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  • How to Remove a B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch from a Truck Bed
  • To uninstall the Companion hitch head, your will first remove the Saddle lock pins. Then grab the saddle handles and lift to remove the head from the pivot arms. Removing the head will make taking out the base easier since it won't be as heavy. To remove the actual Companion base, loosen the draw down bolt and retract the Turnoverball gooseneck latch pin handle all the way out. Carefully lift and position the Companion base out of the Gooseneck hitch socket. I have linked the instructions...
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  • Easily Removable Fifth Wheel Hitch that Leaves Truck Bed Unobstructed
  • The Companion hitch part # BWRVK3500 is an easily removable hitch that will give you great access to the truck bed when not installed. You will need to have a B and W Turnover gooseneck hitch installed in your truck bed to use this hitch. Most fifth wheel hitches will require the installation of rails in the bed of the truck that will obstruct the bed slightly when a hitch isn't there, but the Companion will give you a totally empty truck bed. Feel free to email me back with your...
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  • Using Silencer Pad # BWTS35020 for Tow and Stow with Drop Down Pintle on 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W and since the Silencer Pad, # BWTS35020, is a universal product, it will fit differently on each vehicle and some may need to use greater force in order to get the hitch pin holes on the ball mount to line up with those on the hitch. Please keep in mind that the silencer pad installs between the face of the hitch on your 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe and the back of the Tow & Stow. No part of the silencer should be pushed into the hitch receiver opening. I have...
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  • How to Tell if 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 Has Factory Rail Kit for Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • Most likely you would know if you had the Factory Rail Kit in your 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500. There would be holes in the bed of your truck that the feet of a fifth wheel hitch would fit into. I attached a picture that shows what they pucks/holes would look like. If you have them the B and W Hitch part # BWRVK3700 that you referenced would fit and work well. Otherwise for an underbed fifth wheel hitch setup I would recommend the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550022 which will automatically...
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  • Recommended Lubrication of B & W 5th Wheel Hitch
  • B & W recommends you lubricate the top surface of the coupler with an automotive type chassis grease like # L10337 or use a nylon lube plate like # RP83002 to provide a lubricated surface. They also recommend you grease the jaws with an automotive type chassis grease and grease the saddle through the grease zerk about every six months with multi-purpose grease like # L11316. This will allow the coupler to pivot freely. See the diagram I have included showing the location of the grease...
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  • B and W Turnover Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for 2016 GMC Sierra 3500
  • For a B and W Turnover Gooseneck hitch confirmed to fit your 2016 GMC Sierra 3500 you would want the part # BWGNRK1016. The part # BWGNRK1012 that you referenced is for the previous years of the Sierra so it would not fit your truck. If you ever needed to tow a fifth wheel trailer you could just go with the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3500 as this will fit right into the hitch.
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  • Difference Between B&W Companion Slider Hitch BWRVK3400 and BWRVK3400-5W
  • There is no difference at all between the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3400 and the # BWRVK3400-5W. We use the -5W at the end of the part number to allow the hitch to show up in two different fitguides. One for the gooseneck fitguide and then one for the fifth wheel fitguide. The Companion setups are considered by many to be the nicest fifth wheel hitch around. The Companion slider is going to be a much better option than using an adapter to use the stationary Pro Series hitch.
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  • Sliding B&W Companion Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch for Ford Factory Prep Package
  • The B&W Companion Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch for Ford OEM Prep Package # BWRVK3370 is available. This the sliding fifth wheel hitch that will fit into Ford's factory kit in short bed trucks. It's a 20,000 pound hitch with 12 inches of travel. The # BWRVK3270 is not available for the Ford factory kit at this time.
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  • Availability of a B&W Slider Hitch That Will Fit a 2017 Ford F-350 With OEM Puck System
  • Yes, B&W does make a slider hitch that fits the OEM Ford puck system. The B&W Companion OEM Slider, # BWRVK3370, is a 20K rated slider 5th wheel hitch that will fit into the OEM puck system of your 2017 Ford F-350. This B&W Companion Slider will has a travel distance of 12 inches from front to back when the slider is engaged. The hitch will have three vertical adjustable from 17 to 19 inches. The hitch will include the 1 inch thick wrap-around jaws that will provide a secure fit...
