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Companion™ - 5th Wheel Hitch

Product details:

Ever use your truck when you’re not towing?

We thought you did! The Companion 5th Wheel Hitch easily converts to a level bed.

The Companion 5th Wheel Hitch was designed to address the issue of sloppiness in hitches. The result is a quiet, cushioned ride that is free of jerking.  And it's removable. Free up your truck bed when you are not towing. 

The Companion, with its single-point-attachment, utilizes the B&W Turnoverball under-bed mounting system. The Turnoverball works as a gooseneck hitch as well. 

This complete system (Turnoverball with the Companion) will allow you to tow a 5th wheel trailer and a gooseneck trailer and leave your truck bed free for other things when you aren't towing. 

Part Number:  RVK3500

  • Fully articulating head allows front to back and side to side pivoting.
  • Cam action latching handle for easy release, even when parked on unlevel sites.
  • No mounting rails means using your truck for more than towing.
  • Wide stance, engineered for improved stability and strength.
  • 1" thick, wrap-around jaws fit kingpin perfectly, eliminating sloppy starts and stops.
  • Polyurethane bushings provide a quiet, rattle free towing experience.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
20000 LB. GTW
5000 LB. VTW

Product Weight:  Base 131 lbs; Coupler 75 lbs

 

Footprint:  30.5" Wide x 36" Deep

 

Measurement:  Center of hitch post to front edge (cab-side) of hitch: 18.5"   (14.5" for alternative post position for select truck models)

 

Adjustment:  Three vertical adjustments from 16.25" to 18.25"
4" of front to back adjustment with three coupler positions

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.

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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. 

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.

    Where do I position the RV arms? How much adjustment does it allow?

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.

 
We have been made aware of a product that is of special concern. This product replaces the pin box on a 5th wheel trailer and changes the pivot point from the hitch jaws to a point rearward of the hitch. It is our opinion that this configuration creates stress loads that fall outside the normal testing done on 5th wheel hitches. We are concerned that moving the pivot point rearward as much as 20 inches puts stress on the hitch (and the truck) that has not been widely studied. Therefore, we strongly discourage the use of our Companion 5th Wheel Hitch with one of these pin boxes.  Any product that prevents the king pin from rotating within the jaws of the Companion with a wedge or other device and moves the center of rotation to a point other than the locking jaws should not be used with the Companion.
 
When the Companion was engineered, the goal was to raise the bar in the 5th Wheel Hitch industry. We did that by offering a truly versatile hitch that has many desirable features including jaws that tightly fit the king pin, and a coupler that is cushioned and pivots in four directions. We also championed the ability to have a rail-free bed when not towing, with a single point attachment to the mounting system. The result is a sturdy, high quality hitch with a superb safety record.  This document in no way challenges the quality of the Companion.
    I have seen products, such as converters and extenders that say they can be used with your products. Is it true?

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.

The Companion 3500, released in October 2013, is just an updated version of the Companion 3000 that essentially hasn't changed in ten years.  The coupler is exactly the same, but a few updates were given to the base of the hitch.  These include:The base is equipped with plastic 'feet' that fill in the bed corrugations.There is more height adjustment (max height of the 3000 was 16.75, max height of the 3500 is 18.25).  The post is affixed to the hitch using bolts, rather than u-bolts.The entire hitch is rated at 20k, rather than 18k.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

Yes.  Because all of our Companion products (Patriot not included) use the same coupler head, you may purchase the base that works best for you.  Depending on your needs, we offer the Ford OEM Companion (using factory installed pucks) or a Companion Slider for short bed trucks.

You do not need a Teflon lube disc when pulling your RV. Using a lube disc is basically a matter of preference. Some people find that a disc wears quickly and doesn’t last very long. A lube disc that is too thick can prevent the kingpin from setting properly in the hitch jaws. The other option is to simply apply an automotive type chassis grease to the top plate of the hitch.

All of B&W's 5th wheel hitches utilize a cam action release for the jaws. When the latch handle is secured in the closed position, the jaws will stay  locked around the kingpin of your trailer for towing. When the latch handle is moved to the open position, the tension on the jaws is released, even though they may not visibly pop open. If your truck and trailer are on uneven ground, there may be a slight bind between the jaws and trailer kingpin. This is normal. With the cam mechanism open, there is nothing holding the jaws together. Simply pull forward. The jaws will open and you'll be unhitched from your trailer.

    Why won't the jaws on my Companion open when I pull the handle to the open position?

