what is the differents? good or bad? Thanks
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A friend is looking at buying a Reese slider it has a round tube slider, verses a square tube what is the differents? good or bad? Thanks
It's part of the newer technology from Reese and is on the latest style of their hitches. As to the rails themselves they are designed to operate smoother that the square type railsI just went thru this with my new Reese hitch and had some of the same questions. The hitch itself has some newer controls for locking, adjusting and the overall operation.

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Thanks for the reply! he did buy it, I did the install, but I don't think he has used it yet.
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The difference is: the square tube slider doesn't work while the round tube does! I had a square tube slider and worked my butt off to get it to slide...you could move it with one finger, but once the weight of the trailer was on it, no slide.

I'm glad he picked the right one...

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The difference is: the square tube slider doesn't work while the round tube does! I had a square tube slider and worked my butt off to get it to slide...you could move it with one finger, but once the weight of the trailer was on it, no slide.

I'm glad he picked the right one...

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There are several with tube slides. Here is a photo of the one I have

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My old '97 16K Reese square tube slider works like a hot knife through butter with any load and at any angle with my 11200 Lb 5er.
I bought it new and didn't want to slide without dumping the clutch on the Cummins. I disassembled it completely and lubed all the rollers. I keep it lubed with a silicone spary.

IMO the round tube looks like a better idea but with with over 200k miles on this hitch on two different RVs and two LD 5th wheel equipment trailers up to 16k I can't complain.
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My old '97 16K Reese square tube slider works like a hot knife through butter with any load and at any angle with my 11200 Lb 5er.
I bought it new and didn't want to slide without dumping the clutch on the Cummins. I disassembled it completely and lubed all the rollers. I keep it lubed with a silicone spary.

IMO the round tube looks like a better idea but with with over 200k miles on this hitch on two different RVs and two LD 5th wheel equipment trailers up to 16k I can't complain.
Maybe the real reason that Reese came out with the new slide is the fact that they know most people do not properly care for their hitch and were trying to make it bullet proof. But as you say, not unlike any piece of equipment, if you care for it in the right way it works just fine.

Over the years I have noticed many hitches that look like they have been thru a war rode hard and put away wet. Hitch maintenance does not seem to be a top priority
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The difference is: the square tube slider doesn't work while the round tube does! I had a square tube slider and worked my butt off to get it to slide...you could move it with one finger, but once the weight of the trailer was on it, no slide.

I'm glad he picked the right one...

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Tim,
I have the rectangle tubes on my Reese slider and I have never had any issues with the unit not sliding. I do lube the rails and roller plus all of the working components twice a season with a dry lube. Plus the jaws are greased along with the King Pin on the 5er. I have had this same hitch since 07 and plan on using this hitch for many many more years to come. It is cheaper to buy lube and grease than a new hitch in my opinion.

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Tell your friend to look elsewhere. Reese is not the quality it once was. Auto slide I would look at PullRite and standard slide B&W.
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