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Old 11-02-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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Make your Trailer Level without tire shims

Found this in JC Whitney's RV section - By BAL RV group - has anyone used this? Description and photo is below. Cost is 90$


LIGHT TRAILER TIRE LEVELER
  • Levels any single-axle light trailer from side to side in minutes!

    Lifts the tire-no pressure put on trailer chassis
  • Fits most 13", 14" or 15" tires
Easy! Park trailer. Place leveler around low-side tire and ratchet screw until trailer is level. Eliminates the need for moving trailer onto blocks or ramps to level. Heavy-duty tubular steel with corrosion-resistant finish. Includes ratchet.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:23 PM   #2
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Yep and LOVE IT! But you can find them alot cheaper than that online.... here's a thread where it was discussed: Problems in using boards to level trailer!
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:25 PM   #3
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I have not used this, but there have been a number of threads talking about it. Most people seemed to love it. I think the main potential negatives I read about are that it weighs a bit and is dirty to store/transport. Several people said that an insulated pizza delivery bag made a great transport bag.

I searched "bal leveler" and came up with these:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ler-32712.html

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ler-37230.html

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ler-28059.html

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...s-25872-2.html

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...-me-27441.html
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:47 PM   #4
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Oh heck, and I thought I was onto something new...
I'm not sure that I want to carry 'greasy heavy' things along with me. I'll have to do some reading.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:48 PM   #5
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I LOVE mine!!
It is heavy - but I still have the box it came in so storage is fairly easy and clean.
Makes getting level really easy - no backing back and forth and checking repeatedly.
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"Heavy" is subjective. Shipping weight is only 14 lbs. In the grand scheme of things I don't consider that heavy...

Here's a cheaper one for you Pam: Amazon.com: BAL R.V. Products Group 28050 Light Trailer Tire Leveler: Automotive: Reviews, Prices & more
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:20 PM   #7
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Thanks, Donna, from reading the Amazon reviews, a lot of people really like this. And there is no additoinal shipping with Amazon (I LOVE their free super shipping!)
Maybe this is deserving of a second thought.

OMG, now I have something else to buy
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I don't have one, but I do see one great advantage. I believe it will chock the wheel as well, stabilizing the trailer much better. Anyone with any feedback on that aspect?
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It makes a good chock Charlie, most times I don't even bother chocking the other wheel. Unless of course I'm on a front to back slope.
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We're happy using boards. Cheap & convenient. We've often driven off leaving a board or 2 behind in our haste. But so do a lot of other people, & we've picked up as many boards as we've left behind.
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:47 PM   #11
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My newer 5th wheel Scamp is raised only 3" but when I pull into a campsite and throw out all my chocks and blocks my neighbors think I am going to build a deck, especially when the Dewalt drill comes out to adjust the landing gears.
I have a system and it is not hard at all to get it set up level in just a few minutes.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:51 AM   #12
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BAL - Very Useful

Hi, I have used the little BAL leveler with great success. Attached is a photo of it at a quite steep camp site
at Bryce Canyon. The site would have been unusable without it... it is at maximum extension as is the tongue
jack. I still use shims sometimes on almost level areas, but the BAL is worth having along.
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Oh heck, and I thought I was onto something new...
I'm not sure that I want to carry 'greasy heavy' things along with me. I'll have to do some reading.
While I am sure the Bal leveler is nice, I have found my yellow "Lego" blocks to work conveniently and well. After some practice I can accurately determine my lego configuration with a simple look at a level placed on my countertop next to the sink. I have built-in storage for them under my bike rack which always keeps them handy when setting up.


http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...s-8-pack/43849
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:06 AM   #14
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BAL Leveler verses Lynx Leveler blocks.

Pam;
I bought and have one of these and have used it OK several times. HOWEVER, I much prefer the fluorescent orange Lynx Leveler blocks and have 'standardized' on them. Even to use the BAL Leveler, you often have to drive up on a block to slide the leveler under the trailer, due to sloping or lumpy ground.
As you may have read, I broke my plumbing system using long boards, when one flipped up while I was pulling forward and got caught in the grey water dump handle! DON'T use long boards!
A set of Lynx leveler blocks in a carrying bag and a few chocks (ESSENTIAL) are cleaner, lighter and cheaper and easier to use than the BAL Leveler - IMHO!
Good luck with whatever you choose.
Mike - whose Bigfoot is winterized, covered and sleeping soundly!

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Found this in JC Whitney's RV section - By BAL RV group - has anyone used this? Description and photo is below. Cost is 90$


LIGHT TRAILER TIRE LEVELER
  • Levels any single-axle light trailer from side to side in minutes!

    Lifts the tire-no pressure put on trailer chassis
  • Fits most 13", 14" or 15" tires
Easy! Park trailer. Place leveler around low-side tire and ratchet screw until trailer is level. Eliminates the need for moving trailer onto blocks or ramps to level. Heavy-duty tubular steel with corrosion-resistant finish. Includes ratchet.
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We use the Dewalt drill and the yellow rampy thing but that does look slick.
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Found this in JC Whitney's RV section - By BAL RV group - has anyone used this? Description and photo is below. Cost is 90$



LIGHT TRAILER TIRE LEVELER
  • Levels any single-axle light trailer from side to side in minutes!



    Lifts the tire-no pressure put on trailer chassis
  • Fits most 13", 14" or 15" tires
Easy! Park trailer. Place leveler around low-side tire and ratchet screw until trailer is level. Eliminates the need for moving trailer onto blocks or ramps to level. Heavy-duty tubular steel with corrosion-resistant finish. Includes ratchet.
Hi Pam.This is one of the first things we purchased after we got our Boler.Love it.Quick and easy.Trailer is level in no time.Some find it a bit heavy but heck we carry a lot of things that are heavier and don't have the value added aspect.We bought a small duffel bag to transport it in.Pat.
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This does look intreasting! Not sure I can put it on my must have list just yet though as I have the same Ramble blocks Floyd uses. I find them easy to use, light and take little space to stow. They are cheap and way easier to carry than the wood planks and blocks I used the first year. :-) When not in use under the trailer wheels the blocks can have other uses - I often use them under the rear jacks as well.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:16 PM   #18
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We carry several lengths of 2x8 lumber (about 12 to 18 inches each) in the back of the truck, plus some extras for under the jacks for a stable set.
In most camp sites, once you've chosen a fairly level spot, backing up or driving forward on a length of 2x8 placed under one tire is sufficient to level the trailer, after checking the bubbles. Low tech, and cheap.
I have also seen the BAL in use. Nice product, but a lot more work than just using one short plank in most situations.
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We use the Dewalt drill and the yellow rampy thing but that does look slick.
What do you all use the Dewalt drill for?????????

I have the ball leveler and have had trouble getting it around my wheel. It is heavy but --------once on the wheel no one is going to hook up your camper and take off with it while you are out hiking. It is also a good theft preventative.
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Karalyn:

To put the jacks down on the 5th wheel. Otherwise you would be all day at it.
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