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The Companion features a clean, level bed when not in use. Installation is a breeze. Drop the post on the base into the hole in the bed, latch into place in the wheelwell, and tighten the drawdown bolt. Then set the coupler on the arms and pin in place.
The Companion handle operates effortlessly and never leaves you in a bind, thanks to the use of a cam. When the handle is open, the cam moves out of the way allowing the jaws to open when you pull away and uncouple. When the handle is closed, the cam prevents the jaws from opening, preventing accidental release.
We set out to build a hitch with the smoothest ride in the industry. Our jaws are machined to precisely fit your coupler, so there isn't room for sloppiness. A shock absorber allows side-to-side movement without slamming. And the whole coupler rides on polyurethane bushings that absorb roughness from the road.
A series of holes in the base gives you both height and distance adjustability. Switching the slanted arms from one side to the other increases the distance.
The Companion is also available as a slider to help you navigate those tight corners with a short bed truck. Flip the lever and the Companion slides back 12 inches so you can maneuver without getting your trailer into your cab. When you're ready to tow, flip the lever again, and the slider locks into place as you back up.
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The Companion simply attaches to the Turnoverball’s discreet mounting system, which bolts to existing holes in your truck’s frame and leaves only a 4” hole in the bed. No drilling or welding required.
One of the reasons the Companion is so innovative is because the mounting system is beneath the bed of the truck, mounted to the frame. This mounting system includes a four-inch hole in the bed. The Companion base has a square post that fits into this hole.
After the Companion base is set into the mounting hole, a lever in the wheelwell is turned, engaging a pin through the post. A draw-down bolt on top of the post creates upward pressure on the pin. A locking bracket holds the bolt in place.
The last step is locking the coupler portion of the hitch on top of the base.
At B&W, there is nothing more important to us than the safety of our customers. Because of our commitment to exceptional design and quality, we often see products on the market that refer to B&W products or state that they can be used with B&W products. As a rule of thumb, we do not recommend any products that is used in conjuction with our mounting system that has not been manufactured and tested by B&W, even if that product states it can be used with B&W products. Doing so will void our warranty, but more importantly, could create a safety issue.
We have been made aware of a product that is of special concern. This product replaces the pin box on a 5th wheel trailer and changes the pivot point from the hitch jaws to a point rearward of the hitch. It is our opinion that this configuration creates stress loads that fall outside the normal testing done on 5th wheel hitches. We are concerened that moving the pivot point rearward as much as 20 inches puts stress on the hitch (and the truck) that has not been widely studied. Therefore, we strongly discourage the use of our Companion 5th Wheel Hitch with one of these pin boxes. Any product that prevents the king pin from rotating within the jaws of the Companion with a wedge or other device and moves the center of rotation to a point other than the locking jaws should not be used with the Companion.
When the Companion was engineered, the goal was to raise the bar in the 5th Wheel Hitch industry. We did that by offering a truly versatile hitch that has many desirable features including jaws that tightly fit the king, and a coupler that is cushioned and pivots in four directions. We also championed the ability to have a rail-free bed when not towing, with a single point attachment to the mounting system. The result is a sturdy, high quality hitch with a superb safety record. This document in no way challenges the quality of the Companion.
The short answer is yes, many folks towing fifth-wheel trailers with shortbed trucks successfully use the Companion.
There are many factors to consider when addressing the issue of cab clearance. To answer the question for you specific truck and trailer, pay attention to the following:
1. Pin Box Location - Is the Kingpin even with the front of the trailer, or is it recessed behind the front of the trailer? Some 5th wheel manufacturer's have compensated for the prevalence of shortbed trucks by building extended kingpin boxes.
2. Type of trailer and shape. Narrower trailers allow a tighter turning radius. Trailers that are built with rounded corners accommodate more cab clearance than squared corners.
3. Finally, the type of maneuvering that will be required while towing. Do you anticipate lots of sharp turns while towing, or is it only highway driving with little or no backing?
Yes. However, if you are using a plastic, drop-in bedliner, you will need to cut a hole in the liner large enough for the Companion base to fit in.
All of B&W's 5th wheel hitches utilize a cam action release for the jaws. When the latch handle is secured in the closed position, the jaws will stay locked around the kingpin of your trailer for towing. When the latch handle is moved to the open position, the tension on the jaws is released, even though they may not visibly pop open. If your truck and trailer are on uneven ground, there may be a slight bind between the jaws and trailer kingpin. This is normal. With the cam mechanism open, there is a nothing holding the jaws together. Ensure that the handle pin is in place, keeping the handle in the locked open position, then simply pull forward. The jaws will open and you'll be unhitched from your trailer.