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Old 05-28-2016, 10:48 AM   #1
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5th wheel hitch selection

Hello,
DW and I are looking a 5th wheels and I am looking for information on hitches and pin boxes. Is there a primer out there for newbies? What needs to be considered? What about the height?

I am considering a B&W Companion hitch as I like the concept of removing and having a flat bed.
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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Not sure of a great place to read other than a search on this forum but I will say I live our companion hitch by B&W and it saved our truck in a potential roll over accident two years back. Wouldn't own a different one after that. Easy to trust the latch mechanism and, like you said, easy to remove for an clean bed with no rails sticking up.
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We have a B&W as well and love it. Very well built. I have never owned another but I helped a buddy hitch his up and he has a Reese. The jaws are 1/2 as thick and I didn't care for the locking mechanism. We will stick with our B&W. Jerry


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Old 05-28-2016, 11:34 AM   #4
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Have had a superglide, a curt and now have B&W. Like the B& W best.
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Old 05-28-2016, 12:55 PM   #5
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I have a B&W and love it, I didn't have it hooked up quite right, it's got a pin under the body that you can pull and I left it loose for over 2,000 miles and never had a problem. It's got a bolt on the hitch that has to be tightened up and I didn't. It's got bolts on the hitch and they all have be tight, well the idiot that installed it told me wrong. But the hitch work great and it works great now hitched up right. I also have a bed saver on the hitch. In my opinion you can't go wrong with a B&W Companion


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I have a 2013 Ram 2500 crew SB, I had a B&W Companion slider which I liked but it was just a pain to get it out of the truck so I went with an Andersen Ultimate goose neck , it weighs 70 lbs, it's offset a tad so I don't need the slider. I used it for the first time last week and found it shuddered less than the B&W. It was easy to hitch up and so far so good. It uses the same base as the B&W Companion used(B&W).
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To get the hitch out of the truck bed, this is what I do. I lock the lock with a lock so that no one can pull the pin on the hitch. With hitch locked up to pin I unfasten the hitch from the truck and then I pick up landing jacks on camper and I drive off. The pin box will hold that hitch. My camper weighs 13,000lbs I figure it can hold a hitchj


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To get the hitch out of the truck bed, this is what I do. I lock the lock with a lock so that no one can pull the pin on the hitch. With hitch locked up to pin I unfasten the hitch from the truck and then I pick up landing jacks on camper and I drive off. The pin box will hold that hitch. My camper weighs 13,000lbs I figure it can hold a hitchj


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Did the same thing last weekend.
Needed the empty bed of the truck.
Works slick as....


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To get the hitch out of the truck bed, this is what I do. I lock the lock with a lock so that no one can pull the pin on the hitch. With hitch locked up to pin I unfasten the hitch from the truck and then I pick up landing jacks on camper and I drive off. The pin box will hold that hitch. My camper weighs 13,000lbs I figure it can hold a hitchj


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I use a hoist that I hang from the garage support beam. I raise the hitch in the air and pull the truck out, I reverse the procedure when I want to reinstall the hitch. The hitch is stored on a roll around support when not need, in the garage. Takes about ten minutes to uninstall and reinstall, this way the bed is empty when I am not pulling the 5er.
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