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Old 11-22-2006, 01:41 PM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Are they balanced on a new motorhome?? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes! While it is true that a small out of balance condition is less noticeable on a huge, heavy tire (one ounce out on a couple hundred pounds is not a big deal), the tires should be balanced. Equal, Dyna-Beads, etc. is the best way, but there are other dynamic systems as well as the traditional lead weights.

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Old 11-23-2006, 06:38 AM   #16
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Ford or Workhorse must have forgotten to balance my tires on my last two motorhomes. And I have the wheel liners off once a year and the wheels pulled for Pennsylvania state insptection. Or possibly they were not out of balance and needed no weights.

I spoke to my buddy and his 2006 Allegro Bus/Freightliner chassis has no weights on the wheels.

Are chassis manufactures lax in balancing tires???

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I just went out to check my wheels, sure enough they have balance weights on them. I'm pretty sure my previous Ford chassis did also.

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Can't explain those that don't have weights on tires. Sure it is not MH maker that applies them but the chassis maker. Could it be that chassis manufacturers are using this technique as a cheaper method of balancing? Of course, this would not explain why some new MHs have weights and others don't, UNLESS the chassis manufacturers subcontract for the wheels with tires mounted and some subs use weight balancing and some use pellets.
The service person at the Ford dealer where I ordered the tires for installation suggested "sand" balance as the way to go because most large tires, for instance on tractor trailors, are balanced this way. MH tires are in-between standard and large.
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I formerly worked for a company who operated a fleet of toterhomes, vending trailers, and motor homes. There was Equal in all of the tires, even the small 16" tires on the tri-axle trailers.

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Every vibration problem I have had (beginning in 1978) was caused by a tire either out of round, not in balance or not mounted correctly on the rim. A good truck tire shop can detect all of these conditions. In almost all the vibration situations a rebalancing of the tires, on a spin balancing machine made for truck tires, solved the vibration 100%.

For me, balancing the tires is a must.

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