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  • Easily Removable Fifth Wheel Hitch that Leaves Truck Bed Unobstructed
  • The Companion hitch part # BWRVK3500 is an easily removable hitch that will give you great access to the truck bed when not installed. You will need to have a B and W Turnover gooseneck hitch installed in your truck bed to use this hitch. Most fifth wheel hitches will require the installation of rails in the bed of the truck that will obstruct the bed slightly when a hitch isn't there, but the Companion will give you a totally empty truck bed. Feel free to email me back with your...
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  • Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ram 2500 Short Bed Pickup with Factory Prep
  • In your short-bed Ram 3500 that has the factory rail kit the available slider-type 5th wheel hitches offer slider travel that ranges from 8- to 14-inches. All are shown on the linked page. Single-jaw designs often have less rattle and they also typically have fewer parts, which can be considered advantages. But certain dual jaw hitches can still be considered superior to certain single-jaw types. B&W makes superb products like their Companion 5th wheel slider # BWRVK3670 which will...
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  • How to Remove a B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch from a Truck Bed
  • To uninstall the Companion hitch head, your will first remove the Saddle lock pins. Then grab the saddle handles and lift to remove the head from the pivot arms. Removing the head will make taking out the base easier since it won't be as heavy. To remove the actual Companion base, loosen the draw down bolt and retract the Turnoverball gooseneck latch pin handle all the way out. Carefully lift and position the Companion base out of the Gooseneck hitch socket. I have linked the instructions...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch With Maximum Height for Most Trailer-to-Truck Bed Rail Clearance
  • Thank you for the photo of your 2016 Ram 3500's bed rail which sits 59-inches above ground. You are correct that the recommended minimum clearance between a bed rail and the underside of the trailer's overhang is 5 to 6-inches, as shown in the linked diagram. Since your trailer sits lower than your truck you'll need some height adjustment to tow safely. By chance is your truck lifted? Lifted pickups are not ideal for 5th wheel towing for the reason you have already discovered. Even some...
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  • Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Chevy 2500 Silverado with Short Bed and Factory Pucks
  • For your 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 with the factory pucks, I recommend the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 20K # BWRVK3770 for your short bed. This is rated higher than the 16K you needed as a minimum and is able to be installed in two pieces. It is one of our most popular sliding hitches for the factory rail kit/puck system. Another option I recommend is the Curt A16 5th Wheel Slider # C16521 along with the specific adapter...
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  • Difference Between B&W Companion Slider Hitch BWRVK3400 and BWRVK3400-5W
  • There is no difference at all between the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3400 and the # BWRVK3400-5W. We use the -5W at the end of the part number to allow the hitch to show up in two different fitguides. One for the gooseneck fitguide and then one for the fifth wheel fitguide. The Companion setups are considered by many to be the nicest fifth wheel hitch around. The Companion slider is going to be a much better option than using an adapter to use the stationary Pro Series hitch.
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  • Locking Pin for a 3 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2017 Ford F-350
  • The Trailer Receiver Lock # BWTS51235 has a usable span of exactly 3-5/8 inches so you'll be cutting it really close. A better option is the Bulldog # BD580412. The usable span is right at 4 inches.
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  • How to Remove B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch from Turnover Ball Goosneck Hitch
  • The video I've linked for you shows the # BWRVK3500 B&W Companion being installed. To remove the hitch, simply reverse the process. Pull the release handle in the driver's side wheel well, then climb in the truck bed. Remove the two pins that hold the fifth wheel head in place, and lift the head off the hitch. Then, you can lift straight up on the base to remove it. After the hitch is removed, I'd recommend installing the gooseneck ball upside down, it'll help keep dirt, debris and...
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  • Recommended Best Truck For Towing 20,000-Lb Gooseneck Trailer
  • When asked for our recommendation about trucks that are towing fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers, most of the time we will recommend 1-ton trucks with an 8-ft bed and a diesel engine. The truck I recommend is the Ram 3500 Dually Tradesman with a 6.7 Cummins diesel and a 4.10 axle ratio. The towing capacity for this truck is 31,210 lbs. With a 3.73 axle ratio the towing capacity is 25,910 lbs. So if you plan on towing anything bigger than the trailer you are pulling I would go with...
