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Old 05-27-2013, 06:33 PM   #11
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My tire guys said that my Maxxis tires were going to take 3.65 oz. to balance once of them and recommended against it. Advice here was to push the subject and have them break the bead and try again until it takes less weight. I haven't had the camper back and haven't taken them to another tire shop to do so.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:52 PM   #12
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I just had new tires put on our TT and I requested the tire shop to balance them, the stock junk Trail Express were not. I picked them up a couple days later and each tire had at most 1.25 oz.

If I were you I would have the tire shop break the bead on the tires and rotate them on the rim, then re-set the bead and then balance them. It may take a time or 2 of doing this, but doing this you should find a combo that doesn't take as much weight to balance them out.

My parents bought a 2013 Open Range 5er last fall, the tires were balanced from the factory on their unit.
I've heard of the "moving the tire indexing to another point on the rim". It's been a while though and if I remember correctly it could be quite a time consuming exercise, read $$$$. As for this "experiment" I think I"ll do the right side bearings tomorrow take the tires to the shop and see how much weight they take. I suppose we'll see how the normal "spin" balance works when I take the tt to the dealer to get the rest of the season prep work done. If it seems to shake more than it did, I'll definately look at other options.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #13
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I've heard of the "moving the tire indexing to another point on the rim". It's been a while though and if I remember correctly it could be quite a time consuming exercise, read $$$$. As for this "experiment" I think I"ll do the right side bearings tomorrow take the tires to the shop and see how much weight they take. I suppose we'll see how the normal "spin" balance works when I take the tt to the dealer to get the rest of the season prep work done. If it seems to shake more than it did, I'll definately look at other options.
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Regardless of how much wt it takes, have them balanced. It's better than not balancing at all. BTW, you will not see or feel any shaking on the trailer tires. I am especially vigilant of those things and still ended up having 4 new tires on a new trailer cupped in about 2500 miles before seeing it (2007 Kodiak 26'). 5 full days of towing and not inspecting them at night or in the morning before taking off was my fault. BTW, that was the first, last and only trailer I had not balanced the tires on.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:22 PM   #14
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I used Tire Balancing Products. Rv size and 6oz per tire ... had local shop break the bead and pour them in. I've always had my trailer tires balanced.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #15
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I had my tires balanced. It can be about more than passenger comfort in a car too. Ever seen tires that were badly out of balance? And the cupping?
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:29 PM   #16
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I used Tire Balancing Products. Rv size and 6oz per tire ... had local shop break the bead and pour them in. I've always had my trailer tires balanced.
I use Ride-On because it balances and seals punctures, but you still should have them balanced before installing. I use it in my TV and mororcycles too. You can put it in yourself.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #17
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Find a shop that uses a Hunter 9700 balancer. It will measure road force and tells you exactly where to reposition the tire on the rim.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:55 PM   #18
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If you do not balance, and the tire continues to bounce, it will cause irregular wear on the tire, much like cupping. Get them balanced!. Pay the extra to have the tire rotated so that not so much weight is needed. Look for the balance point, red dot or otherwise
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:12 PM   #19
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I was reading on Etrailer.com this morning where they are answering customer questions and one question had to do with 'do they balance the pre-mounted tires and rims they sell online', their response was that they do not balance them but they do mount the tire on the rim so balance will be as close as possible by indexing. They also stated that they recommend you have them balanced before you mount them on your TT. I always go for balancing my tires no matter what the application is car, RV, TV or TT especially those that will be subjected to highway speeds.
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Aluminum wheels have a machined center and the holes are indexed off the center, a cone is ideal for alum wheels.
One would think so but that is not always the case. Lugcentric is the way they should be done. Cheap rims and tires are not built to the same specs. as auto and truck tires and rims and are.
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