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Old 04-24-2015, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone converted a regular 5th wheel hitch into a companion hitch.sure seems like alot of money just for a hitch that fits in a doesnt look like rocket science.

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Old 04-24-2015, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The B & W Companion hitch makes sense if you need a setup that will handle gooseneck trailers and a fifth wheel trailer (and maybe you already have the gooseneck portion installed). The Companion hitch is pretty heavy, so if someone needs only a fifth wheel setup with a clean bed, there are numerous underbed mounts available and probably less total cost. This also provides more options for slider hitches (including auto sliders) and air ride hitches.

Another option for both a gooseneck and fifth wheel setup is to use the Andersen Ultimate hitch. It mounts like the Companion, but is much cheaper and much, much lighter.

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Old 04-24-2015, 11:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Andersen Ultimate is the way to go.They have a new aluminum one its so light
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The Companion Hitch will not work with just any goose-neck hitch because the post that goes into the deck is square, and most others are round. With regard to the weight issue, Companion hitches are heavy, however they go in and come out in two pieces, so individually they are NOT that heavy.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The companion is expensive but it also has a lot going for it besides fitting in the goose post hole. The lock jaws are the best I've seen and it is a smooth pull.
Yeah it's heavy but taking the platform off the base makes it doable
I found mine in a junkyard and the truck had the B&W goose when I bought it.
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I bought my Companion used and saved a couple hundred dollars.
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