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rmalik1

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Posted: 07/01/18 10:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

B&W is my choice. In a oil field/fracking campground at the moment so everyone here is FT.
90 percent have B&W


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Original poster here. Thank you all again for all of your information and suggestions. We were looking at a Grand Design 1/2 ton towable 5th wheel trailer yesterday. It was an early in the model year build and did not have the hitch that can be adjusted to make it a pivoting type like I had seen on other Grand Design models. I pointed this out to the sales guy and he brought over his "hitch expert" and we discussed possibly using an Anderson hitch with this particular trailer. He went into his sales pitch saying that they sell Anderson hitches but that if it were used with this trailer that it would void the trailer warranty. He said that the Anderson hitch has caused cracking in the front frame and cap of several trailers.
So, does anyone have first hand knowledge of this or is the salesman just trying to steer me towards another brand (more profit).
Personally, with what I have heard from you all is that I will stick with a conventional hitch when the time comes to buy and I am leaning towards a B&W Patriot.

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I have a B&W Patriot, it's a solid hitch and you can't go wrong choosing it.

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exit 295 wrote:

Original poster here. Thank you all again for all of your information and suggestions. We were looking at a Grand Design 1/2 ton towable 5th wheel trailer yesterday. It was an early in the model year build and did not have the hitch that can be adjusted to make it a pivoting type like I had seen on other Grand Design models. I pointed this out to the sales guy and he brought over his "hitch expert" and we discussed possibly using an Anderson hitch with this particular trailer. He went into his sales pitch saying that they sell Anderson hitches but that if it were used with this trailer that it would void the trailer warranty. He said that the Anderson hitch has caused cracking in the front frame and cap of several trailers.
So, does anyone have first hand knowledge of this or is the salesman just trying to steer me towards another brand (more profit).
Personally, with what I have heard from you all is that I will stick with a conventional hitch when the time comes to buy and I am leaning towards a B&W Patriot.

You’re dealing with idiots. By virtue of design, the AUH doesn’t change the application of forces vs. a conventional hitch. They are probably painting with a broad brush, confusing it with the more common gooseneck adaptor. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I would ask the dealer why they sell a hitch that (supposedly) causes this damage.

Now, this is not to comment on the warranty matter. There very well could be some merit to that, but the suggestion of damage is ludicrous.


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I have a air hitch by trailersaver the BD3 model and its been great for me. I dont think I could ever go back to a standard hitch again.



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exit 295 wrote:

Original poster here. Thank you all again for all of your information and suggestions. We were looking at a Grand Design 1/2 ton towable 5th wheel trailer yesterday. It was an early in the model year build and did not have the hitch that can be adjusted to make it a pivoting type like I had seen on other Grand Design models. I pointed this out to the sales guy and he brought over his "hitch expert" and we discussed possibly using an Anderson hitch with this particular trailer. He went into his sales pitch saying that they sell Anderson hitches but that if it were used with this trailer that it would void the trailer warranty. He said that the Anderson hitch has caused cracking in the front frame and cap of several trailers.
So, does anyone have first hand knowledge of this or is the salesman just trying to steer me towards another brand (more profit).
Personally, with what I have heard from you all is that I will stick with a conventional hitch when the time comes to buy and I am leaning towards a B&W Patriot.


You have to be =very= careful with which B&W you go with, as any pivoting pin box that requires a wedge may NOT be compatible with some B&W hitches. There are warning stickers on their hitches about using them. Now, if you have OEM hitch prep, and a NON-sliding Companion then, yes, you can use a pivoting pin box. NO sliders are compatible nor are ANY single-point mount Companions. A non-sliding Patriot, on rails, IS compatible.

This info is fresh from a chat with B&W CS about 5 minutes ago.

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Thank you laknox and everyone else for all of your comments and recommendations. This forum is great and I hope to have a new 5th wheel trailer soon. Looks like what we want will have to be ordered which should give me ample time to get a hitch installed. Now just have to find a way to pay for it all! [emoticon]

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austinjenna wrote:

I have a air hitch by trailersaver the BD3 model and its been great for me. I dont think I could ever go back to a standard hitch again.


Amen.


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ReneeG wrote:

austinjenna wrote:

I have a air hitch by trailersaver the BD3 model and its been great for me. I dont think I could ever go back to a standard hitch again.


Amen.


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Still liking our air hitch since 2001.

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