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Old 03-03-2014, 08:09 PM   #11
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:33 PM   #12
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As mentioned above, the newer version of the Companion does not use the "U" bolts.

#1 If you recently purchased the hitch I would contact the dealer and tell them that you want the latest version.

#2 You can contact B&W and see if the newer post can be used with the original version of the Companion.

I have the "Flat Bed" version, which did not use the "U" bolts, but required a reinforced area where the hitch sits in the bad.

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No the new post won't work on the older companion.
They sent us a new post with the lower hole setting in it for a dodge hitch, but it wouldn't fit my hitch.

And yes you do have to torque this draw down bolt too. But no u bolts so much quicker

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Old 03-03-2014, 08:46 PM   #13
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I have the B&W hitch, and no torque is required. There are no bolts to loosen when switching back and forth between 5th wheel and goose neck. Mine is attached to a square rod that comes out with the hitch. Then I just drop in the ball for the goose neck and release the locking pin. Maybe the second pin that is attached was an add on from the dealer.
Another owner said the same thing a couple of months ago.

This is not how the manufacture states to do this.
You HAVE to tighten the draw down bolt to 40 ftlb. Then the ubolts tightened and torqued evenly to 80 ftlb. This eliminates any slack and decreases the likelihood of the pin shearing from rocking and jerking.

If you can remove ANY of the companion hitches without loosening any bolts, or if your lower pin moves at all, then the hitch is NOT INSTALLED CORRECTLY and is not safe to use.
If you have torqued in the correct sequence and the lower pin still moves, contact B & W and they will help you figure it out and help you with replacement parts.

THIS POST IS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF INFORMING PEOPLE AND TO KEEP EVERYBODY OUT THERE SAFE.
**** These are the manufacturers torque sequences, and can be verified on thier website for free, or in your owners manual****
Ps. I've put in a "few" of these


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Old 03-03-2014, 08:46 PM   #14
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Suggest you review the video "How to Install B&W 5th Wheel Hitch." This clip narrated by Chris Long, of Long hitches explains the features of the new B&W and how it does not use the U-bolt assembly
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:51 PM   #15
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Suggest you review the video "How to Install B&W 5th Wheel Hitch." This clip narrated by Chris Long, of Long hitches explains the features of the new B&W and how it does not use the U-bolt assembly
Correct, the new hitches do not use the u-bolts.
But ... they still use the draw down bolt to tighten the lower pin.
( you can see the hole for the 3/4" head bolt in the top view pic I posted above)
Here ill show again

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Old 03-03-2014, 09:01 PM   #16
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Here's the instructions screen shotted from B&W's pdf for the new companion
Note the torquing of hitch in step #6

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Old 03-03-2014, 10:13 PM   #17
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Millettime,

Those are the instructions for the Flat Bed version of the hitch, if I'm not mistaken.

The instructions for the one designed for a standard pickup bed are different.

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Old 03-03-2014, 11:49 PM   #18
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Yes sorry. They had better graphics than the pencil line type drawings.

The in-bed old style (3000) is the same with tightening of the u bolts after the draw down bolt.

The new in-bed style (3500) is the same with the exception of adjusting pad feet to go between ribs in bed and a single draw down bolt that torques to 60 ftlb if I remember correctly.

Same principle on all 3- post (or post insert on 3500) snuged up against lower pin.


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Old 03-04-2014, 10:30 AM   #19
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only takes a couple minutes to torque the bolts. Plus the B&W is two pieces that can be handled by one person
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OK folks, it looks like I need to tell you that I was wrong (or better yet, misinformed). I had my hitch installed by a 3rd party as part of my new truck purchase. Therefore I was instructed on how to use the hitch by the Chevy dealer. After reading your posts and doing more research and then calling the B&W folks, it turns out that MillerTime is 100% CORRECT. I'm glad that I never hooked up the 5er after putting the hitch back in my way. There is the requirement to re-torque the bolts, because there is a requirement to loosen them when you remove the hitch and go to the gooseneck. Thanks for the catch MillerTime. I am torqueing tonight, so I am ready to pull this weekend. I LOVE THIS FORUM!!!! Lots of smart folks here.
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