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Old 04-26-2016, 10:37 PM   #11
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I personally would stay with B&W or pullrite, as they are made I'm the USA. Curt is made in China.

I love my B&W Patriot!
The made in China helps me make a decision! I hadn't caught that...Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:42 PM   #12
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B&W now makes a Companion in a slider version!!! I drive a 15' RAM 2500 6.7 crew cab 4x4 short bed with the factory puck system and rolled the dice and installed the B&W Companion NON slider last summer (slider was not out yet) and have 0 clearance issues pulling a Puma Unleashed 351THSS 37' toy hauler. With all that said, the front cap of the Puma has corners that are cut way back therefore allowing a lot sharper turn radius w/o a slider 5th wheel hitch. I am able to get the truck 90* of trailer on uneven ground and still maintain a little cap to cab clearance. I do have my B&W adjusted all the way rearward and as low as it will go to keep the trailer as level as possible which still gives me 9" bed rail to trailer frame clearance. (I also have the pin adjusted as far up as possible in pin box to lower the nose of trailer to keep it level when towing).

The B&W is pricey, but rock solid and NEVER rattles whether hitched or not. The ease of hitching and un-hitching is stupid easy and completely effortless. Open the jaws with the lever and when everything stops, drop the lock pin in the lever, raise the landing gear and roll out.

Another great part about the B&W is I can be too far left or right and the plate will grab the pin and guide it right in the jaws. (I have a truck box in the bed of my truck and can't see what's going on and therefore have to rely on feel and common sense). LOL

Long story short, my $ will stay with B&W products as long as they keep up the quality they currently have.
Thanks for the information!
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:43 PM   #13
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Also, measure the height of existing hitch to bed floor.......try to stay close in height, or you'll be in to moving, up or down, the pin box.....and that might give you a bed rail clearance problem
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:52 PM   #14
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Also, measure the height of existing hitch to bed floor.......try to stay close in height, or you'll be in to moving, up or down, the pin box.....and that might give you a bed rail clearance problem

That is a problem us RAM owners have..........They sit so high up in the rear that it's impossible to get the trailer completely level short of putting a lift kit on the trailer itself........... My B&W is adjusted all the way down and pin box all the way up and trailer still sits nose high when towing. I have thought about drilling more holes in trailer frame to put pin box 2" higher, but then I lose bedrail / trailer frame clearance.

What is the recc clearance for bedrail to trailer frame???
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I solved that by lowering my 4x4 by removing rear spring spacer blocks, and clamping the front coils down 1 coil....ride now is no different than it was.....6" bed rail clearance. Didn't want to raise trailer, think it looks goofy....side winds, steps, and so forth also figured in...
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:09 PM   #16
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I really like our B&W Companion. Quiet, adjustable, and easy. I've seen some 5th wheel hitches that allow way too much side to side tilt. IMO a 5th wheel should only allow a few degrees of tilt side to side. B&W even adds a dampener.

I pull a gooseneck trailer as well, so I already had the turnover ball. The companion was a no brainer.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:31 PM   #17
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Another very satisfied b&w companion hitch owner. Actually on my second after our fifth wheel rolled in a black ice accident. The b&w, I'd say, saved my truck and family from being pulled over with the 40' fifth wheel. Insurance covered the hitch or is just kept the old one after replacing a couple pins.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:27 AM   #18
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I believe Curt is made in Wisconsin. and I think they are in Wisconsin USA
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:51 AM   #19
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Check out the Andersen Ultimate. Plenty of youtubes to see. If you research here or RV.net you will find that most of us owners really like them. No slider needed.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:01 AM   #20
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We have a '15 Chevy 3500 SB/CC SRW pulling a '15 Piper 355RE. B&W Turnover and 3500 Companion. Easy hookup, negligible chucking now we are setup properly, and no noise. Only hitch I've owned, maybe I'm biased! Couldn't be happier. Never gets close to the cab, the RV is designed for Short beds, me thinks!
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