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Old 12-16-2017, 10:06 AM   #1
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B&W companion used

Looking at several ads for the B&W companion, fixed and slider, and wondering what might be the weak or wear points to check carefully. Most are the 20K version but a couple are the 18K. I'm aware that they used to be 15 or 16K and am not looking at or considering the Patriot.
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You really, really can't wear them out--a 20k Companion is what I have now, after using a 16k for 8 years to tow a 17400 fiver.
There are the rubber pivot pads under the head (head comes off easily) that need a white grease now and then--hard use may wear them, so check.
There is a small shock absorber in the pivot mechanism, check for leakage.
There is a grease zerk that almost no one ever greases--might check that also for signs it has been greased in its lifetime of use.
For the most part, a used Companion is a no-brainer, just best price...
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I bought a used 16K. There's a grease zerk? Where?
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There is a center shaft for L/R pivoting, should have a zerk on it, at least my 16K did.
The F/R pivoting is handled by the rubbers under the head.

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Pull the head off and lay it upside down. Zerk will be visible then. Only put in grease until you see a small amount come out the end of the shaft.
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There is a center shaft for L/R pivoting, should have a zerk on it, at least my 16K did.
The F/R pivoting is handled by the rubbers under the head.

See if this link works....

Towing Genius | SUPPORT & RESOURCES | THE B&W ADVANTAGE
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The difference in a conventional 18 or 20K B&W hitch is the base unit. The head units are identical. Our original base was rated 18K/5K pin weight but with the replacement puck base, it then becomes a 20K. Later conventional bases are also rated 20K/5K pin weight

There were a few problems when they changed the conventional base design. While towing a very heavy 5er and heavy pin weight there were reports of distortion but these seem to have been handled by B&W under warranty. I haven't seen any reports of problems in the past couple years.

No idea about a slider but it uses their 'standard' head unit, believe it will work just fine.

Their warranty seems to be forever as they have supplied a new set of turn over pin U-bolts as well as a head leveling mod device well after my purchase. With two different bases my B&W head unit has 9 full seasons and over 50K miles (probably closer to 75K but I didn't track the miles on the last 5er)
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Great information! Thanks. Mine has now been greased!
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Have had 3 different brands of hitches. B&W by far the best. Hard to find used.
Good luck.
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User Comments Sold Me on B&W Companion

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Have had 3 different brands of hitches. B&W by far the best. Hard to find used.
Good luck.
Ditto - on our third fifth wheel hitch, specifically went to B&W because of great reviews, owner comments, etc. We have the 20K version that fits the puck system on our F350 dually.

I doubt that I'll ever have to replace it - but if I do, it'll certainly be with another B&W.
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