You will definitely want to know what your truck’s rating is before undertaking any towing activity. While we would love to be able to help our customers with those figures, they vary not only based on Make, Model and Year, but also things like Engine Size, Type of Transmission and even Gear to Axle Ratios. Luckily, there are several places to learn about your truck’s tow rating. 1 – Check your owner’s manual. Most owner’s manuals will have something regarding a tow rating, even for passenger cars. What you may find is that some manufacturers will provide extensive information on important ratings, while others provide a bare minimum. 2 – If your owner’s manual doesn’t provide the information you need, or if what is in there proves to be confusing, contact your local truck dealer. They will usually have that information readily available, or will be able to find it quickly. Having your VIN number handy will help this process along. 3 – Check the manufacturer’s website for the make and model of your truck. If you’re looking at buying a new truck, most manufacturer’s websites will offer at least some figures. If you still can’t find the pertinent information on your own, usually there will be a combination of e-mail, telephone and live chat options where you can hopefully get a direct answer. 4 – There are numerous online sites with detailed information. Here is one site that offers a good range of information. It includes PDF copies of past issues of Trailer Life magazine. Locate your year, make and model of your vehicle to find tow ratings, along with other helpful ratings. A website search will provide other sources of information. www.trailerlife.com/trailer-towing-guides

Using a wedge and pin box coupler is acceptable with the Patriot and Companion models that use a four-point puck attachment system. A wedge and pin box coupler should not be used with the Companion and Companion slider which both mount using the Turnoverball under bed mounting system. The forces generated at that single attachment point by a wedge device can damage the hitch and cause it to fail.
Removing & Reinstalling the Companion Model 3000 If there are two U-bolts attached to the RV post on your Companion base, you have the older model 3000. Uninstalling the hitch is a process of several steps. 1 – Remove the two saddle lock pins holding the RV coupler to the RV pivot arms. The coupler is now sitting loosely on the pivot arms and can be lifted off and set aside using the handles located on either side of the coupler. 2 – Loosen the nuts on the two U-bolts that attach to the RV post. 3 – Loosen the draw-down bolt holding the RV base to the RV post. 4 – Pull the latch pin handle, located in the driver’s side, rear fender and rotate it clockwise until it latches in the out position. The RV base and post can now be lifted from the hitch receiver socket in the bed. The base weighs 98 lbs and can be awkward to handle, so having two people or a mechanic’s lift to do the lifting makes for an easier and safer operation. Once the base has been removed, the Turnoverball can be dropped into the receiver socket. If you want to use your truck for something other than towing, just turn the ball over. Turn the latch pin handle counterclockwise until it engages and you’re ready to go. When reinstalling your Companion, it’s important that the steps are conducted in the proper order . 1 – Make sure the latch pin in the wheel well is pulled out and locked in the out position. Place the Companion base back in the truck bed, making sure the post slides all the way into the hitch receiver socket. Engage the latch pin by rotating the handle counterclockwise. 2 – Tighten the draw-down bolt in the top of the post to 40 ft-lb with a torque wrench. 3 – Next, tighten the nuts on the two U-bolts to 80 ft-lb each. It is very important that the draw-down bolt is tightened before the U-bolts are tightened. Also, you should not be able to disengage the latch pin in the wheel well when the base is installed correctly. 4 – Lubricate the polyurethane bushings on the pivot arms with high grade lithium grease. Set the coupler on the pivot arms and replace the lock pins through the RV saddle, making sure to insert the hairpins through the holes in the end of the pins. The coupler should rock freely on the pivot arms. Your Companion is now ready to use. If you need more information go to: www.turnoverball.com. Go to RV Hitches. On the Companion page, click on the Instructions Tab for further information.
Removing & Reinstalling The Companion Model 3500 If you have the newer model 3500 Companion, the process is a bit quicker because there are no U-bolts. 1 – Remove the two saddle lock pins holding the RV coupler to the RV pivot arms. The coupler is now sitting loosely on the pivot arms and can be lifted off and set aside using the handles located on either side of the coupler. When the handles are lifted, they unlock the coupler from the pivot arms. 2 – Swivel the locking bracket on the draw-down bolt out of the way and loosen the bolt. 3 – Pull the latch pin handle, located in the driver’s side, rear fender and rotate it clockwise until it latches out. The RV base, with the post attached, can now be lifted out of the hitch socket. The base of the 3500 weighs 129 lbs and can be awkward to handle, so having two people or a mechanic’s lift to lift it up and out of the bed makes for an easier and safer operation. Once the base has been removed, the Turnoverball can be dropped into the receiver socket. If you want to use your truck for something other than towing, just invert the ball to plug the hole. Turn the latch pin handle counterclockwise until it engages and you’re ready to go. To reinstall your Companion follow these steps. 1 - Make sure the latch pin in the wheel well is pulled out and locked in the out position. Place the Companion base back in the truck bed, placing the post in the hitch receiver socket. Engage the latch pin by rotating the handle counter clockwise. 2 - Tighten the draw-down bolt in the top of the post to 60 ft-lb with a torque wrench. Make sure to lock the draw down bolt in place by swiveling the locking bracket over the head of the bolt. You should not be able to disengage the latch pin in the wheel well when the base is installed correctly. 3 - Lubricate the polyurethane bushings on the pivot arms with high grade lithium grease. Set the coupler on the pivot arms and replace the lock pins through the RV saddle, making sure to insert the hairpins through the holes in the end of the pins. The coupler should rock freely on the pivot arms. Your Companion is now ready to use. If you need more information go to: www.turnoverball.com. Go to RV Hitches. On the Companion page, click on the Instructions Tab for further information.

