Stabilizing Jack Choice
Greetings 59 Toaster!
There are two basic styles of BAL permanently mounted stabilizing jacks.
The less expensive style is a scissors arrangement that does significantly reduce the road clearance in the rear - - I had a set of these that were installed on my '64 Overlander by Camping World shortly after I purchased the trailer in '95. These scissors style jacks worked well enough, but drug on virtually every driveway until they were so badly bent that they were no longer functional, and then the curbside unit was drug off entirely as I departed the driveway at my farm in 2001 on my way to the WBCCI International Rally.
The more expensive BAL low-profile stabilizing jacks that are similar to those used on new Airstreams produce far less reduction in clearance, and on my '64 Overlander are very little lower than the skid bar near the rear bumper. There are several models of the low-profile BAL stabilizing jacks so I trusted my Airstream dealer to select the ones that would work best with my rig and I wasn't disappointed. The installed price of the low-profiel BALs on my '64 Overlander was approximately $600. The earlier scissor type BALs were less than half that installed.
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)