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Old 05-14-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Do I have to balance duals?

I have a 2005 Bounder Diesel Motorhome and was wondering if I need to balance the rear duals? I will be putting Michelin 275/70R/22.5 tires on the motorhome.

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Old 05-14-2014, 09:34 PM   #2
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For the relatively small cost I think balancing is worth it. Balanced tires and wheels always ride better.

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Old 05-14-2014, 09:37 PM   #3
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I would. I think a balanced tire will give you a better ride, last longer and wear evenly.
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:40 PM   #4
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Lots of threads and discussion on whether to balance and types of balancing, findable via search feature.

I balance. I use Equal.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:20 PM   #5
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I had new michelins put on the back axle in Mexico and they couldn't spin balance them.

Had quite an annoying vibration so used the jacks to raise the wheels off the ground and idled in gear to check. Found one tyre not centred on the rim properly so had that remounted. Still had an annoying jingle from stuff in the kitchen so spent the money to get them all taken off and spin balanced.
Now no more vibration.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:47 PM   #6
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Had mine balanced with weights.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:19 AM   #7
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An unbalanced tire can wear irregularly, create vibration inside RV, and cause unnecessary wear to suspension parts. Some folks balance duals, some don't, I do.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:18 AM   #8
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Ballance 'em!

Lots of different "expert" opinions on that but I've had 3 brand new class A's and all have had wheel weights on the new tires/wheels. Even if you can't feel an unballance it may cause abnormal wear patterns to show up on the tire that you'll end up paying for later.

As I said,"Ballance 'em!"
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:37 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by dbeck62320 View Post
I have a 2005 Bounder Diesel Motorhome and was wondering if I need to balance the rear duals? I will be putting Michelin 275/70R/22.5 tires on the motorhome.
Although balancing duals isn't "mandatory", IMO it is a good idea.
I use "belt and suspender" balancing.... (both spin balancing and Centramatic Balaceres): balancers - Centramatic Wheel Balancer, Tire Balancers for DFW Trucks, (and have for 14 years)
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:55 AM   #10
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Hi dbeck62320,
I have the same size tires as you. I have my tires balanced and installed Centramatics on each wheel. My tires have 92K on them. The wear is even across the tires and all around the tires. The sidewalls are in excellent condition. The tires will be replaced in 2015 due to the Michelin 10 year limitation. Consider balancing and adding Centramatics to each wheel. Centramatics is at Centramatic Wheel Balancer, Tire Balancers for DFW Trucks

For me, making sure the tires are balanced reduces stress, wear and tear on all components from the tire to the suspension, air systems and the coach itself.
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For the small price to have them balanced, I would do it.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:59 AM   #12
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No need to balance, you will learn to live with the vibrations. Install a seat belt in the head to keep the DW safe when on the road. Keep a list of all the premature failures that occur because you didn't balance, i.e. fractured tail pipe and muffler, premature failure of light bulbs, constant complaining of you passengers. Remember everything that rotates MUST be balanced. Pratt&Whitney Engine Mechanic
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:34 AM   #13
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Balancing tires IMO is mandatory, even on my utility trailers. I don't like to buy tires unnecessarily.
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A while ago I had to replace the tire on my wheel barrow. Went to the local tire dealer who is a friend of our son in law. I had not met him previously so the devil in me thought I will make his day.

When the tire replacement was done and I was paying I asked the young fellow "Do I have to get the tire balanced?" He looked at me and very seriously said "No sir, it will be just fine the way it is." I thanked him and took the tire home.

A couple days later I was talking to my son in law and he told me a story about this old guy that went to his friends tire store and asked if his wheel barrow tire needed to be balanced.

Apparently it did make his day.

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