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  • Can Locking Pins Be Used With B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W about locking pins for the Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount # BWTS10048B. He confirmed that pins can be used in the ball mount, but they need to be able to span the hitch, have a diameter of 5/8 inches, and be rated for 10,000 pounds. I found the longer of the 2 pins in the Rapid Hitch Trailer Hitch Lock and Adjustment Pin Lock Set # AM3492 to span the width of the Tow & Stow # BWTS10048B. I have attached some photos I took showing the adjustment pin lock in the...
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  • Recommended Gooseneck Hitch for 2014 Ram 2500 Limited with 6 Foot Bed and Ram Boxes
  • If your 2014 Ram 2500 Limited has Coil Springs, I recommend the B&W # BWGNRK1384 gooseneck hitch for your 6 foot bed with Ram Boxes on the side. This gooseneck hitch will have a 7,500 TW and a 30,000lb GTW. There will be no drilling to install the frame brackets of this installation kit. If you don't have coil spring then I recommend the Curt # C60614 gooseneck hitch, because it has the same towing capacities as the B&W gooseneck hitch. I have linked the above mentioned products...
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  • What is Fifth Wheel Towing Capacity for 2017 RAM 2500 Mega Cab 4x4
  • Figuring out the towing capacity of a truck can be a bit confusing. But when Ram set the towing capacity of your truck at either 16,100 lbs for the manual transmission or 17,170 lbs for auto they took into account all of the weight factors like payload. So since the SandPiper 372 LOK, weighs 12,962 dry and has a GVRW of 15,500 you would be fine. Lets say you have a short bed truck with the factory rail kit. The hitch you'd want is the part # BWRVK3670 which will fit the rails and...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2017 Ford F-350 with OEM 5th Wheel Package
  • I highly recommend the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch, # BWRVK3300, for you. This USA made hitch will fit the factory 5th wheel package on your 2017 Ford F-350 long bed, it is the easiest hitch to install and remove and it is rated for 20,000 lbs. GTW and 5,000 lbs. pin weight. This will be an excellent option for towing your Grand Design toy hauler. The head can be easily removed from the base by using the handles on the side of the head. This will allow you to take the hitch out of...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ram 3500 with Factory Rail Kit
  • For your 2018 Ram 3500 with the 8 foot bed and factory prep package, I highly recommend the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3600. The B&W Companion hitches are widely considered to be the best options on the market because of their durability and reliability. This hitch features 1 inch thick dual jaws that will provide 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact and a fully articulating head that will ease hookup while also limiting chucking during travel. The Companion will attach directly...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitches for Factory Pucks System in a 2018 Ram 2500 Long Bed
  • For your 2018 Ram 2500 long bed with the factory 5th wheel puck system the B&W Companion # BWRVK3600 is a direct fit. You could also use Curt hitch # C16049, # C16545-16021, or # C16046 rated for 24K, # C16044 or # C16530-16021 rated for 20K, or # C16520-16021 rated for 16K. Reese has hitch # RP30160 rated for 20K. The B&W hitch is the most popular but the Curt hitches have cushioned heads for improved ride quality. I have linked some video reviews for you.
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  • Recommendation To Reduce 5th Wheel Trailer Sway
  • If you are not pulling the trailer level, I recommend making that adjustment. This may mean adjusting your king pin on your 33 foot Rockwood Ultra Lite Camper or adjusting the height on your Companion 5th wheel hitch # BWRVK3500-5W. It would definitely be worth moving the angle closer to your cab because that will put a little more weigh over your axle in your 2016 Ford F-350. Having the tongue too high can cause the trailer to move and sway, but you may also want to consider using rear...
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  • Does the Head on the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch Pivot Side to Side
  • Most 5th wheel trailer hitches with a 4-way pivoting head do not tilt as much to the sides as they do front to back. But it is hard to show the tilt to the sides on some hitches when there is no weight on them. Otherwise the B&W Companion # BWRVK3600 tilts as much as comparable 5th wheel trailer hitches.
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ram 3500 with Factory Rail Kit
  • The B and W part # BWRVK3600 will be your best option. Companion hitches are basically the nicest hitches available as you know so I would not recommend a Curt over it. Realistically your rear suspension will sag slightly to allow the trailer to tow level, but in case it won't you can also raise or lower the pin box on the trailer frame to make height adjustments that way too.
