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Old 10-13-2011, 04:01 PM   #15
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Before our first trip with the Classic I took all four tires to work and balanced
them on the Hunter RF. (marked wheel/lugs and position)

Then took a ride in the coach, I know, my bad.
Noticeable vibration at 55-60.
Centramatics installed vibration gone.

They do work very well.

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Old 10-13-2011, 04:16 PM   #16
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I experimented with putting 4 golf balls inside the tires of my last motorhome. Six brand new Goodyear 22.5" tires. In 10 years I never had a vibration and tire wear has been normal.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:30 PM   #17
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I experimented with putting 4 golf balls inside the tires of my last motorhome. Six brand new Goodyear 22.5" tires. In 10 years I never had a vibration and tire wear has been normal.
I heard that was an old OTR Trucker Trick...the Centramatics were first developed for the "big rigs".

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Old 10-13-2011, 04:45 PM   #18
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Bike-addict, were I the first to answer I'd have intoned, "thou hast broken the Airsteam mirror, the fundament of man, machine and road . . the ley is now and forever skewed".
So i guess I should just put it up for sale. it's done. never be the same as that wonderful first tow home. makes me sad...

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To answer the original question (which was done somewhat indirectly) the wheel, tire and drum all had their heaviest points measured/marked, and when mounted together these points of reference were shortened or lengthened in relation to one another around the circumference of the circle (of the balancing equipment). Those positions were marked for reference at the factory.
So are the markings still there? Brand new trailer. Where would they be?
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:06 PM   #19
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A demo...Centramatic

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Old 10-13-2011, 06:02 PM   #20
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Remounting wheels

Don't forget to follow the recommendations regarding re-checking the torque on the lug nuts following a wheel removal and replacement.
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So i guess I should just put it up for sale. it's done. never be the same as that wonderful first tow home. makes me sad...

One does wonder, doesn't one


So are the markings still there? Brand new trailer. Where would they be?
My trailers have always been used when bought. Marks long gone. Few owners ever go to much trouble with RV's (heck, cars; this is where a lot of us once learned this) and wheel balance, alignment, etc, isn't even regarded as worthwhile, much less necessary.

I second the notice about lug nut torque (a good topic to read on here at AIR). I bought a dedicated torque wrench to use for this. Trailer never moves without a quick go-over.

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I went to the Centramatics website and there are a gazillion options- which one fits the airstream 31'?
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:23 AM   #23
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I went to the Centramatics website and there are a gazillion options- which one fits the airstream 31'?
FG,

Give them a call, their customer service is GREAT!!

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Don't forget to follow the recommendations regarding re-checking the torque on the lug nuts following a wheel removal and replacement.
Thanks for the reminder. I have bought a torque wrench to keep with the trailer and I went over it after installing the tire back on.
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I went to the Centramatics website and there are a gazillion options- which one fits the airstream 31'?
That depends on what kind of wheels you have.

Steel or mags?

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Old 10-16-2011, 07:53 PM   #26
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Not steel wheels, thought they were aluminum....2006 Classic 31. The demo on Centramatic's website really sells the product!! It is on the wishlist, and I think MDH has it on the TOP of the list...I believe we will be calling them soon....then there's the TPMS, the surge protector, etc...
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Airstream claims that the manufacturing tolerances on the hubs and drums are much improved compared to the bad old days making it sufficient to just balance the tire and wheel assembly.
Hi, Airstream drums may be better than they used to be, but are still not balanced. The 12" drums are heavy. Look at any car or truck drums and you will see either grind marks, drill marks, or metal tabs welded onto their brake drums for balancing purposes. You won't find any indication of balancing on Airstream trailer drums. Therefore I chose to run Centramatics.
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Well, they have been ordered-- thanks to all for the info- now I can search for more items for the wish list:-)
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