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Can I Set B&W Fifth Wheel Hitch Two Inches Behind Axle


I have a 2014 Ram 3500 SWB and the BandW fifth wheel companion hitch. This hitch has adjustments that allow for 2 to 4 inches of hitch head adjustment behind the rear axle for trailer to cab clearance. The instructions actually suggest making such adjustment for clearance. However, I read some of your advice that suggests using other components to achieve this clearance. What is the problem with setting the hitch head back of the axle centerline 2 inches for clearance? Thanks


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In general you want your fifth wheel king pin to sit directly over your truck's axle or slightly forward of your axle and not two inches behind the axle. But the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch allows this. It has brackets that allow for more adjustments than other hitches. So yes, you can use the adjustments to gain 2 to 4 more inches. However, that is not going to give you enough clearance for your 6 foot bed. For a shortbed you will want a slider hitch like # BWRVK3600. This slider will give you an additional 12 inches of travel.

I have included links to the installation instructions and an install video for you to check out.

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