FAQ - Companion™ - 5th Wheel Hitch
The Companion gives two inches of height adjustment, from 14.75 to 16.75 inches tall, and four inches of fore and aft adjustment. See the diagram for RV arm positions.
The short answer is yes, many folks towing fifth-wheel trailers with shortbed trucks successfully use the Companion.
There are many factors to consider when addressing the issue of cab clearance. To answer the question for you specific truck and trailer, pay attention to the following:
- Pin Box Location-Is the Kingpin even with the front of the trailer, or is it recessed behind the front of the trailer? Some 5th wheel manufacturer's have compensated for the prevalence of shortbed trucks by building extended kingpin boxes.
- Type of trailer and shape. Narrower trailers allow a tighter turning radius. Trailers that are built with rounded corners accommodate more cab clearance than squared corners.
- Finally, the type of maneuvering that will be required while towing. Do you anticipate lots of sharp turns while towing, or is it only highway driving with little or no backing?
At B&W, there is nothing more important to us than the safety of our customers. Because of our commitment to exceptional design and quality, we often see products on the market that refer to B&W products or state that they can be used with B&W products. As a rule of thumb, we do not recommend any product that is used in conjunction with our mounting system that has not been manufactured and tested by B&W, even if that product states that it can be used with B&W products. Doing so will void our warranty, but more importantly, could create a safety issue.
The beauty of the Turnover Ball is that, when the ball is stored upside-down in the receiver, it perfectly fills the hole and doesn't allow dirt and grime to get in. We have been reluctant to provide a cover because doing so may also keep the hitch from being flush with the bed, a benefit we have worked hard to engineer into each of our hitch models.
The Companion is painted with a medium gray powder coat finish.
Yes. However, if you are using a plastic drop in bed liner you will need to cut a hole in the liner large enough for the Companion base to set in.
One of the reasons the Companion is so innovative is because the mounting system (commonly referred to as 'rails') are beneath the bed of the truck, mounted to the frame. This mounting system includes a four inch hole in the bed that a post can be dropped into. The Companion base has a square post that fits into this hole.
After the Companion base is set into the mounting hole, a lever in the wheelwell is turned, engaging a pin through the post. A drawdown bolt on top of the post creates upward pressure on the pin. Finally, u-bolts are utilized to connect the post to the base.
The last step is locking the coupler portion of the hitch on top of the base.