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Old 12-20-2014, 02:08 PM   #1
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I've only seen these referenced in Airforums so I'm going to ask if anyone has them, if they like them and/or recommend them. There are no Threads dedicated to them from my search. I understand the theory but curious if they are really worth it vs. just keeping your tires balanced to begin with.
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I have had Centramatic balancers on two different Airstreams for a number of years and a lot of miles.

I had a set of Centramatics on my 2005 Safari 25FB. I put them on when I went to 16" tires and wheels. With the Centramatics installed I put 60,000 miles on the 16" Michelin LT tires. The tires showed virtually no tread wear when I traded the trailer in.

Based upon my past experience with the Centramatics, I recently installed a set on my 2015 Flying Cloud 25FB.

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I've only seen these referenced in Airforums so I'm going to ask if anyone has them, if they like them and/or recommend them. There are no Threads dedicated to them from my search. I understand the theory but curious if they are really worth it vs. just keeping your tires balanced to begin with.

Hi, there are threads about Centramatics, but searching doesn't work well, at least for me. I have, and use, Centramatics on my trailer. out of balance wheels will, or can, beat your trailer to death. Balancing your tires and wheels helps, but your trailer brake drums are not balanced, therefore your running gear is still out of balance. Centramatics takes care of this. But I still recommend having your tires/wheels balanced too.
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After researching the heck out of them first. I went ahead and installed them when I replaced the axles. My understanding of them is that they balance the whole hub assembly and tires together. They did balance the new tires when I replaced them and I left that in place. As far as how good they work - ??. It sure can't hurt none.
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The Centramatics Thread

Trucks and passenger buses are the largest group of users. The CMs tend to last several hundred thousand even under hard conditions. I know of several sets on oilfield trucks with over 500k on them, so the design and build is good. Truck owners report longer tire life which is a significant annual expense

I have them on both TT and TV and have been to the Alvarado, TX shop with both vehicles as they have a well-deserved reputation for being able to diagnose steer and align problems plus related.

There is also BALANCEMASTER which is different and much more expensive.

I avoid the pour in powders.

For a TT it is that the CM will also help in balancing the wheel/brake assembly. Why Inland RV offers an Airstream-specific model. Read Andy on that issue.

www.centramatic.com
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They do work as advertised, definitely worth the investment.
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Sounds like a good product. Thanks for the replies.
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For over 10 years, my upper door hinge pin would work itself up during traveling. Got Centramatics. Problem solved.
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I have 4 of them in a box waiting for the arrival of my '15 Classic. I had them on the '12 International and had done a lot of research before I bought them. I think they are worth the investment.
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What size are you guys ordering for those of you who upgraded to 16 inch rims?
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What size are you guys ordering for those of you who upgraded to 16 inch rims?
Balancers - Centramatic Wheel Balancer, Tire Balancers for DFW Trucks

220-221 Special at the top of the chart....for 6 bolt.
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220-221 Special at the top of the chart....for 6 bolt.
Question: top of chart reads 200-221 Special I'm I missing something?
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Sorry. Typo
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Thanks for posting the link and clarifying, I get confused real easy.

I’m having issues with vibration. Last year the kitchen faucet handle came off while in transit as well as the rear overhead cabinet sliding doors keep falling out. Thought the Centramatics might be the answer. Oh, I'm having problems with the lower hinge pin too.
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