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Old 03-27-2011, 09:42 AM   #1
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Should I balance tires ?

Jayco replaced tires & aluminum wheels ,question i have should i balance tires they are 13'' on 199 sport they were not bal. when i bought it.
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:04 AM   #2
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YES even though you dont ride in the trailer it will take a heck of a lot less beating if the tires are balanced.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:21 PM   #3
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The tires themselves will last longer. Sometimes, a tire can be seriously out of balance. On a trailer you'd not know it unless you do balance it.
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Are the tires balanced when they come from the factory? I replaced the 4 tires on my last trailer and did not see any weight balances on them when they came off. Also, one tire dealer told to balance them and 2 others said they didn't need to.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:41 PM   #5
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Are the tires balanced when they come from the factory? I replaced the 4 tires on my last trailer and did not see any weight balances on them when they came off. Also, one tire dealer told to balance them and 2 others said they didn't need to.
I`ve wondered that myself as I have never seen weights on any of the boat or travel trailer tires I have owned over the years. It only seems right that they would perform better if balanced and the trailer would get a smoother ride.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:20 PM   #6
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I think the larger the tire, the more of an issue it will be. Your 13" tire is on the small side, compared to a 15" tire on a larger TT. I do think balancing is worth the effort for a 15" tire on a 5000 lb plus trailer, but many on the road are not balanced. Also, to balance a 13" tire, the required weight shim may very well be under the half-ounce minimum size of those shims.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:48 PM   #7
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Have them balanced. I balanced the 13" tires on our old pop-up, and the 15" tires on our TT are also balanced. A tire that is not balanced will develop a choppy wear pattern and could shorten the life of the tire.
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I am a lot more concerned about excess vibration than I am tire wear. Even out of balance I can't imagine a tire will wear out in the 4-5 years maximum that I will keep them in service.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:05 PM   #9
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YES - always balance all high speed tires - regardless of their size.

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