Greetings Silver 67!
Originally Posted by silver 67
I have found it hard to pin Andy down on why the airstream bal jacks cost so much more. I don't buy into "because it is for an Airstream it has to cost more" unless of course the product is better made or higher quality. I can not get Andy to tell me it is better made or higher quality. He just says it is from Airstream.
The special BAL stabilizer jacks for Airstream aren't a Vintage Airstream specific item, and are available from the parts department of any Airstream Dealer or Service Center. My dealer, Ace Fogdall RV, just ordered a set of 4 for my Minuet 6.0 Metre (they installed a set of 4 on my Overlander over five years ago).
There definitely is a difference between the basic BALs and the ones produced specifically for Airstream. Prior to the set installed by Ace Fogdall on my Overlander, I had a set of BALs (the standard issue type) installed by Camping World. For some reason, the set installed by Camping World didn't tuck up as close to the bellypan as the ones supplied by Airstream which resulted in dragging the curbside stabilizer off on a service station driveway. Another difference as noted earlier is that the drive mechanism on the Airstream specific variety extends out far enough that it can be found and operated without crawling under the coach - - with the basic variety crawling under the coach was a necessity. I have been so well satisfied with the installation on my Overlander that I asked the Service Department at Ace Fogdall's to install a set on my Minuet when I took it in for its annual Winter service two weeks ago. The slight additional cost for these Airstream specific stabilizers is well worth considering (IMHO).