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Old 04-12-2013, 10:24 PM   #1
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Blocks vs Bal Leveler

As my best friend I caravanned to the show today, they had to block to level side to sid. I offered my Bal to them, but neither had heard of it & was concerned with what it might do to the tire. I told her many of you use them & I got one "just in case" since I am have a backing up handicap. haha They declined and used the blocks after a couple forward and backs. Has anyone every sustained trailer tire damage using a Bal?
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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I've used one for years with no evidence of tire damage. I plan to keep on using it. Although with a bit of practice, boards are very quick and effective to use. I had a neat and easy board setup that went with my Niagara when it was sold.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:52 PM   #3
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Thanks Tom! I had not needed to use mine (yet) and I didnt know what to say other than other users positive experiences.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:16 AM   #4
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I've used the BAL on 3 different trailers through the years without any tire problems.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:44 AM   #5
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The Bal leveler also serves as a strong chock when camping on level ground.
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I never had one but always wanted one when I had the pop-up. :-) I never heard of issues with them.
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I love mine - my favorite "add on". Doesn't do tire damage.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:35 PM   #8
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Had one from the beginning for two yrs with my pop up and loved it. Never had any issues with the tires. Wish they made something so simple and quick to use for the TT.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:52 AM   #9
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As my best friend I caravanned to the show today, they had to block to level side to sid. I offered my Bal to them, but neither had heard of it & was concerned with what it might do to the tire. I told her many of you use them & I got one "just in case" since I am have a backing up handicap. haha They declined and used the blocks after a couple forward and backs. Has anyone every sustained trailer tire damage using a Bal?
Handbuilder:

Can you please explain how the BAL leveler works? Is it like a jack? Does it fit around the tire? After you get your camper level, how far does it stick out from the side of your camper? Will it damage a tire or leave marks? If it works like a jack and you get the tire off the ground, can you slip a board(s) under the raised tire?

The campground I usually camp at has no real level sites and that always means I have to jack up the camper and put boards under the raised tire. (My scissors jack is a pain in the neck to operate as it does not have the long handle most scissors jacks do and it does not have a nut where the handle attaches but rather a "S" hook arrangement.)

Appreciate your help,

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The Bal Leveler is a "U" shaped jack to raise the low side of your trailer. Once parked with the high side chocked, the Bal slips around the tire with wide pads on each side of tire. The heavy lifting is done by a jackscrew on the top potion that fits into a greased cup on the lower portion, hinged together at the ends of the "U". When you turn the screw, it raises the upper portion and tire pads, lifting the trailer.

The Bal comes with a ratcheting wrench that fits on top of the jackscrew, and it can be plenty of work to raise it with the wrench. Many people use a battery power drill with an appropriate socket. A drill needs a lot of torque but need not be a professional tool. I used a 19.1 volt Sears drill for years. For lighter A Frame trailers, it won't be as hard as it was for my heavy Niagara. The drill can also make speedy work of lowering the stabilizers and with a bit of adaptation can be used on the tongue jack.

No need to slip boards under the tire, it is the job of the Bal to support the tire. It serves as a support and a chock and provides a very stable hold that eliminates tire wiggle. Although it is a good idea to slip a small deck board when parked on dirt under because the leveler can compact the surface, making it hard to remove after lowering. I can't measure right now but IIRC it sticks our less than a foot.

BTW the best way to level your trailer with boards is to back up onto them. Get a stack of deck boards with the top one long enough for your tire, a stop at the back and small chock in the front. Cut them as a 45 degree angle. When you arrive at camp, park the trailer, estimate the height you need to achieve and put down the number of boards required. Then back up on them. Your stabilizer jacks and trailer frame are not designed to lift the camper for leveling.
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