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fj12ryder

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Posted: 10/06/20 07:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Could be, but I would think either plated or stainless. Mine show no rust, so I was leaning toward stainless. But I don't know for sure. Either way, anti-seize should solve the problem


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Claims of the best hitch, and after 8 years needs a new base [emoticon] I am thinking there are better hitches out there if that is the case . I have a 12 year old Reese Signature ,same head as their Elite ,and there are no wear parts to date that have to be replaced. Not a single problem with my Reese. Maybe those B&W are not the hitch they are advertised .

Very doubtful there are stainless bolts on a hitch , most common stainless bolts 304 ,or 316 don't have the same tensile strength as say grade 8. Surely B&W would not be putting on inferior bolts [emoticon] The fact of having to even get new bolts, free or not would keep some away from dealing with B&W.

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guinness1 wrote:

I have a Companion from B&W, purchased back in 2012. Is it just me, or does anyone else with this hitch, have to replace the U-bolts/hardware and/or the draw down bolt/aluminum block? I have to replace one or all pieces at least once a season. It is quite a pain in the a$$, due to having to cut the bolts to remove. I love the hitch because of the ability to remove it and have my entire bed when not pulling. I now see there are other brands of hitches that have the same abilities (ie Andersen). B&W has offered to sell me the new and improved base for the Companion that does not have this common problem(s), even at their cost of $300, seems like I should just look into a new hitch like the Andersen (big benefit is the weight of the hitch).



I'd be done with that hitch, there has to be better. Yes the Andersen is a great choice, but some will be along to tell you otherwise ,but have never owned one . If you are using standard bed rails ,just go the steel Andersen ,and be done with all the nonsense you are putting up with that B&W. 8 years of dealing with that would make anyone change hitches .

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I've had my Companion hitch since 2015. Twice a year I crawl under the truck and soak the block, spring & rod with lithium grease. Also spray the moving parts of the jaw. Then 4-5 pumps of grease into the grease fitting under the head. I have noticed that the paint has flaked off of the turnover ball frame under the truck but minimal rust, so I spray it with a rust inhibitor.

That is all that I ever do and have never had an issue.


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The base the op is mentioning will cause bed deflection if towing HEAVY. B&W has spacers they will ship you if wanted. The base was fine for the thicker metal of the beds when the base was engineered. Now the beds are thin and that is why they came up with the Companion with spacers attached to the base so there is no deflection. And another improvement are the Puck bases. Don't see ANDERSEN using the pucks.

OP, try using anti seize next time. Or spend the $300 and get the base they offered. B&W is trying to make it right with you.

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Posted: 10/06/20 10:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had my Companion for 10 years and never had any problem with the U bolts or draw down bolt. The anti seize sounds like a great idea so I will use some when I reinstall my Companion.


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When I bought my companion used one of the nuts was seized. A quick call to B&W and new ones were at my doorstep in a few days no charge. I haven't had another issue in 8 years. I have been drooling over the the new base though and $300 seems like the way to go!

Also, I think if you do some more research you'll find that the B&W is one of, if not the, best hitch on the market.

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Posted: 10/06/20 10:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

B&W is the best non-suspended hitch on the market. Full Stop.

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I have it's lil bro, Patriot 18k non slide rail and absolutely love it! Bought it new in spring of '17, on it's 2nd truck.


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