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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 06:31 PM
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My and 3 of my buddies all use B&W Companion hitches in our trucks. Great hitch.

I have 3400lbs of pin weight with no air bags. Truck rides great. Squats a little but oh well.

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My and 3 of my buddies all use B&W Companion hitches in our trucks. Great hitch.

I have 3400lbs of pin weight with no air bags. Truck rides great. Squats a little but oh well.
Thanks! I can't imagen it will squat to far into the helper springs.
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I have a B&W for the factory hitch prep and am more than pleased with it. Here is a link to an old thread with some info:


I pull a 41' 5th wheel toy hauler that weighs about 15,000 lbs, and have very little squat.

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The Reese Elite 25K is built like a tank. If I had to do it over, this is probably what I would get. I bought the B&W/Companion hitch because my truck did not come with the factory mounts and I thought the B&W would be easier. It still required lifting one side of the bed, and I'm not very happy with the marginal materials the Companion is built with. It has sagged at the draw-down bolt and splayed at the clamp bolts and NO I am NOT over-torquing it. The B&W designed for the factory mount may be a better product, but I've yet to see one in person. They came out just after I bought my truck. I may yet buy the Ford factory mount kit and pull the bed to install it.

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Thanks! I can't imagen it will squat to far into the helper springs.
The B&W OEM compatible companion 5th wheel hitch was the way to go for me... I added the 11000 GVWR package to my truck, no sag with my 5er at all. Happy Trails

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[QUOTE=chuckster57;2260124]I don't think the height of the plate changes the weight of the pin. It just makes the trailer high in the front or back. Pin weight is affected by weight distribution forward or aft of the axles.

This was talked about over in Tranny Shudder. I get your logic but it does change your CG i.e pin weight. The easiest way to describe it is all the weight in your cupboards arcs back when you raise the pin height. Some of it goes from over the axle to behind the axle(s).
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