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B&W Companion Hitch and Head Position Recommendation for 2017 Ram 3500 Towing Trailer w Sidewinder

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What settings location over axle and height do you recommend for the BandW companion with 2017 RAM 3500 Mega Cab that has the 5th Wheel prep? The King pin is a 19K Reese Sidewinder. My trailer is a 2017 Open Range 3X 427 BHS with 16 Inch Rims. This trailer is known to already ride nose high. Your thoughts?

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Expert Reply:

If the trailer sits nose high currently then you'd want to go with the lower height setting for the head of the B and W Companion for Ram OEM rail kit # BWRVK3670 to help allow the trailer to sit level. Since you have a Sidewinder pin box you really don't need a slider hitch since the Sidewinder is designed to provide the additional clearance. So instead the hitch you'd want is the part # BWRVK3600. If you already have the Slider Companion you can still use it but you have to leave it in the slid forward position at all times.

If you wanted to convert to a fixed hitch base you'd only need the part # BWRVB3600 with the head you already have. The advantage to this would be a lighter weight hitch with fewer moving parts which means less noise when towing as well. The correct wedge you'd need for a Companion hitch with the Sidewinder is the part # SWW-06.

I'd go with a neutral forward to back setting as well.

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Jameson, Thanks for your response. I should have stated that I hadn’t B&W model 3600. I was actually installing the hitch yesterday. I can across a warning sticker label placed near the coupler. The warning was to not use the B&W 3600 with a Reese sidewinder. Prior to purchasing the hitch from etrailer, I checked with your customer service to confirm that this configuration was acceptable and the response was yes. Has B&W changed its position since I purchased the product in January ? Thoughts and options at this point ?

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The short answer is you are totally fine...

The # BWRVK3600 that you have uses 4 points of attachment and the warning sticker is for the # BWRVK3500 and # BWRVK3400 which use the single post style like what you see in the picture. The warning sticker is a bit misleading because the hitch it's on does not use the single post.

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