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Old 06-23-2015, 09:18 AM   #21
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This is an interesting topic to me, and all the more so as I approach time for replacing the factory tires on my TT. My impression in speaking with tire stores is that they will fight you on this. On three separate occasions while purchasing auto tires (at three different shops), I've asked about this in conversation with the person I was working with and was told they never balance trailer tires. This has now occurred at a small, locally owned shop, at a Discount Tire, and at a WalMart.
It is normal, but I've never had or heard of any shop refusing to balance them.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:52 AM   #22
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they won't refuse but they look at you like you're nuts when you ask about it.."NObody balances trailer tires! It's a waste of your money" is what they say.

So tomorrow I'm wasting my money! LOL
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:00 PM   #23
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When I bought my last trailer tires they assumed I wanted them balanced
and I did.
I did manage to talk them down $20 on the total which was already price matched to an online tire store.
I figure I'm rolling them in off the trailer.
They don't have to jack a vehicle.
They don't have to do the "free wheel alignment check"
They don't have to remove/replace 4 wheels on the axles.
I should get a discount over 4 tires on a car which does get all the above.
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:08 PM   #24
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I've asked about this in conversation with the person I was working with and was told they never balance trailer tires. This has now occurred at a small, locally owned shop, at a Discount Tire, and at a WalMart.
IMO they are trying to keep the end-user cost down... but I insist that my RV TIRES ARE BALANCED
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:12 PM   #25
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Just had new Maxxis installed and balanced. I mean why not? Tires cost $850.00 balance around $40.00. My thoughts are a tire is a tire so if I can cut down on any amount of shimmy or shake especially on my 5r it's a positive........... Just my thought.......
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:17 PM   #26
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balanced tires

Yes I would balance the TT tires. And would also check the axles for alinement
going down the road over bumps, curbs, pot holes. etc. Yes balance tires.
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:28 PM   #27
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Thumbs up tires on trailers

Normaly you don't need to balance trailer tires like construction trailers etc. But camper tires should be Balanced.
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:35 PM   #28
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Remember in most cases your trailer tires are spinning at a higher RPM than your TV tires. Even if you replace your trailer tires long before they wear out, you save a lot of wear and tear on the trailer with balanced tires. It is easy to to more damage to the TT with out of balanced tires than it costs to balance them.
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:50 PM   #29
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Makes sense to me...

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they won't refuse but they look at you like you're nuts when you ask about it.."NObody balances trailer tires! It's a waste of your money" is what they say.

So tomorrow I'm wasting my money! LOL
I'll follow that approach.
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For me it is more a question of how much damage you are doing to your tire than how much the trailer is shaking. If you have ever seen a car with an unbalanced tire, that tire is taking one heck of a beating as it is bounced up and down. I have to think that would cause the tire to heat up more than if it was balanced. If I look at how much weight they had to use on my tires, there had to be a lot of bouncing before they were balanced.
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