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Using a dual Bal Leveler
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May 2, 2012 – 2:10 pm
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We went camping a few weekends ago and used my Lynx, and like every other trip before just found them to be a pain in the butt to use.  I hate to back up, build a stack, pulling forward and have to chock.  I especially hate when I have to estimate how big the stack should be, build it, pull forward, and still find out that you are not level or one tire is only half on the blocks… it’s a pain.  Then I have to install the double tire chock.
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I’ve seen double Bal Levelers used at RV shows and now I’m seriously considering trying to use TWO Bal levelers on my dual axle trailer.  I feel they will be more convenient than Lynx but I just can’t pull the trigger. I just can’t decide whether I should buy two because of:
1) The EXPENSE of having to buy two levelers at $75 each

2) The INCONVENIENCE of having to haul around two of those pieces of steel.

3) The PRACTICAL effectiveness of the application – will two Bals REALLY work and will I damage anything?

4) Will all these disadvantages OUTWEIGH the advantages?
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Here is the monkey wrench, can I make them work together somehow?  Could I set a distance to seperate them for my trailer?  Maybe find a way to use a cordless drill to raise and lower?
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May 2, 2012 – 3:08 pm
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I’m thinking of using two BALs also.  I have one from our previous PUP, but our NTU HTT is a dual axle.  I haven’t taken it out yet, but even leveling in the back yard to park it was a pain using wood blocks.  I’m not an engineer, but I don’t know why I couldn’t use two.  And, I don’t see how it could possibly "hurt" anything.  Perhaps someone here has tried it and could let us know.
Jason

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May 2, 2012 – 6:09 pm
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Do you have enough space btwn your axles to wiggle 2 Bals in there?
We LOVED the Bal for our popup. When we got the hybrid, we bought Lynx & were dreading using them. Honestly, we were pleasantly surprised that for us, they turned out to be not a big deal at all.
 

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May 2, 2012 – 6:15 pm
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It will work, and as long as your weight on the bal and the per axle limit is not exceeded, should be fine.

double gearing them is not a good idea, as the ground can be uneven from tire to tire.

http://www.rv.net/forum/index……page/1.cfm

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May 2, 2012 – 7:44 pm
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So I know I’m in the minority hereb but I was not a fan of the BAL leveler. The design is great and it is defiantly a quality product. My issue with it was it’s heavy, and metal (flesh vs. metal…..metal is the victor). To many times I was working up a sweat raising or lowering the camper. I’v said this befor and I’m sorry if this is repetative, I jusst think that most options have pros and cons. I went with this:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31Uh0fRWuaL._SL500_AA300_.jpg


and this wheel chock locks in
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31KsAhC3FLL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Just back up and on and the camper is leveled. DW watches the L to R bubble and when the camper steps up level she yells stop set the chock and un-hook.
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May 15, 2012 – 4:19 pm
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Picked up a used BAL on Craigslist last week and set up the HTT this weekend.  Worked like a charm.  I have plenty of room between axles for 2 BALs.

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May 15, 2012 – 6:49 pm
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Lucky!! I’ve been looking for a used BAL leveler for months on CL

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May 16, 2012 – 7:23 am
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Yes, and I am not usually the "lucky" sort…but, it sure beats backing up onto wood boards multiple times!  Good luck with your search.
Jason

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