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Old 10-03-2015, 04:49 PM   #15
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There are lighter weight jacks made for our smaller rigs,
I'm looking into this now...curious what you have found? Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:13 PM   #16
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I'm looking into this now...curious what you have found? Thanks!

The 17" BAL crank-down jacks (mfgr part # 23025, 17" & 23026, 20") weigh about 6 1/2-7# each without the 6" steel 'sand pad' which weighs about a pound.

The heavier duty 'C' series 'lifting' jacks like Bob installed & removed (5 heights available 19" to 31", model #s 232xx with final 2 digits representing extended leg length 19, 22, 25, 28 & 31) weigh about 12-16# each without the telescoping 'C' channel cross member. Max height, frame to ground is approx 3"-4" less than leg length, & the static load capacity decreases with each leg lenghth increase, in 500# increments from 5K# to 3K#. The optional telescoping 'C' channel mounting rail weighs 6-10# depending on whether you use the 31" or the 42" length, & the optional rectangular 'foot pads' weigh a pound or more each,

I don't know of any crank-down, lightweight stabilizers other than BAL, & the 23025 & 26 models are the lightest available. They have 700# lifting capacity & 1K# static load capacity. They are more than adequate (as stabilizers) for any except maybe the heaviest of the 13' to 16' or 17' fiberglass trailers.

I have plans to add the other 2 BALs to the front of my Casita 17SD but it is working so well with the 2 at the rear along with the tongue jack in front that I may never get around to it... Either model(s) surely beat the 'swing down' Atwoods IMO.

I think Wayne may be referring to the lightweight BAL jacks as preferable to the heavier (duty & actual weight) 'C' series jacks that Bob has.
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:05 AM   #17
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I have 2 BAL 23026 installed on the front of my 17' Casita. I had previously added 2500# scissor jacks on the rear part way between the bumper and axle and when I recieved the BALs I realized they would have been perfect for the rear too.

The only down side of the BAL units is the provided crank and how it engages to the screw.
I solved that by grinding down the end of the screw then drilled out a 3/4" outside nut and welded it over the shaft. I use a 1/2" "speed wrench" to lower them.

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Old 10-04-2015, 07:29 AM   #18
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So do folks tend to prefer the BAL or Atwood type jacks to the scissor jacks? I want to go with the best combo of easiest to use and not adding a lot more weight overall than I have to.
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For our light weight trailers I think the BAL 23026 or the shorter 23025 are ideal with or without the pads. Here's a link to the BAL site.

But they will require mounting that may involve some welding and or fabricating brackets to fit.

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Old 10-04-2015, 08:12 AM   #20
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Thanks Joe - I am handy with a lot of things but for this I'm planning to have a shop do the attaching for me.

I'm super tired of messing with the set of jack stands that came along with my trailer and can't wait to get something easier and more efficient and flexible put together.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:10 AM   #21
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Joe's correct Jen. For your Burro (or most any 13', or even 16/17') the lightweight BAL jacks will be perfectly adequate. The 17" 23025 models will do for most older trailers unless they've been modified with larger wheels/tires or a higher axle mount. Even then, use of the 'stacking blocks' or a board will usually allow them to work OK. I've noticed some folks have had a problem with jacks or other items 'slipping' off of wet boards. Guess I've been fortunate, in more'n 50yrs of camping & using wood boards for leveling & other support I've never had that happen. I'm usually able to level my camper pretty well without using any additional support but not always. In any case, the 20" model 23026 will provide good support for taller campers. If you have one of the larger, heavier 'eggs' the 'C' series BAL jacks will serve admirably, & they work/operate just like the lightweight models & can also be used as levelers, tho unless mounted & used judiciously, they can 'rack' your trailer chassis which may cause other alignment problems.

The Atwood style jacks are also pretty good & have been used for many years on camp trailers, especially pop-up types. I've had 'em on several different rigs & they've always worked well when deployed & 'set-up' correctly. I've now gotten to the age where it's lots easier for me to lean over slightly & 'crank' down the BAL jacks rather than getting on my knees to deploy the Atwood style.

I'm currently working on fabricating a 'slotted' socket for the BAL screw lift that'll fit in my DeWalt cordless drill to make lowering the BALs a little easier.
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