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Old 02-10-2016, 09:14 PM   #1
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BAL Lock-Arm Stabilizing Bar & BAL X-Chock

Guess someone has to be first, so here goes:

After purchasing our new 2015 White Hawk 20MRB, it was real easy to notice how much "rocking and rolling" our rig had on our shakedown weekend. After doing some research for something affordable that a dummy (me) could install, we bought the BAL Lock-Arm Stabilizing Bar, Model 23216

This, in addition to the BAL X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer Model 28014 eliminated a good 90% of the rock n roll.

The Lock Arm is this:



After installation, one need just loosen the lock arm bolt, lower the stabilizing jack and once the trailer is stabilize with the jacks, just tighten the lock arm bolt for a nearly roll-less camping experience.

There are two arms in the set. One was installed from the right rear stabilizing jack toward the front of the rig and the second from the left front jack toward the rear of the rig.

They can also be installed from a jack toward the center of the front or rear of the trailer if you have side-to-side motion.



Here are photos of the ends of the lock arm:





When ready to leave, just loosen the lock arm nut, which by the way, is the same size bolt as the stabilizing jack screw bolt, and then raise your stabilizing jack and when done, tighten the lock arm bolt.

These are easily installed and there are YouTube videos to show you how.

The BAL X-chock is pretty simple to use and this is what is looks like:

28014:



28010:



These product are available at Cramping World and Amazingzon.

Both products do the job and we were quite satisfied for the price and the quality.

Link to Manufacturer website:

Lock_-Arm Stabilizer Bar

BAL - Innovative Products for the RV Industry

Install Manual:

http://norcoind.com/bal/downloads/ma...ock-Arm%29.pdf

Bal X-Chock:

BAL - Innovative Products for the RV Industry



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Old 02-11-2016, 05:19 PM   #2
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X2 on what Murff said. I installed the same stabilizing bars on 2 opposing corners and it really helped the front to back rocking. Haven't figured out how to mount two more for the side to side because of the lack of frame attachment points.

Also, adding the Bal X chocks between both tandem wheels helped rocking and it feels more secure. I still also use the regular wheels chocks.
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X3 Had them on the WH and they worked extremely well
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Eliminator Strut Stabilizer System

Not the exact same product that Murff presented and reviewed but it's extremely similar and used for the same purpose.
So I thought I would piggy-back off his review.

I installed the Eliminator Strut Stabilizer System on our previous TT and was very happy with its performance.
Installed 6 struts - 2 on each front corner and 1 on each rear corner as per installation instructions.
They did helped reduce the wiggle and wobble - but did not remove it completely.

However, when I move them to our current 5vr, they didn't seem to work as well as on the TT. Only installed them on the front and couldn't get the slop out of them. So I removed them and sold them.

I'm considering installing the SteadyFast system on our current 5vr .
If and when I do, I'll post a review on it.

I also use the BAL X-chock that Murff included in his review.
I have 2 of them and use them between the wheels on both sides.
Very pleased with them.

Murff, excellent review - thanks for taking the time to post.
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I was going to do an upgrade like this, but ended up finding a less expensive solution. I bought a pressure treated 6x6 from one of the box stores for $25 and cut it into 8 1' pieces. I put two of them under each of the four stabilizers, so that the stabilizers barely extend. My trailer is pretty-much rock solid, and it is a relatively long one, a 28BHBE.

The blocks do take up a bit of room, but they are very very useful, I also use them for cribbing when jacking-up the trailer.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:24 PM   #6
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what size is the lock bolt on the Lock-Arm?


I bought the X-Chocks and considering buying a set of the Lock-Arms. reason I ask on bolt size..is that it would be nice if the wrench on the x-chock would fit the Lock-Arm bolt
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If you have crank down stabilizers, it is the same size as those.

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If you have crank down stabilizers, it is the same size as those.

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no I have the electric Lippert stabilizers...wish I didn't...but I do.
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Stabilizer crank is 3/4 inch. Not sure about x-chocks. Don't have mine handy to look at, but I'm wanting to say they are close or the same.
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Thank you for your responses, very helpful.
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