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Old 01-23-2014, 08:36 PM
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B&W vs. OEM gooseneck hitch

I don't know a whole lot about the B&W or the factory Ford gooseneck hitches. Just looking for some opinions and/or pros and cons from people with experience with one or the other. When I bought my truck I was expecting a Ford hitch in the bed (I did not ask for it specifically), but when I went to pick it up....SURPRISE!! there was a B&W hitch back there. Now I'm wondering if the dealer cheaped out on me or did me a favor.
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We put a B&W hitch in my dad's truck and we live it. No complaints.


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I order my truck with the factory fifth wheel and gooseneck. I did not want my bed and the wiring harness being cut up by a novice.
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:36 AM
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I chose the B&W hitch. Thats all they do is make hitches so I figured they would be the better choice. So far I have been very pleased. My fifth wheel camper is converted to a goose neck hitch and I have pulled it allot.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:53 AM
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It's good to hear the positive comments about the B&W. I know they have a good reputation, I was just under the impression that the factory hitch was supposed to be a good one. I don't have any complaints about the B&W hitch right now, I was just afraid that after a while in the winter salt up here the handle and locking mechanism would stop working properly/easily over time due to rust. I did treat everything with fluid film last fall, and will continue to use it every fall in hopes it will prevent issues with the hitch as well as other rust and corrosion related problems.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:35 PM
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They're easy enough to disassemble and replace parts on. I put mine on my truck, bed on, in about two hours. I wouldn't worry about it though, they're pretty heavily powder coated from the factory.
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:34 PM
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Sounds like rust affecting the function of the hitch is a non-issue. I have to agree about the powder coating on the brakets...it seems pretty good. in thinking about it some more it's in a pretty good spot too and most of it isn't subjected to direct sandblasting from the tires. Seems like the general consensus is it'll be fine and I should quit worrying about nothing. That's good...I have enough other things to worry about. Thanks again for everyone's input.
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Here in south Louisiana, exposure to salt air is very high, and my dad has been having a turnover B&W gooseneck ball and we've had no issues. Just keep it lubed up with WD-40, aero-kroil, pb blaster, etc. and it'll be fine.
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