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Texas Two Steppers

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I ordered the B % W Companion 3000 and had the 1012 gooseneck installed and did the hitch myself. It looks good in the truck. Now for the hard part. There are like 6 adjustments on the hitch and 3 on the pin box. I have tentatively set it in the middle/highest position. Since the rig is new I will first load it and then level it when hooked up. Next I will go to the scale and weigh everything including each rv axle. I think the ideal posture of the rv is slightly nose down with each axle carrying about 50% of the load. If I can do it on the scale I will weigh the tires one side to get the side to side weight distribution. On most Cat scales I have used you have to have weight on the 1st scale and there is usually a header there so you can't do just one side.
Since we are at home base I will probably allow 1 day which means my wife will HAVE to go to the mall.


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Welcome to the B&W family. No other hitch comes close! And it's made right here in the USA!!!


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Gary, with your new truck I would set the B&W at the middle height, most forward position.

That should be about ideal for your Winslow.


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nremtp143 wrote:

Welcome to the B&W family. No other hitch comes close! And it's made right here in the USA!!!


X3! FWIW, my hitch is set as high and as far forward as it will go. I wanted it that way. I do tow a touch nose high, maybe 2-3", but the 8+" bed clearance I get is necessary for when we boondock in our usual spot. I wanted it as far forward to get as much weight to the front as possible. Even then, the center of the king pin is only about 2.5" in front of the centerline of the rear axle, per a phone call to B&W asking that question.

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Love my B & W W/ Companion.


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Set it to where you have 6" bed rail clearance minimum and full forward.

Go to the scales and see what each axle weighs. Adjust as needed.

Mine is full forward and with 4,500# pin weight only 100# transfers to the front axle.

Never have heard of or seen bed rail damage with a B&W hitch in the bed!


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When you get it set I would like to know the bed height unloaded and your clearance when you finally get done. I know it won't be exactly the same as mine, sb vs. lb but it would give me some starting numbers so I can adjust from there.


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mudmaker wrote:

When you get it set I would like to know the bed height unloaded and your clearance when you finally get done. I know it won't be exactly the same as mine, sb vs. lb but it would give me some starting numbers so I can adjust from there.


I will post the numbers when I get them and let you know. I just got it loaded and am a full-timer so it will stay loaded.

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I have mine in the far rearward position and as high as possible. I changed it from the middle to the rear and reweighed it, the front axle lost 10 pounds. The reason I moved it back is so I can carry the bikes and have them miss the toolbox when it opens. Most people say not to use it this way, but the center of the pin is only about 2" behind the center of the axle. It has worked for me.


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My B&W hitch is installed as far forward and as low as posible.
I am still a little nose high but it tows like a dream.


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