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Old 09-25-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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B&W Companion hitch

I have a 6.5 bed chevy 2500. I am looking to buy a 2011 Jayco Eagle 26.5 RLS. I want to know will the unit hit tha cab at a 90 degree jacknife? My hitch is set all the way back away from the cab.
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Old 09-25-2015, 01:22 PM   #2
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I have a 6.5 bed chevy 2500. I am looking to buy a 2011 Jayco Eagle 26.5 RLS. I want to know will the unit hit tha cab at a 90 degree jacknife? My hitch is set all the way back away from the cab.
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My very square-front Komfort will NOT hit my cab, going forward, at full lock, left and right. My truck is an '02 2500HD Duramax, crew cab, 4wd, 6.5' bed. My Companion is set as high and as far forward as it will go. Newer FW's usually have clipped front corners to help with this issue. IMO, you should move your hitch all the way forward, then try some full-lock turns in both directions and see if you hit, or how close you come. Again, IMO, much better on a 2500 to have the hitch as far forward as you can get it. B&W told me that the center of the kin pin is only about 1.75" ahead of the centerline of the rear axle in the full forward position.

Don't forget that ALL FW's will hit when backing up! I know this from experience, fortunately all it cost me was a new rear glass and not dents.

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Old 09-27-2015, 05:17 PM   #3
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I got a 20,000 lb. Curt Bros. slider fifth wheel hitch cause was told would need on with any 6'5" bed. Id rather be safe than sorry, my 2013 31.5 RSTL has round front cap corners that helps as I can make a 90 degree turn on flat ground alright but haven't gone
past that. If I had to I would roll the slider hitch back!!! got to remember it will make a difference if the ground is flat or if there is any holes being driven through which would rock the TV or 5er and possible be enough to hit the cap & cab of the TV. I'd rather not chance that as expensive as my TV and 5er cost!!!
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Thank all of you for your responses. In a previous truck I had a superglide and it worked well-I just did not like the hitch. I am going to try my B&W before I do anything.
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We pull with a Ford 6.5 bed and use the B&W. It's an excellent hitch in my opinion. BUT I cannot make a full-lock U-turn going forward.
I'd suggest hitting a parking lot with a spotter when you get the new rig and verify yes/no on how much turn you can make.
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I have a 6.5 bed on my 3500 Denali, with our 38FLSA and a B&W companion slider I can make full lock turns with the hitch slid back. with it in "tow" mode I'm unable to make a 3/4 lock turn. Forwards or backwards.
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Old 10-02-2015, 05:40 PM   #7
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I have a companion slider as well with my short bed ford. About 3/4 turn is it for me too and it gets real close....if its in a dip it gets even closer and I cant turn as sharp. I went ahead and got the slider, but I've not had to use it yet...but Im sure a time will come when I have to.
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:05 PM   #8
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I use a Anderson ultimate aluminum hitch on my 350 short bed and have had no problems at any turning radius, just puttin in my two cents.
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:12 AM   #9
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I have the B&W Companion in a 2004 2500 cc Duramax pulling a 2007 Jayco 31.5 BHDS. I even have a low profile over the rail tool box that Lowes sells mounted behind the cab. My B&W is also set back all the way. I haven't had any issues yet and haven't been any circumstances to have my rig in a 90 degree jack knife position.
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I'm not sure if this helps the OP or not, but here are some pictures of my 29.5 BHDS hooked up to the B&W OEM Companion Hitch set all the way back in the 6.75' bed of my '11 F350. I obviously still have a little room to go, but the trailer axles were pretty torqued and I was on pavement so I didn't want to push it. If you zoom in on the wheels, you can see how torqued the axles were.

I have the Reese Revolution/ Sidewinder pin box, I just haven't set it up to pivot at the trailer yet, so this is what you get from a standard pinbox that swivels at the hitch. Looks like I made the right decision on the Revolution pinbox. And yes, per B&W, you can use this pinbox with the OEM Companion, just not the original companion with the single attachment point.

I considered a sliding fifth wheel hitch, but the OEM Companion/ Revolution setup makes for an easier switch to a useable truck bed. Not lightweight like the Anderson, mind you, but still easily removable by one person.

The Anderson Hitch was pretty appealing too, I just worry about the lean of the trailer going around corners. That is an issue for my buddy who uses a gooseneck conversion.

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