B and W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch Installation - 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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How to Install the B and W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch on a 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty


Shane: Hi. I'm Shane with etrailer.com. Today you're going to be taking a look at B&W's Companion 5th Wheel Hitch for OEM Prep Packages on your 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty. Adding a hitch like this to the bed of your vehicle is going to allow you to easily connect and disconnect to your 5th-wheel trailers. This hitch is going to have a 25,000-pound gross trailer weight, and a 6,250-pound vertical load limit, which is straight up and down.It's going to give us two points of articulation, front to back and side to side. So, if we're traveling on unlevel ground, maybe our truck and our trailer are moving in opposite directions, this, the head pivoting the way it does is going to allow for a much smoother ride.

It's also going to have a dual-jaw design.The dual jaw is going to be 1" thick steel, and what separates this from a single-jaw design is you're going to get more contact between your king pin and the jaw. So, you're going to get a lot less, or it's going to reduce the amount of chucking and movement you get on the inside.Now, this hitch isn't going to have the automatic locking, but I like it. I'm going to tell you why. It makes it easy to connect and disconnect. You'll notice on the head here we have an opening.

This is going to allow us to hook up if we're at a slight angle. So, if we're coming in like this, we simply open the handle. We can come in at an angle. When we back in, slide your handle over, put your locking pin in. When you get to where you're going, slide the handle open.

Then you pull away from your trailer.I will say, in my opinion, B&W goes out of their way on the construction of these products. The steel on it is very thick. The gray powder coat finish is very thick. It's really going to hold up well against rust and corrosion. When you compare this to some of the other 5th-wheel hitches out there that may only have legs that go down into the puck system, you can see this has a very nice, wide base.That being said, you can see it's not taking up a whole lot of room.

So, if we need to add anything in the back of our bed, we still have plenty of room even though our hitch is installed. Another nice feature about this hitch is it's not going to require above-bed rails, so we're not going to have rails getting in our way because it works, again, with the OEM puck system.When we want to remove it, unlike a lot of other hitches, it's fairly light for how well it's built. You simply pull the two pins. You'll have one on each side. Pull the handles and lift. We're going to have bushings on the top here. That allows our head to move much easier when we don't have that metal-on-metal contact where it's not grinding. With our risers here, or our uprights, these can be set in place two different ways.You can set them the way I have them here. You'll notice there's a slight angle on one side. The other side's a little bit more straight up. This is allowing the head to sit a little bit farther back on the truck. If we want it to sit farther or closer to the cab, we simply switch these two around, and it'll pull that head back in this direction, or back more towards the cab.It can be adjusted from 16-3/4" to 18-3/4" by simply removing the four bolts on each side and adjusting it to the height or either up or down to whatever you desire. Now, to set your hitch in place, you want to turn your handles out. We're going to line it up with our pucks, drop it into place. Then we'll close our handles. Now if you'll notice, this one's not wanting to go in place.We have adjustability here. What we'll do is we'll take needle nose pliers and we'll pull out the cotter pin. We're going to take this nut and we're going to loosen it. You'll notice there is a hole in this center bolt. That's where our cotter pin goes. We want to line up the crown, the open side of the crown, top of the nut with the hole once we get it set, and then you just reinstall your cotter pin. All four feet are adjusted the same way. Once you get them adjusted, simply install your pin. Repeat the process on the other side. You're ready to go.Then when installing your head, you'll notice that the handles are actually going to lock into place just like that. Then again, install your pins. Now our handle will need to be installed. It's pretty simple. You're going to have two bolts and two nuts. As you can see, and I'm six foot, the handle is pretty easy to reach for me. Downside is the lock that's got to go in here is a little bit of a stretch.So, if you are vertically challenged at all, that may be a little bit difficult to get that in. You may need to stand on the tire or get a stepstool. In my professional opinion, I think the B&W is probably one of the best 5th-wheel hitches. Again, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. I hope this video has helped you, whether you're still deciding or installing the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch on your 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty with the OEM Prep Package.


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