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Does a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Short Bed Need a Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch  


1. Ive got a 2022 Chevy 3500 HD on order. 2. I presently have a 2500HD that has a standard BandW companion NON-slider and tow a Cougar 331mks 36foot and have no issue with trailer front to cab clearances in backing/turning. 3. I have a family member that has the BandW slider hitch and in 3 years and many miles has never had to use the slider function towing a 40+foot Solitude. 4. I need to purchase a new 5th wheel hitch, the truck with have the OEM package installed. I like BandW and considering BWRVK3775. The Question: Do I need a slider or will a non-slider work? If a non slider will work which BandW would you suggest. If a slider is required I will purchase the 3775. Thanks


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It sounds like the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500 you are getting has the short bed. In that case, yes, you definitely want the sliding 5th wheel hitch for clearance. The good news is you will not need to purchase the entire B&W Companion # BWRVK3775.

Since you already have a Companion you will only need the base since you can use the current hitch head. The Replacement Slider Base for B&W Companion Slider 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs # BWRVB3775 is the correct part.

If by chance you are getting the long bed, you would want the fixed hitch instead. You can still do the same thing and just get the correct base which would be the # BWRVB3710.

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Mike B.


When I was at Quartzite, I talked to a B&W rep. He said specifically to not get the slider for the new style GM trucks with a short bed. He said that GM moved the pucks back in the new style to make the slider not needed, and with the slider, the rear tailgate will possibly get damaged… Any opinion on this? I’m looking at a Reese gooseneck for my 2022 Chevy set-up.

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Robin H.


@MikeB it all depends on your setup. The puck system was moved back starting in 2020 so the kingpin sits behind the axle. Some are able to use the fixed hitch and still get a 90 degree turn but many are unable to. A tapered nose on your 5th wheel would be something that allows you to achieve this. If you have a rotating pin box that also works with the fixed hitch and will give you the clearance you need. The slider itself isn't going to damage the tailgate. However, if you don't have enough clearance between the pin box and the tailgate it could come into contact in the rear position.

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