Originally Posted by polarlyse
We are planning to head south the first week in Feb. I have the same concerns when there's snow / ice on the roof. So far we've been lucky and the sun has done it's job before we hit the road. We'll see this go around. Glad we don't head south this early though. Would hate to hit these cold temps down there. I usually put water in my tank before heading out but don't pump it through until well south. ( don't ask how I know to do that ).
Brian, how do you like the centramatic wheel balancers. I was thinking about them but have not made the jump yet.
I think that the centramatics require a bit of a leap of faith!
I like the concept, and have seen the impressive demo on their website and that it what convinced me to buy them.
Perhaps you have seen it - they have one of their wheel balancers made with a transparent tube and large ball bearings in it mounted on an intentionally unbalanced wheel on a motor driven test rig all mounted on springs.
They run the wheel first without the balancer - and the whole thing just about jumps off the floor, then they run it with the balancer in place - smooth as silk.
Also they have a strobe light shining on it and you can see exactly how the ball bearings locate themselves exactly opposite to the unbalancing weight that they placed on the wheel.
All quite impressive.
The thing I don't know is in real life, how much of an imbalance the centramatics can take care of.
Some owners say that without them they were forever finding drawers that have slid out etc. and after, no more.
I can't say exactly the same - we still have the odd drawer that rolls out - but then, we sometimes have problems with the latches so that could be the problem too.
They may or may not put the wheels in perfect balance, but certainly should help to some degree and and I would buy them again - couldn't hurt!
But I would also always get my wheels balanced and hope that the centramatics can then compensate for imbalance in the brake drums or inaccuracy in balancing the wheels fully.
I have just put on a set of new 16" wheels and Michelin tires. When I asked the tire shop to balance the wheels, they seemed very surprised and told me that people don't balance trailer wheels and that there is no need!
Don't understand that comment and I got them balanced anyway!
I noticed some significant sized weights added to at least a couple of the wheels when hey were installing them on the railer!
When we head south, almost always we stop in a Flying J the first night with plumbing antifreeze still in the trailer and no water in the tank - I carry a five gallon jug of filtered water from home in the truck.
Usually on the second night away, we get to a campground and the weather is warm enough to flush the antifreeze and ale all systems operative -hopefully that will be the same this year, but the way things have been going,
We will be heading to Arizona mid Feb.
Global warming ………….. Hmmm.