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B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs

B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs

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The dual jaw on this sturdy 5th-wheel hitch provides excellent jaw-to-king-pin contact. Wide-stance base offers fore/aft and height adjustments. Hitch removes easily for full bed access. Call 800-298-8924 to order B and W fifth wheel part number BWRVK3500-5W or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all B and W products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs. Fifth Wheel reviews from real customers.
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B and W Fifth Wheel - BWRVK3500-5W

  • B and W
  • 20000 lbs GTW
  • Fixed Fifth Wheel
  • Hitch Only
  • Standard - Double Jaw
  • 16-1/4 - 18-1/4 Inch Tall
  • Double Pivot
  • 5000 lbs TW

The dual jaw on this sturdy 5th-wheel hitch provides excellent jaw-to-king-pin contact. Wide-stance base offers fore/aft and height adjustments. Hitch removes easily for full bed access.


Features:

  • 5th-Wheel hitch mounts in your truck bed so you can tow your 5th-wheel trailer
  • Rail-free design allows for full access to truck bed when hitch is removed
  • 1" 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 to release, even on unlevel terrain
    • Lockable to secure trailer to hitch - padlock sold separately
  • Fully articulating head eases hookup and helps to limit chucking
    • Pivots front-to-back and side-to-side
  • Improved cab clearance achieved with 4" of front-to-back adjustment
    • Attach pivot arms to base in desired position fore or aft
  • 3 Height settings to fit your application
  • Quiet, rattle-free ride with polyurethane bushings
  • Wide-stance base offers strength and stability
  • Plastic footpads attach to hitch base and fill truck bed corrugation to create a better fit
  • 2-Piece design for simple setup and removal
    • Hitch base installs in truck bed
    • Hitch head secures to base
  • Gray powder coated steel is corrosion resistant
  • Custom B&W underbed mounting kit (sold separately) required for installation
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Gross towing weight: 20,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 5,000 lbs
  • Hitch height: 16-1/4" - 18-1/4"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Note: This fifth-wheel trailer hitch is not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution king pins. Do not use any device that changes the pivot point of your trailer's king pin with this hitch.


Simple Removal for Full Bed Access

B&W Companion Simple Removal

With the Companion from B&W, you get a heavy-duty fifth-wheel trailer hitch that mounts in your truck bed by connecting directly to a custom underbed mounting kit (sold separately) with the included components. No modifications are required to your truck or trailer. And no additional parts are required for the system to work. When you're done towing, the entire hitch can be removed for complete bed access.


Quiet, Secure Ride

The 1" thick jaw on the Companion 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.


B&W Companion Bushings

In addition to the sturdy jaw, the Companion 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 a 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 Companion 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".


Assembly of the B&W Companion

To install the Companion, first bolt the included RV post to the Companion's base. This post is what inserts into the hole in your truck bed. The RV post attaches to the base in 1 of 2 ways to allow for improved cab clearance and proper positioning over your truck's axle.


The next step is to set up the Companion's pivot arms. The arms are what allow the hitch to 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.


Companion 3500 Base Diagram

To adjust either the height of the hitch 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.


The hitch head installs on top of the pivot arms. When you have the head in position, simply secure it to the arms with the included pins.



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Installation Details BWRVK3500-5W Installation instructions


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Video of B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs

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




Video Transcript for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part number BWRVK3500-5W. This 5th wheel companion is going to be great for hooking up any 5th wheel trailers that you may have, but also if you have gooseneck trailers, it works great because this goes into gooseneck rails that you can use the gooseneck ball with. What's really nice about this 5th wheel companion is that you can completely remove it from the bed, so when you take it out, you've got a full bed access and there are no cross rails left behind. It features a dual jaw design. It's going to give you 360 degrees of coverage around your king pin. Unlike slide bar jaws, the rounded 2 piece jaw in this 5th wheel trailer hitch inhibits rattle and movement by securely wrapping around your trailer's king pin, resulting in easier hook up and a safer quieter ride. In order to operate those dual jaws, you simply remove the pin from the handle here and then this handle is a cam action, so as you pull the handle back, it's going to open up the jaws and then you can slide your king pin in.

