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Old 09-23-2004, 08:00 AM
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Balance Trailer Tires?

Do you think that trailer tires should be balanced? Would there be a benefit to balancing them? I just bought a 2005 and the trailer tires are not balanced, there are no wheel weights anywhere. This could be a rainy day project, jack up the trailer and get the tires balanced!!
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Old 09-23-2004, 08:13 AM
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I balance mine. I would think the vibration is not good for the bearings.
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Old 09-23-2004, 08:19 AM
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When I recently purchased new wheels and tires for mine several stores told me it was not necessary. I ultimately purchased elsewhere and had them balanced. It is a marginal cost item and when towing every little bit helps IMO.
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Old 09-23-2004, 09:06 AM
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Do you think that trailer tires should be balanced? Would there be a benefit to balancing them? I just bought a 2005 and the trailer tires are not balanced, there are no wheel weights anywhere. This could be a rainy day project, jack up the trailer and get the tires balanced!!
It can't hurt. Tire shops always say it's not required. I don't know why, after all they get paid to balance and you would think the tires would run smoother and last longer
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Old 09-23-2004, 09:48 AM
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I balanced mine when I switched over to Marathons. I feel I'd notice the vibration.
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Old 09-23-2004, 11:49 AM
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I balance 'em. It's one less source of vibration.
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Old 09-23-2004, 02:14 PM
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Ever seen one of those cars going down the highway with one or more tires bouncing like a basketball? My guess is that this is the result of either a tire/wheel that is out of balance, a worn out shock/strut, and/or improper wheel alignment. You would want to balance a trailer tire for the same reasons you balance a car tire: handling, ride, tire wear, etc.
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