On the B&W hitch, the jaws may not open when you move the handle to the "open" position if they are side loaded (pin is too high or low) or loaded fore/aft. Even though the jaws are closed, go ahead and pull out as long as the handle is pinned in the open position, and the jaws will open as you pull out of the hitch. That has never failed to work for me, and it says so right on the B&W website:
By the way, B&W has just released a Companion hitch for the Ram trucks with factory gooseneck/5th wheel prep. As you might expect, it's very similar to the Ford factory prep hitch except with a different subframe to fit the Ram puck spacing. See HERE.
wingnut60, I believe if you look closely, the flatbed mount is 22K capacity.
I'm still using the B&W Companion hitch I purchased for a previous truck in September 2001 and have never had a problem with it. As the Brits would say, "It's quality kit!!"
Nice to see Ram finally get a factory prep. Too bad they didn't use the same spacing as Ford. Then if somebody goes from Ram to Ford, or Ford to Ram they could take the fifth wheel with them.
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I have the lighter 16K Patriot. Been flawless so far. About 8000 miles of towing. We camp in lots of different types of CG's. Never had one issue from being out of level or on an angle. Easiest hitch to use IMO. Just pull the handle back, back in and you can see the handle close when hooked up. Not once has the handle been in the closed position and the jaws weren't closed. Unhooking is just as easy. Raise the front of the 5'er till the king pin is above the 5th hitch about a 1/4". Release the handle and pull forward. Doesn't get much simpler.