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B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 18,000 lbs

B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 18,000 lbs

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  • B and W
  • 18000 lbs GTW
  • Fixed Fifth Wheel
  • Hitch Only
  • Standard - Double Jaw
  • Double Pivot
  • 16 - 19 Inch Tall
  • 4500 lbs TW
  • 4 Inch Fore/Aft Travel
The dual jaw on this 5th-wheel hitch offers a secure connection with 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact. Durable polyurethane bushings limit rattle and vibration. Base adjusts for ideal vertical and fore/aft positioning. Rails sold separately. Call 800-298-8924 to order B and W fifth wheel part number BWRVK3255 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all B and W products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 18,000 lbs. Fifth Wheel reviews from real customers.


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B and W Fifth Wheel - BWRVK3255

The dual jaw on this 5th-wheel hitch offers a secure connection with 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact. Durable polyurethane bushings limit rattle and vibration. Base adjusts for ideal vertical and fore/aft positioning. Rails sold separately.


Features:

  • 5th-Wheel hitch mounts in your truck bed so you can tow your 5th-wheel trailer
  • 3/4" Thick dual jaws provide 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact
    • Less rattle and more security than slide-bar jaws
  • Cam-action latching handle helps prevent binding
    • Simple release, even on unlevel terrain
    • Lockable to secure trailer to hitch - padlock sold separately
  • Fully articulating head eases hookup and helps to limit chucking
    • Front-to-back and side-to-side pivot
  • Improved cab clearance achieved with 4" of front-to-back adjustment
    • Attach pivot arms to base in desired position fore or aft
  • 4 Height settings to fit your application
  • Quiet, rattle-free ride with polyurethane bushings
  • Base rails and installation kit sold separately
    • Compatible with industry-standard, above-bed rails - B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese, and Valley
    • Simplify installation with a semi-custom bracket kit (not available for all applications)
  • Gray powder coated steel is corrosion resistant
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Gross towing weight: 18,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 4,500 lbs
  • Hitch height: 16" - 19"
  • Footprint: 31-1/2" wide x 24" deep
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Quiet, Secure Ride

The 3/4" thick jaw on the Patriot is precision machined to provide a tight, sturdy connection. And unlike slide-bar models, the rounded 2-piece jaw on this fifth-wheel trailer hitch inhibits rattle and movement by securely wrapping around your trailer's king pin, resulting in easier hookup and a safer, quieter ride.


In addition to the sturdy jaw, the Patriot has durable polyurethane bushings built in to provide a smoother, more comfortable towing experience. These bushings sit on top of the pivot arms that support the fifth-wheel head. Because the head is resting on padded area, it is able to pivot without clanking. The ability of the head to pivot - both front to back and side to side - along with the trailer also helps to limit the chucking that may occur with a more static hitch.


Non-Binding Latch Handle

The dual jaw on the Patriot is operated by a simple-to-use cam-action handle. This handle allows you to quickly and easily release the jaws on the hitch, even if you are on uneven terrain. If any binding does occur between your truck and trailer, the jaws may remain closed after you move the handle to the open position. But because the handle is unlatched, there is nothing keeping the jaws closed except for the binding pressure. Therefore, simply driving your truck forward will be enough to force the jaws to open.


The cam-action handle is held in the closed position with the included pin and clip. For extra security, you can replace the pin with a sturdy padlock. The shackle on the lock you choose should have a diameter of 5/16", height of 3", and a width of 2-1/4".


Easily Adjustable Design

The B&W Patriot can be adjusted front to back as well as up and down for optimal positioning. As a result, this hitch can accommodate the height of your trailer and also help to give you the cab clearance needed to execute turns while towing.


Patriot Hitch Arm Positioning Diagram

To adjust either the height of the Patriot or the fore/aft positioning, just attach the hitch's pivot arms in the desired location on the base. The above diagram gives an indication of where to mount the arms so that you get the height and the cab clearance that you need.