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Companion™ - 5th Wheel Hitch Review

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Glad we had this strong hitch.
Review by Don McA From Happy Valley, Oregon
Posted on 07/11/2017

Twice we hit surprise non see-able big humps. Once in Bend, once at Silverfalls SP. Gawd AM was glad we had this strong hitch.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best hitch system I've worked with
Review by Chris Volkert From Bailey, Colorado
Posted on 07/03/2017

The Companion is the best hitch system, in my opinion. Mine is mounted to a Ram 3500, and used to pull at 43' RV. Previously, we had another brand. It was noisy, there was quite a bit of chucking, and it was REALLY noisy when there was no trailer hooked up. Plus, it was not easily removable for the off-season when I'm not towing an RV. Overall, the Companion is a great system. It allows for worry-free towing, and when you're not pulling a trailer, you can have the bed of your truck back to do other things. The only change I'm making is I'm upgrading to the Companion slider hitch, so I can maneuver better in tight spots.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
My Companion
Review by Robert Hall From Bonney lake, Washington
Posted on 05/30/2017

I absolutely live my new version companion hitch, I've had others but this one is the best, I love the ease of removal to have a level bed for other uses. Keep up the great work.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
perfect hitch & customer service
Review by Brian Hilzendeger From Bismarck, North Dakota
Posted on 05/03/2017

I have the turnoverball hitch in two of my pickups. the Made In the USA hitch is great. I had taken my companion hitch out and set the RV post to the side and lost it going down the road. contacted customer service, and was dealing with Amy. She sent out a new RV post for the companion 5th wheel hitch at no charge and received it within three days. great service and company, would not go with out my BW hitch

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best hitch ever
Review by Lonnie Garrett From Indianapolis, Indiana
Posted on 03/26/2017

this is my second unit. First one was stolen. Great product, reliable easy to use. Easy to assemble.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Perfect hitch
Review by Denise Mortati From Moreno Valley, California
Posted on 02/25/2017

We chose the B&W Companion hitch when we bought our 2002 F350 crew cab dually. When we got our 37ft 5th wheel in 2003 we were ready to tow. This hitch has been perfect! It can be removed when we need the truck bed and easily put back in. I have recently had an issue with the jaws not opening but found the solution here under FAQ's.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Loyal Customer
Review by Jon Whiting From Fargo, North Dakota
Posted on 12/30/2016

Made in the USA!!! I own a companion fifth wheel hitch system. Had it in my 3/4 ton gmc for 3 years. Last spring upgraded to a 1 ton gmc and a 43 foot fifth wheel the only thing I had to change was the undermount system. Best hitch ever. Also when I bought it brand new it comes grey. Well i drive black trucks and work at a bodyshop so I painted the hitch black. So not to takeaway from B&W I wanted there stickers on it so I called customer service and they mailed me new ones that I put right back on the hitch. Great service!!!! I also just ordered the adjustable hitch for the bumper hitch can't wait for that.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
ZERO CHUCKING
Review by Keo From Puyallup, Washington
Posted on 12/26/2016

I did my research and settled on the B&W Gooseneck w/ fifth wheel companion. Towing a 41' fifth wheel on our ram 1 ton we had the B&W installed, after logging several thousand miles we find no issue with this tank of a hitch. ZERO chucking, no slop at king pin and easy hitching/unhitching. Uneven ground no problem. The machined Jaw on the companion cradles the king pin like a glove and provides for a smooth tow, at times it feels like there is no trailer attached. (RAM TRUCK CUMMINS POWER) I recommend this to anyone and everyone. American made, well built, second to none.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Perfect Customer Service
Review by David Payne From Port Republic, Maryland
Posted on 11/29/2016

