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Old 08-15-2016, 04:17 PM   #1
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To balance or not to balance

I'll be getting new tires this fall and the Firestone dealer where I got a quote today said he typically doesn't balance TT tires. What would you do?
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:34 PM   #2
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Pay to have them balanced. Have them use a lug centric balancer to make sure the rims are true.

Hub centric does not check the rim very well.

Another thing I like that can eliminate problems down the road is metal valve stems. A very inexpensive upgrade when you change tires.
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I would immediately find a new dealer. I used to pull a small trailer behind my motorcycle I even balanced those little 8 inch wheels and tires.
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:40 PM   #4
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Absolutely have them put in high pressure valve stems. Discount Tire just did it without me saying anything. I have only topped my htt tires of once since having new tires put on. They were down less than a pound.

As for balancing, typically it's not done. Again discount tire just did it. They also recommend rotating every year or more often, it was included in there price for the life of the tire.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:24 PM   #6
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Without shocks, an unbalanced tire will dribble down the road. These things are already like a constant earthquake going down the road. They don't need any help shaking themselves apart...
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Unbalanced YOU don't feel the shaking but your trailer does.. balancing will help protect your investment
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They are three primary enemies to every RV... sun, rain/snow, and road vibration/bounce.

Anything you can do to minimize any or all of them - to any degree - prolongs the life of your unit.


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Old 08-16-2016, 08:33 AM   #9
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I've had them both ways, balanced and unbalanced. I never noticed the difference. Never had any issues either way. That said all the trailers I have owned had/have Dexter Torflex axles. I'm not sure if that makes any difference or not.

Balancing certainly will not hurt anything and doesn't cost all that much more. And logically a balanced tire/wheel is better. Ever have a wheel weight fall off your car/truck? Not fun to drive!
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They are three primary enemies to every RV... sun, rain/snow, and road vibration/bounce.

Anything you can do to minimize any or all of them - to any degree - prolongs the life of your unit.


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