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Video of B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 18,000 lbs


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




Video Transcript for B and W Fifth Wheel - Fixed Fifth Wheel - BWRVK3255 Review

Today, we're going to take a look at the B&W Patriot Dual Jaw Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch. This has an eighteen-thousand pound weight capacity. Now this fifth-wheel hitch will mount in your truck bed so you can tow your fifth-wheel trailer. It uses the three quarter inch thick dual jaws to provide a nice three-hundred and sixty degree jaw to king pin contact, because that'll give you less rattle and more security than your slide bar jaws. The head is a fully articulating head, which will ease hookup, helps limit chucking. Has a front-to-back movement and then this plate right here will pivot side-to-side, also. The head does sit on polyurethane bushings that are on these pivot arms.

It gives you a nice, quiet, rattle-free ride. The other nice thing about this, you notice these two handles here They're called saddle handles. You can remove this head very easily just by picking up both of these. It releases, and you can take it off the pivot arms, and then that'll allow one person, basically .. If you want to take this hitch out of your truck bed after it's been installed, and there's just you around, you can actually pick up the head and remove it and then remove the base with the pivot arms also.

So it makes it easy for one person to remove the hitch from the truck bed. Now this hitch also can be adjusted front to back, as well as up and down for optimal positioning. The hitch can accommodate the height of your trailer, because you always want the trailer and the tow vehicle to be at level and also help give you cab clearance needed to execute turns while towing. To do that adjustment, what happens is either the height you can adjust or the front to back positioning, you just attach these pivot arms right here that are bolted to the base in the desired location on the base. On each side of the base, there's a multiple rows of holes that you can put these pivot arms to, and they'll allow you to get either four inches of front to back adjustment for cab clearance or four hitch height settings to fit your application. You can range from sixteen inches, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen.

Hitch height is always measured from the truck bed to the top of this plate right here. Now the cam action latching handle right here will help prevent binding. It's a very simple release, even on un-level terrain. It is lockable to secure the trailer to the hitch. It uses a pinning clip right here. The hole is large enough you can use a padlock if you prefer, for extra security.

Padlocks we do sell separately on our website. Now to install this in your truck bed, it does require base rails and an installation kit, which we do sell separately on our website. We do recommend to go to our fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle, and it will show you what's available. This is compatible with industry standard above bed rails, like B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese, and Valley, if you already have rails. If you do need to also get an installation kit, we do try to recommend a semi-custom bracket kit. When you do check on our fit guide, it'll tell you if one's available for your vehicle. We do recommend the more custom fit or semi-custom fit because that'll simplify installation quite a bit. Now, it does come with the pins and clips. You can see right down there, I got them laid out, the four pins and clips. That's for attaching this hitch to the rails, one for each corner. Now to finish, this is a steel . This whole hitch is made of a steel, has a nice gray powder coat finish to it for corrosion resistance. This part is made in the USA. Now a few specs on this. The gross towing weight capacity, again, is eighteen-thousand pounds. The vertical low-limit or pin weight capacity is forty-five hundred pounds. The hitch height, we had mentioned, can be adjusted from sixteen inches to nineteen inches. Just to give you an idea of the footprint of this whole hitch, how much it'll take up in your truck bed . If we go and measure the width, it's thirty-one and a half inches width, and the depth is going to be right at twenty-four inches. So what I want to do now is just give you an example of how these jaws work and this handle works. So, again, here's your handle, has the pin and clip in it . You just pop your pin and clip out, and then all you have to do is rotate your cam latch and handle back, and you can see both dual jaws will open. For instance, this would be your king pin that would be on your pin box of your fifth wheel. As you hook up, this will go into that. Push the dual jaws open and then as it goes back, because you can see the handle will move up, all you have to do is make sure the handle moves up to where these holes line up to where you put your pin and clip or your padlock through there. So once they line up, pop that in. Your handle's locked into place, and you can see the dual jaws are locked around the king pin. You're ready for towing. That should do it for the review of the B&W Patriot Dual Jaw Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with the eighteen-thousand pound weight capacity.


Customer Reviews

B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 18,000 lbs - BWRVK3255

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (61 Customer Reviews)

The dual jaw on this 5th-wheel hitch offers a secure connection with 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact. Durable polyurethane bushings limit rattle and vibration. Base adjusts for ideal vertical and fore/aft positioning. Rails sold separately.

