Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

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Install a Companion fifth-wheel hitch in your truck bed with this custom kit. Better than a traditional mounting kit, this setup doubles as a gooseneck hitch when the fifth wheel is removed, and the underbed design allows for full bed access. Call 800-298-8924 to order B and W fifth wheel installation kit part number BWGNRK1384-5W or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all B and W products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.


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- Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches

Install a Companion fifth-wheel hitch in your truck bed with this custom kit. Better than a traditional mounting kit, this setup doubles as a gooseneck hitch when the fifth wheel is removed, and the underbed design allows for full bed access.


Features:

  • Lets you install your B&W Companion 5th wheel trailer hitch (BWRVK3500 or BWRVK3400)
  • Doubles as heavy-duty Turnoverball gooseneck trailer hitch
    • Includes rails, gooseneck hitch head, safety chain loops, and hitch ball
  • Provides complete truck bed access when you're not towing
    • Single hole in center of bed is mounting point for hitch
  • Installs easily using existing holes in your 's frame
    • No welding or frame drilling required
    • Truck bed does not have to be removed
    • 3-1/2" Diameter hole must be cut into bed
  • Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited lifetime warranty


B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch

B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch

Not only does this kit provide you with a sturdy, custom base for installing your Companion fifth-wheel trailer hitch in the bed of your truck, but it also doubles as one of the most recognizable gooseneck hitches on the market. This fifth wheel installation kit actually is the Turnoverball gooseneck hitch from B&W.


Gooseneck Specs:

  • Gross towing weight: 30,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 7,500 lbs
  • Ball size: 2-5/16"

B&W Companion Installed in Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch

With the B&W Turnoverball underbed gooseneck trailer hitch you get the best of both worlds. When you go to tow a gooseneck trailer, the Turnoverball creates a sturdy, dependable connection with your trailer. And when you're done towing, you can stow the ball upside down in the hitch to get full bed access and a clean appearance. When you're ready to tow your fifth wheel trailer, just install the Companion in the ball hole in place of the gooseneck ball and lock the post in place using the built-in handle. You can remove the fifth wheel when you're done towing, leaving your truck bed open once again.


Simple, Custom Installation

This kit is custom designed for your . The mounting brackets bolt to existing holes in your truck's frame. While some modification is required - you will need to cut a 3-1/2" diameter hole in your bed for the hitch ball and drill holes for the built-in safety chain loops - there is no need to weld onto or to drill into your frame.


Once you have the brackets and center section installed, set up the operating handle. This handle is designed to be accessed from the rear driver's-side wheel well. On the end of the handle is the heavy-duty steel pin that secures the mounting post of the Companion (or the base of the gooseneck hitch ball).



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BWGNRK1384-5W Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BWGNRK1384-5W Installation instructions

Video of Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for B and W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ram 2500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Ram 2500, we're going to be installing a custom under bed installation kit for 5th wheel trailer hitches, part number BWGNRK1384-5W. This 5th wheel installation kit is designed to let you install your B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches. The adapters are part numbers BWRVK3500 or part number BWRVK3400. The under bed design of the kit allows for full truck bed access and when you're ready it's under five minutes to convert your empty truck bed into a 5th wheel hitch.I'll start off by unlocking our B&W hitch and installing our 5th wheel adapter. We have ours preassembled, but you can adjust the uprights here depending on your truck and trailer accommodations. At this point, the hitch is ready to attach to a trailer.

There's a little clip here that you release. Basically, it's a safety pin. Then you swing the handle out and you can watch the jaws open, ready to back up onto your trailer.Once you're secure onto your trailer, you can reinstall the clip. Since the 5th wheel installation kit doubles as a gooseneck hitch, when you're not towing your 5th wheel, you can remove it. This frees up the hole to reinsert the hitch ball when you need it.Now, if you're trying to decide between a gooseneck or a bumper style trailer hitch, some of the main differences are that all of the weight is going to be on the back of your vehicle on your bumper style trailer hitch.

This is going to produce more sway on your trailer hauling it behind you and it's going to cause more oscillation from the back of your vehicle.Your gooseneck, on the other hand, is going to position all the weight over your rear axle. So this is going to reduce a lot of sway in your vehicle and trailer. It's going to allow for tighter turning radiuses, and it's going to allow you to haul greater capacities to be able to have a longer, heavier load in the back end. This is great for living quarters and other things.To begin our installation, we're going to need to make a few preparations. Get your spare tire out of the way if it's installed, and then we're going to get this heat shield out of the way so we have better access to start drilling for our gooseneck.

