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Old 04-26-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Tire balancing yes/no

Getting ready to repack the tt's wheel bearings this weekend and got to thinking about balancing the tires. After looking at them, there doesn't seem to be any adverse wear, but they don't have many miles on them either. Only a couple thousand, so it would be hard to tell if one was out of balance anyway. I know the dealer didn't do them when they installed them when we bought the tt. We had the original 175X13's on steel rims changed out for the optional 205X14's on aluminium rims.
So, since I'll have them off anyway, would it prudent to get them balanced to enhance the ride and life of the tires, or would it be just a waste of time and money?
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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My opinion, yes. Why shake the camper apart.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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There are lots of existing threads on that topic (even recent ones).
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Getting ready to repack the tt's wheel bearings this weekend and got to thinking about balancing the tires. After looking at them, there doesn't seem to be any adverse wear, but they don't have many miles on them either. Only a couple thousand, so it would be hard to tell if one was out of balance anyway. I know the dealer didn't do them when they installed them when we bought the tt. We had the original 175X13's on steel rims changed out for the optional 205X14's on aluminium rims.
So, since I'll have them off anyway, would it prudent to get them balanced to enhance the ride and life of the tires, or would it be just a waste of time and money?
In my opinion, it is no different that your tow vehicle. If it spins, balance it if at all possible.
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Would not even mount an unbalanced tire; they cost a fortune and the camper has no shocks. An unbalanced tire will be bouncing and wobbling all over the place putting lots of stress on your bearings.
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Would not even mount an unbalanced tire; they cost a fortune and the camper has no shocks. An unbalanced tire will be bouncing and wobbling all over the place putting lots of stress on your bearings.
Agree 99.9999% Herk, but some have shocks.
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2 boat trailers, 3 travel trailers over 25 years, never had balanced tires
on any of them. None were balanced when I bought them that is.
No problems that I know of. YMMV.

When I replace my current tires I will have them balanced.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:23 AM   #8
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2 boat trailers, 3 travel trailers over 25 years, never had balanced tires
on any of them. None were balanced when I bought them that is.
No problems that I know of. YMMV.

When I replace my current tires I will have them balanced.
Don't need to balance if you only go 15 or 20 miles the entire life of the trailer. Messin' with ya' dude!
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Are the tires on new trailers and fifth wheels balanced? I've never had a problem with they way the come from the factory.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:32 AM   #10
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Are the tires on new trailers and fifth wheels balanced? I've never had a problem with they way the come from the factory.
Surely you jest about the factory/dealer balancing tires. If you pull on long trips (1-3,000), you will mess up the tires if they are not balanced. Voice of experience. Have balanced all my trailer tires since '76 except one. Guess which one messed the tires up on a 2,500mile trip?
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