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Works as expected - quality product. Easy to use 619830



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Installed in 2017 Silverado 3500HD. 503259


Comments

1 year update: I absolutely love this hitch. My setup has never been tighter and quieter. Pretty sad when I hear the rattle of my truck box lid over anything that comes from the hitch. Very easy lock in and release. Very easy removal of the hitch head and base. I dont see me replacing this hitch anytime soon, after 1 year still as quiet as day one. Thank you etrailer!

Paul Y - 05/17/2019

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Has been a very good hitch..sturdy and well designed. I like the two piece idea (where you can take off the top section separate from the bottom frame) it's easy and it allows lifting less wt. in two parts. It has 4 adjustments for height but in my case I needed to go lower so I had to reset my 5th wheel bracket as to level out the vehicle to the fifth wheel. add; 1999 Ford f-350 4x4 sits up high ...not like today's (almost a car) pickups that sit lower. 617432



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I did my research on this hitch and was convinced it was the one I wanted yet I still felt the need to get some input from the pros, 2 phone calls (one to E-trailer and one to B&W) and I came away with peace of mind that the B&W was the right one for me. Best of all they did not try to up sell me to the 22k hitch two rv dealers tried to tell me I would need to safely pull the 16,500 gvwr 5th wheel I was in the process of buying. The hitch was reasonably priced, arrived in a timely manner in good condition and installation was straight forward. Bottom line I couldn’t be happier with my B&W hitch but most of all my decision to buy it from etrailer 610624



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We received the hitch and brackets packaged very well. The installation went well and pretty straight forward. We did not have our 5th wheel to set the height but took a lucky guess at 18". We picked the RV up and couldn't be happier with this hitch. Absolutely no chucking, very smooth ride. We have an uneven slope to back down to get to our RV pad and were concerned about that. With the swivel on this hitch, backed with no problem. We wouldn't settle for any other hitch if we have to ever buy another one. The RV sales and service people were very impressed with this hitch and the way it is set up with the frame brackets. Very happy customers! 558714



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Very pleased with my purchase of the Patriot 18k fifth wheel. It arrived on the day promised. Assembly and installation was simple. Product looks great. 504694



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Product is well built and painted, spent 10 months with it about a block from the gulf of Mexico in the bed of my truck 24/7 and the paint hasn't faded, no parts have rusted or anything. Very impressed with build and paint quality. It also pulls smoother, and dampens a lot more than my Reese 5er did on rough roads. The Reese also began rusting and paint flaking 3 months after purchase and spent it's time in Oklahoma where the weather wasn't too harsh in comparison to the ocean air the B&W experienced in Texas. 10/10 B&W. 466815



- BWRVK3255
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Our B&W 18K Patriot hitch arrived on date promised, and was in good condition. We removed our old hitch and attached the B&W base to the existing rails. Fit was very tight, but after I jumped on the corners we got it in. Pin insertion required some light tapping with a hammer. The top plate was extremely easy to install. We guessed on the height and decided after hitching our trailer up we wanted another inch....very easy to change. The hardest part was installing the leveling kit....easy to assemble, but hard to hammer on. When they say hit with some force they mean it....and you have to be careful to not hit fingers. Once level kit was on, it was fine, hitch plate is level. Hitching/Unhitching was pretty easy. Would recommend etrailer and B&W. 514300



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Love my Patriot hitch! This this is built to last - even the packaging is top notch. (even UPS couldn't damage it) Pulls wonderfully - considerably less chucking and virtually no clunking or slop when stopping or starting like with my previously owned hitch (whose name we shall not speak). The last hitch you'll ever need. 649403



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The hitch is awesome, I pull my trailer everywhere for work so I use it often. Never had any problems and definitely recommend! 641446



- BWRVK3255
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Received my order in 2 days. Everything about this hitch (including the packaging) is highest quality. Even UPS couldn't damage this thing! Previous reviewers have said this hitch is built like a sherman tank - it absolutely is! Night and day difference between B&W and the Curt Q20 I have been using. Can't wait to pull with it. Together with the great service etrailer provides and you can't go wrong. 636247



- BWRVK3255
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My 18k B&W hitch has been an awesome purchase. 6k miles without a problem. Smooth traveling without any chucking. Currently pulling a 16.5k Grand Design Solitude RV. 620305



- BWRVK3255
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This 5th.wheel hitch is outstanding. I pull campers for a living all over the US Easy to hook into and out of trailers Very strong and durable 617408



