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Old 03-12-2015, 11:33 AM   #15
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Balance your tires. I ran my SOB tires without balancing and they eventually developed flat spots which is indicative of an out of balance condition. It really bothers me when a tire dealer gives that kind of advice for a travel trailer. These guys are talking about utility type trailers and don't have the kind of appreciation as to the speeds and your investment in your Airstream. If it isn't needed, then consider that my Airstream had wheel balancing weights on the inside of the wheel when I bought it new. I assume that Airstream is still doing this.

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Old 03-12-2015, 12:20 PM   #16
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Thanks for that!

And Jack thanks for the input! I have not been as active on this forum as much as I'd like due to to busy to even breathe let alone take the AS out for a weekend.

Expiring is looking more like reality than retiring!!!!

Hope all is well. I miss Silvertwinkie....

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Information for what it's worth: Two weeks ago at the Alumaflamingo Rally the representative of Dexter Axle gave a presentation. He stated that the Centramatics were contraindicated on Airstreams. The wheels on Airstreams require a 0 degree offset. Adding the Centramatics changes that relationship and will cause additional wear on the bearings.

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Hi, I'm very sorry, but if moving the wheel out 20 or 30 thousands of an inch will cause damage, their product is crap. If Dexter is so concerned, their un-balanced drums, will cause way more damage than a sheet metal thickness offset.
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Old 03-12-2015, 05:04 PM   #18
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Information for what it's worth: Two weeks ago at the Alumaflamingo Rally the representative of Dexter Axle gave a presentation. He stated that the Centramatics were contraindicated on Airstreams. The wheels on Airstreams require a 0 degree offset. Adding the Centramatics changes that relationship and will cause additional wear on the bearings.

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Its hard to believe moving the wheels out less than 1//16" will overload the outer bearing. Many people have used Centramatics with no problems.
Personally I balanced my Dexter hubs by removing weight from the heavy side. You can check the balance of your hubs at the time your repacking the wheel bearings by washing out the grease from the hub and bearings. Then just put the hub on the axle with only the bearings and nut. It will spin freely if you almost snug up the nut finger tight.
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Hi, I'm very sorry, but if moving the wheel out 20 or 30 thousands of an inch will cause damage, their product is crap. If Dexter is so concerned, their un-balanced drums, will cause way more damage than a sheet metal thickness offset.
I second that.
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Correction Noted

Oopsie! You got me, CapriRacer

There is a Q speed rating, which I believe is 99mph, but the Gladiator isn't it.
Bad on me for seeing Q in the name and thinking that was the speed rating...

I gotta get more sleep before I post on here....
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I'm no automotive engineer... and I'm not looking to troll anybody (seriously)
but, offset is measured in millimeters or fractions of an inch

when the Dexter hub says "USE ZERO OFFSET RIMS ONLY", it's gotta mean something, right?

I balance the wheels prior to mounting. If I thought balance was an ongoing problem, I'd use the sand in the tires.
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Well I spoke with the service department today, and they said they would balance the wheels/tires for me. In fact, the service guy said that if it were his trailer he'd have that done!!!!

And the cost....about $15.00 per wheel. No brainer I guess. They also said they used some sort of powder(???) process to balance??? Never heard of this. Any ideas?
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Well I spoke with the service department today, and they said they would balance the wheels/tires for me. In fact, the service guy said that if it were his trailer he'd have that done!!!!



And the cost....about $15.00 per wheel. No brainer I guess. They also said they used some sort of powder(???) process to balance??? Never heard of this. Any ideas?

They may be talking about a powder (or beads) inside the tire which dynamically balance the tire (and axle?? not sure...) through centrifugal force. Similar principle to the centramatics on the hub only the balancing product is in the tires.

Some do not recommend this if using a TPMS as the powder can get in to the stem sensors.
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Thanks SteveSueMac.

Don't know what a TPMS is, but we just have a standard schrader(sp) valve for adding air, which is what they'll be replacing.

But yes, I believe it is something they do as the wheel is spinning. I'll try and get more info.
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Well I spoke with the service department today, and they said they would balance the wheels/tires for me. In fact, the service guy said that if it were his trailer he'd have that done!!!!

And the cost....about $15.00 per wheel. No brainer I guess. They also said they used some sort of powder(???) process to balance??? Never heard of this. Any ideas?
Its called Equal.
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Thanks for that r carl!
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TPMS = Tire Pressue Monitoring System
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoTPMSArticle.do

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A TPMS can warn you that a tire is loosing air and hopefully you can stop quickly in a safe manner before you damage the RV and possibly before the tire is damaged.
I have over 20 posts on my Tire Safety blog with TPMS being mentioned or the subject of a post.
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