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Old 01-05-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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Barker 5th wheel leg leveler

Anyone ever use one of these?

http://www.adventurerv.net/barker-5t...er-p-4282.html
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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I bought one and used it a couple times. Works pretty well.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:27 PM   #3
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We have one and leave it on all the time. Works real good when on unlevel sites.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:52 PM   #4
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Have had ours since owning the trailer. Works great. Insures both legs are level before putting weight on them. Would not want to be without.......I think I got mine from CW, not sure the brand name, maybe the same......
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:36 PM   #5
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I also have one and would not want to not have it. It makes unhitching so much easier.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #6
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I think Iím missing something, please explain to me how this works!
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:16 AM   #7
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You lower your landing gear normally but when the solid leg gets within 1/4 - 1/2 inch of the ground, you unscrew the leveler to the same length, then lower the legs as normal. It compensates for unlevel ground between the left and right leg, therefore putting equal stress on each leg. Hopefully keeps the frame from being tweaked each time you lower legs. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.......Perhaps someone else can add to this!!!
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:18 AM   #8
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CW has them for $36.99 (club price)...then shipping.
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:22 AM   #9
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I don't have one myself but I have heard good and bad about this type of system. My main concern is that when leveling your 5th wheel (as explained to me by a dealer) you are also putting a strain on the frame work which could cause the frame to bend or bow to some extent. Now I don't know if that would apply to only
this set up, or the automatic leveling systems or both types but it is something to think about... has anyone ever heard of this before??
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:31 AM   #10
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I don't have one myself but I have heard good and bad about this type of system. My main concern is that when leveling your 5th wheel (as explained to me by a dealer) you are also putting a strain on the frame work which could cause the frame to bend or bow to some extent. Now I don't know if that would apply to only
this set up, or the automatic leveling systems or both types but it is something to think about... has anyone ever heard of this before??
I believe Phil's description of how these things work would actually prevent the frame from warping since the weight of the trailer would be evenly displaced as the landing gear is extended to take the weight off the tow vehicle...or at least that is how I read Phil's description....
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:04 AM   #11
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You lower your landing gear normally but when the solid leg gets within 1/4 - 1/2 inch of the ground, you unscrew the leveler to the same length, then lower the legs as normal. It compensates for unlevel ground between the left and right leg, therefore putting equal stress on each leg. Hopefully keeps the frame from being tweaked each time you lower legs. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.......Perhaps someone else can add to this!!!

Thanks Phil, That sounds like it would be nice to have. I usually shim up the lower side before I place the weight on the legs. This would probably save a lot of work.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:24 AM   #12
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Maybe I am missing something here When I have to unhitch on an un-level surface I pull the "snap pins" to drop the feet of the landing gear so each of them is the same level above the ground and then lower the landing gear onto my blocks or pads. Seems to me I am doing the same thing as this leveler does. Am I doing something wrong here? I thought that was one of the reasons for having the snap pins and being able to adjust the feet individually in the first place.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:20 AM   #13
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The snap pins do work up to a point. The adjuster just makes up for the possible one inch or so difference between the snap pin holes.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:33 AM   #14
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I do what Jackel does. My snap pin intervals are about 1" anyhow. The combination of the landing legs and Lynx levelers adjustability gives me 1/2" granularity. This device means I wouldn't have to drag out the Lynx bag of levelers, but that's not a big deal to me since they are in the front storage right next to the legs.

Maybe I need to see them in action to understand the extra benefits and justify the expenditure. Until then I'll keep doing what I'm doing since this part of the setup still takes so little time and I have so many other things on my list. This is definitely an owner preference. For example, I still use a flipping tripod under the pin. Man, how I hate that thing, but it works for now.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:12 AM   #15
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Daggone it Art,
Not being one with a propensity for technical explanations, I was taken aback by your usage of the word "granularity". I immediately went to Dictionary.com and it was of no avail and left me befuddled (normal for me). For the sake of my sanity, would you be so kind to provide a synonym that us'n hillbillies can understand!! Hee Hee!!!
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:02 AM   #16
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Bingo, It's no longer polital korrect rferrin tu us as Hillbillies..Weer Appalachian Amerikuns. Bill
I have the leveler and really like it.
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Bingo, It's no longer polital korrect rferrin tu us as Hillbillies..Weer Appalachian Amerikuns. Bill
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:51 AM   #18
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What happened to a piece of plywood under the short leg? I've been doing that sence the 70's.
Most CG require a 12" X 12" X 3/4" under the leg so it dosent damage the ground of ashfalt (spelled wrong)
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:51 AM   #19
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I agree. I carry a few 12"X12" pads of varying thicknesses. Since I'm always going to place a pad under the legs anyway, I just select the appropriate thickness.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:37 PM   #20
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I only have to carry a few 2 x 8's by 12"long. Don't have to worry about different sizes of stock to put under the wheels, just place the boards and lower the leveler. Works every time. However, to each his own.
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