Using a 10mm socket, remove the three bolts on your heat shield here and the two bolts located on the other side of the heat shield here. And just sit this aside. We're going to go ahead and put a inaudible 00:02:18 in place so we can lower our exhaust out of our way. This will catch the exhaust to prevent any damage happening while lowering it. Go ahead and spray the hanger down with some lubricant.

This will make it easier to come off and just pry it out of the way. Now that we've got our heat shield out of the way, we can easily access the location we're going to be drilling for our gooseneck.Go ahead and take the template that comes in your kit, put it in the hole, then mark the middle. If you have a center punch that will fit in the hole, you can go ahead and punch it now. If not, you may need to mark it with something else so that you can punch it later. Now that we've made our mark where to drill, we're going to go ahead and use a center punch to ping that to make it easier upon drilling. Now that we've got our center punch, we're going to make a pilot hole using a 1/4" drill bit. Now that we've got our pilot hole drilled, we're going to use a 3-1/2" hole saw to allow the opening for our gooseneck to stick through our bed. Now that we've got our hole drilled, we're going to go ahead and clean this up here, so grab a Shop-Vac and get all that out of there. Now that we've got everything cleaned up, we're going to go back with some protective coating. You can use some gloss enamel just to prevent any rust in the future.Next we're going to take our plastic spacer and we're going to put it between our frame here and our bed. We need to come around up top, slide it over, and push it in there. Now, it might be necessary for you to use a screwdriver or other small tool to finish pushing it into place. Go ahead and get this centered. Now our spacer is properly in place.Next we're going to put our weld nuts into place. Use the angled handle to slide it up in there. Might have to tweak the fender a little bit to get it to go all the way. Now that you've got your handle on there, you want to go ahead and line up your nuts with your holes. You can use a screwdriver here to help center everything. You want the outsides to line up.Now on our driver's side, it's going to be the same process but you're going to have a harness in the way. I just take a screwdriver or body panel removal tool and pop these harness clips up out of the way so you can get your weld nuts in place. Now with the harness moved out of the way, we can slide our weld nuts in just like we did on the other side. Might have to move the fender out of the way a little bit. Then again center your weld nuts with the holes in the frame here. This is a good time to grab your harness and pull it back down and clip it into place.Now we can go ahead and put our gooseneck up into place. Make sure that when you're putting it up the hole's towards the front of the vehicle and the handle is on the driver's side. Now you take your large hex head bolts that's included in your kit. Line it up with the hole and your weld nuts and go ahead and get it started. Once you get one started, that'll hold that up, and then you can move on to your next bolt. Now you want to go back and snug your bolts up. You don't want to have them all the way tight, you want to have a little bit of play because we need to make sure that we're centered within our hole. You measure the distance between your center section and your frame. We're going to go ahead and use this spring here and make sure it's the same on both the passenger and driver side. Then you'll make any adjustments, pushing it left or right, as necessary.Now that we've got everything centered, go back and tighten them all the way down. With everything snugged up, go back and torque them to the specifications in your instructions.Next we're going to be installing our handle. Take your carriage bolts and slide them through the release mechanism onto the center carriage and take your handle, slide it up over the fuel tank, up over your frame. Slide it onto your carriage bolts and start your nuts. These are going to be the flange locknuts in your kit. It'll be two of them. Go back and tighten down your bolts using a 9/16 socket. Then go back and torque your bolts to the specifications in your instructions.We're going to drill out our safety chain mount locations now. Make sure that your pin is engaged and then insert your ball mount. This way your ball mount will stay raised up as it sits on the pin. We're going to use that with our template provided as a guide. Go ahead and slide that down over it and then refer to your vehicle in the gooseneck kit that you're installing to find the appropriate holes. Ours is 1384, so we'll be using these holes. Go ahead and mark your holes. Then again use your center punch. Make sure you drill straight. Now we can drill out our holes. We're going to be drilling it to a 1/2". However, I'm going to start with a 1/4" hole as the pilot hole to make it easier to drill through then we'll step it up to 1/2". A little lubrication makes the drilling process faster. You need to drill all the way through and repeat this for your remaining holes. With all of our pilot holes drilled, we'll now step it up to 1/2" and repeat that for your remaining holes.Now that we've got all our holes drilled, we'll go back and clean them up. Now you want to go back and use some black gloss spray paint to prevent any rust and corrosion from occurring in the future. With it being about a 1/2" diameter, you can poke your finger through a napkin. That'll make a pretty good template to keep the paint right on where you drilled.Now with our holes painted over and drilled, we can slide our U-bolts down and we'll be attaching them underneath. Now that we've got our U-bolts passed through our bed, we're going to take our four springs included. Take one of them with the wider side towards the top, slide it over your U-bolt, and then install your nut. Do this for the remaining three locations. Tighten them down using a 3/4" socket.Now with all of your hardware loosely installed, you're going to go back and tighten it up using a 3/4" socket until your nut is flush with the bottom of your U-bolt. Do that for the remaining bolts.Now we just need to put our handle sticker in place. Use a little bit of alcohol on a cloth to clean off your frame here so that way the adhesive will stick well. Then just place your sticker below your handle.Now that our hitch is fully installed, we're ready to reassemble our components we removed earlier. We'll put our exhaust back up and our exhaust heat shield back on. Then put your spare tire back up and re-installation is complete. Slide your ball mount in and re-engage the pin and you're ready to go.That completes our installation of the custom under bed installation kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, Part Number BWGNRK1384-5W.


