I’ve never seen a product with such a rabid fan/cult-like following like I have with the B&W fifth wheel hitches. And, I’m not ashamed to admit – I’m one of those people when it comes to singing the praises of my B&W Turnoverball and Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch.
My setup was a fair amount more expensive than other hitches because you’re installing a gooseneck hitch and then buying a fifth wheel hitch that mounts to that (versus an all-in-one product).
I did pay to have an installer install the Turnover Ball gooseneck hitch and he did the initial setup of the Companion in the middle settings. I don’t have rave reviews for him- but he got it installed and fixed his mistakes when they occurred.
A few of my favorite things about this hitch are:
- Completely empty bed without the hitch – there are no rails (shown above). It’s a fully under-the-bed mount.
- Installing and removing the Companion Fifth Wheel hitch is a 5-10 minute activity and requires a bare minimum of tools (torque wrench and a set of deep sockets).
- Seriously, this is one of those classic – if I can do it, anyone can do it! My 9 year old daughter regularly helps.
- The Companion is 2 manageable parts – the base (shown above) and the coupler. Using a furniture dolly, I’m able to move the base around easily. Neither is too heavy that I can put it into or take it out of the truck by myself. Together- it would be unmanageable without rigging something up (hoist, winch, etc.).
- The thick meaty jaws won’t let you high-hitch and are solid. Short of simply forgetting to latch the handle closed, I can’t see how you could incorrectly hitch and drop your fifth wheel onto your truck. (Though, I still do a pull test every time I hitch.)
- Their customer service has been AWESOME each time I’ve contacted them for some reason.
- It’s made here in the U.S.A.
All good products have their downsides, I suppose:
- It’s minor, but one of the rubber feet on the Companion Base has slide off.
- Don’t know if this is an installation issue or the companion with the 2012 Ram 3500, but the handle for the goosneck latch is behind a shield and a bit awkward to get to (shown above).
- Really, I’m having a hard time coming up with “Cons”…
If you’re considering a fifth wheel hitch and aren’t looking for an air hitch, the B&W is a beautiful hitch that I can easily and strongly recommend.