Companion™ - 5th Wheel Hitch

Companion 5th Wheel Hitch by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion with Turnoverball underbed mounting system
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch under bed mounting system. The B&W Turnoverball
Companion under-bed mounting system. The B&W Turnoverball
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch Installed by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch Installed
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch Polyurethane Bushings by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch Polyurethane Bushings
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch 3 Steps by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch simple 3 step removal
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch by B&W Trailer Hitches
5th Wheel RV Trailer

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, cusioned ride that is free of jerking. And it's removable. Free up your truck bed when you are not towing. The Companion utilizes the B&W Turnoverball under-bed mounting system.

Part Number:  RVK3500

  • Fully articulating head allows front to back and side to side pivoting.
  • Three vertical adjustments from 16.25" to 18.25"
  • 4" of front to back adjustment with three coupler positions
  • Cam action latching handle for easy release, even when parked on unlevel sites
  • Utilizes the B&W Turnoverball™ under-bed mounting system. Pull a Gooseneck or a 5th Wheel with the same system.
  • 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.
  • Product Weight:  Base 131 lbs, Coupler 75 lbs
20,000 LB. GTW
5,000 LB. VTW

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a cover for the hole in the bed?

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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What color is the Companion, I can't tell from the pictures?

The Companion is painted with a medium gray powder coat finish.

Will the Companion work with my bedliner?

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. 

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

The Companion has three height positions; 16.25", 17.25" and 18.25".  In addition, it has two positions for mounting the post, which allows more forward/aft adjustment.  There are several things that you will want to consider when deciding what configuration to use for your Companion arms.  In choosing the height for the arms, keep in mind that that the king pin will need to clear the truck bed sides.  In choosing the post/arm position that allows for the best fore/aft towing position, consider turning clearance as well as the position relative to the axle.

Where do I position the RV arms? How much adjustment does it allow?
I have seen products, such as converters and extenders that say they can be used with your products. Is it true?

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?
How does the Companion install?

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 released, engaging a pin through the post.  A drawdown bolt on top of the post creates upward pressure on the pin. 

The last step is locking the coupler portion of the hitch on top of the base.

Check out our installation videos on our YouTube page to see a hands on demonstration.

Q: What are the differences between the Companion 3000 and the Companion 3500

The Companion 3500, released in October 2013, is just an updated version of the Companion 3000 that essentially hasn't changed in over fifteen 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.

A video covering the updates is available here.

Can I use the Companion with my short bed truck?

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?

If you would like to have the ability to move the kingpin rearward temporarily while maneuvering, make the switch to the Companion Slider.  The Slider uses the same coupler as the other Companions.  You may purchase the base separately.

Can I purchase the base separate from the coupler?

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. We also offer a Flat Bed model.

Support Documents

Document Name Size
Companion Flatbed Model 3050 Installation Instructions Download 194.75 KB
RV Head Leveling Kit Installation Instructions Download 311.15 KB
Companion Model 3000 Installation Instructions Download 1.61 MB
Companion (RVK3000) Foot Pad Installation Kit (For use with 2011 Ford SD) Download 228.96 KB
Companion (RVK3000) Ram Feet - RVXA3120 Download 94.09 KB
Companion Model 3500 Installation Instructions Download 412.93 KB
Companion Warranty Download 878.96 KB
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How to Install the Companion
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New Companion Features
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Learn How Companion Jaws Operate
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Why the Companion is So Quiet
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Customer Reviews

Must-Have Hitch for Fifth Wheel Owners
By Luke & Jody Duquette from Heber Springs, AR on October 31, 2013
5
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.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
RARE THESE DAYS
By Ben Thomas from Seattle, WA on October 18, 2013
5
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!
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
You Get ... What you pay for.
By Mark T. Stuber from Traverse City, Michigan on July 29, 2013
5
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......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
An excellent product from an excellent company.
By Jeremy Fuller from Federal Way, Washington on July 24, 2013
5
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.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
LOT BETTER THAN A BALL HITCH
By Daryl Hord from Glasgow, MO on July 17, 2013
5
NICE AND EASY TO INSTALL AND REMOVE, CAMPER PULLS EASIER WITH THIS HITCH, THIS HITCH TAKES OUT THE BOUNCE AND JERK WHILE PULLING.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.