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  • Comparing B&W # BWRVK3300 w/ Reese # RP30143 5th Wheel Hitch for 2015 Ford F350 w/ OEM Tow Prep Pkg
  • Both hitches are of the highest quality, you wouldn't go wrong either way. Given that you'll be on uneven terrain, you'll do better with the B&W # BWRVK3300, as its head pivots 8 degrees front to back and side to side, versus 4 degrees for the Reese Elite Series # RP30143. Even through the # BWRVK3300 has the lower capacity at 20K, it will pull your 18K toy hauler with no problem at all, as long as it doesn't go over the 20K capacity of the hitch.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch With Capacity to Tow 18.5K 5th Wheel Trailer With Safety Margin
  • The excellent B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3300 for Ford trucks that you referenced is indeed rated for 20,000-lbs towing capacity. And if your trailer is 18,500-lbs dry, I certainly see why you are looking for additional capacity and safety margin. We do offer an alternative that is also designed for your F-350's factory 5th wheel rail kit. Reese's Elite Series hitch # RP30143 also drops right in to your rail kit and offers a gross towing rating of 25,000-lbs. Its built...
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  • Comparing the B&W Patriot and Demco Hijacker AutoSlide Sliding 5th Wheel Hitches
  • We do not offer the Pullrite brand but in my research it does appear to compare to our Demco Hijacker AutoSlide like # DM8550024. Both the B&W and Demco 5th wheel hitches are great for the short bed user. What will make the difference is the clearance needed by the user to have adequate turning clearance. For me personally also effort. I have personally had to slide the B&W 5th wheel hitch # BWRVK3270 and it was by far one of the easiest, by a landslide, since the unit was built...
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  • Will the B and W Companion Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch Fit on a 2014 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • The B and W Companion Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch, # BWRVK3500, will work on a 2014 Ram 2500 short bed as long you have a B and W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch installed on the truck. If you do not have a gooseneck hitch installed in your truck, then you can install the B and W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch, # BWGNRK1384. This hitch will allow you to use the Companion fifth wheel hitch and it would also give you the ability to tow a gooseneck trailer if the situation were to arise. I have...
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  • Can Locking Pins Be Used With B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W about locking pins for the Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount # BWTS10048B. He confirmed that pins can be used in the ball mount, but they need to be able to span the hitch, have a diameter of 5/8 inches, and be rated for 10,000 pounds. I found the longer of the 2 pins in the Rapid Hitch Trailer Hitch Lock and Adjustment Pin Lock Set # AM3492 to span the width of the Tow & Stow # BWTS10048B. I have attached some photos I took showing the adjustment pin lock in the...
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  • Needed Gooseneck to Fifth Wheel Adapter to Tow a Montana Mountaineer Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • Since you already have the B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1108 in your 2001 Ford F-250 then you can add the B&W Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3500. The Companion is designed to work with the B&W gooseneck so you can have a good quality fifth wheel hitch without having to remove your gooseneck hitch. If you prefer an adapter that installs onto the king pin you can use the Ranch Hitch Adapter # AM3100. If you decide to replace your pin box you will need the model number...
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  • Will the B&W Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch Fit my Factory Holes on my 2015 Ford F-350 8-Foot Bed
  • Yes, you will simply set up the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch # BWRVK3300 pivot arms which will allow the hitch to be adjusted front to back or up and down for optimal positioning. Then place the Companion into the bed of your 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty, line up the base with your factory receiver sockets, and rotate all 4 handles on the hitch base outward. Lastly, fold the handles in until they are in the locked position and secure with the included pins. I included a short...
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  • How to Install a Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch on a Flat Bed Truck
  • Since you have a flatbed on your truck now the only recommended way to use a Companion hitch will be to first use the # BWGNRK1500 as a gooseneck hitch and then for a fifth wheel hitch you would need the # BWRVK3050. The # BWGNRK1108 that you had previously installed on your truck is not compatible with flatbed trucks so there would be no recommended way for you to use it.
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  • Does B&W Gooseneck Hitch Fit 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed and Air Suspension
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W and she said their # BWGNRK1309 Turnover Ball gooseneck hitch is compatible with your 2015 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 short bed with air suspension though you'll need to re-route one of the air lines as discussed in part 5 on the instructions. If you find you need additional clearance between the trailer and the rear bumper of the truck, or between the front of the trailer and the rear of the truck cab, B&W offers a gooseneck ball wit a 4 inch offset, part #...
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  • B and W Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 2500 5.7 Hemi Long Bed
  • If you have a 2013 Ram 2500 with a gas engine you would want the part # BWGNRK1308, if you instead had a diesel engine you would want the part # BWGNRK1313. I can't recommend you try to install the wrong hitch on the either vehicle style. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • How Much Clearance is Required between Truck Cab and Trailer to Safely Make 90 Degree Turn
  • To safely execute a 90 degree turn you want at least 4 inches of clearance between the truck cab and trailer. The head of the # BWRVK3400-5W is adjustable from front to back so you may be able to adjust it back a little bit for better clearance while pulling out of your driveway. Otherwise you will need to slide the hitch back in the bed of your truck to make the turn. The reason for needing 4 inches is because if the turn your making has an elevation change the added clearance will...
