Choosing The Right Hitch

Choosing The Right Hitch

  • You’ve picked out a fancy new RV trailer so you can live in comfort on those long camping trips. If you don’t already have one in your truck, now is the time to choose a fifth-wheel hitch and here are some things to keep in mind when making that choice. 


     B&W fifth wheel hitch jaws are machined as matched pairs to provide the best fit to RV kingpins.


    What’s the gross trailer weight (GTW) of the RV you’re getting? B&W builds fifth-wheel hitches that can handle a range of trailer weights from 16,000 lbs up to 22,000 lbs. Is your truck a short bed or long bed? If you have a short bed, you may need our Companion Slider hitch which will provide some extra clearance for making those tight turns. Maybe you’ve already got a Turnoverball installed in your truck, or you have a Ford or Dodge with a factory installed towing package. B&W has you covered with the Companion, which will slide right into the Turnoverball mounting system and the Companion OEM models that will fit the puck systems in Ford and RAM trucks. We even make a Companion for flatbed trucks.


    When it comes to fifth-wheel hitches, it really is a matter of ‘you get what you pay for.’ With a cheaper hitch you may experience “chucking,” a looseness where the coupler jaws grab the king pin of the trailer. The jaws on B&W hitches come in matched sets, wrapping around the king pin perfectly and eliminating sloppy starts and stops. A head that will pivot both front-to-back and side-to-side provides a smoother ride. All of the B&W fifth-wheel hitches come with fully articulating heads and polyurethane bushings for a jerk-free, quiet connection between the hitch and RV.


    Chances are, you’ve got a lot invested in your truck and RV. A little research goes a long way to helping you choose the right hitch for your needs. Please call 800-810-4918, or use the Live Chat feature on our website if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!