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B&W Companion Slider 5th Wheel Fit For 2021 Ford F-350 Without Factory Puck System

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Looking at the companion 20k BW 5th wheel hitch but my 2021 F350 short bed didn’t come with the factory Pucks. Is it recommended I have that installed first or can I purchase the rails that go with this system? Is there a strength difference in going either direction? Would love some expert advise so I can do this correctly without wasting money.

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Expert Reply:

Definitely a smart idea to check and we can get your 2021 Ford F-350 without the factory puck system set up with the correct B&W Companion sliding 5th wheel hitch and rail system. Since you don't have the OEM pucks, what you will need is the underbed rails, and there is not a strength difference between the pucks and the rails.

In fact, a lot of people like the B&W rails more than the OEM pucks due to the fact that the underbed rails actually double as B&W's gooseneck hitch (which is considered by many the highest-quality gooseneck in the industry). This means if you ever have the need for a gooseneck you are already set up, or should the time come that you move on to a different truck down the line, a big selling point for a lot of people is going to be that the truck has the best gooseneck hitch available.

So, here is exactly what your 2021 Ford F-350 will need to add the Companion sliding 5th wheel hitch:

- B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider # BWRVK3400-5W

- Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # BWGNRK1116-5W

You made a fantastic choice going with the Companion because like the B&W gooseneck, its quality is honestly unsurpassed. Its massive jaws (which are a full 1 inch thick) act like an adhesive to your king pin which greatly minimizes any slack, and gives you the most comfortable and quiet towing experience possible.

The only other thing your '21 F-350 may need if you don't have one is a 5th wheel wiring harness, with the correct fit being the Curt 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Custom Wiring Harness w/ 7-Pole Connector for Aluminum Beds # C57008.

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Kyle S

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Thanks Kyle. In case I install the factory Ford puck system does that companion system you provided in the link work for that factory system? If not could you provide the link to the Hitch that would work?

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Expert Reply:

Happy to help, and the B&W Companion # BWRVK3400-5W I mentioned won't work with the puck system of your 2021 F-350, so you'd need a different model for that. What you would need are the following for both the pucks and the Companion:

- B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider for Ford Towing Prep Package # BWRVK3370

- Under-Bed Rail and Installation Kit for Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP87FR

The Reese Elite underbed rails are the same as the Ford puck system, which is why you can use the Companion with them.

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