Fifth Wheel

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18000 lbs GTW

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Fixed Fifth Wheel

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Standard - Double Jaw

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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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

  • B and W
  • 18000 lbs GTW
  • Fixed Fifth Wheel
  • Hitch Only
  • Standard - Double Jaw
  • 16 - 19 Inch Tall
  • Double Pivot
  • 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.


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.



RVK3255 B and W Patriot Fifth Wheel RV Hitch - 18,000 lbs



BWRVK3255 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BWRVK3255 Installation instructions


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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&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Review

Today we're going to take a look at and review the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part number BWRVK3255. First, I'll go ahead and take a look at the jaws. The jaws on the Patriot here open up and they wrap around the king pin 360 degrees to give you secure contact to your trailer. With a tight fit, this eliminates any excess noise or wear and tear on the king pin as well. I'll go ahead and operate the lever so you can see how they work. Of course right now our hitch is ready to receive a trailer and the king pin, when you back up into it, will push the handle back into place and the jaws will close around it. Once you've hooked up to your trailer, you want to make sure that this handle goes all the way in so you have positive contact with the trailer, and then you can install the safety pin.

You can do that, then your ready to go with your trailer. This does come with a convenient pin with a chain. You can also replace with your favorite padlock. Our next detail that we'll show you is actually below the head assembly. By the way, when you need to take this apart, it's pretty easy to do. When you need to take it out of the truck, you can take it out in sections.

Open these two handles here and it comes right up. The previous design had a pin that held everything in place. This design here has these spring loaded jaws that when it goes into place, these lock in and hold the whole head assembly without any extra pins. Also, there's this inaudible 00:01:26 fitting right here so you can grease this pin that controls the tilt left and right. Now the base of the Patriot can adjust to meet the needs of your trailer. This assembly right here is bolted in four places. You have a variety of choice in how to set it up.

We have ours actually in the lowest position towards the tailgate as far back as we can. The base can move back and forth four inches. Now this part can go up and down a total of three inches. Remember we had this at our lower setting so we can go up three inches from here. That's measured from this bolt in the center to the top of this one. With this back into place, we can show how it swivels.

Left to right, as I showed earlier with the rod in the middle, it's got bushings in there to keep it from really moving that far. It works a lot better when you have the weight of the trailer in there but it does rotate back and forth. Of course, we can easily see the tilt front to rear. You're not only limited to the cross rails from B&W, this will actually work with any industry standard cross rails that's out there. One of my favorite little details about this is how that the pins interact with the hitch. With other brands, I'm always trying to put it underneath here. It's kind of a little bit of a pain. With these built-in slots, it makes it a little bit easier to work with and a little bit more civilized. Now we'll go ahead and cover capacities of our hitch. It has a vertical load limit pushing down on top of 4,500 pounds. Of course, as you can see on the sticker right here, it has a pulling weight of 18,000 pounds. You always want to double-check with the manufacturer of the truck to make sure it can pull these kinds of weights. All this is wrapped up in a powder coat finish that's corrosion resistant. The same applies to the cross rails right here even though they are sold separately. That'll finish it for the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part number BWRVK3255.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (78 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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Nice product easy to assemble, nice working parts and look great. 470386



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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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Works as expected - quality product. Easy to use 619830



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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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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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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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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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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



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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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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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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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Great product easy hook up and easy disconnect. I love how the jaws wrap around king pin no chucking. 728347



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Still in box, have a foot of snow in bed hope to get it in next week. Arrived when you said it would, felt sorry for ups guy wading through snow thanks for great service 721697



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Purchased B&W Patriot 5th wheel hitch from etrailer a year ago. Received the hitch right away without any problems. etrailer.com was easy to purchase from. We were first time buyers on a 5th wheel. Had been using a new competitors hitch we bought from our dealership. Worse purchase ever. The competitor had just gotten into the 5th wheel hitch part recently. Went through 5 heads we received from the competitor and the hitch still did not work right. It would take us half an hour to an hour to hook up or unhook. Decided to take loss on hitch and buy a B &W hitch. The B & W hitch was awesome. Hooks up and unhooks in minutes. It is so easy. Would recommend B &W and etrailer anytime. The price from etrailer was great and was the cheapest price I could find anywhere. If I could have, I would have given B & W and etrailer 10 stars for the review. 721135



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Hitch arrived on time and good packaging. It took maybe 45 minutes to assemble, very easy. It would have taken less time but the bolt holes are so precise that the paint made the bolts so tight that you had to run them through with a socket but rather that than to big. 719846



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Looks great and works great. VERY well made and it was easy to assemble. It arrive quickly and in perfect condition. 703934



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Great product love how smooth it works 680594



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Excellent product, much better than previous Reese hitch. Handles our new heavier fifth wheel (Montana 3810MS) with no problem. Smooth operation and great build quality. 673929



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The product is great but the box it showed up in was pretty well destroyed but etrailer was able to overnight me the couple missing parts immediately so they are awesome. 670747



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This product is exactly what I ordered, it came on time, and in great shape, can't wait to put it to the test! 668092



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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



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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



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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



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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



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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



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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



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



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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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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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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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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


Great product and easy to use. 654109



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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


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


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


Works great no rattle 478560



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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


