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Old 04-08-2016, 10:57 AM   #111
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:00 AM   #112
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Wrenches are like boats, you can always get a bigger one. Then there's the time honored adapter kit, usually called a cheater, read that extension handle, or just, Pipe. Will the weight distributing hitch cheater fit over the ratchet handle? Double duty.
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:14 AM   #113
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Originally Posted by Mob2014 View Post
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.
That kinda sums up all the thoughts I had looking at them. If I were traveling alone it would seem like a perfect solution. But with 2 of us, we've been fine with the "lego" blocks. For the new 21' I'm thinking of a pair of the Andersen levelers for the low side and still just my trusty plastic chocks, one front, one back on the opposite side.
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:57 PM   #114
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Originally Posted by Dave & Penny Smith View Post
The issue I'm having is turning the screw to raise the leveler. My 19.2 volt Craftsman Cordless Drill (max. torque 340 nor my aging arms are able to generate the torque needed to lift the 17B.
As long as the leveler isn't jamming or otherwise failing, then it is just a torque issue. 340 in-lb is fine for the normal use of these tools, but that's only 28 ft-lbs... not a lot. Cordless impact wrenches can put out a lot more torque (I use mine for wheel nuts), but I'm not sure that I like the idea of a hammering on the leveler thread.

I agree that a longer wrench is the straightforward answer... still ratcheting like the one sold with the leveler, just longer. You would still need to do all of the work of lifting the trailer, but you could do it more gradually, applying less force for more difference.

An alternative is to use a torque multiplier, which is basically a gearbox for turning sockets, but those are normally for situations in which you need to apply very high torque so they are heavy and turn too slowly.
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:50 PM   #115
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Originally Posted by Dave & Penny Smith View Post
What wrench did you use to turn the screw on your BAL?
Don't recall the size, but it was the ratchet wrench that came with the leveler.
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:15 PM   #116
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Originally Posted by santacruzer View Post
Don't recall the size, but it was the ratchet wrench that came with the leveler.
Aka garbage.

At least mine was.

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