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B and W Fifth Wheel Review - 2019 Ram 3500

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Review of the B and W Fifth Wheel on a 2019 Ram 3500

Colin: Hey everyone. It's Colin here at etrailer. And today we have a 2019 Ram 3500. We're going to go ahead and go over some of these features and show you guys how useful this B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch is. Now, B&W designed this fifth wheel hitch to fit your OEM prep package of your 19 Ram. So there's literally no drilling, anything like that involved in the install process.

You don't have to worry about getting side rails installed and having to drill into the frame of your truck. You literally pull it out of the box, drop the base into the four pucks right there, as you can see.And if you look down here, you can see my handle currently is not in the locked position. From there, it's just as easy to lock it into place like so. It literally should be that easy. If you find yourself installing this, and it's not this easy to turn it back and forth, all you have to do is loosen up these two bolts, take the cotter pin out of the bolt on top, loosen up that bolt a little bit and just adjust it until you find that it's this easy to lock it into place.Once you do that, you can put this pin and clip in.

And with all four of our levers locked into place in our pucks, we're going to be ready to do some towing. Now, I really liked B&Ws, really all of their products, but their fifth wheels especially. The entire thing, they took their time to make sure and give you a high quality fifth wheel hitch. The whole thing is powder-coated steel. So it's going to be very strong and durable, and it's also going to resist rust and corrosion.The dual locking jaws make it very easy to hook up to your fifth wheel hitch.

All you have to do is bring that lever wide open, and then I've just got a plastic piece right here to simulate a king pin. And this is what's going to happen. As we back up to our fifth wheel, just comes right into place. And then obviously with a truck it's much easier to do than it is for me just to pull on it. But once there's more force with your truck backing up to your fifth wheel hitch, it's just going to push itself into place.

I'll have to use the handle in this case, just like that. And you can see it's locked into place. It's making contact 360 degrees around our king pin. You can see it turns very smoothly. So when you're going around those tight corners or anything, you're turning, it's not going to rattle or make a lot of noise.And then when you're ready to unhook, once you've got your fifth wheel, camper, horse trailer, or whatever it might be, set up and you're ready to disconnect, just pull that handle out, again, just like the handles on our pucks. This one should be just as easy to unlatch, you can see I'm just using my three fingers right there. Comes undone, and then that plastic piece comes right out.Now there's really only two pieces that make this kit up. We have the head right here and then we have our base. There is a little bit of assembly to do when you first get out of the box. Once you get your base in place, here, I'll show you guys real quick, how you would go about the pre-assembly. We can pull these two pins and actually take the head off of the fifth wheel with these handles right here, just like that. We'll just set it to the side, so you can see what it looks like underneath.See, really the only assembly that you have to do is get these A frame brackets installed with the rubber tops on them. This helps the head pivot back and forth to make it a lot easier to hook up. You can adjust these, either in front of your rear axle, behind, or directly over, whatever your preference is. You just have to adjust it to the appropriate holes on your base. So once you get the base installed, you get these installed using just a couple of wrenches. That's really all you need for this install. And then we bring our head up, it is a little bit heavy, so if you do need an extra set of hands, don't be afraid to ask. We just set that on top of those rubber pieces, grab our pins, feed those through, and then replace the clips, and we are good to go. Get this other one as well.Now personally, I think this is probably one of the most high quality fifth wheel hitches you can get. I mean, aside from the solid steel construction, another thing I really like is that the jaws have an inch thick steel construction. So you're really not going to have to worry about anything coming disconnected while you're traveling. And the OEM prep package really makes this an easy install. You can really get it done in 30 minutes to an hour, as long as you have the extra set of hands to pick up this base, because it is pretty heavy.Another really cool thing about it is that our customer here does have a tonneau cover installed. So it actually sits low enough so that our cover, we'll just show you real quick, can come completely closed over top of it. So when it's not in use, you can cover it up and keep it safe from the elements, so the life of it goes a lot longer. Now this cover just happens to be the Pace Edwards Switchblade. So if you are interested in that, you can check that out here at etrailer.Now, I do want to go over a couple of weight capacities for you. First, the gross towing weight is going to be 25,000 pounds. That is your gross trailer weight. And then it's also going to have a vertical load limit of 6,250 pounds. Now, what that means is you can't have more than that 6,250 pushing down on top of the head of your fifth wheel. So as long as you abide by those weight limits and make sure you double check with your Ram's owner's manual, make sure it can handle all that weight, you're going to be good to go.Well, thank you all for watching, but that'll do it for our look at the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch on our 2019 Ram 3500.

Rick B.


Hi, I just bought a 2020 Ram 3500 with the 6.4 bed. Can I use the RVK3600 or do I need the RVK3670 slider? I have a 36ft Cedar Creek 5th wheel. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

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Jon G.


We always recommend going with the sliding versions for short bed trucks just to be on the safe side of things. I have heard of people being able to use the stationary 5th wheels on short beds before, but they have to be extra careful when making turns so that they don't damage their truck or trailer when cornering.

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