- BWRVK3255
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This hitch is awesome as is the escape heavy duty bike rack we purchased thru Etrailer. We love your service Thaks. Neil and Carol Lageman 607588



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Very happy with the Patriot 18K. It's nice looking, solid construction, and was easy to install by myself. Slipped right into my existing Husky truck bed rails. First trip was a 1000 miles. Had absolutely no problems. Since this hitch totally traps the king pin, I had no clunky sounds while accelerating or decelerating. Highly recommended. 577077



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Fast shipping with tracking and great customer service! 546025



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This is one of the best 5th wheel hitches on the market. Jaws of the hitch close very tight. That is very important to me, since I am a RV transporter. I have no worries about trailer coming undone. I just hitch, lock and go. Thanks retailers for offering this 5th wheel hitch at such a great price. I always recommend your site to fellow RV transporter who need to get a 5th wheel for their truck. 530084



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Great hitch. Easy to see even with an extended cab. However, it's difficult to reach release handle over dually fender. 521287



- BWRVK3255
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Awesome people to do business with. We ordered the wrong hitch, called Sal, rec’d the shipping label for return and rec’d our replacement all in 2 days. Would recommend etrailer and their customer service to everyone. 514707



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Very pleased with the service provided by Adam E Unit arrived complete with nothing missing. Instructions all were very clear. Very good price compared to buying RV dealership. Will be purchasing more items for my Toy Hauler, in the very near future. Thank You 509245



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Quality product. Well built nd great de sign. 504906



- BWRVK3255
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Product shipped out same day ordered and came exactly as advertised. I love the way etrailer does business 500739



- BWRVK3255
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Love it. Absolutely love it. My old one (different brand) was more than ready to be replaced. No more pulling on pin release, backing up, going forward, using hammer to release pin. No more beating up on my truck from the hitch. 489403



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Nice product easy to assemble, nice working parts and look great. 470386



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Arrived very fast and in good shape Can't wait to install it 390705



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Shipped fast and was exactly what I asked for 367784



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Love the hitch, it's quite, brakes down in two pieces for easy removal from your bed. And it's built like a Sherman tank 360371



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Product worked as described by sales staff. Always nice to get prompt, courteous and most of all,professional service. 359220



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We bought this hitch to replace and older Reese hitch with the sliding bar. Used to have problems getting the locking bar in place. With the B and W hitch coupling and uncoupling the trailer is now a 1 person operation. The jaw mechanism works great and is very forgiving. No longer have my wife in harms way trying to push in or pull out the sliding bar next to the truck's rear wheel. I would highly recommend this hitch especially for those having coupling/uncoupling problems. 351466



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It took longer to get here than it usually does from etrailer but it was delivered by UPS in good shape. All the pieces were there. Would've only taken about 15-20 minutes to install in the bed if I wouldn't have had to loosen the rails and adjust them a little. That's no fault of the hitch. Hitch seems very robust and capable. B&W obviously believes in quality and precision. The bolt holes for the arms are very close tolerance and require some effort to get the bolts though. Only gave 4 stars because I haven't pulled with it yet but I expect it'll be as advertised 303519



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The hitch install went flawlessly and I can't wait to test it out. The product appears to be very well made. There was a delay in shipping do to it being back ordered from B&W but etrailer kept me up to date and it arrived as I expected. 264234



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This product looks awesome. Very easy to install with existing bed rails. Additionally, etrailer.com goes above and beyond to ensure customers are 100% satisfied with their purchase. I will be a loyal, long time customer of etrailer. 188669



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


The hitch is more than one could ask for! It slides easily. I have no play when hooked to the trailer. Hooking and unhooking on uneven ground is not a problem. I would definitely buy again and again! 599627



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


I installed this hitch in my Ford F250 back in December of 2017, one year ago. I have since towed our fifth wheel camper approximately 6,000 miles using this hitch which has performed flawlessly, no regrets at all. 590571



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


This is an excellent 5th wheel hitch. It is built very solid and does not rattle around when not in use. The B&W Patriot Hitch is well worth the extra money in cost. 588942



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Works great no rattle 478560