I have owned this hitch for a couple of years. I have had zero issues with it. However, when I got my bed liner installed they put the hitch back in the truck and over torqued the bolt, causing it to break. I called the customer service number and explained what happened. In less then 2 minutes the lady told me the new parts were on the way no charge. WOW.....that's customer service.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Perfect Solution!
Review by Charles Spray From Bryson City, North Carolina
Posted on 09/28/2016

I purchased the B&W Turnover gooseneck hitch and the Companion 5th wheel hitch back in 2002 installing them in a then new 2002 Powerstroke equipped F-350 Crewcab dually 4x4. I wanted a set up that allowed the bed of the truck to remain un-obstructed when the hitch was not in use. We tow a 36 foot Holiday Rambler Imperial 5th wheel on occasion, and a gooseneck horse trailer, however we also haul a slide in truck camper for weekend trips. The install was straight forward. I purchased a 4 inch metal hole saw to make as neat of an install as possible and it fits perfectly. The hitch is very solid and well made, having no issues in almost 15 years of use. When not hauling or towing campers, the truck has a fiberglass matching tonneau cover on it. I installed a Bed Rug bed liner and the bed functions like a large trunk when the tonneau is in place. When configured in this manner the Turnover hitch is invisible unless one looks under the truck. When towing I remove the tonneau, zip out the floor part of the bed rug leaving the sides in place, roll out a rubber bed mat that has been cut out to fit around the Companion Hitch. Connect the the hitch per instructions and now the truck is a HD 5th wheel tow vehicle. I can't think of a better designed, better built hitch system to install in one's truck for towing. When using the slide in camper, the Companion is removed, and the Turnover ball placed in the inverted position which seals up the hole in the floor. The Bed Rug fits over the hitch, and again the hitch is invisible. The floor of the truck is completely flat. The slide-in , camper sits perfectly in the bed of the truck, as if there was no hitch there.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Safety! Safety! Safety! And, MADE IN THE USA!!!!!!!
Review by Chip Saunders From Naples, Florida
Posted on 07/29/2016

I moved up from a travel trailer to a 5th wheel recently. I was impressed with the B&W bumper hitch so we shopped and of course bought a companion 5th wheel. I'm just as impressed with the gooseneck hitch and Companion 5th wheel is again made in the USA. Whats so great about this hitch other than it's made in the USA. The quality of the components,the welds, ease of set up, the ability to remove the 5th wheel in easy to handle components, and the easy adjustments to adapt to any 5th wheel. All of this and should we choose to get another truck we just install another gooseneck and transfer the companion to the new truck. So in review, what's "not" to like about this 5th wheel.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
retired
Review by Mitch Holland From Lexington, Alabama
Posted on 06/29/2016

This hitch went together quicker and easier than I thought it would. Have not got to use it yet but from what I have read it will be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Buy B&W , Buy Made in the U.S.A.
Review by Edward Norris From Kitts Hill, Ohio
Posted on 06/03/2016

2 trucks, 2 different hitches doing the same job. In 2 years of heavy use the Other Brand had to be replaced twice. I won't say what brand it was (but they were painted black and said Made in China on them.) The same B&W hitch works exactly like it did 2 years ago.  Now both trucks have great B&W hitches in them.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Mr
Review by Justin Price From New Iberia, Louisiana
Posted on 05/16/2016

Would not trust my truck or my camper with any other hitch. In fact I am buying a 2nd Companion hitch for my other dually. I tell people all the time,  don't risk dropping your load go with a B&W and forget about it. 5 ++ stars

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
B & W 3050 hitch
Review by Gordon Stebens From Kingfisher, Oklahoma
Posted on 03/24/2016

The Companion 3050 hitch was so easy to put together with very simple English instructions. Very well thought out engineering as one can tell if you every have put one of these together yourself. The only small issue to remember when taking out and putting in the hitch is you will have to torque & un-torque the draw down bolt each time. This will then allow your hitch pin to release and pull out.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Great Customer Service
Review by Tom Knutson From Vermillion, South Dakota
Posted on 02/18/2016