Customer Reviews

Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - BWGNRK1384-5W

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (8 Customer Reviews)

Install a Companion fifth-wheel hitch in your truck bed with this custom kit. Better than a traditional mounting kit, this setup doubles as a gooseneck hitch when the fifth wheel is removed, and the underbed design allows for full bed access.

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Very happy with the products I bought thank you 477433



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Excellent this is the third unit i have purchased 637510



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great hitch, smooth installation. took awhile to get the bolts to thread into the L brackets, other than that moving the muffler was the worst part. 2018 RAM 521341



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Absolutely the BEST choIce I could have made. This hitch is awesome. The ride is smoothe And I forget I have 12000# 5ver behind me. Highly recommend. 429990



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Very fast delivery. Excellent product, would have given 5 stars except for the paint or power coat quality was poor along all narrow edges. Really appreciated the installation video. Overall good experience. 421691


Comments

Product continues to work well. Used frequently in the last year.

Ed B - 08/17/2018

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2016 Ram 2500

well engineered parts, good instructions. L brackets were difficult to get into place but considering the alternative (lifting the bed), this was a breeze. 406056



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2015 Ram 2500

Excellent product very easy install would buy again 247334


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Awesome product it is my third purchase very simple install

Brian - 02/06/2018

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2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

Installation in 4 hours might be realistic for a shop, but my old tired bones required a bit more time. Everything lined up and fit my 2015 Ram 2500. The quality of the components are far superior to anything Chinese. I suggest air tools if you have them, and something to lift the 5th Wheel base into your truck bed unless you feel like a baddass today. I didn't run into any problems because I read the instructions BEFORE I started. Everything I needed to know was right there! 181544


