B and W Fifth Wheel - Sliding Fifth Wheel - BWRVK3770 Review

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Today, I'm going to take a look at the B&W Companion Dual Jaw OEM Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with the slider for Chevrolet and GMC towing prep packages. This has a 20,000 pound weight capacity. This is a custom fit part that is designed to fit the 2016 and newer Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks with the six and a half foot bed and the factory rail kit. This fifth wheel hitch will mount in your truck bed, so that you can tow your fifth wheel trailer. Again, it's designed to work with the factory installed fifth wheel towing prep packages from Chevrolet or GMC. The built in slider that provides the 12 inches of front to back clearance, which is required for your short bed truck to turn safely at slow speeds. It is a rail free design, so it allows for full access to your truck bed when the hitch is removed. The head on this uses the one inch thick dual jaws to provide a nice 360 degree jaw to king pin contact. Because of that, it will give less rattle, more security, than the slide bar jaws. The handle right here is a cam action latching handle, helps prevent any binding.

It's very simple to release, even on unlevel terrain. It is lockable, to secure your trailer to the hitch. It locks with the pinning clip that's included. The hole is large enough, when you take the pinning clip out, you could put a padlock through there, if you wanted extra security, so nobody could open up your jaws on your hitch head. Now, this does use a fully articulating head, which eases the hookup, helps eases chucking, pivots front to back, and also side to side. When you do install the hitch head to the slider, the pivot arms that it sits on, it does have a range that will give you three different hitch height settings. Hitch heights is critical, because when you tow your fifth wheel, you want your tow vehicle and your fifth wheel to be as level as possible, so you want to make sure the hitch head is at the correct position to do that.

When you bolt these pivot arms to the slider base, the slider base will have five rows of holes. The pivot arms will have two rows of holes that you'll bolt onto the slider base. When you go to bolt them on, it will give you a range of anywheres from 17 inches to 19 inches of hitch height. That's always measured from the truck bed to the top of the hitch head here. Now, this hitch head, when it sits on these pivot arms, at the very top of the pivot arms, they do have these polyurethane bushings, so it gives you a nice, quiet, rattle free ride. To install this whole until into your truck, it's a very quick, simple installation. Basically, you just drop the slider base into those four receiver pucks, that are built in to your factory under bed rails.

To do that, all you have to do is go to each corner, open the pinning clip, rotate the handle quarter of a turn. That will rotate the tabs down there. You do that on each corner and that will allow you to drop it into the pucks that are on your truck. Once you drop it in, just go to each corner and turn the handle back. That will lock it into place. Take your pinning clip and just run it through the slider base, and then through the handle, and then clip it.

That will hold it in to place. It's pretty simple installation. Now, this is a gray, powder coated steel. It's corrosion resistant. The parts on this are made in the USA. A few specs on this. The gross towing rate capacity is 20,000 pounds. The vertical tongue weight, or pin weight capacity, is 5,000 pounds. We had mentioned about the hitch height. It can go anywheres from 6 17 inches to 19 inches. The travel on the slider is 12 inches front to back. This whole unit, the slider footprint, is about 36 inches long by about 32 and 3/8 inches wide. The last thing I want to do is, I just want to demonstrate the hitch head, how it works, and then also the slider base. We'll start with the hitch head. I'm going to grab here. Here's a replica of what a king pin would look like on your fifth wheel. All you have to do is just pop the pinning clip. Again, take your latching handle. As you see as you rotate it back, the jaws will open up. As you back into the fifth wheel, as your fifth wheel slides in here, the king pin would slide into the jaws. With more weight of course, it would push up against the back of the jaws, which would rotate that handle all the way up. You can see, when it does that, your jaws are fulling wrapped around the king pin. Once it's in that position then, again, just take your pinning clip, drop it through, and clip it. Then it's locked into place, so your king pin won't be going anywhere. Now, to operate the slider base. Right now, it's locked in to towing position, which means the hitch head is closest to the cab of the tow vehicle. When you're on the highway, you're towing, when you get done and you find the campground you're going to put your fifth wheel in, you're going to make some sharp turns. That's when you need to move this to 12 inches, to get into the maneuvering position. To do that, all you do is you have to take this handle, push it up into the unlocked position. That will unlock it. Then, as you back or turn around, this will rotate. You can see, as it goes all the way, 12 inches to the maneuvering position, it stops. It automatically locks into place. Now you can do your sharp turns. When you're done, when you're ready to get back on the road and tow, you want to again move that hitch head closer to the two vehicle. Same way, put it in the unlocked position. You can see, as it slides back into the towing position, it locks automatically. The handle flops down. You're all ready to go. That should do it for the review on the B&W Companion Dual Jaw OEM Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with slider for the Chevrolet, GMC towing prep package and has a 20,000 pound weight capacity.


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