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Old 04-04-2016, 06:38 PM   #1
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Trailer wheel balance

I wanted to pass this on for all to consider.....I did a roadforce balance on the wheels of our 5er and was shocked at how out of balance they all were. Most trailer tires aren't balanced from the factory....can't imagine how much shake the trailer was enduring @ 60 mph! The tires show no signs of imbalance either!
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:00 AM   #2
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Etrailer claims that their wheel/tire packages are balanced prior to shipping.
But I haven't actually had mine checked.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:11 AM   #3
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Most tire shops that I talked to state that you do not have to balance "trailer tires". Also they state that over a certain size you do not have to balance them, this size is normally 16 inches. But if you go to Goodyear tire service recommendations it states that all tires including trailer tires should be balanced. They also state that the trailer tire may cup or wear abnormally if the tire is not balanced.
So I balance my trailer tires and recommend that you do so also.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:25 AM   #4
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If a tire is going over 40 mph, it needs balanced whether it's on a trailer or a tow vehicle. Otherwise it will cup.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:36 AM   #5
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If a tire is going over 40 mph, it needs balanced whether it's on a trailer or a tow vehicle. Otherwise it will cup.
While I agree, I have never worn out the tread on a TT. The side walls always go 1st & I use tire covers all the time.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:38 AM   #6
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I get all of my trailer tires balanced. They live longer and so will your suspension parts.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:53 AM   #7
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I get all of my trailer tires balanced. They live longer and so will your suspension parts.
X's 2 , I don't know why the RV manufacturers are not required to do this? But it seems they get away with alot...You wouldn't think of not balancing your TV....
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Another word of warning, if you have TST TPMS Flow thru sensors, use all metal stems and BALANCE WITH THE SENSORS ON. We checked all 5 of mine with and without the sensors, the sensors threw the balance off by 0.5 ozs on all 5. That is enough to cause cupping while towing.
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X's 2 , I don't know why the RV manufacturers are not required to do this? But it seems they get away with alot...You wouldn't think of not balancing your TV....
it's not "required" because we don't require it!
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