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  • What is the Best Truck for Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You are doing the right thing by doing the research first. There is a lot of conflicting information out there so let me break it down for you and I will provide some part recommendations at the end. Basically, if you want to tow a 5th wheel trailer, the best trucks are going to be long bed 3/4 or 1 tons like a Ford F-250/F-350, Chevy/GMC 2500/3500, or Ram 2500/3500. Half ton trucks could work but are not nearly as capable as the larger trucks. A long bed for sure is something you will...
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  • Recommended Hitch for Towing a Camper with a 2018 Ram 2500 6-1/2' Bed
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  • Pivot Arm Adjustment on B&W Companion for 2018 Ram 2500
  • The B&W Companion slider fifth wheel hitch part # BWRVK3400-5W fits your 2018 Ram 2500 6-1/2 foot bed without the OEM package with the underbed installation rails B&W part # BWGNRK1384-5W. The Turnoverball does come with the rail kit. When you are not towing you can remove the hitch and stow the Turnoverball upside down in the hole to have complete access to your bed. I can tell you how to measure to the best pivot arm adjustment on your setup. I cannot tell you which position based...
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  • Best Pin Box for Use with B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • The absolute best pin box to use with the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # BWRVK3400-5W and the Custom Underbed Installation Kit part # BWGNRK1384-5W on your 2017 Ram 2500 is the Trailair Flex Air 5th Wheel Pin Box. The Trailair Flex Air pin box has both a cushioned airbag and shock absorber. The airbag is going to act as a buffer between the trailer and 5th wheel hitch. As the airbag absorbs the shock, the shock absorber then prevents any bouncing. This unit also has a pivoting...
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  • Correct B&W Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2014 Ram 2500
  • Yes it will! The sliding B&W Companion # BWRVK3400-5W you referenced will fit your 2014 Ram 2500 so long as you already have the B&W Turnoverball # BWGNRK1384-5W installed in your truck bed.
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  • How Heavy is the B&W Companion Sliding 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • The B&W Companion Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3400-5W weighs about 280 pounds when fully assembled. The head is around 75 pounds and the base is a little over 200 pounds. To install the Companion in your 2017 Ram 2500 use the Underbed Gooseneck Kit # BWGNRK1384-5W.
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  • 2015 Ram 2500 Shortbed Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation
  • If you had the OEM hitch prep package in the bed of your 2015 Ram 2500 (there would be 4 pucks for the hitch to install into in the bed of the truck), then yes the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package # BWRVK3600 that you referenced would fit your truck. But it doesn't look like you have the hitch prep package based on the vehicle info you ran through our fitguide. If you do not have the factory rail kit you would first need to start with the Custom Underbed...
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  • B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch Compatibility with 2018 Ram 2500 with OEM Air Suspension
  • Thanks for your question. I reached out to my contact at B&W and they said that they used to say it wasn't a fit with the air suspension and now they have changed that. They have confirmed the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch w/ Custom Installation Kit # BWGNRK1384-5W is compatible with the OEM Air Suspension. They simply suggest being careful to pay special attention to the air lines when installing the gooseneck so you don't damage an air hose. I also recommend...
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  • Under Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Ram 2500 without Hitch Prep
  • If you have a 2016 Ram 2500 without the hitch prep package the B and W Turnover part # BWGNRK1384-5W will work as an underbed fifth wheel hitch as well as double as a gooseneck hitch. For a fifth wheel hitch to fit this rail kit you would need the Companion part # BWRVK3400-5W.
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  • I Own A 2017 Ram 2500 with No Factory Installed Puck System Do You Sell An Aftermarket System?
  • The factory puck system that was available for your 2017 Ram 2500 is integrated into the frame and cannot be installed as an aftermarket part. There are some underbed mounted fifth wheel hitch install kits but as of right now none of them install a puck system. The only underbed kit available for your Ram is the B&W, part # BWGNRK1384-5W, that uses the B&W companion hitch, part # BWRVK3400-5W. (I have a picture attached that will show how this will look installed on your bed.) The Custom...
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  • Will B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch 1384 fit 2016 Ram 2500 with Rear Air Suspension
  • The B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck and Custom Installation Kit # BWGNRK1384-5W will work great for your 2016 Ram 2500 with rear air suspension. I have attached an installation video of this gooseneck hitch on a 2014 Ram 2500 for you. I spoke with my contact at B&W, and he confirmed that the 1384 will work with the rear air suspension on your truck. If you would like to adapt the Turnoverball gooseneck hitch to be able to tow a 5th wheel trailer, the B&W Companion 5th Wheel...
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  • Gooseneck And Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendations For 2017 Ram 2500 With A Short Bed
  • Ideally, you would buy your truck with the factory rail kit already installed. And to be honest, I recommend the long bed since you said you are going to tow a fifth wheel or gooseneck trailer. An 8 ft bed lets you make sharp turns when towing with no issue for clearance. If you purchase a short bed with the factory rail kit, and you want to tow a gooseneck trailer, I recommend The Curt Ball and Safety Chain Loops Kit # C60618. This kit comes with a ball with an easy-to-use lever and...
