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  • Recommended Lubrication of B & W 5th Wheel Hitch
  • B & W recommends you lubricate the top surface of the coupler with an automotive type chassis grease like # L10337 or use a nylon lube plate like # RP83002 to provide a lubricated surface. They also recommend you grease the jaws with an automotive type chassis grease and grease the saddle through the grease zerk about every six months with multi-purpose grease like # L11316. This will allow the coupler to pivot freely. See the diagram I have included showing the location of the grease...
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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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  • Sliding B&W Companion Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch for Ford Factory Prep Package
  • The B&W Companion Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch for Ford OEM Prep Package # BWRVK3370 is available. This the sliding fifth wheel hitch that will fit into Ford's factory kit in short bed trucks. It's a 20,000 pound hitch with 12 inches of travel. The # BWRVK3270 is not available for the Ford factory kit at this time.
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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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  • 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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  • How to Tell if 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 Has Factory Rail Kit for Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • Most likely you would know if you had the Factory Rail Kit in your 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500. There would be holes in the bed of your truck that the feet of a fifth wheel hitch would fit into. I attached a picture that shows what they pucks/holes would look like. If you have them the B and W Hitch part # BWRVK3700 that you referenced would fit and work well. Otherwise for an underbed fifth wheel hitch setup I would recommend the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550022 which will automatically...
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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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  • Compatibility of B and W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch with Reese Revolution/Sidewinder
  • My contact at B and W has informed me that the Patriot 5th Wheel is compatible with Sidewinder pin boxes. He also tells me that the wedge on the underside of the Reese Revolution pin box (both the universal and hitch specific wedges) are compatible with the Patriot fifth wheel hitch. I have linked you to product demonstration and install videos that you might find helpful.
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  • Will Firestone Air Bags Interfere if I Install a B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch for a 2004 Dodge 2500
  • The side plates of the B&W gooseneck trailer hitch # BWGNRK1313 will mount on the outside of each frame rail of your 2004 Dodge 2500 8-foot bed. See the B&W video I included at the 7 min and 30 second mark. If your Firestone air bags like # F2299 (2WD or 4WD), are on the inside of the frame, then you won't have any interference. I added a couple pictures and helpful articles for you to look at too.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch and Sidewinder Recommendations for 2014 Ram 3500 with Factory 5th Wheel Package
  • Short bed trucks like your 2014 Ram 3500 with factory 5th wheel prep package pose a challenge to making tight turns with your 5th wheel. Sidewinders are a great solution since they move the trailer's actual pivot point back by 22-inches to provide better trailer-to-cab clearance. You will need to find the existing pin box's part number in order to check for availability of a Sidewinder replacement pin box (or an Air-Ride Sidewinder). The linked article includes a listing of Sidewinder...
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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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  • B and W Turnover Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for 2016 GMC Sierra 3500
  • For a B and W Turnover Gooseneck hitch confirmed to fit your 2016 GMC Sierra 3500 you would want the part # BWGNRK1016. The part # BWGNRK1012 that you referenced is for the previous years of the Sierra so it would not fit your truck. If you ever needed to tow a fifth wheel trailer you could just go with the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3500 as this will fit right into the hitch.
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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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  • Will B&W Fifth Wheel Hitch Work With 2016 Nissan Titan XD Fifth Wheel Adapter
  • I did some research on the fifth wheel adapter from Nissan for your 2016 Titan XD. I found out that when the adapter is inserted in the puck system in the bed of the Titan, it will give you base rails that can work with any industry standard fifth wheel hitch. The B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # BWRVK3200 will work with these rails, but I recommend using a slider fifth wheel hitch. I recommend the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider, part # BWRVK3270. This...
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  • Where to Drill the 4 inch Hole in the Truck Bed of 2015 Ford F350 to install BW Turnover Gooseneck
  • The ball hole location set out in the instructions for the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch # BWGNRK1111 was made with the installation brackets and hardware of the # BWGNRK1111 in mind. The hole may not be perfectly in the recessed portion of your truck bed, but it will match up with the hitch once installed. If you drill the hole where you think it would be in relation to the recessed portion of the bed it won't line up with the gooseneck ball once the hitch has been...
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  • B&W Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch that Fits Factory Rail Kit of 2016 Ram 2500/3500
  • We do carry the slider fifth wheel hitch by B and W that fits the 2016 Ram 2500 factory rail kit. It is our part number # BWRVK3670.
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  • How to Determine B&W Companion Hitch Height and Position in Bed of 2014 Ram 2500 Long Bed
  • To find out where the socket post lies in regard to the rear axle, have a helper stand in the truck bed and hold a broomstick in the gooseneck hitch with the ball removed. You can stand beside the truck, and get a good idea of how far forward of the axle center line the hitch ball will be. Because you've got a long bed, you won't have any worries about clearance between the rear of the truck cab and the front of the fifth wheel. Use the setting that places the fifth wheel hitch head...
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  • B&W Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch to Fit 2016 Ram 3500 with Factory Rail Kit
  • The Sliding B&W Companion Hitch for your 2016 Ram 3500 that has the factory puck system is # BWRVK3670.