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


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


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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  • 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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  • How to Measure Pin Box Height for Choosing 5th Wheel Hitch on a 2013 Ford F-350
  • That is an excellent question and I agree that sometimes terms like this can be a bit confusing. Even though the king pin does connect to the jaws of the 5th wheel hitch, when you take your measurements it is much easier to go from the ground to the top of the 5th wheel hitch and then from the ground to the plate of the pin box (where the king pin connects to the box) which rests on the top of the 5th wheel hitch. I reached out to Heartland RV to see if they knew what the pin box...
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  • Does Adjusting B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch Affect Towing Performance on 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • You have made a good decision thinking about using the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3255 on your 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 and the ability to adjust it front-to-back will not affect its towing characteristics. This hitch adjusts to give you optimal positioning to make turns, and there is actually a formula you can use to help you determine if you can make a full 90 degree turn, which you an see below. It is recommended that you have at least 4 inches of clearance in order...
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  • What is the Difference Between the B&W Companion OEM and B&W Companion Adapter
  • There are two different types of B&W Companion 5th wheel trailer hitches. There is a Companion Adapter like part # BWRVK3500 and a Companion OEM like part # BWRVK3300. The Companion Adapter installs into a B&W gooseneck trailer hitch via a single connection point whereas the Companion OEM install into the factory puck system via four mounting points. A B&W Patriot 5th wheel trailer hitch like part # BWRVK3255 also installs using four mounting points but this hitch is designed to be...
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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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  • 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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  • Wedge Recommendation for Sidewinder with B and W Patriot Hitch
  • Ideally you run the B and W Wedge part # SWW-06 with the B and W Patriot hitch part # BWRVK3255 that you referenced as it's custom made to fit the jaws of the hitch. The universal may work but most likely it will be a challenge to get it to fit well.
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  • Recommended King Pin Location For B&W Patriot 5th Wheel 18k Hitch
  • The king pin and capture jaws of the hitch should be right over the top of your rear axle or slightly in front of it. Since you already have rails installed, the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 18,000 lbs # BWRVK3255 will be an easy installation. It has the easily adjustable head with the pivot arm location options so you get the proper height and cab clearance you need. It is ideal to have the king pin slightly in front of your axle, however if it needs to be even slightly...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and Minimum and Maximum Towing Capacities
  • The fifth wheel towing capacity of your 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD will depend not only on if you have 4WD but also your engine, cab size, bed size and axle ratio, though you didn't mention those specifically so what I can do is give you some ranges. Your truck's capacity will be anywhere from 13,800 lbs on the low end for a Crew Cab V8 gas engine with a long bed and 4.10 axle ratio to a max of 17,600 lbs for a Regular Cab with a long bed, V8 diesel and 3.73 axle ratio. You should check...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2017 Ford F-350 Without Factory Puck System
  • If your existing 5th wheel hitch was designed to fit into the factory puck system like the B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch part # BWRVK3300 does then there would not be a way to reuse this hitch on your 2017 Ford F-350 without the factory puck system Instead, I recommend selling your B&W Companion to recoup some of the money and then using the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # BWRVK3255 if you have the 8' bed or the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider part # BWRVK3270...
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  • B&W 5th Wheel Hitch that Will Fit to Industry Standard, Above Bed Rails
  • I have an alternate solution for you, but there is no adapter or platform available that will allow the B&W Companion Hitch to mount in above-bed, industry standard 5th wheel rails. The B&W Patriot base is not compatible with the Companion coupler/head. For an 18K B&W 5th Wheel Hitch that will fit industry standard, above-bed rails, you will want the entire Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3255. This 5th wheel hitch has an 18,000 pound towing weight capacity with a 4,500 pound...
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  • Solution for Towing 5th Wheel Trailer with Curt Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch
  • I do have a solution for a more secure setup to tow a fifth-wheel trailer, however the B&W Companion # BWRVK3500 that you referenced is not compatible with your Curt Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch. The Companion is designed specifically for the square ball hole that the B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitches provide and cannot be adapted to fit your Curt system. I instead recommend using the Curt X5 Base Rails Adapter # C16210. This is designed to fit your Curt Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch...
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  • Can I Use A B&W 5th Wheel Hitch With A Reese Revolution pin Box?
  • The B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3255 that you referenced will work with a Reese Revolution pin box and standard above bed rails that mount on the tow vehicle at 4 points. The hitch will come with 4 pins that you will use to secure to the rails. You will also need the custom fit wedge # SWW-06 that is used with B&W hitches and the Reese Revolution hitch. I also recommend # 41157 5th wheel/gooseneck 90-degree wiring harness. This harness can be mounting in the bed of your truck...
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  • Installing Reese Rails In 2008 GMC Sierra 2500 Short Bed
  • For your 2008 GMC Sierra 2500 with 6-1/2 foot bed, to install Reese Rails like # RP30035, you will need new hardware as old hardware could be compromised in strength. You will want to use the universal installation kit # RP30439 if you need the brackets and hardware or # C16111 for just the hardware needed. The measurement from the rear edge of the truck bed to the back of the frontmost rail is 47.5 inches. I've attached a photo to help. You can use any industry standard size hitch...
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  • Comparing Demco Recon and B&W Patriot Fifth Wheel Hitch for Ease of Removal/Install
  • The Demco Recon hitch part # DM8550043 is a well-made fifth wheel hitch that is made here in the USA. I'd put the quality of this hitch up to basically any other hitch manufacturer out there. This hitch weighs 100 lbs which is a bit lighter than most fifth wheel hitches. The B and W Patriot hitch part # BWRVK3255 is also a great option too. Most people consider the jaw system and head design of this hitch to be the best around so it's hard to beat. This hitch is also made in the USA and...
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