B and W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider Review

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Review of the B and W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider

Speaker 1: Today, we're gonna be taking a look at the B&W Companion Slider gooseneck to fifth wheel trailer hitch adapter offering the dual jaws and a 20,000 pound capacity. The part number is BWRVK3400-5W. The B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch is gonna be the perfect solution to have really the best of both worlds. This is designed to work with the B&W gooseneck. So when not in use, we can have it completely empty and open bed. If we want to haul a gooseneck trailer, we can flip that ball over, be able to connect to that.

But in the need that we need to haul our fifth wheel camper, this is easily gonna slide in and it bolts right down to that underbed gooseneck that you've already got installed. The biggest advantage I see to this particular type of a slider versus other ones available out there on the market is just the way it's gonna arrive to you. When you get it, your base is gonna be completely assembled. You'll have to make a few adjustments just on the keepers, the polyurethane keepers that run down the bottom. But everything is square from the factory.That means when we go from the locked to the unlocked position, you see it take little to no effort to get this moving.

As compared to other setups that you're base isn't gonna come already assembled and already squared up, can really be a struggle to get everything in line to where it actually will move freely and even then, sometimes it requires the camper to move it. Now if you're looking at a slider setup, it's probably because you have a situation similar to this. You've got a short bed truck and you're worried about the camper making contact with the cab. It's a very real concern. It happen quite a bit.

That's why these are around. With the Companion, you can see that gives us a full 12" of travel. That's some of the longest travel you're gonna get out of any type of slider hitch, really helps to move that camper further back from the rear of the vehicle, reducing the risk of any cab/camper contact. Another thing I really like about the Companion system is the lever to operate the slide. You can see it sticks up here nice and high.It's gonna be easily accessible, even if you're outside of the truck.