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  • Companion Slider 5th Wheel Hitch and Air Bag Helper Springs for a 2017 Ram 2500 Crew Cab 6.7L 4x4
  • I will be happy to help you out. First, to use the B&W Companion Slider # BWRVK3400-5W you will need the proper installation kit. For the Companion hitches the installation kit also happens to double as a gooseneck hitch. For your 2017 Ram 2500 short bed use # BWGNRK1384-5W. For air bags I recommend the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs # AL88289. These springs are not only air springs; they have a jounce bumper inside for additional support. I also recommend a compressor...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Using Underbed Mounting Rails for 2014 Ram 2500
  • B and W has a solution that would allow you to install a fifth wheel hitch with an underbed mounting system. Their Companion # BWRVK3500-5W fifth wheel hitch would install into their Turnover Ball Gooseneck, part # BWGNRK1384-5W. When the fifth wheel hitch is removed, you would have full, unobstructed use of your truck bed. You would also have the advantage of being able to tow a gooseneck trailer if the need should arise. This will only be a solution if your truck has coil springs in...
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  • Will Curt X5 Adapter Fit a 2015 Ram 2500 Short Bed with B&W Turnover Ball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Rail Install Video for a 2015 Ram 2500 Long Bed
  • Actually yes we do, the Curt Fifth Wheel Rail kit part # C16427-204 has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Ram 2500 long beds without hitch prep and we shot a video that shows this kit being installed on a 2014 Ram that I attached for you to check out. The install will be the exact same for the 2015 model as it will for the 2014 that is in the video. For a 20k hitch to fit those rails I would recommend the Curt Q20 hitch part # C16130. This hitch has a great jaw design that will provide...
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  • 5th Wheel Towing Capacity and Hitch Recommendations for 2014 Ram 2500 Diesel
  • The one best place to confirm your Ram's towing capacity is at your local dealership using the truck's VIN. This method will include all of the equipment on your truck - engine, transmission, transmission cooler, cab style, bed length, etc. According to the Ram trucks website a 6.7L diesel Ram 2500 starts with a minimum towing capacity of 15,840-lbs. The exact configuration of your truck can mean it has a higher capacity so its best to check with the dealership rather than any 3rd party....
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  • Recommended B&W Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Companion Hitch for 2018 Ram 2500 Diesel
  • The B&W Turnoverball gooseneck # BWGNRK1384-5W and Companion 5th Wheel hitch # BWRVK3500-5W are an excellent option and are extremely popular. This will fit your truck and will give you the clean bed as they stated. I love this option and recommend it often. They only restriction is that this hitch is not compatible with rotating pin boxes so if you have a Sidewinder, Revolution, or Turning Point Pin box of your trailer this wouldn't be compatible. All traditional pin boxes work very...
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation 2015 Ram 2500 Short Bed without Hitch Prep Package
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  • Will a Draw-Tite Signature Series 5th Wheel Hitch Fit a Reese Elite Series Installation Kit
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  • In order to use the Reese Elite Series 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30142 in your 2014 Ram 2500, you would need to have the appropriate mounting kit. The OEM one will not work with this hitch and there isn't an aftermarket option. But there are other options. If your Ram has the OEM 5th wheel prep package and you want a hitch that will fit directly into the pucks you can use any of the following hitches: B&W 25K hitch # BWRVK3600 Curt 16K with slide bar jaw, # C16515-16021 Curt 16K...
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  • Options for Increasing 5th Wheel Turning Clearance in 2014 Ram 2500 Shortbed
  • Thank you for all of your prior purchases from etrailer, including your B&W Companion Hitch # BWRVK3500-5W. A Sidewinder replacement pivoting pin box will not add stress to a 5th wheel trailer frame the way other types of towing adapters can, and as you noted it will provide 22-inches of additional turning clearance by having the trailer pivot point be at its rear turret assembly, rather than at the king pin itself. However, a Sidewinder cannot be used along with your Companion hitch. The...
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  • Comparing The Ride Of Ram 2500 HD Versus 3500 HD For Towing And When Not Towing
  • The ride on the Ram 2500 HD will be more comfortable than the ride of the 3500 HD due to the coil suspension on the 2500 versus the leaf spring suspension on the 3500. With that being said, you will have more squat with the 2500 when the trailer is hooked up. You can put an aftermarket air bag system on the truck and deflate it to a minimal level when not towing to get a more comfortable ride. You could then inflate it to help when the truck is placed under a heavier load such as when...
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  • Sliding 5th Wheel Hitches With Underbed Rails Compatible With 2016 and 2017 Chevy And Ram Short Beds
  • There are definitely options for underbed rails on 2016 and 2017 Chevy and Dodge short bed trucks. For the Chevy 6-1/2 foot bed, I recommend the Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # BWGNRK1057-5W along with the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs # BWRVK3400-5W. This system allows you to use a 5th wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch and will give you a clean bed when not in use. Another option is to use the...
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  • Gooseneck or 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Ram and Grand Design 5th Wheel Trailer
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