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 3 Steps by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch simple 3 step removal
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch and Turnoverball under-bed mounting system
Companion Base Fits into the Turnoverball under-bed mounting system
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch and Turnoverball under-bed mounting system
Place the Companion Coupler Head on to the base
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch and Turnoverball under-bed mounting system
Companion installed ready to tow your fifth wheel trailer
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch by B&W Trailer Hitches
5th Wheel RV Trailer
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch Polyurethane Bushings by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch Polyurethane Bushings
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion Jaws Closed
Companion 5th Wheel Hitch by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion Jaws Open
Companion fifth wheel hitch by B&W Trailer Hitches
Companion rubber feet fit your bed corrugations

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 it's 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.
  • 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
  • Footprint: 30.5" Wide x 36" Deep
  • Measurement from center of hitch post to front edge (cab-side) of hitch: 18.5"  (14.5" for alternative post position for select truck models)
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. We often see products on the market that refer to B&W products or state that they can be used with B&W products. Because of our commitment to exceptional design and quality, as a rule of thumb, we do not recommend any product that is used in conjuction 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.

Do I need to use a lube disc with the Companion?

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.

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

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 your truck 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?
Can I use a wedge device with my Companion 5th wheel hitch?

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.

Q: How do I find the towing rating of my truck?

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

 
How do I remove my Companion Model 3000 so I can use my truck for other things?

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.

How do I remove my Companion Model 3500 so I can use my truck for other things?

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.

Support Documents

Document Name Size
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 Flatbed Model 3050 Installation Instructions Download 677.71 KB
Companion Model 3000 Installation Instructions Download 1.61 MB
Companion Model 3500 Installation Instructions Download 451.91 KB
Companion Warranty Download 878.96 KB
Remove & Reinstall the Companion Model 3000 Download 160.09 KB
Remove & Reinstall the Companion Model 3500 Download 155.46 KB
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Customer Reviews

Best hitch on the market!
By Jeffrey Mills from Perris, CA on December 1, 2014
5
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.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Fast safe and easy!
By Matt from South La on November 21, 2014
5
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!
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Nothing but good to say about my hitch - LOVE IT
By Doug S from Columbia, MD on November 21, 2014
5
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).
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best Hitch Made!
By Johnny Chaffin from Cookeville,TN. on November 7, 2014
5
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.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best ever hands down
By Sam from Loyal Wisconsin on October 6, 2014
5
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.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
I still have full access to my bed!
By Michael Chandler from Nashville, TN on October 3, 2014
5
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.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Best of the best.
By Joe Hunt from Waynesburg, PA on September 17, 2014
5
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.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Just what I wanted.
By Don from Mineola, NY on September 15, 2014
5
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!
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
If You Say Money Can't Buy Happiness...You Haven't Bought A Companion Yet !!
By Gordon Meek from Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada on August 6, 2014
5
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!
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Great Products and Great Customer Service and Warranty
By Daniel Allen from Copper Center, AK on June 27, 2014
5
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.
Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.