BAL 23026 20" Light Trailer Stabilizing Jack - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-01-2015, 02:27 PM   #1
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BAL 23026 20" Light Trailer Stabilizing Jack

Has anyone replace the Atwood stabilizers on a 16' Scamp with the BAL jacks? If so, best choice or stay with the Atwoods. Mine I believe are shot.
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:17 PM   #2
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I hung a set of BAL levelers on the back of my Hunter and it added so much weight that it effected handling. I took them off after 1000 miles of squirrely driving. It's for sale in Chelan, WA, but no shipping available, here's what they looked like:
https://wenatchee.craigslist.org/rvs/5219152054.html
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:21 PM   #3
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Bob, wow, that's a huge set up. The one's I'm looking at are about the same size as the Atwood's. You can copy the title into amazon and see what I'm talking about.
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:52 PM   #4
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I believe that these work just as well, deploy easily without the added weight.
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:57 PM   #5
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Byron, that's the one's I have now, only in the longer version. (Stock Scamp) I was just curious if anyone had tried the BAL's and if the extra $ if I need to replace.
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Ya, it's huge. It was new and a freebie to me that didn't work so well. I didn't write down the number when I took it out of the box it came in.....


The advantage was to be that it is rated to be a leveler as well as a stabilizer. I was able to raise it high enough to change a tire if need be.... lol
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:08 AM   #7
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Has anyone replace the Atwood stabilizers on a 16' Scamp with the BAL jacks? If so, best choice or stay with the Atwoods. Mine I believe are shot.
Yes, I did replace the "kickstands", on our 2000 16 ft dlx, with BAL single leg screw jacks - at the rear, and also added a pair at the front just next to the body.
They required adding cross members to the frame. At the rear I used 1 x 2 rectangular tubing. At the front a piece of flat bar stock.
All are just bolted on, so no welding required, and easily removed if you would at sometime want to trade up for a newer rig.
No problem with balance/handling as long as you load so it keeps about 10% of the weight on the hitch.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:10 AM   #8
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I hung a set of BAL levelers on the back of my Hunter and it added so much weight that it effected handling. I took them off after 1000 miles of squirrely driving. It's for sale in Chelan, WA, but no shipping available, here's what they looked like:
https://wenatchee.craigslist.org/rvs/5219152054.html
There are lighter weight jacks made for our smaller rigs,
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:28 AM   #9
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There are a number of people in our Boler group that have those ones mounted on their bolers and trilliums.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:33 AM   #10
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I put a pair on my Hunter Compact front and rear. After leveling with the tongue jack, I drop all four and really like how stable the trailer remains.
With cross member and jacks, I believe they were about a 10 pound addition in weight. I have a storage box on my tongue and can adjust weight to what is needed.
I like their ease of use so much, I just added a pair to the rear of my 1979 Scamp 16.

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Old 10-02-2015, 02:46 PM   #11
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Hi Dave Heffner;
Couldn't avoid noticing your location, shown on the previous posting.
My family's sympathies, and likely those of many other FGRVers are entended to you and your neighbours, today - following the events of just yesterday in your town.
- dave in Ontario.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:24 PM   #12
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Pretty sure I posted this info a couple of months ago but I can't find the post?? Don't have a 16' Scamp so not sure how relevant this would be for your trailer. We have a 2001 Casita 17SD so the info may not fit at all. When we bought our Casita in January this year I immediately began making plans to replace the factory Atwood stabilizers with 17" BAL 'crank-down' stabilizers for a lightweight trailer. I had on hand a 'used' set of 4 plus a couple of NIB that I'd bought for my Scamp 13 (if I ever get finished re-habbing it ). After a trip 'out west' in June I began the process in earnest. Spent a couple of days crawling around under the rear of the Casita, eyeballing & measuring. Found that the 'foot' of the Atwoods rest against a piece of steel angle that is 'boxed' in the area I needed support for the rear of the BAL lightweight stabilizers. The 1 1/2" angle is ideal to support the rear of the BALs except it isn't level with the bottom of the 3" 'C' channel side rails where I'd hafta bolt the 'front' of the BALs. I cut a couple of lengths from some 'formed' 1/8" thick 'C' channel & fabricated some 'drop' angles to bolt the rear of the BALs to. I mounted the BALs making sure that in 'storage' position the 'feet' didn't intrude into the angle of departure between the bottom of the tire & the rear bumper. They work great & are much easier for me to operate with a crank than getting down on my 75yr old knees to deploy the Atwoods. Haven't removed the Atwoods as they're welded on to the frame rails but if anyone wants 'em bad enough to cut/grind 'em off without doing too much damage (cosmetic or structural) to my trailer chassis, they can have 'em 'gratis'.

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I have the same style crank down levelers on my UHaul. Love them! so much easier than the click-lock type that was on the back.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:52 PM   #14
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Dave in Ontario, thanks for the nice note. A tough time to get through indeed.


As for the subject at hand. I also added the round sand pads on the Bal stabilizer. Individual stabilizers allow for secure footing on some uneven ground, even soft soil with those pads.


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