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Old 06-11-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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After just finished my first mod, I am taking a few minutes to show it off a bit.

On my Niagara I built a platform to make use of the space over the water heater, located in the storage trunk, to hold my Bal Leveler. While there heater in the AFrame trunk, the tall size makes for a lot of dead room. So I decided to make a Bal platform to make the space more efficient. It holds the Bal securely and has room for chocks, my torque wrench, a socket for the stabilisers and a gadget to crank the front jack with a drill.


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IMG_0295 by b2220128, on Flickr

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Old 06-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Nice mod!!!!!
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"...and a gadget to crank the front jack with a drill."

Please say more about this item, Tom. Did you make it, or buy it somewhere? It seems like the perfect new thing for me to get. Is it in one of the pictures on Flikr?
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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"...and a gadget to crank the front jack with a drill."

Please say more about this item, Tom. Did you make it, or buy it somewhere? It seems like the perfect new thing for me to get. Is it in one of the pictures on Flikr?
I made it from stuff on hand. I took a piece of aluminum bar stock, made a notch in it that would go over the round part in the middle of the jack crank. Trimmed the other end to fit inside an old spark plug socket. Then drilled a hole in a socket and put a screw threw it into the aluminum. It isn't pretty, but on par with my metal working skills by being functional.

The only thing to add to it is some shrink tubing to make sure it holds together.

You can see it in the bottom right of this image.

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I made it from stuff on hand. I took a piece of aluminum bar stock, made a notch in it that would go over the round part in the middle of the jack crank. Trimmed the other end to fit inside an old spark plug socket. Then drilled a hole in a socket and put a screw threw it into the aluminum. It isn't pretty, but on par with my metal working skills by being functional.

The only thing to add to it is some shrink tubing to make sure it holds together.

You can see it in the bottom right of this image.

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:32 PM   #6
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Those seem to be for stabilizers. I needed one for the tongue jack. My stabilisers use a standard 3/4 socket.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:09 PM   #7
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Do you have anything for the Bal leveler? I used this a couple of times already and I get a good workout raising the rig.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:33 PM   #8
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I use my battery powered drill to raise it. You need a socket (3/4" IIRC) with a universal joint to raise it up very high or the camper side will interfere with the drill. A strong drill makes quick work of a tough job. I have the ratcheting wrench that came with the Bal somewhere, but haven't gotten all my stuff out of the garage and into the new trailer. Fortunately those drills are getting cheaper and better as time goes on.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:15 PM   #9
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LED lights

I put in my LED lights last night. They will do quite nicely. Thanks to rawlus for leading me to them.

Like all LEDs I have used they have a slightly odd light. Looking directly at them they are brighter than the incandescent bulbs but they don't seem to light objects quite as well. I attribute this to a somewhat limited spectrum of light not providing as broad of a "bounce back" as the incandescent, but don't know for sure. Also like other LEDs, they have a slightly "sickly" cast much like the LEDs I have at home, when they are dimmed.

Not to worry, they light well and will sip power compared to the hot and thirsty incandescents. And of course are much higher tech with a more favorable cool factor, because we know what is really important.


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Very nice.
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