B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch Installation Demonstration
B&W 5th Wheel Hitch FAQ
It is common to find different trailers being towed by vehicles. This includes a fifth wheel, making it compulsory for it to be conveyed employing a tow truck. Although installing the right hitch is recommended, there is still a possibility while doing short distances, to haul a fifth wheel without one. Before doing so, it is advised to confirm the legality of doing so on public roads.
Firstly, to avoid any kind of accident in your car, study the manufacturer’s specifications for the car. This confirms that conveying the wheel and the weight of its content is permitted. The next step is to decide on the right dimension for the ball using the ball mount system for the specific car. Once you have confirmed the correct one that fits, insert the ball within the hole right in the middle of the bumper. Confirm that the locking washer and the right nut are in place to ensure safety while towing.
Lastly, connect the safety chains of the wheel to the bumper or bodywork of the car. Attach the electrical wiring on the wheel to the receptacle of the car.
Installing the hitch rails ensures that when it is hitched to the fifth wheel, the kingpin stays forward of the rear axle. The base rails are compatible with various kinds of hitches, including the B&W 5th wheel hitch, for example. Some people start off the process of installing the rails, by removing the rear tires to offer room for more workspace. But this is only optional and may be done otherwise.
First of all, you should start by finding out the mounting location for your specific car. Before you proceed, take out the tailgate to avoid any obstruction. Now measure the exact length starting at the rear end of the bed on the wheel to the measurement of your truck and bed length. Be sure to get even measurements on each side of the bed. After that, carefully adjust the front rail and measure with tape using the hitch of the fifth wheel as a guide. After getting the proper measurement, drill holes on the rails according to the specifications and make sure everything lines up. Once this is done, use diagonal measurements to square up and you are good to go.
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