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Old 01-17-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Balanced Tires

Does anyone know if Jayco as a normal practice balances the tires on new units? One of my neighbors with a Designer just replaced his original tires and noticed that the original tires / wheels did not have any weights on them. So being curious, I checked the tires / wheels on my 2012 351 RLTS and again no wheel weights or signs where they might have been.
I am wondering if I should have the wheels pulled and balanced. I dont see any signs of abnormal wear, cupping etc.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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That's a good question. I don't know if Jayco or the dealer balances tires. But we all know anything that turns at high speed should run smooth. Vibrations would damage more than just the tires. I don't think it's a big problem (maybe not a problem at all), but I'm going to check mine.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:55 PM   #3
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Mine aren't balanced.

A close family friend is a 3rd generation owner of a large multi-location tire service specializing in Agriculture & Trailer Equip for over 75 years. I took my TT to him to check brakes, inspect bearing and balance wheels. He did everything but balance the wheels. I questioned why it wasn't donw and he said not to worry about it unless you were experiencing a ride issue. 1.5 camping seasons on this trailer with no issues without balancing, TT pulls smooth and the tires aren't showing any signs unusual wear patterns.

All that said, if I wasn't talked out of it by someone I trust, these tires would be balanced :-) It ceratinly isn't the cost...around here a 4 tire balance is $30-$50 depending on the shop. Certainly not something I would skimp on to save a couple $ if it was necessary.

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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I would assume that unless the RV has a drivetrain, the rims/tires were not balanced.

A year after purchasing my 2005 Jayco I had all five rims/tires balanced (during brake/bearing PM), and all five tires required weights.

Last summer (2012) I purchased a new set of rims/tires and had them balanced, all four took weights.

The way I look at it is minimizing any vibration in the TT while in tow is a good thing


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Old 01-17-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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I have not had a trailer yet from the factory that has the tires balanced. And yes I balance all my tires on everything I own and don't have any trouble. For what tires cost a little to balance them and get a little more out of them is worth it to me. And yes everyone has taken weight.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:32 PM   #6
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I spent a good portion of my working years in the tire business- In my opinion based on my experience, all wheel/tire units should be balanced and rotated on a regular basis- Very few wheel/tire units will not require some weights- Reducing vibrations in the coach will allow items not properly stored to stay where placed and reduce breakage or damage- JMHO- DD
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:41 AM   #7
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My new tires were balanced.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:13 AM   #8
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I always have trailer tires balanced. And rebalanced after every few thousand miles. Weight requirements change as tires wear on trailers just like they do on our tow vehicles or passenger cars.

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I have owned 2 new fifth wheels from different manufacturers and seen plenty of other new ones. Never saw one balanced from the factory. I pulled them and had it done myself. I did not have any abnormal wear patterns or such but it makes sense to eliminate the source of a problem.

Some say the balancing is not for the tire but the passenger, I say it is a pipe dream to expect any tire and rim to be balanced w/o checking it on a proper machine.

On my new rig, I replaced the valve stems with all metal when I balanced them.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:29 PM   #10
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Thanks for the response. Looks like I will make an appointment to have the wheels / tires balanced as soon as we get home.

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