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Old 07-31-2021, 04:14 AM   #1
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5th wheel hitch

I am researching 5th wheel hitches, in the past I have only used Reese hitches. I am leaning towards the B&W Companion hitch and interested in opinions on the Andersen hitch.

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Old 07-31-2021, 04:51 AM   #2
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Have a companion slider and so far its been a vey good hitch. A little expensive but robust to say the least. Also have a Moryde pin box which makes the ride very smooth.
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Old 07-31-2021, 05:34 AM   #3
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I am now , after destroying 2 Andersen's, useing a B&W Patriot 18K. I've also in the past used a 16k Reese and it simply is a cheap sloppy fitting hitch.
Those Andersen's are a great idea but they will bend and it doesn't take a panic stop from 75 mph to do it.
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Old 07-31-2021, 07:34 AM   #4
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I have had an Andersen for a while now pulling a 38' 15,000# toy hauler. Have had no issues and it is very smooth. My brother in law has been using one for a couple of years pulling a 42' Raptor at about 17,000#. He also has had no problems.
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Old 07-31-2021, 07:45 AM   #5
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I have had to help two folks to get unhitched with the Andersen. Both cases, the cable to release was messed up and nearly new hitches. Would up pulling the in on the ball and placing blocks under the jacks and lifting the ball out of the hitch still in the truck.

B&W has a good name and a nice hitch. We tow heavy and have a TrailerSaver TS3 and love it. It is expensive and heavy, but provides a great ride.

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Old 07-31-2021, 08:18 AM   #6
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I've been using a Reese hitch for several years and have been very happy with it. I am a full time RV'er and never remove my hitch, which is the only advantage to an Anderson hitch, so I'm not interested in that one.
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Old 07-31-2021, 08:27 AM   #7
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short bed trucks , demco auto slide . Works well !

Long bed trucks Trailer saver by Hensley bd style for puck mount and TS3 for rails. expensive but its much smoother ride for the trailer and truck.
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Old 07-31-2021, 09:32 AM   #8
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Iíve used the Companion in my 2012 1T Ram for the past five years. It a non-slider. Love it. Since we recently down graded to a tow behind toy hauler, it for sale. Western Idaho.
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Old 07-31-2021, 12:52 PM   #9
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Another vote for B&W. Companion and Moryde pin box, tows great. The B&W is heavy, I use an engine hoist to remove and install mine. With the hitch out of the truck, I have full, unobstructed use of the truck bed.
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Another vote for the B&W Companion for factory pucks. Comes out in two easy to handle pieces in less than two minutes by myself with no hoist needed. Rides great with MorRyde pin box.
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Old 07-31-2021, 04:45 PM   #11
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Iím on my second B&W Companion non-slider. They are superb hitches. I wouldnít consider anything else. Will come out of the bed easily in 2 pieces when necessary and leaves a flat truck bed. Canít go wrong with a B&W.

Only reason Iím on the second one is the new truck has the factory puck set up and first one from prior truck used the B&W under-bed gooseneck receiver; first one could be for sale pretty easy if anyone is interested. In Dallas, TX area.

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Old 07-31-2021, 06:35 PM   #12

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Waiting on a short bed 2022 F-350 and looking at a b&W slider to put in it. I'm new to this whole 5th wheel RV life. Heck, I won't even get the rig for another month. Thought I could do without the slider but with all I've read on this website and seen on YouTube, I'm pretty confident a slider will be the end product for us.
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Old 07-31-2021, 07:33 PM   #13
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Andersen all the way for me. Absolutely no issues over the 7,000 kms I have towed so far.
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Old 07-31-2021, 11:05 PM   #14
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Great input, Thanks everyone,

I will also look into the TrailerSaver TS3. I have a new truck on order, a 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500hd with Duramax Standard 6'10'' bed. I was hopeful to get a hitch that was not a slider, with the B&W it seems to give you some flexibility to offset from center. please let me know your opinion if it is safe to go with a solid mount or slider.

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