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Old 07-01-2019, 07:29 PM   #1
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BW Companion vs Curt 20K# 5er hitch

Hi All, We just took delivery of our new F350 and I need a new hitch. Been looking at the BW Companion and the Curt 20K # OEM puck hitch. Both are adjustable and have similar features. Can you give some honest reviews and opinions concerning use. What do you like about the one you have. Here's a few shots of our new baby

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Old 07-01-2019, 11:03 PM   #2
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Nice looking truck!

We have a B&W Companion. Love how easy it is to unlatch (handle pushes forward rather than pulling out to release the jaws.) Also like how easy it is to get in or out of the truck. Head comes off by lifting two release levers, and is very manageable for one person, then base comes out, leaving the rails in the truck. Of course, with a brand new truck, you probably have a puck system. Our truck is a 2015, built right before they started putting the pucks in the floor.

i would buy the B&W again if I were in the market for a new hitch.
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Curt vs B&W

Both are good hitch's. I bought a new Curt this year as my latest truck has the puck system and the old one didn't. The Curt also has a removable head to make it lighter to put in the truck and its the same unit Ram uses for their "factory hitch." I opt'd for the 25k hitch to match my truck and trailer but I think the B&W is rated at 30k. My B&W was but I didn't check out their puck system for capacity. Cant go wrong with either one.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:58 AM   #4
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Capt Mike and RockinH, Thank you for your replies. I spent last nite and this morning reviewing and watching YouTubes on both and have ordered the B&W. Price wise they are a few $s different but the hitch place here hands down recommended the B&W and they sell both. I'll have it tomorrow and can't wait to get her hooked.

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Let us know how you like it.

I'm looking for a new hitch for my factory (Ford Super Duty) puck system and have it down to these two as well. Real world experience from those using them is almost non-existent. I suppose that's because they work well. It is time to retire my 15k Reese (that I've had in 4 different trucks) and the window frame adapter I'm currently using.

Hopefully this doesn't turn into a "You must buy an Andersen" That is a different discussion for a different day.
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I currently own a B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch that I use in conjunction with a B&W turnoverball. I have used my Companion hitch for a bit of time (3+ seasons) and would absolutely recommend a B&W hitch to anyone.
Some of the key reasons why I would recommend a B&W hitch are that the connection between the hitch and kingpin is rock solid, the setup of the hitch is easy, the quality of the construction of the hitch is spot on and last but not least the customer service of the company is amazing.
I am confident that once you use the hitch you will feel the same.

Congratulations on your new hitch.

Just my $0.02

Also, congratulations on your new TV. That is a really sharp looking truck.
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Let us know how you like it.

I'm looking for a new hitch for my factory (Ford Super Duty) puck system and have it down to these two as well. Real world experience from those using them is almost non-existent. I suppose that's because they work well. It is time to retire my 15k Reese (that I've had in 4 different trucks) and the window frame adapter I'm currently using.

Hopefully this doesn't turn into a "You must buy an Andersen" That is a different discussion for a different day.
5Picker, I read the reviews on etrailer, watched a few YouTubes, , one of them, and I have a really good feeling about the B&W. I'll have it tomorrow and we'll see. I'll try to post my thoughts once I've towed with it.
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I currently own a B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch that I use in conjunction with a B&W turnoverball. I have used my Companion hitch for a bit of time (3+ seasons) and would absolutely recommend a B&W hitch to anyone.
Some of the key reasons why I would recommend a B&W hitch are that the connection between the hitch and kingpin is rock solid, the setup of the hitch is easy, the quality of the construction of the hitch is spot on and last but not least the customer service of the company is amazing.
I am confident that once you use the hitch you will feel the same.

Congratulations on your new hitch.

Just my $0.02

Also, congratulations on your new TV. That is a really sharp looking truck.
Tom, replies like yours helped in the deciding factor. Thanks for your input.
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Plus the B&W is all American made with inly American raw materials. Others may be assembled in America but with Chinese steel.
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Plus the B&W is all American made with inly American raw materials. Others may be assembled in America but with Chinese steel.
Yes, and that was another deciding factor
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I have only had one fifth wheel hitch and I have the companion slider. Based on the quality and ease of use I’d never consider another hitch even though it was more expensive than others.
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My neighbor has a Curt 20 and I have the B&W. He likes his color code but still likes mine better. He paid more for the Curt than eTrailer charged me.
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For several years I would fight to open cans with manual can openers. I probably bought a dozen made in China and paid about $4.50 each. Was at Wally World about two years ago and saw a total u.s.a. Manufactured opener for $10. I’m still using it and it cuts like butter.
The lesson here is BUY AMERICAN get a B&W, is is a very high quality product made with American steel.
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I'm looking for a new hitch for my factory (Ford Super Duty) puck system and have it down to these two as well. Real world experience from those using them is almost non-existent. I suppose that's because they work well. It is time to retire my 15k Reese (that I've had in 4 different trucks) and the window frame adapter I'm currently using.
B&W or bust.

Fantastic hitch.

Fantastic customer service.

And made in the USA.

That said, no experience with the Curt.

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https://learntorv.com/bw-turnover-ball-companion-hitch/
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I own the B&W love it. I didn’t have a hitch so had the salesman work it in the deal. I can tell how well made it is every time I remove or install in the truck. New truck same hitch
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i'll throw in another $.02 for what it is worth and ask a question. i have the curt Q20 hitch with legs for the ram factory pucks. i have had absolutely no problem with it. it also splits into two pieces to assist in installation / removal. i absolutely love the factory puck mounting. when not towing i take the hitch out and the bed is clear.

now the question. the curt locking mechanism has two jaws that come in from both sides to grasp the kingpin. i have seen other hitches that have a single jaw that holds kingpin. my fear is that if the two jaws of the curt were to open due to a failure it looks like they might open and release the kingpin. if those other hitches that have a single jaw completely across the kingpin were to fail it looks as if that jaw would stay in place and still hold the kingpin.

does anybody else have any thoughts about the two jaws vs a single jaw holding the kingpin?
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New B&W hitch

From everything said, I now have a new B&W Companion. Going to get it assembled this weekend and do a hook up in the drive. Can't do a tow yet. Need to get 1K miles on the new truck. Looking forward to seeing if it lives up to the hype
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Lol. I love mine so Much that I wax it! The finish on it is as nice as the paint on my truck!
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From everything said, I now have a new B&W Companion. Going to get it assembled this weekend and do a hook up in the drive. Can't do a tow yet. Need to get 1K miles on the new truck. Looking forward to seeing if it lives up to the hype
Any update?
How are you liking the B&W Companion?
I'm about to pull the trigger.
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Any update?
How are you liking the B&W Companion?
I'm about to pull the trigger.
Dooooo it!
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