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  • Hitch Comparison For 2011 Chevrolet Silveraldo Extended Cab With 6.5 bed, Duramax Diesel
  • We do carry fifth-wheel hitches that are a fit for your 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab. The hitch you referenced is not one of the brands we carry so I am unable to give you the statistical differences or comparisons with the hitches we do carry. I recommend a fifth-wheel system with underbed rails like the Reese Elite Series, part # RP30144. This hitch has a 4-way pivoting head, has a 16 to 18 inch height adjustment, and the slider travel for this hitch is 10 inches front to...
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  • Gooseneck Hitch Fits for 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty with 6-3/4-Foot Bed
  • The B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch # BWGNRK1111 is indeed a confirmed fit for your 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty with 6-3/4-foot bed. I verified this with my technical contact at B&W. For reference I have linked an installation video showing a 2015 F-250. If you also need a 5th Wheel/Gooseneck trailer wiring harness for your truck you can use the Curt # C56000. This is a simple installation at your existing 7-way; that bumper-mounted socket remains active after you install...
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  • Height Adjustment Provided by B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch BWRVK3400-5W
  • The B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3400-5W offers a height adjustment feature with a choice of 3 heights for the pivot arms, and it of course provides front-to-back slider travel of 12-inches. There pivot arms can be installed in either of 2 ways, one providing more forward clearance than the other. You may care to review the hitch's instructions which are linked for you, along with a review video.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F350 with Hitch Prep Package
  • The B&W Companion OEM model, part # BWRVK3300, which you reference, has a 20K capacity so you will not want to go over the 20K capacity of the hitch. If your trailer weighs 23000 lbs you will be over the weight limit. As long as you have the long bed, and the fifth wheel prep package you can use the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30143. This hitch has a capacity of 25,000 lbs and would have plenty of capacity for your setup. You should have 4 slightly raised pucks...
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  • Dimensions of Replacement Hitch Ball for B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Hitches
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled the Replacement Hitch Ball for B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Hitches, part # BWGNXA2000, and took some measurements for you. The square part of the hitch ball is 4" long and 2-1/2" wide. The diameter of the locking pin hole is 11/16". See the video and the picture I made at right which shows the exact dimensions you asked for as well as a video review of this hitch ball.
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  • Types of Gooseneck Hitch Installations in 2016 Ford F-250 SD Pickup With & Without Factory Prep Kit
  • A gooseneck ball hitch like the B&W # BWGNRK1111 fits Ford Super Duty pickups without a Factory Rail Kit, meaning a plain truck bed without any sort of hitch attachment points. If you had a truck with a factory rail kit there would be three holes in the bed; a center hole for a gooseneck ball and two flanking holes for safety chain tie-downs. For such a truck you would use a kit like # RP30137. For an in-bed wiring harness for your truck you could use # 20110.
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  • Availability of B&W Gooseneck Hitch for 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • B and W does indeed offer a gooseneck fit for the 2015 Silverado 2500, part # BWGNRK1012. I have linked you to a product demonstration and an install video that you might find helpful. To install a 7-way trailer connector in your truck bed, you'd need part # 41157.
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  • B and W Leg Kit Recommendation for a 2014 Ram with Hitch Prep
  • The B and W Companion Hitch heads are all the same, they are part # BWRVC3006. So if you wanted to use the head of your current Companion hitch all you would need is the correct leg kit part # BWRVB3600 to fit the Ram Underbed Hitch Prep Package on your 2014 Ram 3500.
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  • Is a Slider 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Required for a 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Short Bed
  • You will likely need a slider hitch unless you have a very narrow 5th wheel trailer. To determine if you need the clearance offered by a slider you can do a little measuring and some math. When installed, the center of the gooseneck ball hole for installation kit # BWGNRK1012-5W will be approximately 44-3/4 inches forward of the rear edge of the truck bed (not tailgate). Measure from that point to the back of the truck cab. Then measure the width of the 5th wheel overhang and divide...
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  • Dimensions of the B&W Tow and Stow 3-Ball Mount
  • The B&W Tow and Stow ball mount # BWTS10049B will have some great features. You can stow the mounting platform that has the 3 hitch balls (1-7/8, 2, and 2-5/16 inch) underneath your vehicle. This is nice because you will eliminate the possibility of hitting your shins while working around your hitch. The adjustable height will allow you the ability to tow trailers of different heights. The maximum drop is 7-inches and maximum rise is 7-1/2 inches. They are adjusted in 1-inch increments. I...
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