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Posted: 03/02/13 09:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I plan on putting 4 new tires on the TT in 2 weeks. Curious if TT tires need balancing. I assume so but don't remember seeing weights on mine last I looked at it in storage. Tks

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all tires should be balance.It will make you tires wear properly


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I always have mine balanced, however I've never seen a trailer mfg that balances tires.

Why balance??

Not in an priority order:

One, it helps keep stuff from bouncing around in the trailer. You'd be suprised at how out of balance many trailer tires are. Stuff rarely moves around in our cupboards, I've had others comment and I ask "are your tires balanced?" Course the answer is almost always "NO". Several have had tires balanced after my comment and made comments on how now stuff isn't moving around all over the place when they are traveling.

Two: On new tires, if they are so out of balance that they can't balance them, then I don't get them, someone else does. (And I've seen this happen when they are so out of round they can't be balanced).

three: An out of balance tire gets the belts hammered every rotation. many tire mfg claim that a leading cause of belt failure and seperation is not having the tires balanced.

Four: have you ever ridden in a vehicle with tires that weren't balanced? If so, you know what kind of shaking goes on.

Why not to balance? Saves a few bucks.

Just make sure the tire dealer has the equipment to balance them. Some wheels are what are call "hub centric" others "lug centric". They need to have the equipment to balance whichever yours are.

your choice, balance or not.

Unfortunetly balancing the tires won't completely balance your wheel assembly since most/all trailer brake drums I've seen don't appear to be balanced, no weights or drilled holes. But they are smaller diameter to the effect of out of balance isn't near a great as out of diameter wheels.


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Always balance the tires or you will shake bad going down the road and the vibration will break things inside...

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Posted: 03/02/13 10:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always balance my TT tires.

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Posted: 03/02/13 10:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I believe in balancing my trailer tires. [emoticon]


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Posted: 03/02/13 10:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Desert Captain wrote:

If your tire guys don't automatically balance the TT tires... Run Forrest run! (as they are idiots). I highly recommend that you have them put in stainless steel valve stems, for which there should be little if any charge. The day will come when you want to add a TPMS which will require the metal stems for optimal operation. [emoticon]


Have the TIre Tracker TPMS system sitting in my house now ready to install on my new tires. Will give the dealer the screw on sensors so they balance the tires with them installed. Tks for the help. Easy decision to balance.

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Posted: 03/02/13 11:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your hubs/drums have never been checked for balance, it is a wasted effort to balance trailer tires. I have never seen a drum that was in balance on any trailer that I have ever owned. My current TT has up to 5.5 oz. of weight to bring just the drum into balance.

I balance the tire, wheel and drum as an assembly. Doing it any other way may even make it worse if you happen to have the heavy spots opposite each other.





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Posted: 03/02/13 10:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've always had tt tires balance. Also, have them install stainless steel valve stems at the same time.





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If your tire guys don't automatically balance the TT tires... Run Forrest run! (as they are idiots). I highly recommend that you have them put in stainless steel valve stems, for which there should be little if any charge. The day will come when you want to add a TPMS which will require the metal stems for optimal operation. [emoticon]





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