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Old 04-04-2009, 07:17 PM   #1
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I ordered a BAL tire leveler from Sportsmans Guide website for only 54.97 plus 10.97 shipping. Very pleased with it. It only takes a few minutes now to back into a site and get level with it one try. I used the leveling blocks before and always seemed like i had to adjust a few times to get level. This thing just clamps on each corner of tire and ratchets up to the level position. It even comes with a ratchet wrench. I checked JC Whitney and Camping World and they were almost twice as much money.
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:30 PM   #2
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Of all the items I have for my trailer, from carpet to awning, this might be the one item I appreciate the most. I NEVER have to find a perfectly level spot, nor do the trailer shuffle of pulling forward... putting down a block, backing up, pulling forward, putting on another block, to find out I need a half-thickness block! My refer is always level (so is my bed!), I'm sure the refrigerator appreciates it too!

But (isn't there always?) the BAL is relatively heavy for those watching weight closely and it doesn't work on the heavier trailers (or at least that's what the instructions say).

BTW: My Scamp has 15" tires too and it works great.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:07 PM   #3
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Donna, I do not see on the Web site how much it weighs or how much it will lift. Since you are using it on a 16; I assume it will probably work OK with my 17' Casita.

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Old 04-04-2009, 08:23 PM   #4
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Camping World says 18.75 lbs; another site said 19.75 lbs (I was curious too).

Strange that BAL doesn't list a weight for them, nor do they say how heavy the trailer can be (only that it must be a "light" single-axle trailer, which is a bit subjective). I looked in their downloads section but there isn't a manual for the Leveler that I can see.

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Old 04-04-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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I got an adapter and socket and used my cordless drill.
It raised a 10' cargo trailer without even slowing down.
( don't have my scamp yet )

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I ordered a BAL tire leveler from Sportsmans Guide website for only 54.97 plus 10.97 shipping. Very pleased with it. It only takes a few minutes now to back into a site and get level with it one try. I used the leveling blocks before and always seemed like i had to adjust a few times to get level. This thing just clamps on each corner of tire and ratchets up to the level position. It even comes with a ratchet wrench. I checked JC Whitney and Camping World and they were almost twice as much money.
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:12 PM   #6
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Has anyone come up with a slick way to carry their BAL?
So far, I've just been setting it on the floor of the Scamp when traveling.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:22 PM   #7
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We use the BAL Leveler on our 3200 lbs (when loaded) 5th wheel with no problems.

One other thing the BAL Leveler does that's very nice is it stops some (not all) of the trailer motion we used to notice up in the 5er's loft.

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. . . it doesn't work on the heavier trailers (or at least that's what the instructions say) . . .
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:03 PM   #8
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Has anyone come up with a slick way to carry their BAL?
So far, I've just been setting it on the floor of the Scamp when traveling.
Mine is carried in the original cardboard box in the back of the tug. The shaft mechanism is greasy so that seemed the best way to carry it. Although I have thought about buying a vinyl case..... one of those kinds for Christmas Wreaths.... I think it would be big enough and it has a long zipper opening. Guess I'll continue to use the rather worn out cardboard box until the Holiday Season rolls around and I can get a wreath carrier Unless someone posts some fantastic idea!
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:13 PM   #9
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I prefer wooden blocks, which are lighter, cheaper and also useful as blocking when jacking up trailer or truck, but that's me -- YMMV!
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:29 AM   #10
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I looked at this BAL Tire Leveler before I bought 4 BAL Scissor Jacks (rated at 5,000 lbs. cap. each). Obviously, I don't need that much lift to block up a Casita, but they're really easy to run up and down, and I can use any one of them as a stand-alone jack for tire changing, etc. My cordless drill doesn't even slow down when it lifts the frame. I just put all four around the trailer under the frame members. I use a cordless drill with the socket for the jacks fitted to it to spin the jack rods. I start with the lowest corner, and work my way around to the highest point. All told from digging them out of the back of the pickup, positioning them, and completely braced and levelled out (on ANY site, however cock-eyed and uneven it may be) in about 2-3 minutes. There is absolutely no movement or flexing in my trailer when set up.
I could be wrong, but to me it looks like the tire lifter model being touted here doesn't seem to touch the frame at any point. How could this thing possibly stabilize the trailer, since all you've done is raise the tire/wheel in the air. It doesn't appear to brace and steady the trailer's frame. Since you're still basically "sitting" on the axle suspension, I just don't see how your rig doesn't bounce around when you're in it.
If you still need some form of frame stabilizing after running your wheel up on that thing, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to even consider using it in my opinion.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:51 AM   #11
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I don't know about everyone else, but I don't use just the BAL Leveler. I use that to get the trailer level, even if one tire is in a hole. Once level, I use a stabilizer system on the frame. Now the trailer is supported in six places (four places on the frame and both tires), which makes it stable and level. I've camped in someplaces if I only used the four-corner method, I'd have one tire spinning off the ground. At least with the BAL, that tire is supported and in turn supports the center/side of the trailer too.
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Old 04-05-2009, 11:04 AM   #12
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...........There is absolutely no movement or flexing in my trailer when set up.
I could be wrong, but to me it looks like the tire lifter model being touted here doesn't seem to touch the frame at any point. How could this thing possibly stabilize the trailer, since all you've done is raise the tire/wheel in the air. It doesn't appear to brace and steady the trailer's frame. Since you're still basically "sitting" on the axle suspension, I just don't see how your rig doesn't bounce around when you're in it.
If you still need some form of frame stabilizing after running your wheel up on that thing, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to even consider using it in my opinion.
Rocking could be a result of up/down motion and of, probably lesser degrees, rolling motion. BAL lifter will not stop vertical motion but it will stop rolling motion. I believe that it will have stabilization effect. Scissor jack manufacturer are selling stabilization links to stop horizontal motion.



I installed C-jacks controlled with wireless remote on my 21RB Bigfoot. Even thou each one has capacity of 5,000 lb I hesitate to use them to lift the trailer due to the risk of excessive twisting of the frame. By using suspension points BAL lifter is a safe way of lifting without stressing the frame and chassis.


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Old 04-05-2009, 05:35 PM   #13
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I have the BAL leveler and single wheel chock and they are a "must have" Many people on the pop-up forum use a pizza delivery bag for storage and even sold them. I also put heat shrink wrap on the turning block on the chock to make it more user friendly to turn by hand.

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Old 04-05-2009, 06:03 PM   #14
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Rocking could be a result of up/down motion
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