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B and W Companion 5th-Wheel Hitch Review

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Review of the B and W Companion 5th-Wheel Hitch

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the BMW Companion OEM Fifth Wheel hitch for the Ford Super Duty prep package. This is going to work for 2011 and newer vehicles. Part number is BWRVK3300. Most people are going to choose this style with the prep package, but you're not going to have to take up the room in your bed to get the rails going across the front and the back. If you have the prep package, this is definitely the way that you want to go get something that's just going to drop in. Pivot the arms in place and you're set and ready to tow.

When comparing the Companion to other drop-in styles fifth-wheel hitches, this is by far the most popular. It gets excellent reviews from our customers, we have excellent experience with it here in the shop.It's really well built. Everything goes together the way it should every single time and it's constructed of really good quality materials. You've got in my mind, one of the best powder coat finishes on it. You don't see these chipping like what you see with some of the others.

All that's done right here in the United States.The handle offers a really easy-to-use design. I like that you can reach it from over the side rail of the truck. Even if our dual jaws have a little bit of tension on them, it has a cam design here. You pull the pin, then as we pull our arm forward, it gives us plenty of leverage to make sure our jaws unlock fully. The jaws are mainly where your trailer's going to be held.

Of course, some of the weight's going to be down on the shoe, but they take a lot of care in making sure that this is machined very well. You can see as we bring that closed, that we've got 1" thick jaws. They make 360 degrees of contact and it's perfectly round. It's designed to hold that kingpin on all sides. That's going to eliminate a lot of that forward and back or the side to side that you can get with other models.

Some of them just have a single jaw that maybe comes around the rear, or a pin that comes behind the rear that can add a lot of movement to your setup.We'll just use a mock kingpin here to give the idea of how it's going to work. As you back up to your trailer, you've got full surround like we talked about and with the weight of your trailer, it's actually going to close the lever here for us. You can see I don't quite generate the force your trailer will, but that's going to come close. You've got a good secure kingpin connection there. See, no side to side or forward to back. You can see we do have the accommodation here not only for a pin, but a lock. That'll help to secure your trailer to the fifth wheel to keep it from every coming out. The same can be said for the prep package arms, As you close those, you can lock those to ensure that your kingpin's not going to disappear. We can just take our pin and clip, slide it back in and secure it. If you decide to, you can replace this clip with a lock to keep everything secure.To keep everything smooth, even over rougher or hilly terrain, you can see we're going to have full articulation front to back here, but also side to side. With the hydraulic piston on the side, that helps to get our shoe leveled back out so it get our trailer back squared up. Then in the event that our fifth wheeler we're to be pushed forward, we've got that spring there that's not going to let it go past this point. So as we're backing up to our trailer, it'll be easy to connect each time. As far as weight ratings go with the Companion, you've got a 5,000 pound vertical load limit. That's the maximum downward force we can put on it. It gives us a 20,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total weight of our trailer, anything you load up it. Definitely check the owner's manual of your truck though, see what it's rated for and don't exceed that.Here's a good look at the polyurethane bushings that make the contact point between where the head sits down and on, and our base. Polyurethane's going to be much longer lasting than rubber. It doesn't tend to distort or hold a memory, so that's going to give us good long-lasting performance. By softening up that contact point, we're not going to feel the trailer on the back of the truck quite as much, and we're going to reduce a lot of the noise. The Companion also offers a full range of adjustment here. We have our arms set currently in the forward position, but if we we're to switch this side to that side and vice versa, actually going to move this point rearward just a little bit. That can give you extra space between the front of your trailer and the cab of your truck.We're also going to have height adjustment here with our four bolts. Behind this there're going to be three bolt holes to choose from, so you can set it at its lowest setting up to its highest setting. That's going to give us two inches of adjustment.That's going to complete our look at the BMW Companion OEM Fifth Wheel Hitch with a Ford prep package, part number BWRVK3300.

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