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Old 09-11-2016, 08:09 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by DrLewie View Post
Over the years with my 5th wheel I have asked at least 4 shops servicing my trailer to balance the tires, and none would. Seems terribly wrong to me, and I never could get a reasonable explanation.
My tire guy does what I tell him to on my truck and trailer.

I do what he says on the car, van, tractor and lawn mower.

Always balance any highway tire. Especially if you go up to a heavier load range, like D to E, as the tire will be heavier weight wise.

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Old 09-11-2016, 08:27 PM   #32
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Would not balance my TT tires. He just would not do it. Just like a previous poster claimed. No good explanation just some mumbly mumbly about the alloy wheels and stick on weights that would just fall off. So I recalled that the TT came without balanced tires and so did the previous one I owned so I decided not to make a federal case of it.

I had an issue with my motorcycle a couple years back where the dealer could not get the new tires balanced good enough. At that time, I tried some slimey gunky stuff that I shot into the tires from a can.... worked like a miracle. Smoothed out the unbalanced feel right away.

Don't remember the name right now but I may try it in the TT tires if I get a notion it's bouncing down the road too severely.

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Old 09-11-2016, 08:47 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by CedarCreekWoody View Post
Does FR balance them at the factory? I don't recall seeing any balance weights on the new tires.
No the Tire supplier brings them in "Tire Mounted on the Rims full of ?"! Youroo!! PS Sometimes they are installed "Backwards"!
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:52 PM   #34
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Yes. Everything but my mower. (And ATV, and dolly, and wheel barrow, and wagon) but all vehicles and trailers get balanced.
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:53 PM   #35
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Here is a product I came across a while back.
I have never tried them and have no connection to the company, just thought I'd mention an alternative to balancing.
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Old 09-11-2016, 10:44 PM   #36
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Nope.....I've never balanced a trailer tire of any kind. Tires on trailers from the mfg come without balancing. (Not saying this is correct, just stating the obvious.) I have also been told multiple times from the tire dealers that they don't balance trailer tires. I really don't see the necessity in doing so. In 35 years of towing, I've had 1 blowout, so I don't really believe balancing has much to do with this problem. Maybe we could hear from a tire expert that actually has a technical answer. Let the naysayers begin.....
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:18 AM   #37
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By not balancing, if you have a tire way out of balance it's going to bounce around wearing out suspension bushings. Most camp trailers also don't have shocks so there is no dampening of the out of balance wheel/tire.
Of course if you only camp 20 miles from home or drive down all low speed roadways you may never see a difference.
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Old 09-12-2016, 02:27 AM   #38
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My tire guy tells me that the tires have to legally be mounted "date code out".

One can get really psychotic with mounting, too, as the colored circles mean (yellow) min weight and (red) max run-out. one COULD attempt to check the rim for run-out and weight, too, and mount the tires on the rims where things tended to counter-act each other.

Jus' sayin'..........

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Old 09-12-2016, 02:43 AM   #39
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Every trailer that I have had, have never had a balanced wheel on it. They do not come from the manufacturer balanced. If you want them done (a good idea) it is on your dime for you to do. I do not know why they done balance them. I work at GM and the tire and wheel assemblies are shipped to the plant already mounted, and balanced, ready to be put on a vehicle that is being built.
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:27 AM   #40
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we just purchased a new toy hauler from Pete's RV in Vermont. When i asked them to throw in the tires being balanced and a set of Wheel covers they told me that they were going to charge me $65 dollars to take the tires off to have them balanced 2.7 miles up the same street at the tire shop plus $20 bucks a tire.

I'm thinking I can get the trailer there myself.... for 65$ and let the garage do the work

Oh and the tire covers a retail price of like 60$ couldn't be worked into the deal because it wasn't the first thing I spoke of in the deal.

YES always balance the tires - you haul with balanced tires why would you not haul a trailer with balanced tires?

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