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Old 10-19-2011, 05:47 AM   #85
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I know this is an old thread, but thought I would share our experiences....we have been using the Centramatic's on our 34' with Alcoa wheels since 2006 without any problems....tires seem to be lasting longer and no vibrations inside the trailer to speak of.....I have a 2006 Chev C-C Dually with Centramatic's on both axles since 2006 and they really smooth the highway miles....
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:25 AM   #86
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Hi, I finally ordered a set of Centramatics for my Safari. They arrived yesterday [05-06-09] and I installed them today. [05-07-09] With my wheels and drum brakes they will fit in both directions, offset ring inside or outside. I decided to install the with the offset ring towards the brake drum leaving the Centramatics stamp readable for the outside. But with the wheel installed, it blocks the stamp so you can't see it. We are taking a trip next week, but I don't think I will be able to feel any difference. Knowing that the brake drums are not balanced from the factory and with my Centramatics installed, I will feel better just knowing it has to be better even if only a little bit since I will never know how far out of balance my drums are. Price was right and service was good, I'm happy.
Old thread, but the shock absorber is mounted upside down.

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:01 AM   #87
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Ok, since we're sharing.....this speaks to all the items contributing to a soft smooth ride, but specifically to centramatics. Some of you may know I am experimenting with installing and perfecting a wireless rear view back up camera. (Another thread). While on a trip last week, I simply laid the camera (a little less than a pound) on the rear queen, as rearward as possible, pointed forward viewing down the center isle to the front window. Now mind you, the rearmost position in a trailer is where the most bounce will show up and vibrations are amplified to that point as well.

The camera was just sitting there, unattached to anything, on a springy mattress. Not only was there no camera shake, but on the monitor, you would swear that the trailer wasn't even in motion, if it were not for a bath towel on the bath rod swaying ever so slightly.

When I would hit a bump all the way across the road, like a bridge approach, I would get one little "hop" of the camera. Even this was so slight that it took 30 - 40 miles to substantially change the viewing angle of the camera.
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Ok, since we're sharing.....this speaks to all the items contributing to a soft smooth ride, but specifically to centramatics. Some of you may know I am experimenting with installing and perfecting a wireless rear view back up camera. (Another thread). While on a trip last week, I simply laid the camera (a little less than a pound) on the rear queen, as rearward as possible, pointed forward viewing down the center isle to the front window. Now mind you, the rearmost position in a trailer is where the most bounce will show up and vibrations are amplified to that point as well.

The camera was just sitting there, unattached to anything, on a springy mattress. Not only was there no camera shake, but on the monitor, you would swear that the trailer wasn't even in motion, if it were not for a bath towel on the bath rod swaying ever so slightly.

When I would hit a bump all the way across the road, like a bridge approach, I would get one little "hop" of the camera. Even this was so slight that it took 30 - 40 miles to substantially change the viewing angle of the camera.
Fantastic test.

Speaks for itself.

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Old 10-19-2011, 11:32 AM   #89
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Old thread, but the shock absorber is mounted upside down.

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Good eye, Andy. I think Bob discovered that some time ago.

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Old 10-19-2011, 12:01 PM   #90
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yes and airstream even sent him a free replacement shock.
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:16 PM   #91
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yes and airstream even sent him a free replacement shock.
WOW.

I thought all farmers knew that the corn cob tassel was on top.

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Has anyone added Centramatics to the 16" tires/wheels and if so do you have a stock #?
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I had my centramatics for my stock 15" wheels. Just switched to 16" Tredit wheels 2 weeks ago. Same centramatic fits the new wheel. I believe the model # is upthread.
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Has anyone added Centramatics to the 16" tires/wheels and if so do you have a stock #?
Same model.

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Old 10-19-2011, 07:30 PM   #95
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Hi, I guess that the Airstream factory didn't employ enough farmers when my trailer was built.
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Ok, since we're sharing.....this speaks to all the items contributing to a soft smooth ride, but specifically to centramatics. Some of you may know I am experimenting with installing and perfecting a wireless rear view back up camera. (Another thread). While on a trip last week, I simply laid the camera (a little less than a pound) on the rear queen, as rearward as possible, pointed forward viewing down the center isle to the front window. Now mind you, the rearmost position in a trailer is where the most bounce will show up and vibrations are amplified to that point as well.

The camera was just sitting there, unattached to anything, on a springy mattress. Not only was there no camera shake, but on the monitor, you would swear that the trailer wasn't even in motion, if it were not for a bath towel on the bath rod swaying ever so slightly.

When I would hit a bump all the way across the road, like a bridge approach, I would get one little "hop" of the camera. Even this was so slight that it took 30 - 40 miles to substantially change the viewing angle of the camera.
great idea,thanks.
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I've done a similar thing with an iPhone taped to an overhead cabinet facing towards to tow vehicle. After watching the resulting video, I CLEARLY need to balance my running gear. The whole trailer is rattling and shaking like it's in an earthquake. If I get a chance, I need to edit the video down to 30 seconds or so and post it.

Centramatics are on my short list.
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