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Old 05-12-2013, 06:53 AM   #1
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How does your B&W Companion unhitch?

If I'm unhitching my B&W Companion hitch from the 5er and pull the pin in the release arm and try to drive out from under it, it won't release. I've got to get out and pull the release arm forward then I can drive out from under it. Does yours work like this? Lubricating the release mechanism underneath hasn't helped.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:29 AM   #2
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I don't have that hitch, but do you lower the landing gear enough to completely get the weight off of the hitch?

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Old 05-12-2013, 07:47 AM   #3
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I think what you are saying is with the arm in the closed position but not latched you should be able to drive out from under it making the arm open and release the jaws. I never tried that so don't know if mine works that way or not but I kind of hope it doesn't as it might save a drop to the bed if you ever forgot to set the latch after hook up. Maybe that is why I read in a post somewhere else you never hear of this happening with a B&W.
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With the Companion, you have to open the jaw arm ALL THE WAY and then pin it in the open position. I've tried unhooking one or two without doing that and the jaws just close again. Which is good if you ever don't pin it closed.
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I've actually driven from Buda, TX to Cypress, TX towing the 5th wheel with the handle in the closed position BUT UNPINNED!! (Don't ask how that happened!) So, no, you can't drive out from under it until you manually move the arm to the open position and pin it there. That's the way the hitch works.

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I've actually driven from Buda, TX to Cypress, TX towing the 5th wheel with the handle in the closed position BUT UNPINNED!! (Don't ask how that happened!) So, no, you can't drive out from under it until you manually move the arm to the open position and pin it there. That's the way the hitch works.

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That's comforting to know as my can't remember stuff disease progresses with each passing year.
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With the Companion, you have to open the jaw arm ALL THE WAY and then pin it in the open position. I've tried unhooking one or two without doing that and the jaws just close again. Which is good if you ever don't pin it closed.
Thanks, I never noticed that hole for the open position.
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There's a bump stop also for all the way open. You open it all the way, hit the little metal dowel welded on the head, then pin it and the handle is held between the two.
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I unhook mine a little different. I have the 3300 Campion. I pull the pin and then the lever forward. With the trailer blocked I raise the landing gear and the the jaws open. Pull the truck out and level.
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I've actually driven from Buda, TX to Cypress, TX towing the 5th wheel with the handle in the closed position BUT UNPINNED!! (Don't ask how that happened!) So, no, you can't drive out from under it until you manually move the arm to the open position and pin it there. That's the way the hitch works.

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That's a very comforting thought. I was thinking this to be true the other day when reading about someone dropping their rig, but it is not written in the O&M (for obvious reasons). I love this hitch. I had the flipover ball and companion in my Chevy, and now I have the OEM Companion in my Ford. It is even easier to remove and install.
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