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Old 11-13-2015, 08:35 AM   #1
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Balancing trailer

When we returned from last trip, I opened the door and cabinet on left had its door hanging from one hinge(no structural damage). In the past, I have found pillows, and about 5 rivet heads on floor and replaced rivets in various spots on ceiling. My tow/trailer, 2012 Tundra and 2006 19' Bambi-Safari, SE.


Carlisle tires at 65lbs, 15" (new)
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Normal camping equip (nothing heavy)
60 mph plus/- a few.

I am taking trailer in for pressure test and floor rot inspection the end of this month to the dealer near Fredricksburg , Va on rt95. Before I tow another couple hundred miles, and replace door, can anyone see the obviously wrong setup? Thanks for any info. Tom
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:40 AM   #2
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Hmm

Did they balance the tires when they installed them? That would be the very first thing to inspect IMHO. If they did, did you lose a weight? Do you see any places on the rims that are clean where a weight should be/was?
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:49 AM   #3
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Several tire shops have told me "we don't balance trailer tires". They will do it only if you insist. I always insist.
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:02 AM   #4
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It seems to me that 65 PSI might be a bit too much air for a Bambi.

A car of the same weight would probably run 35 or 40 no?


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ST205/75R15 Carlisle Radial Trailer Tire LR D 2,150 lb Capacity
Calls for 65psi at a load rating of 2150 lbs.
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Wheel balance, bent rim, bad shocks ...
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:36 AM   #7
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We started with an Equal-I-Zer hitch on our 20 and moved it to our new 25. Pillows, cushions were getting tossed around so on Inland Andy's and Andrew Thomson's advice (both long time Airstream shops) we switched to a hitch with round tapered weight distribution bars. Nothing gets tossed around. She leaves a box of Kleenex on a side shelf and it does not fall off (with the exception of a couple of incredibly rough roadways). Our recliner chairs just sit in place during travel and never move.

Wheel balance is important, be sure the tires are not out of round. If that doesn't help you might take a look at flexibility of the w.d. bars.
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You might try Centramatics: Inland RV Center - The Nations Leading Expert in Airstream Innovations
We used to have all pillows on the floor and drawers open. Installed Centramatics and we're at 15,000 miles with almost No Problems.
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ST205/75R15 Carlisle Radial Trailer Tire LR D 2,150 lb Capacity
Calls for 65psi at a load rating of 2150 lbs.

Each....

Do the back two wheels of your trailer weigh 4,300 pounds?


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Do the back two wheels of your trailer weigh 4,300 pounds?


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Only have the 2 tires. I think weight to be 4500. Tires call for 65 but will consider reducing if that could be problem. Thanks
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Did they balance the tires when they installed them? That would be the very first thing to inspect IMHO. If they did, did you lose a weight? Do you see any places on the rims that are clean where a weight should be/was?
Good suggestion, didn't think of that of a loss. Tires were balanced. Thank you
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Several tire shops have told me "we don't balance trailer tires". They will do it only if you insist. I always insist.
Me too also. Thanks
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ST205/75R15 Carlisle Radial Trailer Tire LR D 2,150 lb Capacity
Calls for 65psi at a load rating of 2150 lbs.
I knew I was doing it for some reason. Thanks for letting me see it again
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Wheel balance, bent rim, bad shocks ...
This gal doesn't have 10000 on her but it is a possibility. Will check them. Thanks for suggestion
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