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD
  • The best fifth wheel hitch to fit your 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD with the factory rail kit is the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3700 for if you have a long bed or part # BWRVK3770 which is a slider for if you have a short bed. The Companion hitches are the best hitches around. They are very quiet, easy to use, and reliable. These have about 3 inches of vertical adjustment which is plenty for nearly all applications but if you need more the pin box of your trailer can also install in different...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-350 with Factory Prep Package
  • Congratulations on your new truck! For your 2019 Ford F-350 that is equipped with the factory prep package I highly recommend the B&W OEM Companion 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3305. The Companion series hitches are considered by many to be the best on the market and this particular model is designed to drop right into the factory pucks in your truck bed. The hitch features 1 inch thick dual jaws that provide a 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact. What this will do on top of providing an extremely...
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  • Dimensions of the B&W Tow and Stow 3-Ball Mount
  • The B&W Tow and Stow ball mount # BWTS10049B will have some great features. You can stow the mounting platform that has the 3 hitch balls (1-7/8, 2, and 2-5/16 inch) underneath your vehicle. This is nice because you will eliminate the possibility of hitting your shins while working around your hitch. The adjustable height will allow you the ability to tow trailers of different heights. The maximum drop is 7-inches and maximum rise is 7-1/2 inches. They are adjusted in 1-inch increments. I...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ford F-250 with Factory Rail Kit
  • For a fifth wheel hitch confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Ford F-250 with the factory rail kit the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3300 would be your best option. The Companion hitches are considered by many as the nicest hitch around and this specific hitch is designed to fit the pucks of your truck's rail kit so it would be a great option that would work well. This hitch has a 20k capacity.
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  • Height Range of B&W Companion Hitch for Ram Hitch Prep Package
  • What was meant by neutral forward to back is that there is a middle setting that puts the jaws of the hitch in the center most position available. That would be what I would start with. The height range of the # BWRVK3600 is 17 to 19 inches measured from the floor of the truck bed. In the tallest position you'd be at 19 so I would go with the tallest height setting and then the center most horizontal position. In the picture I attached you can see how the different position settings...
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  • What Changed from the B&W Companion RVK3000 and RVK3500
  • The biggest difference is that from the RVK3000 to the Companion # BWRVK3500 the capacity was upgraded from 18,000 lbs to 20,000 lbs. The height adjustability also changed from 14-3/4 inch-16-3/4 inch to 16-1/4 inch-18-1/4 inch. The post that attaches the Companion through a single point to the mounting system below the bed, now uses bolts instead of U-bolts making it more user-friendly. Also the foot pads of the hitch are now adjustable. Finally the post allows for some forward and...
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  • Using Silencer Pad # BWTS35020 for Tow and Stow with Drop Down Pintle on 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W and since the Silencer Pad, # BWTS35020, is a universal product, it will fit differently on each vehicle and some may need to use greater force in order to get the hitch pin holes on the ball mount to line up with those on the hitch. Please keep in mind that the silencer pad installs between the face of the hitch on your 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe and the back of the Tow & Stow. No part of the silencer should be pushed into the hitch receiver opening. I have...
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  • 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 Recommendation for 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 Long Bed With Hitch Prep
  • For your 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 long bed with the factory rail kit the best fifth wheel hitch option is the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3700 which is a direct fit for the rail kit of your truck. This is a 20k hitch with a great jaw design that will give you a smooth and quiet ride. Nearly all RVers out there consider the B and W Companion hitches to be the best availalbe. It's well made, reliable, and provides a smooth towing experience. I attached a review video for this for...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ram 3500 with Factory Puck System
  • The best 5th wheel hitch for your 2018 Ram 3500 that is equipped with the factory puck system is the B&W OEM Companion # BWRVK3600. This an excellent hitch that features 1 inch thick dual jaws to provide 360-degree contact with the trailer's king pin, a fully articulating head to ease hookup and limit chucking, and a robust 25,000 pound towing weight capacity. This particular model is designed to mount directly to the factory pucks in your bed without the need for a separate adapter. I...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Installation into 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 with Factory Prep Package
  • If you're referring to the pucks of the factory fifth wheel prep package in your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado then you don't need the # RP50066 bracket kit. The fifth wheel package fits specific fifth wheel hitches, like the B&W # BWRVK3700, that install right into the pucks. The truck is already setup for a fifth wheel hitch and doesn't need a bracket kit installed for a hitch to connect to.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 GMC 2500 with Factory Rail Kit
  • We have had confirmation that the 2018 GM factory fifth wheel rail kit is the same as the 2017 so if you had a short bed truck you'd want the slider Companion part # BWRVK3770 or if you had a long bed truck you'd want the part # BWRVK3700. The Companion hitches are considered by most RVers to be the nicest on the market so that's why we recommend them so highly.
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