I previously had to pick up with a B&W turnover ball and was very happy with it. When I got my new truck I had a B&W turnover ball installed and went with the companion hitch because I knew they make a good product. I haven't towed a camper with it yet but I know I will like it because its a heavy built, solid product and I don't want the rails in my box when the hitch is out. I had one issue when it was installed. There was a sticker on the back of the hitch that was crooked. I contacted the company and these guys went over and above to do anything they could to correct the problem. I would recommend this American made company to anyone.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
The Name Says it all B&W, The Best
Review by Benjamin lucero From bloomfield, New Mexico
Posted on 02/11/2016

You just don't find customer service like this. The bolt on the post of my Companion 5th wheel hitch sheared off. So I called and said I need one and how much?? I explained to them what happened and all they asked for was my serial # and a new one was on the way and this is getting me back on the road. You get what you pay for. I have no-problems with my goose neck hitch or my Tow & Stow receiver please keep up the good work and thank you so very much.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
B&W Companion and Turnover Ball, AMERICAN Product at its BEST!
Review by CHRIS REYNOLDS From ATASCADERO, California
Posted on 01/11/2016

We switched from a 28 ft bumper pull to a 28 ft fifth wheel. My truck is a 2007 Dodge 2500 4X4 , 5.9 Cummins with a 6 speed stick. I wanted a hitch that removed easily and left my bed with no rails or a bunch of holes. The Companion hitch and Turnover Ball duo filled the bill. My first impression was a feeling of FULL stability while towing that I had never felt before. It handles the 5th wheel so well that now my wife will drive the rig which she would never do with the bumper pull trailer. The workmanship and quality on the whole assembly is second to none. I have been involved in Automotive and Truck repair for over 45 years and this is the ONLY hitch now that I would recommend. My Thanks to the B&W design team and the team of American workers that build a top quality product.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Loyal Customer
Review by John S From Litchfield Park, Arizona
Posted on 01/08/2016

I recently traded my Chevrolet 2500HD for a RAM 3500 after upgrading to a larger 5th wheel RV, about 16,000 GVW. What a pleasant surprise finding out RAM and B&W go together like a hand and glove. The stock HD RAM includes a factory cross member above the axle that accepts the proper B&W gooseneck hitch without having to build a cross member like the GM products require. Installation is a relative snap. I kept my Companion 3500 hitch so the monetary pain was minimized, and whoever buys my old truck is set up for a great towing system. Keep up the good work B&W, and God bless you and America!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Love the B&W Companion!!!
Review by Gil Williams From Cullman, Alabama
Posted on 11/13/2015

New to pulling a 5th wheel and had no clue what 5th wheel hitch to buy, after much investigating decided that if the Companion was good enough for RAM and I have a RAM w/the 5th wheel prep group that the Companion should be good enough for me. Bought and installed one and then picked up our new Puma Unleashed toy hauler the next day and I love this setup! NO chucking, easy to use, easy to install and overall the best bang for the buck IMO!!!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Incredibly easy to setup and use.
Review by Peter Gaulhofer From Edmonton, AB
Posted on 11/13/2015

Great hitch, coming from a buyers 24k to this is like going from an old car to a new Audi. No chater or noise only downside is its a little heavy by yourself.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
They still honor their product after 10 years
Review by Mark From Middletown, Virginia
Posted on 11/13/2015

I've had the companion (original style) since 2005. Last week I encountered the nut seizing issue on the U-bolt for the 2nd time. Last time was 4 years ago. It's not a part you can find in stock at a hardware store. Four years ago and today, all they need was my serial # and sent me replacement parts at no cost. Thank you B & W.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Loyal B&W customer.
Review by David Burrell From Molalla, Oregon
Posted on 11/13/2015

I bought one of these because I already had two trucks with B&W gooseneck hitches. I loved this thing. It worked great. So I bought a 2015 Dodge with the puck system and found myself shopping for a fifth wheel hitch again. I decided to try and save a few hundred dollars and bought a Curt brand hitch. Boy am I sorry. I don't like the Curt at all. Well I won't make that mistake again. I'm a loyal B&W man now.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
My first, my last, my Champion! :-)
Review by Caroline Barringer From Franklin Square, New York
Posted on 11/13/2015

