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B and W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Replacement Base Review

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Review of the B and W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Replacement Base


Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the replacement base for the B and W Companion OEM Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch, designed for use with the 2011 or newer Ford Super Duty prep package. Part number is BWRVB3300.Now this replacement base is gonna work out really well if you've damaged yours somehow. They're really heavy duty, very sturdy. I don't think that's gonna happen a whole lot. But if you have an older vehicle that had a companion in it, or if you have a second vehicle that has a companion in it, by just purchasing the base, you can save yourself a lot of money by pulling the head off of here, putting it on truck to truck.Now 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.

And it gives us a 20,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, that's gonna be the total weight of our trailer, anything we load up on it.Definitely check the owners manual of your truck, though. See what it's rated for, and don't exceed that.Now 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. Now polyurethane's gonna be much longer lasting than rubber. It doesn't tend to kind of distort, or hold a memory. So that's gonna give us good, long lasting performance.By softening up that contact point, we're not gonna feel the trailer on the back of the truck quite as much, and we're gonna reduce a lot of the noise.

Now the companion also offers a full range of adjustment here. We have our arm set currently in the forward position, but if we we're to switch this side to that side, and vice versa, we're actually gonna 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 gonna have height adjustment here with our four bolts. Behind this there're gonna be three bolt holes to choose from. So we can set it at it's lowest setting up to it's highest setting, and that's gonna give us two inches of adjustment.Now with your prep package in your vehicle, you are gonna take the rubber caps out of the top to begin your installation.

Typically a screw driver, this is just a plastic trim panel tool, just gonna pop them up and out, set them aside, so you can replace them when you're done.Now we'll grab our base. We wanna get it up in position. We typically put these in two pieces, you take the head off. Makes it a lot easier to work. If you've got two guys, you could probably get it in here in one piece, or maybe you're just really tough.But what we need to do is release our latches down here at the bottom.

Just got a clip there that holds those handles closed. And then we're gonna rotate them out, just like that. And do that on both sides.And you'll see the lug right down here, it should be lined up forward and back with the truck. Kind of in line with the truck. We'll get those slid down in each of the holes.Now we need to test our handle. And see, we're trying to turn it, it's a little bit too tight. It won't close for us. Check this one, it's the same way. So what we'll do, remove the cotter pin here. We need to loosen this castle nut up just a little bit.There it goes. Okay. That went in pretty well. A little bit of resistance, so we'll tighten it up just a notch. Yeah, that seems to be good. You don't want it to just slip in really easy, but you also don't want it to be so hard where you have to kind of tap it in or anything like that. So we'll call that one good. Put our cotter back in, spread it out.And now we'll do that for the three remaining locations, and get those all set. We need to get the spring put on, that's gonna keep our head level while we're hooking up and disconnecting. This just kind of slides over the steel here, we want the top of the spring to be about a half inch below the black right there.Now we can put the head down on the base. You can see you're gonna grab the handle on each side. And a snug fit, just kind of wiggle it a little bit as you go down. Just like that, until those handles will go down. And we'll slide our pins through each side, and get those secured with our clips.And that's gonna complete our look at the replacement base for the B and W Companion OEM Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch for the Ford Super Duty prep package, part number BWRVB3300.


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