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Old 04-05-2014, 05:34 AM   #1
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B&W Companion Hitch ajustment

Those of you who use a Companion hitch. It has a 2" or 4" adjustment to move the hitch toward the tailgate. Where do you have your hitch set at and why?
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:19 AM   #2
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The dealer set ours at the rear position to give us more clearance as our truck was a short (standard) bed, single rear wheel GMC 3500. We got in some pretty tight turns with no problems. The only issue I had was some chucking problems. In its back position the king pin appeared to be a inch or two or three behind the axle and that may or may not have been a contributing factor to the chucking. We now have a Trailer Saver air ride hitch and with standard mounting rails the king pin sat 6" closer to the cab which made me uncomfortable. Finally decided the only real cure was a long bed dually, which will be here in the next few weeks. This will be a better fit for our trailer. In hindsight, I should have kept the Companion and got the truck.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:08 AM   #3
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I ran a Companion for several years towing my Mobile Suites. I had right much chucking. I found it very simple to hook up. When I traded trucks my new truck did not have a fifth wheel pin. Had to get another hitch. Got a #2100 PullRite Super 5er hitch. Chucking is gone now. this hitch is not as easy to hitch up though. Towing Teton with same hitch and works great. No chucking.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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I have a CCLB and set my Companion to the recommended position of slightly forward of the rear axle and towing close to level. Prior to that it was set to what looked like right over the axle with trailer slightly nose high and it seemed more prone to chucking in that position. I have towed two different 5th wheels with no problems, I have to keep looking behind me to make sure my 5th wheel is still there.
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My Mobile Suites towed as level as can be. Companion chucked. It was mounted in forward position also. The PullRite doesn't chuck. Different truck also. Can't see truck making difference. I really liked the Companion until I got the PullRite. Right off I disliked the hitch. Had to get lined up good to hook up. But towing was sweet. Tells me the PullRite is tighter fit on pin. Had a heavy pin on both. 4400 Mobile Suites, 5180 Teton.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:49 AM   #6
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I set my Companion to where my king pin is over the axle of my Long Bed Dodge and it pulls just fine. So easy to hook up. I always check the torque on my nuts and bolts just piece of mind I guess. Also the hitch is easy to remove is what I like about it.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:19 PM   #7
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Mine was very easy to hook up. But it was a loose fit. That why it was so easy.
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:55 AM   #8
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Mine is set in the farthest rearward position and all the way up. It's been on 3 duallies now, the last two in that position with no ill effects.
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The OEM Companion that fits the Ford factory prep can be set either way, simply by rotating the base on the truck's lugs. I run mine in the forward position to distribute more weigh toward the front axle. I get no chucking using the 5th Airborne pinbox.
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I started in the rearward position, but experienced chucking over rough roads. Mainly at bridges where there was a bad transition to the highway. I moved it to the middle setting so the king pin is now ~1" in front of the axle. The 5th wheel was also running a little nose high so I am now running in the lower set of mounting holes. I still have 6” clearance to the bed rails. My truck sits a little high because it is a 4x4.
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Thanks for all the answers, Steve
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