Comparing Patriot Slider and Companion Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ford F-350


Jameson, I am trying to decide between the BandW Companion with underbed kit or the Patriot with the bed rails. I know you like the under bed kit for the clear bed but in terms of towing nose and clunky will I notice much differences between these to hitches. I will be installing the mounting kit myself and believe the top bed rails will be easier to install. I appreciate your help. Thanks


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The Patriot Slider part # BWRVK3270 might be a bit more noisy than the Companion slider part # BWRVK3400 due to the increased number of mounting points, 4 at the corners vs. 1 in the center. Probably not that noticeable and certainly not something that's been reported.

The Companion requires a turnoverball hitch part # BWGNRK1116 for your truck which wouldn't really be much more difficult than installing a custom above bed rail kit like the Reese # RP50074-58. It's basically a very similar type of install.

I attached an install video for the Companion/Turnoverball rail kit for you to check out.

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