Then when that king pin hits and makes pressure, it'll close it and lock around it with that 360 degrees and you can replace your pin. The head on this tilts both front to back and side to side and with the weight of the dual jaw and cam action lever set up, it's not going to lock up on you when you're on uneven ground so you shouldn't have a problem getting your king pin out from your 5th wheel hitch. It features a 5,000 pound vertical load limit and a 20,000 pound gross towing rating. Through the opening in the side rail here, you can see that we've got multiple holes which allows you to give the proper adjustment for whatever your truck's needs are. If you need it to sit a little bit higher, a little bit lower or a little bit further forward or back, this is going to allow you to do that with all those points of adjustability. The overall hitch height can be adjusted from 16-1/4 inches to 18-1/4 inches. Here on the bottom of the rail, it's got these plastic pads that what they do is go down into the low ribs of the bed's corrugation to provide a nice fit and they are adjustable throughout the slot here so then you can tighten them down once you have them lined up inside those low ribs.

No modifications are required to your truck or trailer and no additional parts are required for the system to work. That's going to complete our look at the B&W Companion 5th wheel trailer hitch, part number BWRVK3500-5W.


Customer Reviews

B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs - BWRVK3500-5W

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (756 Customer Reviews)

The dual jaw on this sturdy 5th-wheel hitch provides excellent jaw-to-king-pin contact. Wide-stance base offers fore/aft and height adjustments. Hitch removes easily for full bed access.

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--------------This is a very strong hitch with an innovative mount.-------------------- I have been using the hitch for about a year now. I purchased the combo kit with the gooseneck in bed parts as well as the 5th wheel assembly. I purchased this unit because it can provide both the gooseneck and 5th wheel modes. I installed mine in a 2014 RAM 3500 DRW which already has the basic structure under the bed so the install went very well. I completed the install at home, which took about 4-5 hours. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, plus there are several installation demonstration videos online for my exact truck, so after watching those it was no problem. The 5th wheel works well with no squeaks or rattles. I pull a 35' 13,500lb toy hauler. The hitch parts are made of thick heavy steel which really gives confidence it will pull the heavy loads. The king pin jaws also seem a bit larger and more heavy duty than other hitches with the same ratings. The hitch also has a lot of adjustments both up and down, and for and aft, which helped to dial in the hitch very well to my trailer. It does convert from 5th wheel to gooseneck easy enough. Just remember it does require a socket to relieve the tension on the gooseneck adapter before it can be released. This is not a big deal, just makes sure to bring a wrench along if you are planning to swap modes while away from home. There is only one small aspect that keeps me from rating the hitch as excellent. I have noticed that the paint/coating scrapped of rather easily in the mouth of the coupler. I guess I rubbed the side of the mouth with the trailer pin when coupling up and it caused the paint to scrape off. Since then the coating is also starting to peel all around the jaw area. 264228



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Pretty easy install. Spend the 5 minutes to take the heat shield and spare tire off. The little rubber "gripper" on the handle pulled off the first pull. Maybe B&W could put a little glue on it . 380980


Comments
B and W companion 5th wheel hitch on 2016 Ram 3500. Easy install, good directions. 20,000 pound capacity, will easily tow toy hauler. Removes easily to have full bed access or to use the gooseneck hitch which you will need for companion hitches. Very fast delivery. Thank you.
-- Jim C - 01/26/2018

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I own a RAM 3500 with an 8ft bed. The truck came with the B&W gooseneck base. I was hesitant on buying the companion because my previous 5th wheel hitches were installed on ISD. The companion is a great product and very easy instructions and installation. What I like most about the hitch is that the base can be swapped out for a slider if you have a smaller truck bed. Great quality, made in the US and easy installation. Etrailer had the lowest price and customer service was terrific. 343171



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Just finished installing my B&W Companion 5th Wheel hitch. I hooked to my RV to check my instillation, everything went very smooth. I would recommend this hitch to anyone with a Gooseneck turnover ball B&W hitch installed in there truck bed. Great product, very easy instillation. 310924


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This hitch is working out great. Easy to take out and put in. Two of my friends have purchased this hitch after seeing how great they work. Love my hitch!
Charles K - 10/26/2017

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This was our first fifth wheel hitch we purchased. SInce we already had the B & W turnover ball installed in our truck this was the obvious choice. It was shipped very fast and after reading all the instructions first my husband and I were able to install this in about an hour and a half. Have pulled with it already and its easy to use, safe and very quiet. Spend the extra few dollars and go with the best ! 191913



