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Lantley

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Posted: 01/11/22 03:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As mentioned the BD3 breaks down into 2 manageable pieces.
I also have a puck frame adapter that allows the BD3 to attach to the puck system with just a few clips.
While still not for me, removing the hitch could be done without a crane in 20 minutes or so once you got familiar with it.
The air ride is fantastic limits/eliminates chucking. Cerainly relieves stress and pounding on truck, 5'er,and occupants


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Posted: 01/11/22 07:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JIMNLIN wrote:

The hoist is a good idea but needs a hard surface if you plan on rolling it around.
Some use a small elect hoist or a come-a-long dropped down from rafters in the garage.
My hitch is stored hanging from 12' tall truss ribs and a come-a-long in my trailer shed.


Just lock it onto the trailer pin (lock so someone doesn't accidentally release it). Then pull the pins and lift the front of the trailer. The hitch will go up with it.

Then when you want to reinstall it, pull the truck under fairly close. Then it's just a bit of jockeying around to line up.

The pin box is more than strong enough, so no worries.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

ford truck guy wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

"The only complaint is that it takes 2 people to remove the base."

Gee I had no idea! Guess I have been removing and installing mine wrong all these years with me, myself and I.


That is because you are a MANS MAN Ron ! ! [emoticon]


I guess 35 years in Construction helps.


I didn’t work construction, and don’t have an issue removing my hitch including the heavy picture frame adapter. I just work at staying healthily and staying active.


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That's what is nice about the Companion OEM Puck,, comes in 2 parts, heaviest is 78# and the other is 75#..


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rhagfo wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

ford truck guy wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

"The only complaint is that it takes 2 people to remove the base."

Gee I had no idea! Guess I have been removing and installing mine wrong all these years with me, myself and I.


That is because you are a MANS MAN Ron ! ! [emoticon]


I guess 35 years in Construction helps.


I didn’t work construction, and don’t have an issue removing my hitch including the heavy picture frame adapter. I just work at staying healthily and staying active.


No issues here either, with the frame ,nor the hitch. I got tired of taking my 18 Reese slider apart ,so I went with a hoist in the garage. Then cured all that with a steel Andersen .

But I guess over 42 years as a steel fabricator didn't hurt either . [emoticon]

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Posted: 01/12/22 09:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you opt for the B&W Patriot hitch, bump up to the 18k instead of the 15k (or whatever it is). The 18k is welded while the smaller one bolts together. I bought the 18k and installed the rails myself. It took a couple of hours and a couple of return trips under the truck because I couldn't reach some of the bolts. I needed to get some longer extensions, u-joint, etc. Now that it is installed, it doesn't seem too bad, but I admit, I was a little intimidated before I got into it. I am handy, but there was the thought of 10k+ lbs going 65 mph down the highway only being held secure by these bolts.


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Howdy Burbman,
We have the B&W companion in our Dodge Ram. When we purchased the truck it already had the B&W gooseneck so getting the companion was an easy decision. We were thankful to find a used one on craigslist for about 1/2 what a new one cost.
It's a nice solid hitch, with no play. However it is quite heavy. I lift it in and out of the truck with the loader on my 1025R.
Once out of the truck I place it on a couple of harbor freight furniture dollies.


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I'm a B&W fanboy who also has a GN trailer, so when I was hitch shopping I ended up with both the TurnoverBall and the Companion. Love 'em both! Great company to deal with, too. Now, if I didn't have a GN trailer, I'd probably go with a puck system and get the puck-style Companion.

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I have a B&W companion slider. I bought the lifting attachment that B&W has and lift the hitch in and out of the truck with my Kubota. I set it on a dolly so I can roll it to where I want it. You cannot go wrong with a B&W hitch.


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I'm researching now for the inevitable move to a 5er. I'm planning on getting a Reese Goosebox. It allows you to swap out your traditional 5th wheel hitch on your camper with a model that is approved by Lippert to allow you to use a regular gooseneck ball in your bed. No hitch to install, move, store, get in the way... just a regular 2 5/16 hall.

It eliminates the traditional hitch in your bed and reduces or completely eliminates the chucking you get from a traditional 5th wheel hitch.


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