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Old 08-09-2015, 08:22 PM   #29
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I've always enjoyed a better ride and wear when I have my tires balanced....that includes 3 motorhomes a 5th wheel and a couple trailers. Tires have been Michilins, TowMax and six new Sumitomos I just had put my 34 foot Monaco. They ALL needed balancing. Your call.

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Old 08-10-2015, 07:58 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by vettenuts View Post
Has anyone added the beads through the valve stem? I did on my dolly but it doesn't take nearly as much.

I didn't know beads came that small! My beads are 6mm diameter!

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Old 08-10-2015, 10:31 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers View Post
I didn't know beads came that small! My beads are 6mm diameter!

Yes, they come standard with the ACME dolly and I added more to compensate for the TPMS sensors I added. I used the motorcycle beads, which were the same as the dolly came with.
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:50 AM   #32
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Do tires need balancing?

Over the years I have bought many sets of Michelin tires, from passenger up to RV and to heavy truck.
Michelin's quality is such that if the tires are properly mounted, e.g., bead surfaces of the wheels cleaned properly; good, fresh lubricant used on the tire beads, then inflated up to max. sidewall pressure and run for about 1,000 miles, and finally lowering the pressure down to your desired setting, in many cases you will never balance those tires.

I have found in many cases when tires are balanced as soon as they are mounted they are being balanced to an artificial situation. The tires may have slight deformities from stacked in the truck while being shipped, or the beads are not perfectly set on the wheels. When these 2 situations, thru usage, correct themselves, then the weights added are what is making the tire unbalanced.

Try my above-described method. Unless you have unbalanced wheels, which does happen, I think you will be very satisfied.

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Old 08-11-2015, 10:19 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by John Stott View Post
I recently replaced all 6 tires on my MH with Michelins XRV from Costco. They mounted the tires but couldn't balance them because they didn't have the correct adapter to fit their machine. At first I was concerned when they said that it really wasn't necessary to balance them at all so I decided to drive it for a while and see how it feels. Well it rides great. (even at hwy speeds)
Question - Do I need to take it to another shop and have them balanced if it feels ok? or can I just carry on without balancing them. Also I have seen treads on this site saying only to balance the front.
Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
BTW - the tires are 245/70/19.5
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However I will not tell you "how" your tires should be balanced...but I will say IMO ALL RV tires "should" be balanced.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:08 PM   #34
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I bought new front tires and the tire shop only balanced with the bags. the shop that does maintenance on my coach referred me to a local truck shop that specialized in springs and suspension with large tire balancer and able to align front end. I called him while getting tires mounted and asked about using the bags for balancing and he said no way. I had them balanced at the truck shop and the difference in the ride before and after new tires, balancing and alignment was night and day.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:29 PM   #35
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Thinking of installing the Centramatic balancers but am wondering if they are noisy? I played with one and rolled it around. Could definitely hear the BB's rolling around. Just wondering if they can be heard rolling down the road?

I'm on my second coach equipped with Centramatics and have never heard them nor have I had a balance issue. I'm a believer. YMMV

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Old 08-12-2015, 11:51 PM   #36
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"algolfer".....the beads move around until the coach starts to move. Then the beads move into position that balances the tires, drum and hub. Once they move into position, they stay there. When you come to a stop, they move again to a low point. There is no noise. This where I think they provide an advantage over wheel weights mounted to the rim. They rebalance the wheel EVERY time you drive. They also compensate for things stuck in the tires or on the rim, like mud. On a car, I would still spin balance my tires, but when it comes to RV's, I think the balance beads or Centramatics are the best choice.

I had placed the Centramatics on the front of my coach a few months ago and got rid of a small annoying vibration in the wheel. I had a front tire wear issue caused by a loose steering box from the factory, that left the alignment out of whack. Yesterday, I swapped the front tires to the tag axle and added Centramatics to the tag and the rear duals. I know they're expensive, about $600.00 for all six balancers and labor to remove the rims to install, but if you plan on keeping your coach, I think it's worth it, especially at the price of these tires.

I found Florida Shores Truck Center has had the best price, with free shipping on the Centramatics. Plus they arrived in three days.

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