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  • Shank Dimensions of B&W Tow & Stow 2-Ball Mount # BWTS10040B
  • The measurements you requested for the B&W Tow & Stow 2-Ball Mount # BWTS10040B are shown on the included photo. I pulled a piece from our warehouse and took two sets of measurements along the shank; these were taken both from the edge of the weld and also from the nearest edge of the vertical part of the shank. The linked photo shows these 4 measurements taken relative to the centers of the two hitch pin holes.
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  • How to Determine if the B and W Companion Hitch Gooseneck Adapter will Interfere with Toolbox
  • I spoke to my contact at B and W and she verified that from the center of where your gooseneck ball attaches to the front of the B and W Companion Slider Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Slider part # BWRVK3400 measures 15 inches. So if you were to measure from the center of your gooseneck ball forward 15 inches you would know if this would interfere with your toolbox. You should also note that if your tool box sticks up higher than the bed rails of your truck you might see interference while...
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  • What To Consider to Set Fifth Wheel Hitch Height
  • The thing about the hitch height is that it will depend on the trailer. So without having the trailer in front of you there is no way to know exactly what height setting you will need. The goal is to have the trailer sit as level as possible. Until you have the trailer in front of you and can determine what height setting will be needed to tow the trailer level there's no way to know what your ideal height setting would be.
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  • Can the Head Support Arms of B and W Companion Hitches be Installed in Various Positions
  • The arms that hold the head of the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3400-5W are designed to be installed in various positions to allow for different height and offset settings. If you check out the picture I attached you can see the different ways they can be installed.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F350 with Hitch Prep Package
  • The B&W Companion OEM model, part # BWRVK3300, which you reference, has a 20K capacity so you will not want to go over the 20K capacity of the hitch. If your trailer weighs 23000 lbs you will be over the weight limit. As long as you have the long bed, and the fifth wheel prep package you can use the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30143. This hitch has a capacity of 25,000 lbs and would have plenty of capacity for your setup. You should have 4 slightly raised pucks...
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  • Gooseneck Hitch Fits for 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty with 6-3/4-Foot Bed
  • The B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch # BWGNRK1111 is indeed a confirmed fit for your 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty with 6-3/4-foot bed. I verified this with my technical contact at B&W. For reference I have linked an installation video showing a 2015 F-250. If you also need a 5th Wheel/Gooseneck trailer wiring harness for your truck you can use the Curt # C56000. This is a simple installation at your existing 7-way; that bumper-mounted socket remains active after you install...
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  • Comparing the B&W Patriot and Demco Hijacker AutoSlide Sliding 5th Wheel Hitches
  • We do not offer the Pullrite brand but in my research it does appear to compare to our Demco Hijacker AutoSlide like # DM8550024. Both the B&W and Demco 5th wheel hitches are great for the short bed user. What will make the difference is the clearance needed by the user to have adequate turning clearance. For me personally also effort. I have personally had to slide the B&W 5th wheel hitch # BWRVK3270 and it was by far one of the easiest, by a landslide, since the unit was built...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Sliding Hitch for 2016 Ford F-250 SD with 6-3/4-Foot Bed
  • The B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # BWRVK3300 is a fit for long-bed F-250s but not for your short bed. Your 6-3/4-foot bed will require a sliding 5th wheel hitch that will provide the additional turning clearance required by your short bed. The linked page will show you all 5th wheel hitch options for your F-250 short bed with 5th wheel factory prep. An excellent choice for your truck is the 20K-rated Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16530-16020....
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Ford F-350 Long Bed
  • The hands down winner is the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3300 which fits directly to the rail kit of your 2016 Ford F-350. Many regard this as the nicest fifth wheel hitch on the market due to how well it works and how reliable it is. If you are looking for the best long-time hitch this is it. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. You nailed the only real differences between the part # RP30143 and # RP30871. The # RP30143 has a 25k capacity and the part...
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  • Difference Between Reese Elite and B&W Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2012 Ford F-450
  • The B and W Hitch part # BWRVK3300 that fits the factory rail kit of your 2012 Ford F-450 actually has a 20k capacity vs. the Reese # RP30143 which is also a fit but does have a 25k capacity. These are both two of the nicest hitches on the market and either would work great. If you need the higher capacity though the winner is the Reese.
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  • Which B and W Companion Slider Hitch Fits 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • The Companion slider hitch for Turnoverballs goosenecks had a revision where they changed the part number to RVK3405 which increased it's capacities. We currently offer that hitch as part # BWRVK3400-5W like you referenced but we kept the older part number just to make it easier on our end. This hitch will work well with the Turnoverball hitch you have installed in your 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500HD.
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  • How to Tell if 1997 Ford F350 Has Overload Springs
  • If you look at your rear leaf springs, and see an extra leaf as shown in the diagram, you have the overload spring option. For a 1997 F350 with overload springs, you'd need the B and W Turnover Ball # BWGNRK1110. If your truck does NOT have the overload springs, go with part # BWGNRK1100.
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