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Old 02-21-2016, 12:06 AM   #1
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B&W Companion Hitch

Hi, I have a B&W Companion Hitch installed in my truck. My question is regarding the stability of the hitch itself. I am new to 5th wheel towing. I have towed gooseneck trailers but I'm concerned about the stability of the companion hitch. As many of you know there are only two square u bolts and a single bolt that hold the hitch in place. I have only towed my camper about 40 miles from the dealer to my home. Just kinda skeptical with stability. Any information or help would be greatly appreciated!! Really enjoy the forum here and very helpful
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:18 AM   #2
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We have the B&W Companion as well, no issues and I have had a hard angle that tested the setup. I think you will be fine.
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:51 AM   #3
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Here is my review. I love this hitch! Most stable platform I've towed with.

https://youtu.be/132G5OSKljk
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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Rolojr, I did a lot of research before deciding on my first 5er hitch and I selected the B&W as well. I prefer to learn from the mistakes of others. The only complaint I have heard about the B&W is price.
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I had two of them, towing the same 43' toy hauler. I liked the 1st one in my Chevy like the one you describe. I loved the one in my Ford that fit the OEM pucks. Having the abiliy to remove it completely in just a few minutes is great, and using a gooseneck hitch is a bonus. I had no stability issues at all. If I ever get another 5th wheel, I will get another B&W.
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If you are concerned about the B&W hitch--don't, it is a fine quality unit. Have used one since '07 on my 17k fiver (hitch rated 16k...) and no problems with wear.
As to the 2 u-bolts/single tightening bolt----have you ever pulled a tongue-pull trailer? What holds the drawbar in the hitch--a 5/8" pin, right"? Were you worried about that itty-bitty pin size?
B&W is a good piece of equipment--but there is a grease zerk on the center pivot and the shock absorber to keep in mind for maintenance. A shot of grease and watching for fluid leak out of shock is about all there is maintaining it, except keeping it clean.
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:03 PM   #7
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Just torque the bolts - with a torque wrench - as directed, when you reinstall it. It is a very solid hitch.
I also made lock pins to replace those with clips that hold the head on, to make sure they aren't 'unintentionally' removed.
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You are lucky you have the best non air ride hitch on the market!

It's really a shame GM has not stepped up and had a puck system available.

I lock the head and base on my RVK3600. Also lock the latching arm.

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You are lucky you have the best non air ride hitch on the market!

Did that have to be drilled? Mine seem no where near large enough for a lock. It would take a motivated person to steal it.. however they do exist lol
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Cummins,
How do you reach the locking handle padlock? I am way to short to reach in that far...
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Buy a small folding alum step at Harbor freight about $30 works great.
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How do you reach the locking handle padlock? I am way to short to reach in that far...
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Nothing to do with being short. I'm 6'4 and I can't reach it from the ground. If I step into the DRW rim, I can JUST reach the pin to remove it.
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I have a couple friends at work who have used the Companion hitch for many years... they both Love it... And yes we are all full time truckers,,, (for what its worth) I just installed a B&W Patriot 3200 hitch (no not a Companion) in my new Chevy...Just because of the reviews and people I know. I looked at how they are built and designed. You just really don't hear of any inherant (sp?) problems....
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Did that have to be drilled? Mine seem no where near large enough for a lock. It would take a motivated person to steal it.. however they do exist lol
I drilled and countersunk a bit on both sides of the shaft.
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