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Old 07-22-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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Anyone use B&W Hitch

A 18k companion to be specific, for the turn over hitch. plus and negatives

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Old 07-23-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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Since I already have the turnover ball, and pull a gooseneck flatbed, the Companion is perfect for me. It's a little cumbersome getting in and out with the two U-bolt clamps and pull down bolt, but the two piece design makes it easier to manage. Got about 3,000 trouble free miles on mine.

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Old 07-23-2011, 10:57 AM   #3
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I'm still using the Companion 5th wheel hitch we bought in 2001 for our previous truck. No problems at all.

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Old 07-23-2011, 11:39 AM   #4
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I use one and love it. It comes out somewhat easy and there are no rails left in the bed as well. I would highly recommend it
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:10 PM   #5
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i have a b&w 22k companion hitch. have only had it since april and so far no problems. it is easy to use.
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:13 PM   #6
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I have the Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch as well. I like the jaws on it. I do a visual check each time I hook up. I can see from the back if I have it properly hitched or not so I don't have to worry about high hitching or dropping the fiver on the truck bed.
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:19 PM   #7
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We use the Companion also. Only issue we ever had was bolts got loose. We didn't put it together and I should have went over the bolts. Hind sight is 20/20. You can't go wrong as long as the weight isn't over it's rating. Love the clean bed also.
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:35 PM   #8
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I have it, love it and the warranty is absolutely awesome!!!! Coach
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How do you lube the gear in it? Wayne -43
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:21 PM   #10
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I've had mine for about 5 years and have always used lithium in a spray can. I think I'm going to swap to a dry lube after I clean it up. I use bearing grease on the pivot arms. Good luck. coach
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:20 PM   #11
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I have the B&W Companion and am very happy with it. With the b&W Turn Over Ball Hitch, when removed you have an unobstructed pick up bed - no rails or brackets to trip over or hang up a load.

It's manufactured in two pieces, each weighing ~75 pounds, disassembles by pulling two pins and lifting the two handles. Remove 4 nuts with a 15/16" socket and one 1/2" bolt using a 3/4" socket and off it comes. There are several adjustments fore and aft as well as up and down. Adding a Blue Ox Bed Saver requires that you drill 4 holes, two in each upright. The Bed Saver adds about 20 pounds and makes it somewhat ungainly to handle the base. It takes me less then 15 minutes to install and less then 10 to remove (add a few minutes if the Bed Saver is bolted on). The time difference is in torquing the fasteners.

There is one grease fitting on the underside and the jaws do need to be manually lubed along with the two pivots on the risers.

You should replace the supplied half inch bolt with a Grade 8 (mine was a Gr2!! ) and add some heavy duty washers under the U-bolt nuts (they are 5/8" U-bolts) to prevent galling.

My 5er - total weight, ~12,000 pounds ready to travel with a 22-2300 pound pin weight.

After 3 years use, mine still looks almost new.

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