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Old 01-19-2013, 04:57 PM   #11
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Anytime I buy an RV the first stop is always at my tire dealer to get the tires balanced... just because U cannot feel the shaking from the RV does not mean it is not doing any damage...
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I have a Pinnacle 36 REQS and they do not balance from the factory. I had cupping on the inside of one tire and it had to be replaced and also the rim was way out of whack and have had to replace it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:53 PM   #13
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We've owned three boat (two were tandem axle) and 5 TT's. None of them were balanced. When I replaced a tire on my Boat Trailer, my tire guy did not balance them. I've been doing business with him for over 17 years. He states that there is no need to balance trailer tires.

I'd like to believe that if the manufacture is not balancing them out of the factory, then it's not needed. Just a thought!
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #14
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Can't hurt. Might help.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #15
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I had mine balanced. My mindset is that if the tire is distorted under high speeds it can't be good. Each one of mine needed weights when it was done.

There has to be some benefit to balancing aside from comfort. Our trailers do hundreds of miles at highway speeds where most other trailers like boats or utility only stay local. In the local case I can see balancing not making much of a difference since the tires dry rot before they wear out.

Do big rigs balance the trailer tires? I am always swerving out of the way from some trucks retread or blowout during our excursions.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:10 PM   #16
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No, big rigs do not balance their tires.

In fact is is rare that trailer tires are balanced, but usually tire shops are more than willing to balance them, most often customers don't want to pay the difference.

With dual wheel rims, most often the tire companies will only balance the front wheels, they claim that the rear dually will offset any imperfections in the balance, however, over the years of driving duallies, I have always insisted that all 6 tires are balanced.

Yes there are advantages of balancing the tires more than just comfort, it will help a tire wear more evenly.

One more thing about trailer tires, on average, trailer tires are not worn out, rather will age out. Tires are good for about 4 years, so if you estimate 3,000 miles a year, that's only 12,000 miles tire life.
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:47 PM   #17
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I did a search for this topic, so I know this is an old thread. But I had the same question, to balance or not?

I was reading an article about this topic so I checked my wheels too and no weights. I was wondering if most trailer tires are smaller in diameter than car tires so balancing has less effect. However the wheels on my 33bhbs are similar in size to a car tires. The article talked about vibration inside the trailer while towing being significantly higher with unbalanced tires. Trailers are a sprung mass without damping. In other words only springs with no shocks. You shouldn't under estimate the destructive effects of vibration. We do extensive testing in the auto industry to ensure products can survive the vibrations found in a car. I would doubt the trailer, it's fasteners, equipment, plumbing, fridge, furnace etc go through that level of testing. I would go for anything that reduces vibration. I would be interested in any other thoughts.

BTW I have aluminum wheels on my trailer and I noticed they don't have the normal lip found on normal steel or auto rims. Can these be balanced?

Flyrotor, my friend in Canada invented a system to inject a balancing material through the valve stem on truck tires. The material flows inside the tire and continually balances the tire from the inside. I don't know if it ever took off. I need to ask him if it would work for my trailer tires now that I think about it. Maybe he worked on this because most do not balance, so I could be wrong. I know he talked about how much labor was involved in removing and balancing 18 tires!
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Last time I had one of new tires balanced with cast aluminum rims they used some type weight that sticks on the inside of the rim, not the lip.
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Last time I had one of new tires balanced with cast aluminum rims they used some type weight that sticks on the inside of the rim, not the lip.
Thanks norty1, now that you mention that I've seen that before and didn't think about that. I was wondering if the back side of the wheel has the standard lip. My trailer is in storage so I can't go look at the wheels.
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No mention of balancer fluid so far. That is what I use.
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