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Old 02-10-2010, 01:54 PM   #29
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Hi Andy, What does balance the running gear entail?

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Did they balance just the tires, or the complete running gear.

If they did just the tires, in spite of the fact that you paid for it, they didn't do you any favors.

Balancing the complete running gear is very important.

However, if only the tires were balanced, you can add after market balancers to the drums, that keep everything in balance once you hit 25 mph. Nothing to wear, nothing to adjust, and they last forever, no matter how many new tires you may install.

There are several brands that are available, but Centramatic seems to be the most popular one.

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Old 02-10-2010, 02:15 PM   #30
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23yrs of Marathon Streaming with no failures.

People tend to blame the vehicle when a breakdown occurs, a good percentage of which could have been prevented with proper maintainence, tires are not much different.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:31 PM   #31
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Hi Andy, What does balance the running gear entail?

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John.

The running gear on the trailer, is everything that rotates on the pavement when the trailer is in motion.

That means the tire and wheel, hub and drum, all as one assembly.

But today, it's rare to find a shop that can do that.

But as long as you can have the tire and wheel balanced, you can then add automatic balancers to the hub and drum, such as Centramatic balancers, as many Airsteam owners have already done. They last forever, and they zero maintenance. All you need to do, is take the tire and wheel off, slip the balancers on the drum studs, and then reinstall the tire and wheel.

From then on, the running gear is properly balanced from about 25 mph and higher.

They are also very reasonable.

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Never ever buy Goodyear Marathons! Unless you want trouble. I'm betting on Carlisle E-rated ST tires. I wish Michelin would build an ST tire.
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23yrs of Marathon Streaming with no failures.

People tend to blame the vehicle when a breakdown occurs, a good percentage of which could have been prevented with proper maintainence, tires are not much different.
I completely agree with my last post .
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Until I read good reviews about the Goodyear Marathon for the next two years, I'll stick to my Carlisle Radial Trail tires.
I have a 2000, 30' AS Excella, after replacing 3 sets of Goodyear Marathon ("D" rated) in 3 years, I finally found a set of Carlisle "E" rated last summer.

I finally got around to weighing the AS, and found that the actual weight was 9,000#. The Goodyear Marathons were at their max capacity, constantly, so no wonder they were not standing up to the task at hand.

Airstream can say what they want about design and engineering, but obviously, they can't calculate tire loading....in addition to that the original Alcoa aluminum wheels were not rated properly for the load they were carrying. 3 of the 4 wheels that were original to the trailer were cracked, neither AS, nor Alcoa would admit to liability for that problem.
A new set of aluminum wheels, (not Alcoa) solved that problem.

I'm not sure if Carlisle are made in the U.S., or Canada, but so far, in the past 5,000 miles, I've had no problems.

Bottom line on all this......check for yourself on weight, don't believe any manufacturer's claims, they all try to get by as cheaply as they can.

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Airstream can say what they want about design and engineering, but obviously, they can't calculate tire loading.....
Not only tires...check your axle ratings, very likely they are overloaded also.
Ours 7300gvwr on 7000lb axles.
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Our 2005 OEM Canadian Goodyears all suffered tread separation. Replaced them gradually with Chinese Goodyears, which seemed to be holding up. Finally in December the first one separated and it was replaced with a USA version. Thanks to the duty on Asian tires, we can now buy USA Goodyears! Let's hope they hang together. I'd LOVE to say I actually wore out a trailer tire one of these years. I'll only buy tires from America Discount Tire Store because of their fabulous warranty. Replacement for under $20, no questions asked.
I'd also be afraid to travel on any of these tires without tire pressure monitors in place.
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