You lift that up into that unlocked position. Then from that point, once you pull away from your camper, once it gets into the locked position, our arm's automatically gonna come down so we have no pins, no release mechanisms through the lever or anything like that. It's a really good, simple system to use and you'll see coming forward, it's gonna work just the same way. The handle's also nice and long. Again, easily accessible from outside of the vehicle. You do have a pin and clip here to secure it in place. That can also be replaced with a lock with a 1/4" diameter you can pass that down through there. So if you don't want the pin, you can lock your camper to your Companion and that just is gonna slide forward, opening those jaws up. Then in the open position, we'll take our Mack king pin here. You can see that's gonna slide in place and with a little bit of force, that'll bring our lever right back to the closed position. That has us nice and secure. You see that has the 360 fit.So we're not just grabbing it on the backside, which can eventually just leave the flat spotting of your king pin. That's gonna hold it all the way around, front, back, side to side. Now with that limited movement that's really gonna help reduce some of that chucking and some of the trailer effects that you feel in your truck, you're gonna see that one some of the lesser quality fifth wheels on the market. Now in the maneuvering position or the rearward position, this is just gonna be your slow speed stuff. You certainly don't want to travel down the highway with it slid back. To travel, we're gonna slide it forward. But with the ease of access to the slider, I think you're gonna be a lot more likely to actually move it back so you can get your maneuvering done rather than having to go through several steps to get it to slide back, which you might not want to do. Now the head of our gooseneck is also gonna be fully articulating. So like most goosenecks, it has the tip front and back.But that side to side is really key for when you're trying to hook up or unhook from your camper onto uneven surfaces. If you get a little bit of a pitch one side or the other, those lower quality fifth wheel don't really like to release or accept that king pin. Now the Companion's gonna offer heavy duty steel construction made right here in the United States. They've got the unique gray powder coat finish, really helps it stand out from a lot of the competitors out there on the market. With that heavy duty construction, we're gonna get a 20,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. It's gonna be the maximum weight that we'd want to haul and it's gonna give us a 5,000 pound king pin weight. So that's the maximum downward force we can put on top of our hitch. Of course, you do want to check your truck's owner's manual. Make sure it's capable of those types of weights. If not, just go up whichever numbers are the lowest. Now with comparing this slide to other sliders out there on the market, I think the quality in construction is very, very high.Not saying the other sliders aren't made well. I just like the way this one comes and the way it's put together. The way this thing slides forward and back really alleviates a lot of headaches. I like the quality of material, but with that being said, heavy duty material means that it's gonna be pretty heavy. So this is gonna take two guys probably to get it in and out of the truck. I like the square pin design that we have out of the Companion. When that square peg goes down into that gooseneck socket, it prevents any of the turning. Now when comparing that to some of the competitors that have the round peg, movement could be a little bit more of an issue. This is also gonna have the greatest travel of any of the sliders out there on the market. You'll see the polyurethane strips in conjunction with that square peg we talked about. It's gonna be pressed firmly down against the bed of the truck, again, resisting any rotation. Now going with the slider style like the companion or really any of its competitors, it's a pretty expensive decision to make.But based on the use that we've had here and the customer response that we've had on this setup, it's well worth the investment. Its ease of use really complements driving and trailoring, makes it a little bit easier on you so you're not in and out of the truck bed near as often. Now to connect the Companion to your gooseneck, you're gonna see the oblong hole here and inside, we have a retainer. We're gonna place that right down in the hole for the shank of our gooseneck ball. Place the pin through just by releasing our handle and then as we tighten the bolt on the top, you'll see how that's gonna draw that up and it's gonna pull the companion firmly down against the bed of the vehicle. Now as we tighten down that bolt, you can see our full length strips here that are designed to fit down in the corrugation of the truck. That's gonna prevent any twisting or any movement as we travel. Now with the help of an extra set of hands, we can get your Companion put down in position.Remember, we're gonna place our square peg here right down in the hole for our gooseneck ball. Now once we have the Companion in place and squared up, we want to take that polyurethane. We're gonna slide, you can see, right over against the rim of the truck. Want to make sure it stays fully seated down on the bottom. Once we have that done on the front and the back, use a 7/16 and tighten down our bolts. So once we have our polyurethane strips tightened down, we'll release the pin, allowing that 5/8 pin to come in through the catch and then it's just a matter of torquing it down to the specifications listed. Another nice feature the companion offers is full adjustability up and down. We can go from 17, 18, or 19" of pin height and we can adjust forward and back. So by placing our arms in this position, kind of with the angle going forward, that's gonna put us about one inch ahead of our post or our securing mechanism. By putting these in the other way, we're gonna be able 3" behind.Since this is a short bed application, we're gonna set it up so that we're gonna have a little extra room between the cab and the camper. For the lowest setting, I'll use the bottom and middle hole. The middle setting, we'll use the second from the bottom and second from the top and our highest setting's gonna use the top hole and the third one down. You'll use the 1/2" by 2" bolt, want to split the ring lock washer on there, slide it through the hole, and thread it in position. Now we're gonna use four bolts for each arm. Then we can torque all four of these down to the specifications listed in the instructions. Now once we have our arms in place, we'll put on our leveling kit. Now the leveling kit's just gonna be a spring. We'll fit that right to our arm using the pressure clip and we want that to be set at the top of our spring about a half inch below the bottom of our rubber there. Typically, you just use a hammer and kind of get it started, knocked on there, like that.Looks like it crept down a little bit. So we'll just kind of tap it up. There. That should be good. Now the spring's gonna rest right up against the head. So even when not in use, it's gonna help hold that head level. So if you need to connect to your trailer, you won't have to worry about your head being tilted the wrong direction. Now on top of each of our arms, you'll see we have polyurethane bushings. So as our head sits on there and rotates forward and back, you're gonna have to worry about noise and this is also gonna soften the impact of our camper against our truck. Now for our head, you want to lift up on the two handles with the pins removed. We'll place that right down and over. You want to wiggle that down in position until you see your arms drop down just like that, indicating that your secure. Then we'll slide our pins through. Those will be secured with our provided clips. Now the last thing we'll need to do is just get our handle installed.To do that, we'll just remove our pin and clip here, slide our handle in. It's going to align with the two holes furthest in and place through one of our button head bolts there. Locking flange nut on the other side. Get those started. Then tighten down. For the top here, we'll use a 7/32, the bottom, a 9/16. Pin and clip back in there. The handle allows us to easily open the dual jaws. Then as the king pin enters, it's gonna press the lever right here on the front, helping to close it. That's gonna complete our look at the B&W Companion fifth wheel slider.

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