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Old 09-06-2008, 09:51 AM   #1
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Bent Stabilizer

I have a bent front Stablizer on my 2007 International. It is a BAL. My question concerns the switch out of this bent unit for a new one. If I just undo the bolts, is the frame threaded and the bolts screwed into the frame? I am not much of a mechanic and most things I take apart have been sabatoged by some demon and as I loosen the last fastener nuts and various components fly everywhere and roll into obscure and dark corners, never to be seen again.

So if this is beyond the most simple of projects, I better take my silver darling into a commercial vendor.

Your Counsel??
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:02 AM   #2
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You can just unscrew it, there should be 3 self tapping bolts into the frame.
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Ditto on Bob's response. It should work pretty easily with a socket set or even a fixed combination wrench. A crescent wrench would be a pain.

Get a new B.A.L. stabilizer from an Airstream dealer only. If one's not handy to you shipping will be a heavy hit. B.A.L. also makes the same looking stabilizer for SOB trailers but the adjusting rod isn't long enough.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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Early on I have a stabilizer bend from pulling out of a campground forgetting I had put just one down.

If you remove it you can most likely straighten it out and reinstall it. What I did was remove all 4 and weld pieces if 3/4 angle along each of the stringers that support the stabilizer. That is the week point on the stabilizer.

Bad day to take a picture what with a storm coming but I trust you can see the angle on one of the stringers
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:46 PM   #5
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The impact which bent the stabilizer may have damaged the hole the screw(s) attach to. If so just use a larger self tapping screw
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:03 PM   #6
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Hey, thanks everyone. I will get that sucker changed, sounds like it is easy enough to maybe fit within my skill set parameters.... now that I have your counsel.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:48 PM   #7
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Where can I get parts to rebuild a front stabilizer with a bent all thread rod?
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:20 PM   #8
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I'll answer my own question. Ultra Fab 574-294-7571
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:20 PM   #9
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I have a bent front Stablizer on my 2007 International. It is a BAL. If I just undo the bolts, is the frame threaded and the bolts screwed into the frame? So if this is beyond the most simple of projects, I better take my silver darling into a commercial vendor. Your Counsel??
Sierrapapa - Believe me, if I can do it, ANYBODY can. The screws are just self tapping and were factory installed into your frame. Buy a new stabilizer, use your trailer's jack to lift the front of the trailer a little, remove the existing screws & damaged stabilizer, hold the new stabilizer in the same spot, insert the new screws & twist to hand tight. Hold the stabilizer in place and begin tightening the screws. Job completed.
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Is BAL still the same company it was in the '70s ?
Were BAL stabilizers different for different models within same mod year?
Is there a model number stamped on the stabilizer?

Were BAL stabilizers pretty much unchanged for many years? i.e are the '70 era BALs all the same?

Can we buy parts direct from BAL? Where is BAL anyway?

>>RIGHT HERE>>>> http://www.norcoind.com/bal/products...stabjack.shtml
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You will find BAL stabilizers on their website that look just like what is installed on Airstreams. I've run across these at SOB dealers and for a seemingly fair price. But don't use those sources. The threaded rod needs to be longer for Airstreams so that they can make it out to the curve of the underbelly. You'd want to source them through an Airstream dealer.
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I have a bent front Stablizer on my 2007 International. It is a BAL. My question concerns the switch out of this bent unit for a new one. If I just undo the bolts, is the frame threaded and the bolts screwed into the frame? I am not much of a mechanic and most things I take apart have been sabatoged by some demon and as I loosen the last fastener nuts and various components fly everywhere and roll into obscure and dark corners, never to be seen again.

So if this is beyond the most simple of projects, I better take my silver darling into a commercial vendor.

Your Counsel??
It is a pretty easy install, and Airstream has the Long shaft ones made so you won't have to get on the ground to crank them down.

I have never had any luck straightening them out.

Click here to see what the long shaft one looks like.

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