You guys weren’t kidding about the BAL Leveler Wrench

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by Ricko19, May 31, 2018.

  1. Ricko19

    Ricko19 Member

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    what a piece of junk! The leveler itself is great but that cheapo wrench that comes with it busted on the first use, just like many others here have stated has happened to them. Has anybody here contacted the manufacturer about this happening? It’s no problem to replace it with a 3/4 socket it’s just annoying that this seems to be a regular occurrence.
     
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    Mine worked fine for years
     
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  3. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I could tell when I first bought the BAL Leveler that the wrench was Chinese junk and replaced it with a HD socket and 1/2' ratchet . When I got the TT it was too much for the leveler so I gave it to a friend of mine. I tried several other things but went back to 2X8" stacked boards, painted and sand on the bottom to do away with slippage, this works great for me and only takes a few minutes to level the unit..
     
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    Haha! Yea I bought mine used and told the seller that he could keep the wrench. I use a drill. No problem.
     
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  5. Ricko19

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    Maybe the production quality has changed?
     
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    I shoulda listened to others!
     
  7. Sneezer

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    Mine worked on but it is cheap junk. I had an extra socket and ratchet so I just use that. Going to try a drill this year. Pretty sure I will need a wobble socket though as I have a wheel well overhang that will get in the way.
     
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    I was the 4th owner of our BAL Leveler and it still had a perfectly working original wrench when I sold it..
     
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    Mine broke first trip. No sense getting another. I keep sockets in the truck
     
  10. Natureangel

    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

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    Mine stripped the third time using it!
     
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    mines 15 years old, still like new. of course always used the speed wrench from the stabilizer jacks.
     
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    The wrench on my Andersen works great. Of course Andersen doesn't need a wrench ;)
     
  13. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    For the first time ever, we had to raise our BAL more than an inch. Needless to say, wrench is now broke. Love the BAL, but wrench is junk.
     
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    I have not had any issue with the wrench that came along with the leveler, in the 3 seasons I've used mine. Of course my small 8-foot box is relatively light, so that may be part of it.
     
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    I haven't had issues with mine, but it was obviously cheap. However, I carry a 1/2" socket wrench and various sockets to handle the lug nuts and the BAL, and that works much better for me. Eliminates the need to carry a 2nd tool, easier to use and stronger. I ditched the stock wrench after the first dry run.
     
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    My BAL wrench lasted lasted 1 year, but this past season it stopped working well. Switched to a socket with a ratchet from the tool set in the truck.
     
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    Mine stopped working after 1 use, but the wrench is the same size as my leveling jacks so I have switched to using a drill.
     
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    I'm going on my third year with my BAL and while the wrench is definitely cheaply made and is a pain to use, it still will do the job. I will admit that using a standard socket set is a lot easier and faster though.
     
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    When my BAL leveler was delivered there was a hole in the box and the wrench had slipped out somewhere in shipping. Its sounds like it was no great loss.
     
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