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Old 04-30-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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Do trailer tires need to be balanced?

Just bought new tires and rims from TrailerTiresAndRims.com. The tech there said trailer tires do not need balancing?

Is this true?

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Old 04-30-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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Well, dad has owned an independant Goodyear dealership for 32 years. We balanced mine.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:55 PM   #3
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Just bought new tires and rims from TrailerTiresAndRims.com. The tech there said trailer tires do not need balancing?

Is this true?

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If it can wobble, balance it.
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:11 PM   #4
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The truth is, yes they should be balanced..The trouble is, not very many places are set-up to do the job properly. In case you do find a place, treat it as gold~ Remember, always share your good luck~!!
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Old 05-01-2006, 01:49 AM   #5
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Your tire and rim supplier got your business and doesn't care about you or your trailer. Your tires are probably somewhere between 27-29 inches outside diameter. The tread is the heaviest component in the tire and located at the outside of the diameter. At 60mph, the tire is rotating approx 720 times per minute. If there is any variation in the tread weight distribution around the tire or variation in the carcass or in the wheel, or in the hub, then you can have enough centrifugal force to vibrate your trailer. Getting the tire & wheel dynamic balanced goes a long way to eliminating problems. The hub can still be an issue but, not as likely as the tire and wheel. A tire dealer with a Hunter machine can do the job. If they tell you a tire is really bad, I hope your .com will take the tire back. I always buy from a dealer and watch them do the job. I also select a dealer who isn't afraid to send a tire back.
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Old 05-01-2006, 05:31 AM   #6
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Read this thread where we are discussing some findings some members have had.
http://www.airforums.com/forum...ear-22389.html
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Old 05-01-2006, 07:56 AM   #7
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Yes, they do need to be balanced.
The last time we got tires, I asked the dealer to balance them. He stated they didn't need to be balanced, but would be happy to do so for me, as I was the customer, and the customer is always right. (especially when they pay for the balancing)
Most trailers don't need the tires balanced, because most trailers are not on the road long enough to show the effects of out-of-balance tires, they fall apart long before it is evident.
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Old 05-01-2006, 03:11 PM   #8
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Not all trailers are the same

If you had a utillity trailer you may not want to balance the tires. A good example would be a landscaper that hauls only clippings and yard equipement around at speeds that never exceed 40MPH. Why bother?

Your travel trailer, ahhhhh that is a another story. You are going to actually live in there. And all of your possessions are in there. Not to mention the trailer is a bit more spendy that the utillity trailer.



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Balance them as everyone has suggested. If not, you will find screws backing out; evidence of rivets popping and needing replacement. If this isn't enough, consider the fact that all aluminum sheetmetal is buck riveted together and caulking where the sheets overlap. Do you really want these panels subjected to vibration with the resulting leaks that might develop? Also, the plastic domed headliners at each end of the interior might start cracking. It just isn't worth not balancing.
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:08 AM   #10
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Is it worth it?

If a 'tech' suggests that something 'isn't worth it', be sure to check that 'suggestion' out to the n'th degree, cause it ain't worth that dude's 'degree' thumb-tacked to the wall....

Get 'em balanced. Every time. Period.

Pay the bucks, do it right! Your AS and YOU deserve all the best.

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Just bought new tires and rims from TrailerTiresAndRims.com. The tech there said trailer tires do not need balancing?

Is this true?

Thanks,

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No, they should be balanced. Airstream balances their tires.
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No, they should be balanced. Airstream balances their tires.
I wished..Airstream doesn't balance the tires~!!
If you go in for service, they will (if you request it) send the tires out to be balanced but..They are NOT set up at the factory to balance tires on the trailer~
In all the time I've been there at the Center, not once have I seen such an equip set-up..
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:38 AM   #13
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There are wheel balancers on the market that automatically balance your wheels as you roll along. One of the popular brands is manufactured by Centramatics in Alvarado, Texas just south of Fort Worth. You may wish to study these products further by using your search engine and type in "Wheel Balancers" or just go to www.centramatics.com. You'll find Centramatics and other products on Google. These, plate shaped units merely fit over your axle hub prior to bolting on your wheels. Sweet!
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Is it possible that Airstream buys the wheels and tires already mounted and balanced?
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