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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 3500 Mega Cab Short Bed with Factory Prep Package
  • For a perfect fit in your 2018 Ram 3500 with factory rails, I recommend the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider for Ram Towing Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 20K # BWRVK3670. This slider is an easy fit designed specifically for your truck. This hitch is made in the USA and has 12 inches of travel front to back. There are other 5th wheel hitches that will work but they require an adapter. For an auto sliding option, you can use the rail adapter # DM6099 and then hitch...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Replacement Gooseneck Ball for Mopar Ram Hitch Prep Package
  • The Replacement Hitch Ball # BWGNXA2000 is designed to fit B and W Turnover hitches. Since you said you have factory equipment I am assuming you mean you have the Mopar hitch prep package and are in need of a gooseneck ball. If so, you would actually need the part # C60601, or part # RP30140 if you want the safety chain loops as well.
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  • Adapting a Gooseneck Hitch to Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2011 Ford F-350
  • The hole for gooseneck balls are not all the same. The Companion hitches such as # BWRVK3050, which was designed for flat bed trucks, only fit B&W Turnover Ball gooseneck hitches. For a gooseneck ball that sticks up from the bed (and is not recessed in a cavity like on a flat bed truck) you can use the Demco Recon hitch # DM8550045. It clamps around a 2-5/16 inch gooseneck ball. I have included a link to a video review of this hitch for you. Another option is to adapt the trailer...
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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 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 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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  • Comparing B&W # BWRVK3300 w/ Reese # RP30871 5th Wheel Hitch for 2015 Ford F350 w/ OEM Tow Prep Pkg
  • Both hitches are of the highest quality, you wouldn't go wrong either way. Given that you'll be on uneven terrain, you'll do better with the B&W # BWRVK3300, as its head pivots 8 degrees front to back and side to side, versus 4 degrees for the Reese Elite Series # RP30871. Even through the # BWRVK3300 has the lower capacity at 20K, it will pull your 18K toy hauler with no problem at all, as long as it doesn't go over the 20K capacity of the hitch.
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  • B and W Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • For your 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500HD we have the B and W Turnoverallball Gooseneck Hitch part # BWGNRK1016 that is a confirmed fit and would work well. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Comparing Dimensions Of B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Hitch Balls
  • You are correct that the # BWGNXA2000 hitch ball base is longer than the base of part # BWGNXA2005. The base of the # BWGNXA2000 measures 4-inches and the distance from the center of the locking pin hole to the bottom of the base is 2-inches. The base of the # BWGNXA2005 measures 2-1/2 inches and the distance from the center of the locking pin hle to the bottom of the base is 1-1/16 inches.
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  • Adapting Round Hole in Truck Bed for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider, # BWRVK3400-5W, which you referenced, is compatible with a custom underbed installation kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, like the custom installation kit # BWGNRK1313-5W. This kit will use the round hole in your truckbed but will add a square post in which the 5th wheel's square-shanked turnover ball fits into. For install details and some product demonstration videos, click the provided links.
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  • Recommendation on a 5th Wheel Hitch That Will Work with the B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch
  • The best option to connect your 2018 Columbus 5th wheel trailer to your F-250 with the B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch will be the B&W Companion Slider 5th Wheel Hitch, # BWRVK3400-5W. The Companion 5th wheel hitch will mount to the gooseneck opening of your B&W gooseneck hitch. The Companion is also a slider hitch which will help provide more clearance for your short-bed pickup when making turns with your rig. The Companion 5th wheel also has a 1 inch thick dual jaw to provide better...
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  • Why is Long 2018 Bed Ram 3500 with Factory Rail Kit Preferred Over Short Bed
  • The biggest reason you want a long bed truck over a short bed truck when you are fifth wheel towing is turning clearance. With a long bed truck you don't have to worry about the truck cab coming into contact with the trailer overhang around tight turns. With a short bed truck you have to go with a slider hitch which means one extra step everytime you need to get into or out of a parking lot. Slider hitches are also heavier and have more moving parts so in general they create a bit more...
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