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We received our new BW Companion hitch on time. Noticed that our BW Turnover Ball hitch already installed in truck required a shorter socket post one week out from our trip. With a quick discussion with the great people at etrailer as well as BW, we had the new socket post shipped and installed prior to leaving town. Easy install - All worked as designed. So glad to have responsive parties involved here to help us out. Thanks! 526278



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I recently bought the gooseneck and fifth wheel b&w hitches to install on my 2008 f 250. I could not be more happy with the products and customer service that etrailer provides. I also bought The Pollack t connector that was also easy to use. The install was done at home and easy to understand. Thanks again. 372927



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I would like to say that I was not looking forward to putting this hitch on my truck. I heard nothing but nightmares and horror stories, but it couldn't be farther from the truth. I had a friend come over to help (glad I did cause that turnoverball hitch would have been a bear to hold up by yourself. It was ten times easier than I would have imagined. Just follow the instructions and it's a piece of cake. We had the turnover all hitch on in less than 2 hours. Unfortunately I had a rusted brake line that I had to repair before completing the job. Haven't used it yet but can't wait to hitch it up and hit the road. Thanks for making this hitch so easy to install. I'm glad it's American made and extremely heavy duty. 539585



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This is my second Companion hitch in just a few months. Unfortunately my home burned down in the fires, as did my fifth wheel. But I'm looking for one again and I didn't hesitate to by the same one again as it worked flawlessly on a 3000 mile trip back in July. Now I'm ready to pick up another fifth wheel when I find the right one! Highly recommend this product. Especially since I use my truck without the hitch in most of the time and the bed is easily made free and clear of the hitch. Speedy delivery too. 230195



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Great quality 5th wheel hitch! 758676



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I got this hitch 2 years ago and I love it. Easy to use. My only beef is it's best feature, the weight. You have to be one strong individual to lift this unit,( thankfully I am ). I do suggest installing a remote cable hoist in your garage to lift and lower this beast. I love the fact that it mounts under the bed of my truck, so when it's not in my truck, my bed is empty with no rails obstructing the bed. Great product! 757007



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Like the tight fitting of the jaws around the hitch pin on the 5th wheel of my camper 747161



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I love this hitch! It is very well built and worth the $$$. I'm glad that I purchased it. 723133



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Fast service and delivery. outstanding product and easy to install. 719425



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easy to install have not used it yet 693215



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Hubby just installed it this past weekend. Just waiting on part for trailer connection to truck and will be picking up 5th wheel after that. So far all is good. Will post again after use if product. I do love the fast shipping and very user friendly site. 666123



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Great product, couldn’t be happier with it. Customer service was exceptional 655342



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I have been towing 5th wheels for the past 20 years and this is hands down the best hitch I have used. Simple to install and remove. The cam activated jaws make hitching and unhitching a breeze. It provides a quiet and smooth ride with the 5th wheel in tow. The hitch arrived in two undamaged boxes on the date promised and instructions were easy to follow. A bit more expensive than other hitches, but well worth it. You can't beat the quality of B&W or the Customer service from E-trailer. 644195



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I really like the 5th hitch. It is just what I wanted. 643498



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I couldn’t be happier with etrailer. On time and great videos. This heavy but went together as instructed. Will use first time today to pick up new camper. Thanks etrailer. 636729



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Arrived to my door in two days and I was able to assemble and install the hitch on my f-250 in only a couple of hours I can’t wait to try it out! I love that I can remove the hitch completely within a couple minutes and have the full use of my entire bed with no rails left behind 634644



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Great tough hitch. Little on the heavy side but very well built product. 629533



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The product arrived in two cardboard cartons. I am still in the process of installing the hitch in the bed of the new pickup. The Turnover ball was installed under the bed by an approved vendor. I plan to use the hitch to securely tow a 28 foot fifth wheel trailer. The previous hitch was a slide-bar type and served us well in years with a smaller trailer. We found that the hitch load of the trailer was close to the maximum capacity of our tow vehicle. We upgraded to a new pickup in March. This was recommended by a friend who has one; He has excellent experience with his hitch. He demonstrated it to me and showed how the hitch can be removed to use the bed for hauling materials such as plywood sheets. This will provide a larger factor of safety in towing a large fifth wheel trailer. 628753



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Love my B&W Companion Hitch. It's heavy but I can still put it in my truck by myself. Great choice for me as it's easy to use! 621824



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The hitch is extremely well made. Also had this same hitch in 2002 with no problems. Would definitely recommend it. 619554


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