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Old 05-14-2013, 10:25 PM   #57
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Cari & i used one for a season when we owned an A-Liner a couple years back. It was an indispensable piece of equipment in our typical off-road camp grounds. Before the BAL, we used the LEGO blocks or wood...BUT there were times when we were unable to get placed properly. In comes the BAL and just park where ever and call it good. There was one site we had it fully extended...it looked like that tire was off the ground ~8 to 10" And still rock solid.

Once we had the Parkliner, we picked one up on our maiden voyage.

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Old 05-16-2013, 12:01 AM   #58
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I had our trailer at the house last fall, uphill wheel chocked (front and back), downhill wheel on a 3 high stack of lego style blocks, and a couple of lego blocks under the tongue jack. I forget what set things in motion, but the tongue got bumped just a bit; the trailer pivoted, the downhill wheel reached the edge of the top block, and then that wheel proceeded to roll down the other two blocks. Tongue jack ended up about a foot and a half away from where it started. This episode taught me to be sure at least two of these three load bearing points are "trapped" to ensure the trailer does not move. I think most folks get their tongue jack pinned down pretty well, but I had a flat plate on the bottom, and it was sitting on top of a leveler block at the time; there just wasn't much friction between these two parts to prevent movement.

So I ordered the single axle chock and a BAL leveler the next day, and I always use them both every time we camp. Now I can pick any spot to park, chock the uphill wheel with a few quarter turns of the chock bolt, and then I place the BAL on the downhill wheel and start to crank. I found a phone app that will give me three beeps when I am within 1 degree of level, and four beeps when it is within 0.1 degree of level. Phone is on the floor inside, I ratchet the wheel up as fast as I want until I hear 3 beeps, then slowly until I get 4 beeps, and voila! Both wheels are fully chocked, and my trailer is as close to dead level as I could ever possibly need. The BAL does have a big footprint, but it really doesn't take up much space.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:36 AM   #59
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Interesting combination of trailer parked on incline and leveling pyramid under one wheel, Scott. I hate trailer square dancing.

The elevating cradle of the BAL is a very effective double chock. I also have a sloping driveway which encourages a bit of thought as to sequence of events when hitching and unhitching. Two points anchored certainly is advisable and the surest anchor for the tongue end is coupler on ball of tow vehicle and especially when engaging in any operation which involves jacking and wheel removal (putting on spare, brake and bearing maintenance). A trailer falling on a hub has consequences worse than a moment of surprise.

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Old 05-16-2013, 07:34 AM   #60
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Another benefit of the B@L levelers is the in air chocking it performs. This reduces you trailer sway somewhat, that rocking motion you sometimes get inside. With dual axles we use B@L X chocks http://www.amazon.com/BAL-28012-X-Ch.../dp/B002XLHUQG which lock each axle to each other. This effectively reduces you rocking motion, just like the B@l leveler locks your single axle. But we still need to use leveling blocks or 2 of these B@l levelers with dual axles.
By the way, there are 2 B@l's for sale real cheap in the parts forum
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My plans for memorial day weekend changed, the place I camped last summer is on an incline and with my fridge can't have that lol so I put in an order on ebay for my B@L, $78 shipped to me. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Just need to get myself a pizza delivery bag.
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Just need to get myself a pizza delivery bag.
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thanks Tom!
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I just asked my local Pizza John's for one of their used one and they gave it to me!!
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I have a pizza bag for transporting some of my radio gear, got it at a local restaurant supply. Have to go this weekend, will see how much they are now.
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I use a length of foam pipe insulation to keep the greased threaded rod clean. When in use, I stick the pipe insulation on the upper end of the rod to protect legs from the grease and rod end.
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very smart idea...
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I cut an "X" into a tennis ball, allows it to slip over any exposed ends, good visual reminder and safety in case you're as clumsy as I am! I keep 6 of them in one of my many "milk crates of dirty tricks". Probably wouldn't work if you have a dog that likes tennis balls.
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Please give a bit of thought to the minimum size pizza delivery bag into which the BAL leveler will fit. I haven't got one but after measuring the leveler and a look at eBay, I'm thinking a PIB-22 (22"x 22"x 5") is the minimum. Possibly a PIB-20 as the 5" sides might flex outward to accommodate the 20"+ max dimension across the flat wings of the tire cradle. This may be so obvious as to not require mention but worth knowing to avoid the typical results of beggar's "choice." Anyone know or remember offhand?

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...i had a laugh at the last post on what size pizza bag... just before getting to reading the last few posts i told myself i've gotta go out and measure that thing (it is stored in my aluminum tongue box, but a nice bag would be keep things same and clean).

On the BAL X two wheel chocks...cari & i have two on our 38 ft mobile suite full time live in and they really snug things up well !

I hadn't seen the BAL single wheel chock until following this thread, and have one on the way from Amazon.

An acquaintance once stated that a particular forum (Wander The West) was the most expensive "Free Site" he visits...for myself i'd have to say it is FGRV forums!

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