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Old 12-29-2015, 09:03 AM   #15
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I heard about someone who drove away from their site, running over their Anderson. It shot up and punctured the water tank on the Scamp 13'. Oops.

Always check for orange and yellow "things" before heading home.

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Old 12-29-2015, 09:09 AM   #16
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Byron and Anne showed us the BAL leveler when we met them in Death Valley in March of this year.

Added it to our 16' Scamp gear and love it.

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Old 12-29-2015, 09:11 AM   #17
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I've used the Camco tri leveller for years and am quite happy with it. The Anderson does look much more compact.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:11 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by herons View Post
I heard about someone who drove away from their site, running over their Anderson. It shot up and punctured the water tank on the Scamp 13'. Oops.

Always check for orange and yellow "things" before heading home.
Grey tank, perhaps? The fresh water tank is inside.

Good general advice for a newbie: do a 360 walk-around before you pull out. Look down (orange and yellow thingies, cords and hoses), up (windows and vents), and around (rocks, stumps, curbs, overhanging branches). Double-check the door and hitch (latch, chains, electric).
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:18 AM   #19
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We have (and love) the BAL leveler. Thought about the Anderson, but remembered the time we camped at a site where we had to raise one side of the trailer well over 4" (as high as Anderson goes) to get level. Have used the BAL for several years and haven't had problem with grease. We do keep it in a zip bag/tote inside the closet in our Casita when not in use.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:19 AM   #20
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I have to second those who love the BAL leveler. I often travel solo and find it incredibly easy to set up camp and get perfectly level with the BAL. Our Burro is modified with 15" tires and it still fits, though can be tight to get into place/remove on certain surfaces such as gravel. Only downside is that indeed it can be cumbersome to store, but it only needs to store when we are rolling so it's just not a big deal. It sets on the floor inside the door because it's one of the first items to be pulled out when I stop to camp.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:40 AM   #21
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Anderson leveler all the Way!

I have a 17' Casita. I have and used the BAL. I have 15" wheels and large tires and the BAL was difficult to use on uneven ground. One work around is to first drive up on a 1" board, then slide the BAL under the tire.

However, once I started using the Anderson I never looked back, and now do not even carry the BAL. If you are near Nashville, TN, I will give it to you.

When leaving I just drive over it, never a problem.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:44 AM   #22
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Very impressed.

I have been using the Lynx (Lego style) this year after getting rid of the lumber mess. I was pretty happy with the block system but also looked at the BAL leveler liked the idea but felt it was to pricey and bulky. Just watched a few videos on the Anderson leveler and will be placing an order for one today. Very impressed.
One of those wish I would of thought of that items. Can still use my Lynx block for many other uses around camp.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:52 AM   #23
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One nice aspect of the BAL leveler is that if by chance the trailer "sinks" a bit after setup, you just crank it up or down a bit. You don't have to hook up to level the trailer again.

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Old 12-29-2015, 12:59 PM   #24
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If I had just purchased my first trailer as the OP has, I would buy a couple of packages of Lego blocks to start out with before deciding on what other levelling items to purchase. They are not expensive and the do the job but they also come in handy for many other jobs - such as putting under the rear stabilizer jacks, as well as front tongue jack to stop it from sinking into the dirt/gravel in addition to being used to level many other items such as a outside table etc.

The BAL and the Anderson are pricier and have only one use. I would do some hands on homework on both before deciding which to purchase.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:17 PM   #25
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You have a good point Carol on getting the stacking levelers first but leveling made easier is great. I have camped enough now to find the blocks to still be a pain a lot of the time. They do however serve many other purposes around camp. So your advice is pretty much what I did started with blocks and decided for my needs to add the Anderson leveler as well.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:52 PM   #26
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If you go somewhere they are building, you can probably (with permission of course) get a 2x12x24 and a couple of other pieces of wood that will work fine.
After using wood blocks for a couple of years, we did buy an Anderson and like it very much.
We still use some of the wood blocks under the braces.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:10 PM   #27
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I'm a BAL user and lover. I travel with 4 short pieces of 2x6. 1 for each rear stabilizer, 1 for the nose jack and 1 to put under the "low" tire. The latter helps with the BAL being too snug under the tire. I do plan on changing the 2x6's with the plastic blocks, we had a border guard make a comment about the dirt on the wood once. Personally I don't think there would be any difference about mud on plastic, other than it might be easier to wash and they are easier to see in the dark.

As for the grease/dirt on the threads issue, I use a short piece of foam pipe wrap. It stays on the threads at all times other than when being cranked. A bright piece of pool noodle would do the same trick and remind you that the BAL is still under the tire on your circle check.
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:57 AM   #28
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I've camped going on 6 yrs now in my 13'er. I got a good deal on a set of "legos" (stack of 10 in a case) for $15. I have NEVER needed two sets and never used all 10 of these at any campground. Most of the time 1 with a max of 2 blocks is all I've used. I know there's CG's that would require more- but just relating my experience.

IF anyone gets the stacking NOT get the ones you can see through!! (Lynx) They can bury up in the ground.

I dont like the "Bal" because too many times I'm parked against a concrete patio rendering the Bal useless to me if it needs leveling on the "curb" side (passenger). Plus, in my small trailer/truck, it would simply eat up too much room. The stacking blocks fits neatly in a toolbox mounted in my truck during camping outings.

My next choice would be the Anderson if I was purchasing today. Again, I've only used a max of 2 blocks which is about 2". So the Anderson would serve me well I believe. But at $75 for the Bal vs $15 I have in blocks....I'm good.

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I got a good deal on the Andersen leveler that Jon mentions above right before Christmas. I had narrowed it down to either the BAL or the Andersen, and decided to try the Andersen first since it was cheaper, and seems so much better/easier than the legos. Hopefully I will be happy with it, but if not, will then spring for the BAL.

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