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Old 01-05-2014, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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B&W Companion 5th wheel

My new truck has the turn over ball in it. I have never used a Companion hitch, how easy does it remove from the truck. My other truck had a Curt and rail so you all know you just pulled 4 pins and remove. What about the B&W, I know a lot of you guys probably have them???

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Old 01-06-2014, 01:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The companion hitch comes in 2 pieces, the base and the head. Pull a few pins and the head detaches from the base. Remove the top bolt on the 'stinger' and loosen the 4 u-bolts on the 'stinger' and the base lifts out. I remove the stinger after the Companion has been removed. Very easy to remove and each piece of the Companion isn't too heavy. I believe shipping weight is about 90 lbs total.

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So alot more than pulling 4 pins on the Reese with rails. I have the B&W turn over in there now, but wow the companion is a lot more than I can get a Reese for and seems I takes more to remove. I will remove/install alot
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The companions are a first class hitch.
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If you consider loosening/ tightening 5 bolts a lot more work than pulling 4 pins, I guess you are right. I can have mine in or out in less than 5 minutes. Also no rails in box! And it has a very quick and easy trailer latch, I don't know if the reese is as slick for hookup.
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I have a signature series from reese, turn 4 cams 1/4 turn and lift out the hitch. Other then the 1/4 turn, nothing to loosen, tighten, or adjust (once you set it up the first time).
I have mine padlocked (the cams on each side), and it takes longer fumbling with keys then removing the hitch. 5 minutes is with the engine crane if I am by myself - give me a teenager, (and the correct key) and it is under a minute either way. The rails are under the bed, just 4 "pucks" are exposed when it is out.
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Yea I take mine out to offen to have to mess with teenage or crane because of weight. I store my camper at the campground, but I carry golf carts every trip. So every time we go camping usually twice a month, I have to remove and install hitch 2 time in the weekend. I like the look of the B&W but don't wanna have to have a wrench in my pocket when I get there. I was hoping it removed easier. I don't understand, what are you un-bolting and where?
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If you leave the camper at the site, why do you need to install the hitch each weekend? To moved it around?

Is your golf cart hauler a 5th wheel?

The companion is pretty slick. Takes a few mins with a wrench or ratchet to undo the 4 u-bolts and the single draw down bolt. It comes off in two pieces so it's easy for one guy to take it in and out.

Consider that you'll probably have to remove the B&W under bed gooseneck hitch to install any other 5th wheel hitch, so you'll likely end up with a big hole in the bed if you go that route.
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Yea sorry I guess I should have said the camper is stored at the campground in a have to move it on-site when I get there
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My old truck had the Reese and my new one has the Companion. The companion is a better hitch. Its solid and doesnt rattle like the reese did. Also its nice to have the flat bed without the rails in your way. Taking the hitch out isnt a big deal at all. I keep a socket and ratchet in my seat pocket behind the drivers seat at all times. Its not as bad as it sounds.

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