Quickly and easily convert your B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch to a sturdy 5th-wheel trailer hitch. Built-in slider helps eliminate clearance concerns during slow-speed turns. Dual-jaw hitch removes without a trace for full bed access.
- Trailer hitch adapter converts your B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch (sold separately) to a 5th-wheel hitch
- Lets you tow your 5th-wheel trailer
- The built-in slider provides clearance required for your short-bed pickup to turn safely at slow speeds
- Rail-free design allows for full access to truck bed when the hitch is removed
- 1" Thick dual jaws provide 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact
- Less rattle and more security than slide-bar jaws
- Cam-action latching handle helps prevent binding
- Simple to release, even on unlevel terrain
- Lockable to secure the trailer to hitch - padlock sold separately
- Fully articulating head eases hookup and helps to limit chucking
- Pivots front-to-back and side-to-side
- 3 Height settings to fit your application
- Quiet, rattle-free ride with polyurethane bushings
- Quick, simple installation
- Hitch base with slider installs in ball hole of B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch
- Hitch head secures to the base
- Gray powder-coated steel is corrosion resistant
- Made in the USA
- Gross towing weight: 20,000 lbs
- Vertical load limit: 5,000 lbs
- Hitch height: 17" - 19"
- Travel: 12" front to back
- Overall dimensions: 45" long x 34-3/8" wide
- The measurement from center of where gooseneck ball attaches to the front cab-side of the hitch: 15"
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Due to the size of this item, it ships via freight.
- This fifth-wheel trailer hitch is not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution kingpins. Do not use any device that changes the pivot point of your trailer's king pin with this hitch.
Fifth-Wheel Towing with Your Gooseneck Hitch
There are a variety of adapters on the market that let you tow a fifth-wheel trailer with a gooseneck hitch. You can use a coupler adapter that replaces the pin box on your fifth-wheel trailer and then attaches to the gooseneck hitch in your truck bed. But these adapters often require modifications to your trailer that can void the warranty. Another option would be using fifth-wheel rails that mount directly to your gooseneck hitch, usually by dropping into the hitch's ball hole. But to do this you have to make 2 separate purchases - the adapter plate that has the rails and a standard fifth-wheel hitch.
With the Companion from B&W, you get a heavy-duty fifth-wheel trailer hitch that mounts in your truck bed by connecting directly to your Turnoverball gooseneck hitch with the included components. No modifications are required to your truck or trailer. And no additional parts are required for the system to work.
Quiet, Secure Ride
The 1" thick jaw on the Companion is precision machined to provide a tight, sturdy connection. And unlike slide-bar models, the rounded 2-piece jaw on this fifth-wheel trailer hitch inhibits rattle and movement by securely wrapping around your trailer's kingpin, resulting in easier hookup and a safer, quieter ride.
In addition to the sturdy jaw, the Companion has durable polyurethane bushings built-in to provide a smoother, more comfortable towing experience. These bushings sit on top of the pivot arms that support the fifth-wheel head. Because the head is resting on a padded area, it is able to pivot without clanking. The ability of the head to pivot - both front to back and side to side - along with the trailer also helps to limit the chucking that may occur with a more static hitch.
Non-Binding Latch Handle
The dual jaw on the Companion is operated by a simple-to-use cam-action handle. This handle allows you to quickly and easily release the jaws on the hitch, even if you are on uneven terrain. If any binding does occur between your truck and trailer, the jaws may remain closed after you move the handle to the open position. But because the handle is unlatched, there is nothing keeping the jaws closed except for the binding pressure. Therefore, simply driving your truck forward will be enough to force the jaws to open.
The cam-action handle is held in the closed position with the included pin and clip. For extra security, you can replace the pin with a sturdy padlock. The shackle on the lock you choose should have a diameter of 5/16", height of 3", and a width of 2-1/4".
Most often used on trucks with 6' beds, a slider helps to eliminate clearance problems during slow-speed turns. When you are towing a fifth-wheel trailer, your hitch must be situated on the cab side of your truck's rear axle. However, at slow speeds you can use a slider to slide the fifth-wheel hitch (and the trailer) toward your truck's tailgate and past the rear axle, creating enough space between the cab of your truck and the trailer to permit less-restricted turning.
The slider that is built into the base of the Companion allows for 12" of fore and aft travel to give you the clearance you need.
Installation of the B&W Companion
To install the Companion, position the slider base so that the post inserts into your Turnoverball hitch's ball hole (in place of the hitch ball). Secure the post using the handle of the Turnoverball, just as you would secure the hitch ball. The post is square like the base of your gooseneck hitch ball. This square design helps to eliminate any twisting or turning of the post - and therefore the mounted fifth-wheel hitch - in your gooseneck hitch.
The next step is to set up the Companion's pivot arms. The arms are what allow the hitch to be adjusted front to back as well as up and down for optimal positioning. As a result, this hitch can accommodate the height of your trailer and also help to give you some additional cab clearance. To adjust either the height of the hitch or the fore/aft positioning, just attach the hitch's pivot arms in the desired location on the base.
The hitch head installs on top of the pivot arms. When you have the head in position, simply secure it to the arms with the included pins.