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Old 09-29-2014, 03:46 PM   #31
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Out of curiosity - what made you latch the butch's bed saver, but not actually check that your hitch was latched? What made one stand out in your mind over the other?

(Just curious as I'm known to be absentminded. )
I keep looking at this thread and wondering the same thing but I did not want to be the first to ask that question...
You would still have to remember to latch Butch's saver device, wouldn't you? So if you forget one, why wouldn't you forget the other??
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:54 PM   #32
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This is seems to be impossible with a B&W Companion. I can't get my handle to budge if there is weight on the hitch at all. I have to see daylight between the two before I can open the jaws.

BUT- I've read people putting a padlock where the pin goes to lock the handle in place.
That is one of the features I love about my B&W!! It is impossible to mis-hitch or high hitch a B&W and until you get most of the pin weight off you are not releasing the latch. And the fact that the latch bar will not move to the locked position unless the jaws are over centered AND locked is awesome. I guess if somebody was anal enough you could put a lock where the latch pin goes, would just be an impediment to a brilliant device IMHO.
And it is made in America, unlike some other stuff out there....
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:04 PM   #33
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That is one of the features I love about my B&W!! It is impossible to mis-hitch or high hitch a B&W and until you get most of the pin weight off you are not releasing the latch. And the fact that the latch bar will not move to the locked position unless the jaws are over centered AND locked is awesome. I guess if somebody was anal enough you could put a lock where the latch pin goes, would just be an impediment to a brilliant device IMHO.
And it is made in America, unlike some other stuff out there....
Ditto on the PullRite hitches also...and made in USA!
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:41 PM   #34
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I also have the B&W and the DW insists I padlock the hitch lever once the jaws lock. I also do a test pull with the landing gear about 6", just to make sure. I can also testify that the B&W will not unlatch with weight on it.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:44 PM   #35
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Both the DW and I check the hitch, do a pull test each time. She reminds me to do so. I have also painted the latch on the Reese, it also has a flag built in that prevents the safety pin from being installed. The reese is one big claw that comes in from 1 side as opposed to 2 claws one from each side. Not sure if this is better or not. My dealer only sells 2 hitches, one is Reese 16k and the other is Reese Elite. I wanted pucks.
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:32 PM   #36
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I wouldn't be so sure about the B&W not unlatching with weight on the pin. Had the same thing as a previous poster happen with my brother-in-laws trailer. So used to a gooseneck it was just a habit to reach in and release the jaws before landing gear and chocks. Released the handle and moved around to start chocking the tires. As he lowered gears the jaws released and trailer started rolling. Fortunately very minimal damage to both.

Though you are right that the jaws won't open with weight, if handle was released would think that the wrong bump could release the jaws. Can definitely say I learned from that experience. I will also be using a padlock from now on.


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Old 10-01-2014, 09:15 PM   #37
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Not sure about yours but my handle will not move at all with the pin weight on the 5th wheel.
If the handle will not move the jaws can not release.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:48 AM   #38
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I just got my Butch's 5th wheel hitch safety latch in the mail yesturday so going to install it today. Very nice kit, comes with everything you need except tools and drill. Let's see there were drill bits, a punch, ink pens, gloves and directions for the install. Very Nice kit!!!
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:03 PM   #39
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I have a B&W. What I am I missing? I can unlatch it with weight on it.

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I have a Reese and I don't unlatch mine until the front landing gear are down and I don't raise the gear until I know the pen latch is closed, but I'm still installing the Butch's safety latch today case my old self ever messes up. LOL $85 with shipping to prvent $4000 in damages is good insurance for me.
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