I just purchased my Dodge RAM 2500 and 26 ft. 5th Wheel last month (Oct. 2nd). The Dodge dealer installed a hitch for me. I asked for another brand, but received a B&W Companion instead. Being brand new to towing, I was worried at first, but on my first work tour (41 days, 6500 miles) in my rig, I stayed at many RV parks over that time and so many people said what a safe and reliable hitch I chose. Little did they know... it chose me! I think my vertical height is a bit too high as my trailer isn't quite level when I pull it, so I will need to get that fixed (not sure where to do that just yet), but the ride was great, it was really easy to operate, and I felt totally secure pulling my first 5th wheel on my maiden voyage. Thanks so much B&W. I didn't realize that I started out with the gold standard. You're my first hitch and you'll be my last one too!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
The BEST HITCH EVER...............
Review by Jim Brooks From Springfield, Mo.
Posted on 05/26/2015
I bought the Companion with the older base design a couple years ago. It had a issue and I called B&W. They told me to cut it into 2 pieces. Done. 2 days later I had a new base. I have had other brands, but the customer service and the fact that this is the best hitch I have ever used will keep me a B&W customer forever.

It latches and un-latches effortlessly. Friends with other brands have bought B&W hitches after watching me hook-up and un-hook.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Excellent product.
Review by Jeff R From Jupiter, Florida
Posted on 04/27/2015
When I decided to purchase a fifth wheel hitch, I absolutely dreaded having the rails in my truck bed. They are unsightly, collect dirt and leave the truck bed altered forever. I remember seeing the B&W companion advertised in a magazine, so the name stuck until I was ready to buy. I researched the Companion and decided that was the one. When i was shopping for a fifth wheel, every salesman asked what hitch I had. I said B&W Companion. Every single time, they nodded and said, "yep, you have the best."
I never heard one bad thing about the Companion. I did the install and it was straight forward and everything fit great. The quality can be seen and felt.
This hitch is truly a quality piece. It would not be possible without all the folks at B&W taking pride in their work and producing an exceptional product.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
KUDOS ERIC for providing exceptional customer service.
Review by Paul W. From Corrales, NM
Posted on 04/16/2015
This is the 2nd B&W 5th Wheel Hitch I have purchased and I do so because of the superior customer service they provide. Eric KUDOS to you for your prompt and efficient help resolving my Pivot Arm issue. This is the reason I buy trailer hitches from you and why you inspire customer confidence.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Great hitch. So easy to install and use.
Review by Jym Quinlan From Cincinnati,Ohio
Posted on 03/30/2015
Awesome hitch. Installed in a 2005 Ford F-350. Installs in a couple hours with ease. Very well built. No problems at all. Mounts and unmounts in 2 minutes. Pulls our 42 foot camper great. Adjustable for any trailer. Gooseneck ball stores in place and is ready to use in an instant. Great having bed completely open in a few minutes. No rails or brackets to deal with.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best hitch on the market!
Review by Jeffrey Mills From Perris, CA
Posted on 12/01/2014
I have the older model #3000 and spoke with Amy this morning regarding the U bolts and Riser stand bolts not coming apart to remove the hitch. She is sending me replacement at no charge and explained about the new upgrade RVB3500. I'm going to fix mine for now, but will definitely upgrade after the new year.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Fast safe and easy!
Review by Matt From South La
Posted on 11/21/2014
I'm on my 3rd B&W turnover ball hitch. I have the companion 5th wheel hitch that i tow my 40' Montana with and it's awesome! When I back under my camper and pin the handle down theirs no question if it's locked.
The best part about the hitch is I can take it in and out by myself (2 piece's) and when I need to haul in my bed theirs no rails in the way. I can also put the goose neck ball in place and haul my cattle trailer or my flat bed trailer. I have the 3 way bumper receiver hitch that B&W makes that works great . Fast Safe and Easy great job B&W!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Nothing but good to say about my hitch - LOVE IT
Review by Doug S From Columbia, MD
Posted on 11/21/2014
I have nothing but good things to say about my B&W Companion Hitch. After reading about horror stories of dropped fifth wheels and watching 4 different RV delivery drivers, I have even more respect love and fanaticism of my B&W hitch. Whenever I talk to new RVers, I recommend this hitch and talk it's virtues. I've also communicated with B&W for questions and have always received top notch responses. I have nothing but good to say (and that's rare).
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best Hitch Made!
Review by Johnny Chaffin From Cookeville,TN.
Posted on 11/07/2014
I pull a 40' Fifth wheel, 30Ft gooseneck enclosed, 25ft gooseneck duel tandem equipment trailer. The best hitch system I have ever used. I have had this system installed in the last three trucks I have owned. Pulled trailers thousands of miles, I will never use ANY other hitch system. Easy to install, good instructions, DIY in four hours max! The mount, ball, and Companion are always ready to use. Leaves my bed open for daily use. Great system.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best ever hands down
Review by Sam From Loyal Wisconsin
Posted on 10/06/2014
I have been all over the united states pulling an RV with my B&W Companion hitch. It's been on 3 different trucks and it still is by far the best hitch I've ever seen or owned.
You can remove it in seconds and have full access to the bed with out having them rails in the bed.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
I still have full access to my bed!
Review by Michael Chandler From Nashville, TN
Posted on 10/03/2014
