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Old 11-27-2006, 05:10 PM   #1
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Wheel assembly balance - 71 Overlander

Just read a post about outriggers cutting through the trailer skin. The conclusion was out of balance running gear.

We need new tires - mainly because they are old - but also they are slightly cupped on the inside of the street side only. Reading the mentioned post greatly elevated the need to get this done right. The plan is to order new tires in January and have them installed and the running gear balanced before Spring. We have two local choices - a reputable SOB dealer that takes orders well (don't jack here - don't do this to my Airstream) or an Airstream dealer that's had a franchise for 2 or 3 years. The Airstream dealer, when we went in for parts, just gave me the phone number for the Mother Ship and I now handle the ordering myself.

I have a service manual (that I can loan to either dealer) and it mentions very specific tools for doing an alignment - I'm wondering if either dealer would have them. Heck - just thinking about getting someone to balance the wheels with the hubs attached (as recommended here) seemed daunting enough.

Has anyone had this done by a local dealer? Is it that difficult - did you have any problems - anything we should watch out for?

The only other option is to tow her to Jackson Center (1 1/2 hours) on questionable tires and let Airstream do it.

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Old 11-27-2006, 05:48 PM   #2
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I live near Jackson Center so I go there for service. The last time I went I had them do a lot of things to my 1978 Ambassador. One of the things was new tires. They did not balance the running gear, they just balanced the wheel like you would a car. I asked them about balancing the running gear (tires and wheels with drums attached) and they said not to worry about it.
So I have not worried about it although I do wonder about it still.

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Old 11-27-2006, 06:12 PM   #3
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Geeze - I meant balancing wheel and drum - not hub - Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:08 PM   #4
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Gary ,your right the first time ,wheel hub/drum assembly.The drum and hub
will be one unit ,not separate .most places would not understand the concept
of this balancing ,due to the need for it on the torsion axle trailers to get the smoothest ride .check the threads/ search function/ for running gear balance
and Inland RV as well ,much info there on those threads pro and con ,but its
a matter of the best balance you can have .

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