BAL Leveler

Discussion in 'First Time & New Camper Owners' started by chrispt, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Eric Webber

    Eric Webber Active Member

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    Less the tongue weight first. It’s a tripod
     
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    Those who do prefer to use the supplied wrench would find it much easier to use by extending it's length and thereby reducing the torque required to turn the drive screw.

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    Cordless drill with 3/4? Socket zips both the stabilizers and the BAL up/down in seconds. Only way to go for me.

    Wish there was an easy way for me to get a drill on the BAL X-chocks. These are awesome for adding stabilization for tandem axle trailers.
     
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    I always used the supplied manual wrench with my X-Chocks but have you considered a right angle drill adapter?
     
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    There's really not enough room for a drill with my setup due to fender and ground. And honestly, now that I actually stop, look at a pic and think about it, I'm not sure it would save much time at all. They only takes a few turns with the wrench to loosen/tighten.

    LOVE the BAL X-chocks though. I dislike camper movement while walking around inside and the X-chocks really help with stabilization.

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    So your tongue weight is 1/3 of the weight of your camper? Guess I'll need a 3/4 ton truck to pull my 2000lbs camper to support that 666lbs tongue!
     
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    In an ideal world, with the trailer perfectly lever and zero flex on the tires or jack, it actually would be an even three way split. A tongue scale or a tow vehicle has flex so the weight distribution comes into play.
     
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    But it isn’t an ideal world and the spread is such that even in almost a perfect case, adding a 500lb weight to the tip of the tongue would not distribute it back to the tires.

    I’d say it’s closer to gross weight minus tongue weight divided by two.
     
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    Eh no. I can't even believe someone is saying this...

    In no perfect world would the tongue weight be 1/3 of the camper weight. That would be absolutely horrible.
    Do you know what 33% of the trailer weight on the tongue would do? You'd have a VERY bad time.
    Trailers are designed to come into safe allowable tongue weights, which fall between 10-15%. Manufacturers usually aim at 12-13%.
    At 33%, your trailer would nose dive and your TV wouldn't have traction. Larger trailers would become untowable (imagine a
    2300lbs TW on a 7000lbs trailer lol).
     
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    I mean perfect math with no variables. Not perfect distribution for towing it.
     
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    It's not even perfect math. The weight distribution percentage of a trailer largely depends on the axle placement. Even if the weight of the trailer was evenly distributed, from back to tongue, it still wouldn't be 1/3, because the axle is not on the back bumper...
     
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    Your TT weighs 39,000lbs? Lol
     
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    5 bathrooms
     
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    Do you keep that on there all the time? I imagine it also helps to keep dirt from getting on it as well.
     
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    Not really divided by three since there is only about 10 to 15 percent of the weight on the tongue.
     
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    Do they make that in a mini-van towable bumper pull?
     
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    All the time except when the leveler is being used.
     
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