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Best Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 w/ Puck System  


I have the short bed 2023 Silverado 3500 with the factory prep system. I need a sliding 5th wheel hitch with at least a 19,000 lbs capacity. What is the best one for my truck?


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The best sliding 5th wheel hitch for your 6-3/4 foot bed 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 is the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package item # BWRVK3775. The Companion Slider has a 20,000 lbs capacity and will give you 12" of travel for making tight turns and backing.

Besides being made in the USA, one of the main reason the Companion is the best option for a sliding 5th wheel is the 1" thick dual jaws will give you a 360-degree jaw to kingpin contact. This system minimizes the chucking, jarring, and noise that can occur when towing a 5th wheel trailer. This not only provides a more secure connection but also a quieter more comfortable towing experience.

Another reason the Companion is the best is because it has a cam-action latching handle that helps you to uncouple your trailer even if the terrain isn't level. The fully articulating head also helps to improve your ride quality while easing the effort put into hooking up to your trailer.

The B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch item # BWRVK3775 weighs 251 lbs. I have attached a picture that will show you what the Companion Slider looks like installed along with a review video that will show you a hands on look at the features I just described.

5th Wheel Slider hitches like the B&W Companion are extremely heavy. If that's not something you're interested in moving by yourself and don't want to have to rely on someone to help you then I recommend purchasing the B&W 5th Wheel Lifting Device for Companion and Patriot Hitches item # BWRVXA3130. This heavy duty steel tool lets you lift your B&W 5th-wheel hitch from your truck bed with a hoist. The 5th-Wheel jaws clamp around the device for a secure grip.

Don't forget your lube plate. The Lube Plate for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 10" Diameter item # 16721 will prevent scratches on your fifth-wheel's skid plate and ease trailer hookup.

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Jerred H
Companion Slider Installed.
Companion Slider Installed.
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