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Old 04-07-2016, 09:06 PM   #101
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I never had to extend my B@l, the scissors jack threw me off.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:41 AM   #102
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I did similar calculations to yours, and concluded (as you did) that the BAL should be capable of handling the weight of the 17B. It also fits the standard 15" tires my 17B came with fine. The issue I'm having is turning the screw to raise the leveler. My 19.2 volt Craftsman Cordless Drill (max. torque 340 in.lb.) nor my aging arms are able to generate the torque needed to lift the 17B. This was not the case with the T@B, although at 1320 lb. dry wt., it was less than half of the dry wt. of the 17B. My experience would suggest that 17 (A or B) owners hoping to use the BAL be sure they have access to (or be willing to buy) a professional grade cordless drill that generates significantly more torque than 340 in.lb.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:43 AM   #103
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What wrench did you use to turn the screw on your BAL?
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:57 AM   #104
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Get a bigger wrench for more leverage....
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:03 AM   #105
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BAL user w the 21 chiming in. Thanks Donna!

Have no trouble w them lifting weight of 21. Armstrong wrenching works for now and have an extender on hand for reducing strain.

Would seriously consider getting a high spec (1200+ in-lb rated) brushless, cordless impact wrench if I relied on the BAL exclusively. I doubt you can get enough reliable torque out of even a 600 rated drill. I just about killed my brushed ~300 rated drill.

Keeping main screw clean and oiled is a trick not many mention.
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:05 AM   #106
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When using my B@l I went to the local pizza shop and they gave me a used pizza delivery bag, the B@l fits perfectly and it keeps everything clean.
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The ones I found on amazon.ca seemed too small by several inches. You have a product model?
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:38 AM   #108
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Pizza Johns....extra large
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:48 AM   #109
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Donna gave a pizza box order link at FGRV forum.
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:52 AM   #110
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My experience using a Bal leveler for the last year:
1. the ratchet that came with it was really difficult to raise so I started using a 1/2 inch craftsman socket & ratchet handle but still can be hard for me to raise.
2. If the ground under the tire is uneven and slants uphill underneath the trailer, the leveler is difficult to get under the tire so we often use one small block under the tire.
3. If you are traveling alone, I think it would be great.
4. After 1 1/2 years and 150 nights we are think of getting a set of blocks.
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