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


I use the B&W Patriot in a 2015 2500 Ram 6.5 box, with a Reese adapter for the factory puck system. I already had the Reese adapter so went this route. The Patriot works as it should. Make sure you use some lithium grease on the slides, makes it much easier to slide. I like that you can remove the head, makes it lighter to take out of the truck. I had to purchase longer pins for my set up. It has a very good locking mechanism. It is easy to hitch and unhitch the 5th wheel camper. A good value for the dollar. Made in America. 569207



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


This thing is solid. I have 0 worry that it will tow anything. Definitely more than my truck could ever tow. I have a 6.5ft bed and the slider allows me to make ANY turn possible without worrying about the trailer hitting the cab. Other than having an automatic slide, I can't imagine there being a better hitch. 386786



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


All went together smoothly and plenty strong for my application which is a 27' fifth wheel Slider hitch. 407685


Comments

Since I bought the equipment, I feel the same about the quality and installation. I do, however, have one big issue. There is no way to prevent a road worn driver from forgetting to slide the slider back at the end of a long day on the road. Broke 3 windows before I figured it out. I took an Arduino computer, an ultrasonic range finder and a back-up horn. Lashed it all together with a bit of software and connected it to the back-up lights. Put the car in reverse with the slider in the wrong position and you get BEEP BEEP BEEP . . . . Hope you can do something with the info. Oth

George W - 07/18/2018

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I am glad that you have something figured out. Another consideration would be for a headache rack for the rear window of your truck. This could be used in addition to your current system, but would just be another level of protection for your rear truck glass, before a small mistake becomes even more costly.

-- Rachael H - 7/18/2018


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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


I like this hitch. It is well made, and very solid. When we are hitched to the truck, it feels like one unit. There is no noise or banging when stopping or starting out. It is much better than my old pro series with the slide bar mechanism lock. We definitely feel safer with this hitch. Thanks to BandW and E-Trailer for this product. 476062



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Good American quality! I've been researching and compared with others. This was more affordable and made in America and extremely pleased with the choice i made. Durable powder coat, easy to use. 460609



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


I have had Reese, Curt and this b&w hitch is the smoothest and easiest hitch I have had so far and this is going on 14 years of hooking and unhooking 5th wheel trailers. Thanks b&w oh,and it's U.S. made. 429640



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Excellent hitch! We go camping about every 4 to 6 weeks (year round) for 3 to 5 days at a time. This hitch is so easy to operate! 492263



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Great 5th wheel hitch. I had a little rocker before nice and light, easy to take in and out of the trunk but a bitch to unhook from the trailer. Just the slightest twist of the trailer and the bar won't slide out of the way to unhook. The Patriot is effortless to hook and unhook, and though I don't use the slider much it's nice to have. It's built like a tank and ironically that's it's only drawback, it takes two people to take it in and out of the truck. 425139



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Have had this hitch for about a year now. Well worth the price. Dramatically reduced chucking and the slide works smoothly. 521751



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Great product and easy to use. 654109



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Great product couldn't have been a better built hitch, very good design and awesome customer service from Etrailer on the purchase 628267



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Great quality hitch. 620342



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Very happy with the quality and performance of this hitch. My previous hitch was a Reese 15K slider, it seemed to have a lot of excess play and was noisy when towing. The B&W is very solid with no apparent play, the slider moves easily . Installation was easy as it fit my existing universal rails almost perfectly and the tow head mounts were simple to install. 608687



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Review from a similar B and W Patriot in Fifth Wheel


Installation was fairly easy, your videos helped. So far the hitch works great and I look forward to many mile of use. 589524


