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Old 01-31-2017, 09:25 PM   #1
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Question About Tire Wear

Hi all, I have a question about tires. Is it a good idea to get RV TT trailer tires balanced? I realize that they usually "age out" before they "wear out."

Our 2015 TT came with Goodyear Marathons but were never balanced from the factory. We do have factory shocks on it and I rarely travel above 60mph.

Just wondering if its worth getting them balanced or not. They seem to be wearing evenly so far.

Also, our trailer is used only seasonally. We are not full-timers.
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Dad always told me.......if it goes round & round at speed best that it do so 'balanced'

Imagine tires rolling smooth vs bouncing/slapping the road.
Balancing removes that bouncing/slapping effect.

Any thing that helps lessen strain/stress on trailer, axles, wheel bearings, suspension and goodies inside is worth it IMHO

And it's cheap
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Old 02-01-2017, 05:27 AM   #3
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Old-Biscuit nailed the answer.
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Old 02-01-2017, 05:35 AM   #4
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Just got new wheels and tires for my trailer. The tech looked at me like I was crazy when I confirmed that, yes, I want my trailer tires balanced.
Afterwards 3 of the 4 wheels needed some significant weight to balance them out. Without them they likely would have vibrated horribly which would translate into much faster bearing wear.
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Just got new wheels and tires for my trailer. The tech looked at me like I was crazy when I confirmed that, yes, I want my trailer tires balanced.
Afterwards 3 of the 4 wheels needed some significant weight to balance them out. Without them they likely would have vibrated horribly which would translate into much faster bearing wear.
Thanks...good point. I didn't think about bearing wear. I think for that reason alone I'll have them balanced.

BTW what brand of tires are they?
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Old 02-02-2017, 02:46 PM   #7
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New steel or aluminum wheels are not perfectly balanced, now you put a tire on them that's out of balanced. An out of balanced wheel assemble kill's shocks, and as mentioned above shakes the hell out of the whole rig and stuff in it.

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Old 02-02-2017, 03:56 PM   #8
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I wonder how many ST tire blow outs are from an out of balanced tire? Considering that almost no RV tires are balanced from the factory, then there's probably a decent chance that some are.
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I was reading today about how important it is to balance tires. Now I learned something else, make sure they are in balance when brand new. I thought they were fine till now.
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I balance mine very time I put a new one on.
Most tire shops also look surprised when I want it balanced
How much heat is generated into the tire as it compresses on the way to bouncing up and then compresses on the way down from the bounce or out of balance sling. My guess the heat is a lot less from an even rotation and slight compression from weight than from all the extra compression. Also the additional flexing of the sidewall only serves to increase tread separation from heat and flexing in my book.
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I have never cared for ST tires... so I switched to LT tires when the RV was new... I ALWAYS balance and use a tire supplier who will re-balance FREE.... have this done every two years... and when the tires are worn down 60% change them out... with the RV sitting and than being towed... I just worry about the tires...

After my BIL with ST tires, and I don't know how many issues he's had... I finally bought a second "point and shoot" temperature gauge from Harbor Freight.... and talked him into checking tire, hub, and brake drum temperature each time he stops at a rest stop..... the first time he found a brake drum with no temperature rise from the stop... he looked under the trailer and found one of the electric brake wires broken...

it pays ..... TEST, DON'T GUESS..
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