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Review of B and W Fifth Wheel - Fixed Fifth Wheel - BWRVK3715

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B and W Fifth Wheel - Fixed Fifth Wheel - BWRVK3715 Review

Today we're going to take a look at the B&W Companion OEM Fifth Wheel Hitch for the Chevrolet and GMC towing prep package, and this has a 25,000 pound weight capacity. Now this is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC 2500, and 3500 trucks with the eight foot bed, and the OEM prep package. And on a custom fit part like this, I always like to recommend for you to go to our website, use the fit guide, put in your year, model, vehicle, and it'll show you if this will work for your application. Now this fifth wheel hitch is designed to mount in your truck bed, so that you can tow your fifth wheel trailer. We've mentioned it is designed to work with the factory installed fifth wheel towing prep package from Chevrolet and GMC.

And that package is a rail free design, so it allows for full access to your truck bed when your hitch is removed.The head on this hitch uses nice one-inch thick dual jaws here, which provide a 360 degree jaw-to-kingpin contact. Because of that, it'll give you less rattle, more security than the slide bar jaws. The head is a fully articulating head, eases hook-up, helps limit any chucking. Basically it pivots front to back, and then the plate here will go side to side. I don't have much weight to put on it, but this will go side to side also.

The other nice feature is this cam action latching handle, helps prevent any binding. It's very simple to release, even on unlevel terrain. I wanted to show you that, we're going to rotate it so you can see the handle a little bit better, going to rotate this all the way around. You can see it's held in place by this pinning clip.So if we unclip it, remove the pin, that'll release the handle. So all you have to do to hook up is just rotate this handle back.

And that'll open the jaws. Now your jaws are ready for the kingpin to slide in. When the kingpin slides in, pushes up against this, it'll rotate that handle back into the position. The jaws are around there, then you put your pin and clip in to lock it into place. Now the hole is large enough here, you could actually put a padlock through there if you prefer, we do sell those separately.

You can put that through there and that'll lock your trailer to your fifth wheel, keep anybody from messing with it. Now what's nice about this handle, if any binding does occur between the truck and the trailer, these jaws may remain closed after you move this handle to the open position.That just means it's binded up. But because the handle's unlatched, there's nothing keeping the jaws closed except that binding pressure. So all you have to do is simply drive your truck forward, and that'll be enough force to open the jaws, and release the kingpin from the trailer. Nice feature to have. Again, we can put our. I'm going to show you at the end of this video, using a replica of a kingpin of how this will operate. Also, while I got it in this position, I want to show you, you can get improved cab clearance also, by getting an extra two inches of front to back adjustment. And you do that by these pivot arms. If you notice these pivot arms have a triangular shape, there's a flat surface here, and then it angles this way. The way we have them bolted now, it'll put your kingpin right over the axle.If you do need to gain two more inches, what you can do is pop your head right off, unbolt these pivot arms, rotate this one over to that side, bring this one over to this side, and it'll put the flat portion up here, and the angle back here. That'll gain you two more inches, and it'll move your kingpin two inches behind your axle. So that's a nice feature to have if you want to gain that extra two inches of clearance. Also, when you bolt these pivot arms to the base, it gives you three different settings to bolt it to. So it'll give you a hitch heighth adjustment, hitch heighth is important when you're towing, because you want your tow vehicle and your trailer to be as level as possible.Hitch heighth is always measured from the truck bed to the top of the hitch head. So with the three different adjustments, you can go anywhere from 16 and three quarter inches, 17 and three quarter inches, or 18 and three quarter inches. So you've got a range of adjustment there for your application. Does give you a nice quiet rattle-free ride because of the head. The top of these pivot arms right up in here have polyurethane bushings that this head will sit on. So it'll be a nice quiet ride. And now I wanted to demonstrate the quick, simple installation or removal of this to your system. Now the factory Chevrolet GMC's fifth wheel system are the four pucks that are in your. There's four pucks in your bed underneath the bed. You pop off the caps, and you do is, this'll drop into those pucks. So it's very simple, before you drop it in all you have to do on each corner is pull the pin out to release the handle, rotate it a quarter of a turn, just like that, it'll move the tab into position, do it on each corner.Then it'll drop right into those pucks in your bed. Once they drop in, rotate the handles at all four corners back, and that'll rotate the tab and lock it to your system. And then put your pin and clip through there, to hold that latch into place. So you do that on all four corners. So it's very simple to install it. To remove it, just reverse that. Unhook it, rotate the handles out, and pull it out. So very simple. This is a gray powder-coated steel. It is corrosion resistant. It is made in the USA. A few specs on this, the gross towing weight capacity is 25,000 pounds, tongue weight capacity is 6,250 pounds, and we mentioned the hitch heighth adjustment is a range from 16 and three quarter inches up to 18 and three quarter inches.So last thing I want to do, I'd mentioned. Here's an example of what a kingpin would look like. Right here, this portion is what the kingpin looks like on your trailer. So what you'll do, as we mentioned, pop the pin and clip back here, open your handle, and you can see when you open a handle, the jaws open, and then you go to connect. The kingpin will slide right in to between those jaws, and the weight of it'll keep pushing, and it'll push up against this handle to put it into the lock position. You notice those jaws completely go around the kingpin. With it in that position, drop your pin and clip through there, or lock, whichever you prefer, and that'll hold it in the position. You're all ready to go.And then to release it, same way, pop the pin and clip. And I had mentioned, if you pull this, you can see the jaws open here, and it'll slide right out. If by chance you got any binding, when you move this handle back, those jaws might stay closed shut. All you have to do is pull the truck away, and that'll release it, because there's nothing holding those jaws in place once the handle's released. But that should do it for the review on the B&W Companion OEM Fifth Wheel Hitch for the Chevrolet GMC towing prep package with a 25,000 pound weight capacity.

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