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Old 05-22-2016, 10:51 PM   #1
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bal tire leveler or anderson 3604?

I already have a BAL tire leveler from my Casita, and I was wondering if I should purchase another one or get 2 of the Anderson 3604 camper levelers. The BAL takes up a lot more room, but goes up above the 4" that the Anderson 3604 levelers do. Most campgrounds are fairly level, but California's state parks have some of the worst campsite maintenance issues and I have had to jack my Casita up above 4"on one side. The reason i'm asking is we are preparing to go to Chilliwack to pick up our 21 and have limited amount of room in the back of my Tacoma 6' bed. Price for 2 Anderson's is the same for one more BAL
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:32 PM   #2
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BAL levelers are very heavy, sometimes require a bit of excavation to get under the tire, and the threaded rod on them have been known to fail. The Anderson's theoretically should last forever and are lighter. IMHO, the only advantage of the BAL is that the trailer can be levelled side to side without hooking up should the trailer "sink" a bit in sand after set up, or it can be tweaked at any time. However, that is probably an unlikely scenario. So in my mind, the Anderson wins out. But most places I camp do not require more than an inch or two of side to side correction, and given the conditions stated, amount of lift could be important.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:20 AM   #3
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I used 2x of the B@l's on my 19 and worked fine, heavier but they also eliminate the need for the "X" chocks between the wheels as the leveler performs 2 functions, levels and stabilizes. Your decision....
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There's lot more clearance under my 21 than there was on my 17LD Casita (with high axle and 15 inch tires.) Anderson works great.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:09 PM   #5
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I use the andersons and do run into the need ringing higher then the levelers allow. We also carry 2 short pieces of 1x8 pvc for those times. Have also had them sink and slide on us, so, we carry a strip of rubber mat for those times. With all that, we've had no situations we couldn't handle.

Had to cut a good chunk off 1 levelers to fit between the wheels.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:33 PM   #6
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Personally, I have gotten more use out of the lego blocks recently than my dual BAL set up. However, if I expected 4"/6"++ of slope, I'd pack the BAL's.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:40 PM   #7
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Anderson levelers

Purchased Anderson levelers last year, love them. Easy to use, lightweight, and take up a small amount of room. I can use them with one hand!
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:31 AM   #8
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Did you cut off a piece off your Anderson Leveler?

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There's lot more clearance under my 21 than there was on my 17LD Casita (with high axle and 15 inch tires.) Anderson works great.
Tractors1,

You have a 21' TT Escape, so did you have to cut off a piece of one of the Anderson Levelers to get it to fit between the two tires? I saw a post from padlin where he indicated he had done that on his 21' 5th wheel.

I currently use the Anderson Leveler on my 17' Casita and was going to purchase a 2nd one to use with our new 21' Escape.

Oops...I think I misspelled the name...it should be Andersen.
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If you first pull up onto a 1" block, you will have enough room to fit the Anderson between the wheels. I normally back the low side onto the 1" blocks, check the level. Then if I need more lift, Put in the Andersons and pull forward until level. To get off the Andersons, reverse the process. To be safe, we use the awning rod to pull the blocks from below the trailer. (those with the power awning won't have that rod)
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:54 AM   #10
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I used two of the B@l levers with my 19 but they are big and heavy, now go with Ramble wedge type leveler.
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