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Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Jax, FL
I wonder if Lippert would void a warranty if you used an Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel RAIL MOUNT hitch?
It seems that as soon as somebody says the word "Gooseneck" everybody goes off the deep end. The B&W companion uses the gooseneck (read Turnover Ball) method of attachment to the tow vehicle.
Anderson uses the Turnover Ball method of attachment to the tow vehicle also. It's just that the Anderson secures to the Turnover Ball, whereas the Companion removes the Turnover Ball, and drops into the underbed.
You should do some research to discover what constitutes a "gooseneck" hitch. In very elementary terms, it is a straight piece of pipe that directly connects the tow vehicle to the trailer. While you are correct in your statement of how the B&W companion connects to the tow vehicle it is NOT a gooseneck hitch.
I am a little confused. My 2011 Sierra has a B&W turnover that was installed by a previous owner. I was planning on getting the Companion for when we do upgrade to a 5th wheel. Are the B&W Companions approved, or will the warranty on a 5th wheel be void by this? I don't see why it would. As it is right now, my turnover ball has been in the storage position for so long that it is stuck and the entire thing may need to be removed or replaced. I don't really ever see myself towing with a gooseneck, but since I already have the hole for it, I figured I would get the Companion instead of having rails installed. I also like having a flat bed.
The companion is a great hitch and no RV company nor Lippert will void your warranty due to its' use. Contrary to what is being stated in this thread, the B&W Turnover Ball used with the Companion Hitch is NOT a gooseneck hitch.
If you research the Companion Hitch you will find that it is one of the better hitches out there.
09 GMC SLT Dually
Steel Gray Metallic
All options except sunroof
Mods so far:
Alcoa 19.5s with Michelin XZE, Centramatics,Tow Mirrors, Chrome Grill Overlay, Rear underseat storage, Mudflaps all corners, 20% Window tint, 6" Oval Steps, B&W Turnover Hitch, B&W Companion Hitch, Sulastics, GM Campaign #PIT3009J, Wireless Console Charging, Bilstein 5100s, Raptor 3602RL
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