We have a Jayco pinnacle 40'. I pull it with a Chevy one ton dually. I really like this hitch its easy to take out and put in. This is our first 5th wheel and always heard bad stories about the hook up part. Not with this hitch. I made a handle to make it easier for me so I can do all the latching from outside the bed. No more using a small ladder or crawling in the back. Thanks again I always recommend this hitch to everyone. A repeat customer always.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best of the best.
Review by Joe Hunt From Waynesburg, PA
Posted on 09/18/2014
We've been living in our Mobile Suites for 5 years now. We've pulled it across country 5 times so far all with another brand hitch which I was not crazy about. I just bought a new GMC 3500 Denali and decided to get the best. It looks great and functions well. Haven't pulled with it yet but work will be taking me on the road in another couple weeks and I'll report back.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Just what I wanted.
Review by Don From Mineola, NY
Posted on 09/15/2014
Just installed the turnover ball and companion and so far I'm very impressed. Easy as pie. The mount seems to be super strong and the 20k capacity for the companion is plenty for me. The fact the the ball can be inverted to retain the bed without obstruction is great!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
If You Say Money Can't Buy Happiness...You Haven't Bought A Companion Yet !!
Review by Gordon Meek From Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada
Posted on 08/06/2014
I have been away from it for about 5-6 yrs. now, but I used to be an RV Technician in the Okanagan here in BC. I have installed many hitches in my time with 90% being Reese, and a few being Husky. They all work well....some better than others depending on the model. When I bought a used '06 F-350 recently, it already had a B&W Gooseneck Turnoverball installed, and my first thought was "I'm going to have to go through the hassle of removing this in order to install a 5th". Later on I was thinking about which hitch I wanted to buy when the light bulb lit ! It had been a long time, and I had forgotten (as I only ever seen one before) that B&W makes the Companion for this system. Well I know I paid more than I would have for the old standard Reese....But boy am I ever pleased ! I have never used a better hitch. I have been in a few tight spots where my other hitches would have bound up and left me wigglin' and jigglin' trying to uncouple, but this Companion hitch, you drop your landing gear, swing open the lever for the jaws, and even when there is tension on the jaws that don't permit them to "pop" open....just get in your truck, pull ahead, and it uncouples. It's that simple. I also love the part about having it come apart into two pieces and giving me back a level truck bed again. Also, I may not have the need to pull a gooseneck right now...but I can, and they also have other accessories too.
Long story short....Do yourself a favor and take the advice from someone who truly does know....this hitch is Excellent!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Great Products and Great Customer Service and Warranty
Review by Daniel Allen From Copper Center, AK
Posted on 06/27/2014
A very high quality Hitch System. I have always used the turn over Ball goose neck hitch, and it was a natural when we also purchased a 39ft Raptor Toy hauler last year to get the Companion. We bought the camper and Companion in Las Vegas last year and have put 29,000 miles on them. Very Very satisfied with both the product and the service from B&W. There isn't a better company to do business with period.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Yes, I recomend this hitch system.
Review by Mike Champion From South Hill, VA
Posted on 05/02/2014
I really like the companion hitch. I can install and remove the unit by myself. It bolts in very easy. It takes out the jerking and tows smooth. Customer service is great ( AMY did a great job answering my question ). Really a good unit.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
B&W Companion is the best 5th Wheel Hitch on the Market!!!
Review by Jason Cooper From Farmington, MO
Posted on 04/28/2014
the companion hitch is awesome! if you are still using the rail system you have got to switch to one of these. hook up and unhook is a snap. loosen a couple bolts and pull the pin in your wheel well and your bed is completely empty and usable.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Must-Have Hitch for Fifth Wheel Owners
Review by Luke & Jody Duquette From Heber Springs, AR
Posted on 10/31/2013
We are brand new RV owners. Our first RV is a 40-foot Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel, being towed by a F350 6.7L dually. B&W Hitches were recommended to us by a master certified RV technician who also uses a B&W hitch. Luke and a friend installed the hitch in our truck in an afternoon. We did have to get a larger torque wrench for the install. We have now pulled the RV over 2,000 miles. I (Jody) thought hooking up the fifth wheel to the truck would be a long, stressful process but this hitch system is so easy! We have done a pull test every time we have hooked up, and the jaws have snapped in place and held correctly every time. Removal, if we need to use the truck bed, is easy, but best to do with two people. Just need to loosen a few bolts. I like the coating on the hitch; I think it will continue to look nice for a long time. Top notch. American made. Enough said.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
RARE THESE DAYS
Review by Ben Thomas From Seattle, WA
Posted on 10/18/2013
I am submitting this review on behalf of the staff at B&W. I called in regards to the RV Post screw breaking off and was in need of that new part. I had my credit card out and was ready for the usual bad news that the part was a special order and that it cost an arm and leg. If you own a travel trailer, rv or fifth wheel you know what I am talking about. The nice lady I talked to (Paula?) took my information and said "Ok, that will be there in about 3 to 4 days". "Don't you need my credit card or something?" I asked. "Nope". Courtesy of B&W. "Well, can I pay some money and get it to me sooner?" "I can overnight it to you" she says. "Ok, how much will that be?". No charge. Wow! Great customer service is something that is hard to find these days. Nice Work B&W Team!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
You Get ... What you pay for.
Review by Mark T. Stuber From Traverse City, Michigan
Posted on 07/29/2013
I am the Wagon Master for a RV Club, for the Midwest Region. So, I travel a lot, plus I have been RVing for ... well, my whole life.

