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Old 04-07-2012, 09:14 PM   #11
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While you at it, why not have your tires balanced?
I had a tire shop guy tell me that tire manufacturers don't recommend balancing trailer tires because of the clearance near the bead when the weights are mounted. He claimed that they can puncture the tire. Anyone ever heard of that?
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:20 PM   #12
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Someone is blowing smoke! I think he just didn't want the job of balancing your tires. It is a lot more work on a trailer than a car or truck.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:21 PM   #13
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Someone is blowing smoke! I think he just didn't want the job of balancing your tires. It is a lot more work on a trailer than a car or truck.
Times two. Find another shop.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #14
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Why are they not balanced from the factory? Just wondering.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:40 PM   #15
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Have never heard of any factory balancing tire/wheels. Takes too much time. lol In fact, we have had to make it part of the deal when we bought all of our trailers. Dealers don't like to do it either.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:51 AM   #16
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I've never had any of my campers...my boat trailer...nothing comes balanced...never even thought of doing it on those I guess....
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:59 AM   #17
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I would venture to guess time and money .
I would bet forest river receives the tire and wheel all ready mounted and ready to go and spec them without tire balancing . why COST
I dont believe its 100 % mandatory to have them balanced but I also feel it couldn't hurt.
Now for example my trailers wheels will not except a normal pound on weight as there is no lip to accept it .
Mine would have to be balanced with stick on weights .

Could you imagine how many tires and wheel assemblies forest river would have to balance ? I think it would take two guys all day long 5 days a week to just keep up .
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:16 AM   #18
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My opinion:

Campers do not have "shocks" (per se) and are heavily loaded so they do not tend to bounce from road imperfections. Thus the "general feeling" that trailer tire balancing does not have the payback that balancing the tires on a car or truck will.

Camper tires typically "age out" rather than "mileage out". UV cracking in the sidewalls and tread grooves kill most camper tires. If this is YOU, save your money for another case of beer.

However, if you "mileage out" rather than "age out" (like a snowbird or full timer) tire balancing will increase tire life; decrease camper bouncing and thereby increase frame life due to flex hardening resulting in cracking of welds and members.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:14 PM   #19
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The factory tires aren't balanced for one reason...COST.
If it rolls, spins, or rotate; it should be balanced.
Your trailer will love you for it.
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Amen, amxpress
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