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Can Sidewinder Be Used With B & W Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch


Can a sidewinder be used with a bandw companion hitch and if so what is needed as far as parts and any other information to make it work? Towing 2008 34ft. Kingston with 2011 Silverado 2500hd short bed.


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It is not recommended to use a Sidewinder with a B & W Hitch because the hitch mounts in the gooseneck hole and the hitch itself will rotate when using a Sidewinder creating 2 pivot points which can cause loss of trailer control.

I recommend a fixed fifth wheel hitch and a Sidewinder for your 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with the short bed. The fifth wheel hitch I recommend is the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # RP30051. This is a dual jaw hitch that has a 16,000 lb gross towing capacity.

The custom installation kit for the above bed rails I recommend is the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, part # RP56001-53. Installation time is cut in half compared to the universal bracket systems. I have attached a link to an installation video for this kit on a Silverado you can check out.

The Sidewinder for your trailer would depend on the pin box you currently have. I have attached a helpful article you can check out. It has a chart that lists the pin boxes and the Sidewinder that would be the correct replacement.

If you want to send me the information about the pin box on your trailer I would be happy to recommend a Sidewinder that will fit your needs.

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Jeffrey L

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