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  • Can Grade 8 Hex Head Bolts Be Used Instead of the Carriage Bolts on the B&W Custom Base Rails
  • The B&W Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # BWRVK2502 uses 8 carriage bolts to secure the base rails to the frame brackets. The base rails have 2 square cutouts on each end to accommodate a carriage bolt. The square cutouts minimize movement and allows for you to tighten one side without holding the other. Unfortunately, as the manufacturer recommends using the carriage bolts included in the kit I cannot recommend you substitute them for grade 8 hex...
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  • Should the 16K or 18K B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch be Used for a 16,000 lb GVWR Trailer
  • You are correct. Even though the 16K B&W Patriot # BWRVK3200 is a great option, if the GVWR of your 5th wheel Montana 3120RL is 16,385 you do want to give yourself a safety margin. We typically recommend having at least 1,000 lbs - 2,000 lbs of "cushion" between the GVWR rating of your trailer the the hitch so the 18K Patriot # BWRVK3255 is the perfect solution. It looks like you put a 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup in as your vehicle. If your Dodge Ram doesn't already have a 7-Way connector...
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  • Adapter for B&W Patriot Fifth Wheel Hitch in 2019 Ford F-350 with Factory Puck System
  • The B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3255 fits industry-standard fifth wheel rails so to mount it to a 2019 Ford F-350 with the OEM puck system all you need is the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter for Standard 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP30156. This adapter will mount directly in the pucks of the '19 F-350 and allow you to mount the Patriot fifth wheel hitch. The accompanying photo shows this adapter installed in the bed of a 2019 F-350 Super Duty and I have added...
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  • Does the Head Unit of B&W Patriot Lock
  • There is not a locking mechanism for the head unit of the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3255. You can lock the base of the Patriot to your base rails with the Base Rail Lock # C23256 and to keep the head unit of the Patriot in your possession you can simply lift it out of your truck when you are not towing because as you mentioned that can be done in less than 15 seconds and the head weighs just 52 lbs. You can then store the head wherever you like to keep in safe and sound. I...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 and 17,000 lb GVWR on 5th Wheel Trailer
  • For your 17,000 lb GVWR on your 5th wheel, you will be fine using an 18,000 lb hitch like the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3255. The hitch will be just as safe for your trailer as a hitch rated for 20,000 lbs because you will still be well under the capacity of the hitch even when your trailer is loaded to capacity. For your rails on your 2015 Silverado 3500, I recommend the B&W Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # BWRVK2501. This kit...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-350 Short Bed Towing Montana 3150RL
  • Since the nose of your Montana 3150RL is designed for short bed turning clearance and your 2018 Ford F-350's short bed is actually longer than most short beds at 6-3/4 feet you'd most likely never need the use of a slider. Because of that the B and W part # BWRVK3370 would be the better choice if you have the factory rail kit or part # BWRVK3270 for if you do not. Most likely you'd even be fine with the fixed version part # BWRVK3300 if you had the rail kit or part # BWRVK3255 actually.
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  • Is the Demco 5th Wheel Lifting Bracket # DM6100 Compatible With a B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch
  • Yes, the Demco 5th Wheel Lifting Bracket # DM6100 acts as a king pin on a pin box so it will fit any standard 5th wheel hitch, like the B&W Patriot # BWRVK3255. If you do not already have a lifting system to use with the lifting bracket, a great option is the MaxxTow Hydraulic Pickup Truck Crane for 2" Hitches # MT70238 which installs in a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver and has a 1,000 lb weight capacity.
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  • Should a 16K 5th Wheel Hitch be Rated for Over the GVWR of a Trailer
  • You definitely want to make sure that your hitch (5th wheel and/or bumper pull) is rated for more than the GVWR of your trailer. If you had a bumper pull that was rated a few hundred pounds over the GVWR of your trailer then I would say that you are good but since 5th wheel towing is with heavier trailers I recommend using a 5th wheel hitch that is rated for at least 1,000 lbs more than your GVWR. Yes technically the 16K can handle the weight of your 15,682 lb GVWR but it will put a lot...
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  • Is Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch Required for 2013 Ford F-350 6-3/4' Bed Towing 2018 Chaparral w/ Turn-Tec
  • For trailers that have a boxed front a sliding 5th wheel hitch would be required for any truck bed that is between 6' - 8' long. Since your 2018 Chaparral 298RLS MID has the Turn-Tec tapered front end you very well could use a stationary 5th wheel hitch and still have enough clearance for a 90 degree turn. We cannot necessarily guarantee that it will work because we haven't tested it out, but I did get on Coachmen's site and they make the same claim that your dealer made. Because of...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Adapter for 2019 Ford F-250 with Factory Prep Package Pucks
  • For your 2019 Ford F-250 with 5th wheel prep package pucks, you can use either the Demco 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ford OEM 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package - 25,000 lbs # DM6175 or the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter for Standard 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 20,000 lbs # RP30156 you mentioned. Either option will work with the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 18,000 lbs # BWRVK3255 or Patriot Slider # BWRVK3270.
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