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Old 04-05-2018, 11:31 PM   #1
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Balance wheels

Is it necessary to balance wheels on the TT? I will be putting new 16” wheels and tires on my 07 Classic also adding TPMS. And never noticed before that the existing 15” wheels and tires are not balanced, the trailer seems to tow just fine. So what y’all think 🤔.
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Old 04-06-2018, 12:01 AM   #2
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It depends on your definition of "necessary."

I choose to balance all my tires and also use Centramatics (http://www.centramatic.com/balancers.rhtml). We camp extensively throughout the year and average about 12K annually. Our trailer is almost 16 years old at this point. Most of our trips are short weekend outings within 200 of home, but we generally do an annual continental tour of around 6-7,000 miles with many 300 mile legs.

Sustained highway speeds will build up temperatures in the tires which is the cause of many tire issues. Unbalanced tires build up heat rapidly. If you are staying nearby and traveling infrequently, you could choose to forego balancing but watch for abnormal tread wear and possibly popped rivets in the trailer shell per many posters.

Personally, I don't recommend going unbalanced. Of course, others will have varying opinions and reasoning.
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Hi, always have your trailer tires and wheels balanced. Trailer brake drums are not balanced so I use Centramatics on my trailer.
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As mentioned, the trailer drums are not balanced. I once spun a bare drum on a wheel balancer to see just how out of balance it was. It was a lot!
Simply balancing the trailer wheel/tire won’t accomplish anything as a result of the drums imbalance.
We use Centramatics now...
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Hi, always have your trailer tires and wheels balanced. Trailer brake drums are not balanced so I use Centramatics on my trailer.
Same as above. I have only had to replace one rivet in last 30000 miles
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