Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-10-2011, 11:39 PM   #1
Member
 
rrdrtravelers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Waxahachie
Posts: 64
B&W hitch with bed mat

We are installing our B&W companion hitch and came across the note in the instructions that if using a removable bed mat, you must remove it or cut it to allow base to directly connect with bed. Anyone know why? We really hate to cut the mat or take it out.
__________________

__________________
2011 Cedar Creek 36RE
2002 Ford F350 Crew Cab 4x4
rrdrtravelers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
Member
 
rrdrtravelers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Waxahachie
Posts: 64
Also know that our bed mat is rubber not the plastic drop in shells.
__________________

__________________
2011 Cedar Creek 36RE
2002 Ford F350 Crew Cab 4x4
rrdrtravelers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2011, 03:47 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
flyrotor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 755
Your hitch needs to mate up with solid surface to surface contact, by installing a hitch through the rubber mat, you make allowances for slippage, the mat will act as a shock absorber or spring allowing the hitch to move, eventually you could see damage and or failure to the bolts as they stress from the movement. As a manufacturer, there is no way they could recommend attaching in a manner that is not 100% secure.

If this causes too much heartburn to see the mat either cut or removed as recommended, then best bet would be to purchase a second rubber mat, one cut to allow the hitch and one to use when the hitch is not installed. Costly, but less than if the bolts fail.
__________________
flyrotor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 07:25 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1
i use the companion hitch on an aluminum flatbed over a bed mat. the square adapter that drops in the goose neck hole has two sets of holes when using with a bed mat you use the lower hole so the adapter sits higher out of the bed allowing you to clamp the companion securely. that is what is stated in the instructions i have and has worked well for me. from the b&w instructions online "

(The RV post has two holes for height adjustment. Do not use the lower hole, unless you have a plastic bed liner that requires it.) "
__________________
1JOSHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 08:43 PM   #5
Member
 
rrdrtravelers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Waxahachie
Posts: 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1JOSHL
i use the companion hitch on an aluminum flatbed over a bed mat. the square adapter that drops in the goose neck hole has two sets of holes when using with a bed mat you use the lower hole so the adapter sits higher out of the bed allowing you to clamp the companion securely. that is what is stated in the instructions i have and has worked well for me. from the b&w instructions online "
(The RV post has two holes for height adjustment. Do not use the lower hole, unless you have a plastic bed liner that requires it.) "
Thanks everyone. Appreciate all the feedback. Our model is for the truck bed not the flat bed and I believe our post has just one hole. We did contact B&W directly to inquire about using the rubber mat and they told us it was fine to use it. They suggested after connecting to the trailer for the first time, loosen the bolt on the post to allow the weight of the trailer to further press the hitch down and then retighten all bolts on the post to suggested pressure.
__________________
2011 Cedar Creek 36RE
2002 Ford F350 Crew Cab 4x4
rrdrtravelers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bed

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:34 AM.