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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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