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Old 03-06-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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Can't decide

Just purchased 2011 GMC Crew Cab, short bed, Duramax, Allison. Looking hard at B&W Companion 18000 Hitch. Thoughts, plus or minus, anybody have one and would you buy it again? Haven't bought 5th wheeler yet but have a few favorites. Thanks

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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When I bought my truck last year I had the dealer put in the B&W turn over hitch for pulling goose neck trailers. I was not planning on ever having a 5th wheel it was just what everyone that I know uses and highly recommended, so when we got our 5th wheel it was a no brainer to just get the B&W Companion and it works great for me being able to pull either type of trailer or have nothing in the bed. I am pretty new at all this RV stuff but I have a long bed and I have noticed a lot of the folks on this forum with short bed trucks use a slider type hitch.

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Old 03-15-2011, 07:31 PM   #3
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Which Hitch?

Short bed... make sure you get a slider hitch... automatic if you can...

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Old 03-15-2011, 10:01 PM   #4
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Don't believe you can use the Companion with a short bed--unless you control your turns to where you won't hit the cab. Other than that, they are great--I have had one with 17400lbs and love it.
You can move the head rearward 2" I think, but still I don't think that is enough room to clear the cab.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:28 AM   #5
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just a suggestion.. I have a shortbed f250 crewcab an a non-slide hitch. I was concerned on my 5er hitting my cab. so before heading out on my first camping trip I went to an empty parking lot and did some sharp forward turns. turns out, that I can turn the truck as sharp as it will go and not hit the cab with the trailer (moving forward that is.)
I do have to be careful backing as to not jacknife and hit. I have yet to have any trouble backing it where I need to get without a slider hitch.

that being said, It may be worth it to some to have the peace of mind knowing your slider will keep the trailer away from your cab.
im ok with knowing It wont hit going forward, and that I need to pay attention when backing.
some of those sliders are mighty expensive!
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:57 AM   #6
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I recently saw a new fith wheel RV manufactured with the front of the trailer (over hanging portion) with rounded off corners. There was a postor board listing the bennifits, but didn't take the time to read it, I assumded the purpose was to increase the turning radious of a short bed tow vehicle with a standard hitch. Sorry but can't recall the manufacture, but If your still shoping around, inquire with a sales rep.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:13 PM   #7
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Most of the newer 5ers have rounded corners and extended pin boxes that let you turn a lot sharper without hitting your truck. With my 2011 Brookstone I have not had to use my slider yet.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:25 PM   #8
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The RV towables industry says 5" is the minimum recommended distance from cab to 5er corners when your rig is at the closest point. Not all your towing will be on level ground, one must consider backing/driving into dips when negotiating filling stations, where you camp, etc.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:58 PM   #9
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Slowly moving towards purchasing a Fifth Wheel and will be pulling it with a short bed truck as well. Camper dealer informed me I should have a slider hitch (because of the short bed). From what I can tell there are two slider hitch versions: automatic and manual. Example of the automatic version is the PullRite hitch. This hitch allows you to drive as you normally would because the hitch will automatically handle/compensate for the tight angled turns, etc... Reese has a manual version which from what I understand requires the driver to get out, release the slide, and continue with your turn. Normally the hitch is locked? The B&W Companion doesn't appear to be a slider, but I could be mistaken? One warning I've found about the PullRite slider hitch is that you can't unhook the camper if you exceed a 16% up/down angle? Not being a seasoned Fifth Wheel camper (not one at all yet) I don't know if 1. this is a correct statement, 2. the actual #% pitch/angle is correct, 3. the up/down angle is really that much of an issue - campsite level concern.

Maybe a veteran Fifth Wheel owner can chime in to add to, or correct the post. Provide some facts to set the rookies straight.

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Old 03-26-2011, 11:37 AM   #10
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You have two thoughts of wisdom here. Old wisdom = SB truck needs an expensive slider hitch. New Wisdom= RV makers have been listening and redesigned front caps and extended pin boxes to make a slider obsolete. It's much harder to make Old wisdom guys see the light of new technology/design. I have a SB, Crew Cab F350 and a B&W hitch. Works very well and would buy another. I don't come anywhere near my cab and I can go past 90 degrees.

There were many who told me I would absolutely need a slider and it was just a matter of time before I dented my cab and broke my window. Can't see how that's going to happen with the design of my camper. Glad I ignored the "veteran" advice.

BTW, you can get the companion with a slider. You get one half from B&W and the other half from another company.

In my research what I found was most people with SB sliders, don't use the slider much, unless they have a older RV.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:50 PM   #11
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"BTW, you can get the companion with a slider. You get one half from B&W and the other half from another company. "


Not sure this is correct--which other half works?
Interested as I have a Companion--don't need the slider part, but others have asked me about it.

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Old 03-28-2011, 11:31 AM   #12
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Sorry for the confusion. The B&W hitch comes in two parts the head(part the RV connects to and the base(part that attaches to truck). Many people like the B&W because you can remove it and get an open bed easily. You can use the B&W Gooseneck base with a Coilbeirt Slider.
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:35 PM   #13
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Sliding Hitches

I had a sliding hitch in a couple shortbox trucks and never once had to use it. First off none of the trucks had a sharp enough turning radius to make contact with the 5th wheel going forward, and on level ground my older 5th wheel would clear the cab with about 4 inches and the 5th wheel I own now would clear with a good 6 inches. Just be careful backing if the ground is not level. Currently I have a 2010 GM Crewcab longbox dually with the B&W Companion and with this setup I don't think there is anything I can't tow, a bit expensive but a very nice and well made hitch.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:59 AM   #14
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We have a dodge megacab and I went with the Pullrite 15k slider. Being a complete rookie I wanted piece of mind to know it would slide if needed by itself and I got it at a really good price.

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