I had always had a "Reese" type hitch because, quite frankly, A B&W Turnover/Companion Hitch ... is expensive (Notice I did not say "Isn't Cheap) but, I truly believe, now...You DO...Get, what you pay for.

I bought a "New to Me" Crew Cab, Long Box, Dually, Ford 1 Ton truck. I had thought about transferring my rail type hitch over to my new dually. I had heard how nice a B&W hitch is, from my friends, and decided to "Go For It"... Well, BEST choice I made in a long time.

I had always hated how much of a pain it was to remove my old hitch when I wanted to use my truck for hauling something. Imagine that, use it for another purpose.

When I wrestled out the hitch head, and mount I was still stuck with the "RAILS" blocking my flat truck bed ... Grrrrrrrr ... !!!!! Now, when I want to use it for another purpose, loosen a few bolts, pull some pins, a lever ... Bing, Bang, done!!!!!!!!!!!! A flat pick-up truck bed.

Installing it back in is a breeze, it breaks down into small pieces for easy assembly. Talk about easy. Hitching is the best part (aside from un-hitching). I pull the lever to open the jaw cams, set it close to the rig, and get my height of the fiver just where I want it, back the truck,and the jaws clamp around, and the lever swings, with a Clank sound ... so, I know it is closed. I lift my leveling feet a couple inches off ground, do a "Pull Test" to be sure it is hitched proper, and we are off. (After I raise the landing gear rest of way, break-away cable, elec connection, etc...)

Un-hitching is a breeze also. I drop the landing gear, pull safety tab holding lever shut, open lever and as I raise the 5er pin the jaws open automatically ... Like MAGIC ... WOW!!!!!

If you have ever "Fought" with your hitch, to un-hitch, you will surely LOVE that part ... Easy Peasy ...

Some might say "I drank the Kool-Aid". Well, if I did, more people need to also. Things in life would be a lot more calm ... No CUSS words, about your Hitch not working right.

Ohhhhhhh, One more thing ... Actually Most Important thing, besides it working proper. IT IS MADE IN AMERICA BY AMERICAN WORKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this Important to me????? .....YOU BET IT IS......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
An excellent product from an excellent company.
Review by Jeremy Fuller From Federal Way, Washington
Posted on 07/24/2013
We have an F350 with a B&W Turnball Gooseneck, and also needed to accommodate a large 5th wheel RV. In addition I needed to be able to remove the hitch when needed in the off-season, and also needed to consider the hitch weight due to a weight limitation I have. The B&W Companion hitch fully met my expectations. It is well made, easy to operate, has proven to be very durable, and it separates into two parts for relatively easy handling. Further, I have found B&W's customer response to be outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend this hitch and B&W products to anyone, or to purchase another myself.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
LOT BETTER THAN A BALL HITCH
Review by Daryl Hord From Glasgow, MO
Posted on 07/18/2013
NICE AND EASY TO INSTALL AND REMOVE, CAMPER PULLS EASIER WITH THIS HITCH, THIS HITCH TAKES OUT THE BOUNCE AND JERK WHILE PULLING.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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