I have a B&W flipover gooseneck and 5th wheel companion. Love, love, love it. I like it for ease of operation and the ability keep a flat bed when i need for plywood and whatnot..... swap over is easy and doesnt take long.
I used the B&W turnover arrangement in my '06 and now in the '11, am using the same head but the new base to correspond to the Ford pucks. The best part - it's now a 20K hitch (in a Dodge, 25K !!!!) using the same head unit. Why go anywhere else. Pull it out, the truck bed is flat, no rails, brackets or other claptrap
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I'll follow suit with whats already been said. For an aftermarket install, go with the B&W. Had one in my old truck and loved it. I've got the factory Reese in my new truck, and while not a huge deal, having to stash the greasy ball somewhere in the truck sucks. I also don't like that the round shank spins in the receiver. Guess it's not an issue, but I think the square shank B&W is a better setup.
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Install fairly easy . Take tire and heat shield off . Drop exhaust bolt on back loose n next one up . Measure 46 3/16 from edge of bed 25 in between wheel wells drill 3 1/ 2 in hole then install . About 3 hrs . Start to finish. Thats a draw tite goose.
did mine by myself, i removed the bed to mount to the frame, then measure and cut like mentioned above. Took me one afternoon to remove bed and the next morning to install, but i wasnt pushing it, i could have done it a lot quicker if needed. Not all that difficult of a project. Basically a bolt on addition....but requires a lil time...
For a long bed, hands down B&W. For a short bed 5th wheel hitch, you might want to consider one that has a sliding mechanism for turning and backing. Not sure if B&W has one like that or not.
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